The Daily Digest: 10-27-08

DFLer Ashwin Madia, Republican Erik Paulsen and I-P candidate David Dillon will be on MPR’s Midday today to discuss issues in a 3rd District debate. The fun starts at 11.

The 3rd District candidates are all promising change.

The St. Cloud Times writes about GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann now rescinded pardon request.

AP says voters in the 6th are split on Bachmann.

The editor of Human Events writes about the NRCC’s decision to pull ads for Bachmann.

The Star Tribune says DFL Rep. Keith Ellison has an easier path to victory than two years ago.

The Star Tribune takes a look at the races in the 7th and the 8th.

2008 Race for Senate

The NRSC drops a cartoon looking lit piece that goes after DFLer Al Franken.

Franken rallied union activists on Saturday.

Gov. Pawlenty will campaign with GOP Sen. Norm Coleman on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The final U.S. Senate debate is on Sunday.

ABC News, The Chicago Tribune and USA Today profile the Senate Race.

Politico calls GOP Sen. Norm Coleman a “stand-out centrist” for 2008.

The St. Cloud Times endorses I-P candidate Dean Barkley.

The Mesabi Daily News endorses Coleman.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar will campaign with Oregon’s Democratic candidate on Wednesday.

2008 Race for President

Barack Obama will deliver a speech today that will make the closing argument for his campaign.

He rallied 100,000 plus in Colorado.

John McCain brushes off the poll numbers and says the campaign is doing fine.

McCain utters ethanol in Iowa.

The New York Times says the candidates are battling over old Bush turf in the final days of the campaign.

Gov. Pawlenty defends McCain on Face the Nation.

The Wall Street Journal says the health proposals for both candidates will face obstacles.

Col. Bud Day will campaign for McCain in Minnesota today.

The Barna Group says Obama is polling strong among religious voters.

2008 Race for Legislature

AP says the Minnesota House races have Gov. Pawlenty playing defense.

The La Crosse Tribune takes a look at one of the more competitive House races in the state – 31B.

Economy

Mortgage troubles are much more serious than predicted.

The Duluth News Tribune writes that the economic downturn could slow down the Iron Range’s strong economy.

Voting

ABC News says voters have electoral exhaustion.

The Star Tribune says many rural Minnesota voters already voted by mail.

I-35W bridge

DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is critical of the NTSB findings on the bridge collapse. The final report has not been made public. AP and the Star Tribune have stories.

State Government

Attorney General Lori Swanson has joined other states in fighting a beef merger.