I’ve been on vacation for a bit so this is more of a catch-up Digest.
There’s less than a month until the August 10th primary.
Stu Rothenberg calls the race for governor a toss-up.
Republican Tom Emmer holds a town hall forum this week after saying he would advocate for a change in law that would count an employees tips toward the minimum wage. The campaign is starting to walk back those comments after being scorched by the DFL candidates for governor and others.
Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher will start running TV ads this week. Here’s the ad (note: a fundraising pitch runs before the ad).
Democrat Mark Dayton released his tax returns. He sold several paintings to help pay for his campaign for governor.
Democrat Matt Entenza inflated his role in the 2005 budget talks.
AP says the candidates for governor haven’t been timid on taxes.
The DFL rejected state Sen. Satveer Chaudhary’s appeal of a decision to rescind his endorsement and then give it to former DFL Rep. Barb Goodwin. The Duluth News Tribune also reported that Chaudhary has tax troubles. Chaudhary and Goodwin are running in the primary.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann’s campaign for Congress raised $1.7 million in the last quarter and has $4.1 million in the bank.
Bachmann’s opponent, DFLer Tarryl Clark, hit the $2 million fundraising mark.
GOP Secretary of State candidate Dan Severson’s attempt to use the nickname “Doc” on the ballot has been challenged.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Gov. Pawlenty campaigned in New Hampshire over the weekend.
He also made false comments about the bus strike.