The Daily Digest

A new MPR News/Humphrey Institute poll shows Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer deadlocked in the race for governor. Each candidate has 34 percent support each. 13 percent support Independence Party candidate Tom Horner. 19 percent of those polled are undecided.

There are few interesting tidbits found in the poll:

  1. Roughly a third of all voters are breaking away from Dayton and Emmer. 64 percent of those polled say the nation is on the “wrong track” while 53 percent say the state is on the wrong track.
  2. 40 percent of those polled say Gov. Pawlenty’s support or Emmer would weaken their support of Emmer. 44 percent of those polled say President Obama’s endorsement of Dayton would weaken their support of Dayton.
  3. Those making more than $50,000 a year are breaking decidedly with Emmer while those making less than $50,000 a year are breaking with Dayton.

Here’s the full poll and methodology.

The Minneapolis Police Federation is backing Democrat Mark Dayton’s bid for governor. The union backed Pawlenty in the lats two gov elections.

I missed this one yesterday. MCCL hits Dayton on “contradicting” his record on abortion.

Dayton’s former opponent, Margaret Anderson Kelliher, along with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, DFL Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller and Hennepin County Board Chair Mike Opat will host a fundraiser for Dayton tonight.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

MPR says critics are closely watching Gov. Pawlenty’s decision on health care grants and other federal health reform measures.

Gov. Pawlenty rejected an $850,000 federal grant that prevents teen pregnancy but accepted a $500,000 grant that focuses abstinence.

IowaPolitics.com says Pawlenty has built the “largest and more formal organization in Iowa” of the possible 2012 contenders.

Sarah Palin will visit Iowa on September 17th.

2010 Race for Congress

GOP House Minority Leader raised money for 1st District Republican Randy Demmer on Monday. Supporters of DFL Rep. Tim Walz rallied in support of social security.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann released a new ad ripping Democrat Tarryl Clark on taxes.

A new poll says the GOP is up 10 percentage points over the Democrats on the generic ballot.

2010 Other

Governing Magazine says Minnesota’s Attorney General race will “likely” stay in DFL hands.

Congress

Two Minnesota servicemen were killed in Afghanistan.

President Obama will deliver a speech on Iraq tonight.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and DFL Rep. Collin Peterson will hold a Farm meeting on September 2nd.

Klobuchar says Eugene McCarthy “went rogue before Sarah Palin even shot her first moose.” She made the comments the the Eugene McCarthy lecture series at St. John’s University.

Klobuchar’s PAC hasn’t given any money to Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

DFL Sen. Al Franken writes an op-ed urging the FCC to keep the internet “free and open.”

Under the Dome

A new oversight law has Minnesota’s charter schools worried.

A new study says Minnesota’s immigrant population is rising faster than the national average.

GOP Rep. Marty Seifert, who is retiring, is becoming a real estate agent.

Finally

As you’ve probably noticed, the name of the blog has changed. Read why here.

Finally Finally

The Digest is taking a break until next Tuesday. Have a nice Labor Day holiday.

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