The Daily Digest

The state’s Independent Expenditure funds still have to file reports today with the MN Finance Campaign Finance Board. That’s because a federal judge ruled refused to strike down a law requiring corporations to disclose where they spend money. You can read the ruling here.

Race for Governor

Democrat Mark Dayton’s campaign says Dayton will release an updated budget plan today. His plan came up short when the Revenue Department said his income tax hike didn’t produce as much revenue as he projected.

The three candidates will debate the issues in St. Cloud today before the St. Cloud Chamber.

The three candidates for governor still have significant gaps in their budget plans. MPR takes a look at what they are.

Republican Tom Emmer’s former campaign manager and former campaign chair, GOP Rep. Mark Buesgens, was arrested for a drunk driving. Here’s his statement on the arrest. He’s the second person close to Emmer to be arrested for a DWI. AP reports that Emmer’s former campaign manager, David Fitzsimmons was also arrested for a DWI in May. Emmer was arrested for two DWIs decades ago. A DFL leaning group has run ads against Emmer on the issue because he proposed a bill to change the law.

IP candidate Tom Horner told the U of M’s Humphrey Institute that K12 reform is “essential.” Here’s his speech.

WCCO Reality Checks the ads that claim Dayton supports an “e-mail tax” and finds he doesn’t support one.

Four of the minor party candidates debated on Midday. Listen to the program here.

2010 Other

MinnPost reports that President Obama will raise money for the DFL Party in Minneapolis on October 23rd.

Minnesota’s Catholic Bishops are planning a campaign against same sex marriage.

Race for Congress

Former GOP Sen. Dave Durenberger endorsed DFL Rep. Tim Walz.

Former President Bill Clinton pens a fundraising letter for Democrat Tarryl Clark.

Clark is also planning a “Pontiac tour” of the 6th District.

DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar released his first TV ad of the year.

The House GOP will release a 20-point agenda on Thursday.

The Washington Post says the Tea Party is building a political organization.

2010 Race for the Legislature

GOP Sen. Paul Koering, who lost in the GOP primary, says he’ll wage a write-in campaign.


An economic panel says the recession ended in June of 2009.

President Obama faced a frustrated public at a town hall forum on Monday.

The Senate could vote on the Dream Act legislation this week. MPR takes a look at some students who would be impacted by the legislation.

Minnesota’s HMOs are waiting for details on the health care reform law.

Two bodies at Arlington National Cemetery were buried in the wrong plots.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar will sit on an impeachment trial of a federal judge.

Under the Dome

Two lawyers want the Chief Justice of the MN Supreme Court to face election in 2012 and are asking the Appeals Court to act on it. The last time the Chief Justice stood for election was 2000. Justice Gildea was appointed to the post this summer.

The Transit Union rejected the Met Council’s latest offer.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Gov. Pawlenty was in Milwaukee last night fundraising for Republicans in that state.

C-SPAN released an interview with Gov. Pawlenty.

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