The Daily Digest: 10-18-08

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann appeared on MSNBC’s Hard Ball last night and said Democrat Barack Obama may hold Anti-American views. She also called on the news media to investigate whether other members of Congress hold anti-American views. AP and Politico have stories.

The Star Tribune also has a story in the newspaper but I can’t find it on the web.

You can watch the video here.

Bachmann’s DFL opponent, Elwyn Tinklenberg sent out a fundraising alert after Bachmann’s appearance. It looks like he raised almost $100 k after Bachmann made her comments. The liberal Daily Kos called for folks to support him.

Bachmann blogs on greater oversight for Fannie, Freddie and ACORN.

A person affiliated with the NRCC ad buying strategy says the National Republican Campaign Committee has reserved additional ad time on Bachmann’s behalf. This was before Bachmann made her comments.

DFLer Ashwin Madia, Republican Erik Paulsen and I-P candidate David Dillon meet in a Friday night debate on KSTP. The Star Tribune has a story on the debate.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will campaign in the Twin Cities on Monday to campaign for 3rd District DFLer Ashwin Madia.

AP and Forum Communications profile the 2nd.

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson campaigns in Willmar and Hutchinson.

2008 Race for Senate

Forum Communications profiles DFLer Al Franken, GOP Sen. Norm Coleman and I-P candidate Dean Barkley.

I-P candidate Dean Barkley says he has second thoughts on some of his debate remarks.

Barkley also visited the U of M Morris.

2008 Race for President

Racist fliers are circulating in the Twin Cities.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar campaigns in New Hampshire for Barack Obama.

Obama outspends McCain on TV advertising.

McCain has been forced to defend Republican turf.

The Star Tribune looks at whether the youth vote will surge this year.

2008 Other

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says there is not widespread voter fraud in Minnesota.

State Government

Gov. Pawlenty plans a trade mission to Israel

Gov. Pawlenty also appointed a new Housing Commissioner.

Congress

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison wants the U of M to become a tenant in North Minneapolis.