The Daily Digest

It’s the last full week of campaigning for the DFL candidates for governor. The next debate is FarmFest on Wednesday and features six candidates.

Last night, the candidates took part in the final televised debate before the August 10th primary. Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher was the most aggressive taking shots at both Mark Dayton and Matt Entenza. MPR, the Pi Press, KARE, the Star Tribune and AP have stories.

You can watch the full KSTP/League of Women Voters debate here.

The three candidates also debated the issues in Mankato on Friday night. Listen to that debate here.

The Star Tribune poll finds Dayton leading Kelliher and Entenza but all three candidates polled ahead of Republican Tom Emmer.

Kelliher is on MPR’s Midday this week. Entenza is on the show on Tuesday. Dayton is on the show on Thursday.

Entenza is vying for support from minority communities.

The Star Tribune examines the rejected absentee ballots and finds at least 10 percent cast before the primary were rejected at first pass.

Human Rights Watch calls on Target and Best Buy to stop campaign contributions to MN Forward.

The Star Tribune supports Margaret Anderson Kelliher in the DFL Primary and Tom Horner in the IP race.

Under the Dome

The I-35W bridge memorial may be moved to another location.

Congress

A new poll says President Obama’s support in Minnesota is eroding significantly. The reasons include the wars and the economy.

DFL Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken took part in rallies supporting the three hikers being held in Iran.

Franken also talked with WCCO about his most recent trip to Laos.

Republicans on the House Education and Labor Committee launch a new website. GOP Rep. John Kline is mentioned.

GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen has a town hall meeting scheduled for tonight in Edina.

Race for Congress

New York Congressman Charlie Rangel gave to $92k DFL Reps. Tim Walz, Keith Ellison, Al Franken and Betty McCollum. Walz gave the tainted donations to charity. The others who responded say the money has already been spent.

GOP Rep. John Kline’s DFL opponents are limping into November.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is back at home after being hospitalized for an undisclosed illness.

Politico says the Tea Party caucus hasn’t been fully embraced by Tea Party activists.

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson will meet with dairy farmers in Sauk Centre on August 11th.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Gov. Pawlenty continues to campaign in Iowa today. He barnstormed the state for Iowa State House and Senate candidates over the weekend. MPR, the New York Times and AP have stories.

The Des Moines Register says Pawlenty’s visit helps name ID.

The Iowa newspaper also got a one on one interview with Pawlenty.

He also stressed personal liberty.

You can listen to Pawlenty’s stump speech here.

Finally

There won’t be a Digest on Tuesday because I’ll be on the road to lovely Redwood Falls for FarmFest.

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