It’s a quiet day in the race for governor as far as campaigning goes. Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer have no public events scheduled. IP candidate Tom Horner will campaign on the Iron Range and in Grand Rapids.
Vice-President Joe Biden will hold a rally for Democrat Mark Dayton. The event will be held at Macalester College on Thursday morning.
Dayton also released two new TV ads.
During a campaign stop in Willmar, Republican Tom Emmer downplayed the polls showing Dayton with a lead.
Emmer addressed pocketbook issues in Morris.
The PoliGraph says Independence Party candidate Tom Horner’s claim about the budget is accurate.
WCCO Reality Check’s ABM’s ad ripping Emmer on K12.
Race for Congress
MPR says economic concerns weigh heavily in the race for Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District (between GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann and Democrat Tarryl Clark).
The New York Times quotes a Republican in Minnesota saying they’re concerned that Democrats will redristrict Bachmann out of a seat.
Bachmann’s latest ad also mentions that she voted against the Wall St. bailout. Politico notes the bill passed under President Bush.
Democrat Jim Oberstar and Republican Chip Cravaack will debate the issues on October 19th.
Some Democratic donors are cutting support.
Under the Dome
Gov. Pawlenty said there’s a lot of work ahead for the people who live in flood damaged areas in southern Minnesota.
DFL Sen. Al Franken wants the Treasury Department to investigate foreclosure irregularities.
Franken misidentified a Senator’s state while presiding over the Senate.
Bachmann suggests a federal settlement with black farmers is “rife with fraud.”
A vote on DFL Rep. Collin Peterson’s Cuba bill has been postponed.
Congress will stay out of Coast Guard Academy picks. DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Gov. Pawlenty is in New Hampshire today.
Several of Gov. Pawlenty’s key donors are funding Pawlenty’s PACs in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Gov. Pawlenty signed a deal with a speakers bureau.
An MPR News/Humphrey Institute poll says President Obama could struggle in Minnesota in 2012.