The Daily Digest

There are 24 hours until the polls open and the race to win the DFL nomination for governor is up for grabs.

On Sunday night, Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Mark Dayton and Matt Entenza worked to set themselves in the final debate before the primary. MPR, the Star Tribune, the Pi Press, AP, ECM, Fox9, KSTP, WCCO and KARE have stories.

You can listen to the full debate here. You can also pull up audio of the debate by question.

Kelliher will campaign today with former Vice President Walter Mondale and Sen. Al Franken in Grand Rapids, Virginia, Duluth, Moorhead, Mankato, Rochester and Minneapolis.

Dayton will campaign in Hibbing, Duluth and the Twin Cities.

Entenza will campaign in the Twin Cities, Rochester, Duluth, Moorhead and Bemidji.

While the Democrats are focusing on who will win the primary, Republicans are focusing on who will run Tom Emmer’s campaign. Emmer shook up his campaign over the weekend and is bringing in Cullen Sheehan to run the operation. Sheehan ran Norm Coleman’s 2008 Senate campaign.

The Independence Party candidates, Tom Horner and Rob Hahn, will debate the issues on MPR’s Midday at 11am.

An MPR analysis found that at least $4.1 million has been spent on TV ads on the governor’s race through the primary. The biggest spender is Democrat Matt Entenza.

Under the Dome

The Star Tribune says funding cuts to General Assistance Medical Care are taking its toll.

North Memorial hits its patient cap of GAMC patients. Two other hospitals are close.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Gov. Pawlenty heads back to Iowa this week.

He also told Real Clear Politics that a mosque should not be built near Ground Zero.

That upset DFL Rep. Keith Ellison. He told the Star Tribune that Pawlenty is working to “dishonor the First Amendment and our heritage of religious tolerance.” Ellison is the first Muslim elected to Congress.

Pawlenty is also pushing to keep the Bush tax cuts on the country’s top earners in effect and would work to change the U.S. Constitution to prevent the children of illegal immigrants born in the United States from gaining automatic citizenship.

  • Ginny

    I think Pawlenty dishonors his office almost every time he opens his mouth. He does not understand or does not care about Constitutional rights. He does not care about the poorest and most vulnerable people who cannot get medical care, and the amount of money involved is not overwhelming.

    How did Minnesotans ever elect this ignorant churl?