The Daily Digest: 10-15-08

A look at political advertising in the Twin Cities shows that the candidates, political committees and special interests have scheduled nearly $32 million in TV ads in the Twin Cities market. That figure is bound to grow as Election Day gets closer. Check out MPR’s online database to dig deeper into the data here.

2008 Race for President

Barack Obama and John McCain prepare for tonight’s debate.

A new poll says negative ads have backfired on McCain which leads to the question “Did they backfire on GOP Sen. Norm Coleman?”

Obama bought ad time – in Video Games! It’s come a long way since Donkey Kong and Pitfall. “I’m Super Mario and I approved this message.”

The Republicans keep the questions coming regarding voter fraud and ACORN.

Obama comments on the controversy. He said his campaign doesn’t need ACORN’s help.

The ACORN issue also surface in Minnesota. Hennepin County will examine late voter registration. AP, The Star Tribune and MPR have stories.

McCain proposes tax cuts as a part of economic package.

Christopher Buckley, the son of William F. Buckley, leaves the National Review after endorsing Barack Obama.

There is more info regarding Todd Palin’s visit to Minnesota.

The Washington Post says Gov. Pawlenty may visit Michigan to help shore up an angry GOP base. They’re angry because the McCain camp pulled up the stakes in that state.

2008 Race for Senate

Stu Rothenberg says Minnesota is a toss-up.

UPDATE: The Pi Press writes that the negative ads continue even despite Coleman’s plea.

Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman (an Independent Democrat) goes to bat for GOP Sen. Norm Coleman.

The Hill profiles I-P candidate Dean Barkley.

The New York Times gives you a sample of the Senate ads running across the country.

The L.A. Times says the Chamber of Commerce targets DFLer Al Franken. Really? I hadn’t noticed on any of the TV stations.

An anti-abortion group targets Franken.

Charlie Cook says it’s not going to be good for Republicans this year. Coleman is mentioned.

2008 Race for Congress

The DCCC adds DFLer Elwyn Tinklenberg to the Red to Blue program which basically means more money for the DFLer challenging GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District. The Hill and the Star Tribune have stories.

KARE and WCCO profile the race in the 3rd.

3rd District DFLer Ashwin Madia and Republican Erik Paulsen attend separate U of M Humphrey Forums. Listen to their speeches here.

The Star Tribune takes a look at the race in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. The Rochester Post-Bulletin says GOP Rep. John Kline holds a huge cash advantage over DFL challenger Steve Sarvi.

KSTP has video of some of their debates.

2008 Other

The Pi Press says voter registration has reached an all time high.

The Star Tribune says volunteers are lining up to help out at the polls.

2008 Race for Legislature

The Star Tribune says the gas tax is no longer a hot issue.

Congress

DFL Rep. Tim Walz will attend a Congressional hearing on the financial crisis.

State Government

The Bemidji Pioneer takes a look at how the property tax cap is impacting local governments.

More than 50 bridge victims file for compensation.

Minnesota’s cold weather rule goes into effect.

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