The Daily Digest

Thirty days to Election Day.

Democrat Mark Dayton and Independence Party candidate Tom Horner will debate the issues in Alexandria tonight.

Republican Tom Emmer won’t attend the debate. He’s campaigning in Faribault, Mankato, Albert Lea and Rochester today.

Emmer will be in Winona, Le Crescent, Red Wing and Inver Grove Heights on Tuesday.

IP candidates Tom Horner holds a news conference this morning and will then appear on MPR’s Midday at 11am.

The Star Tribune takes a look at some of Horner’s past clients. Horner, a former PR executive, has refused to release his full client list.

Democrat Mark Dayton will also speak at the Minnesota State Association of Letter Carriers Convention today.

Dayton appeared on WCCO’s Sunday Morning.

Vice-President Joe Biden will campaign for Dayton on Tuesday.

The budget and immigration were just a few of the issues discussed at a Sunday debate that was hosted by the Jewish Community Relations Council. MPR, the Star Tribune, the Pi Press and WCCO have stories.

You can listen to the debate here.

MNForward released a third ad criticizing Democrat Mark Dayton.

The Alliance for a Better MN, which is backing Dayton’s bid, developed a website criticizing Horner.

An added perk to this year’s election – The winner gets to help draw the electoral maps since redistricting is set to occur. MPR and the Pi Press have stories.

The PoliGraph says Dayton’s claims that reducing private contracts will save the state money is more easily said than done.

Emmer answered six questions from the Star Tribune’s opinion page.

The Pi Press takes a look at where the candidates stand on energy and the environment.

Race for Congress

Expect Democrat Tarryl Clark to put pressure on GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann to commit to debates. Bachmann’s staff has been vague as to which debates Bachmann will attend (How vague, you ask. Read this).

WCCO fact-checks Bachmann’s stance on Social Security.

The NRA endorsed DFL Rep. Tim Walz.

The Washington Post says Republican Randy Demmer, who is challenging Walz, could be a deciding force in whether the GOP takes the House.

Demmer also wrote an op-ed in the Star Tribune.

Democrat Jim Meffert, who is challenging GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen in Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District, appeared on WCCO’s Sunday Morning.

The Washington Post says interest group spending, often in secret, has skyrocketed this year.

MinnPost says the congressional elections are highlighting the debate over the federal stimulus.

2010 Other

State Auditor Rebecca Otto, a Democrat, released a TV ad.

GOP Supreme Court candidate Greg Wersel tests some of the new freedoms.

Under the Dome

AP says Minnesota’s line of credit will cost the state $1.6 million (at least).

Gov. Pawlenty is requesting President Obama declare southern Minnesota a disaster area.

MPR takes a look at one of the longest bus rides to school.

The Attorney General’s office is reportedly investigating the U.S. Navy Veteran’s Association. That group has been under fire for not being a real charity and funneling donations to GOP candidates.

Congress

The U.S. issues a travel alert in Europe.

Cheap debt for corporations fails to spur the economy.

Casinos are working to make some online gambling legal.

Republicans, including GOP Rep. John Kline, says a troop cap in Afghanistan is forcing attacks on troops there.

DFL Sen. Al Franken kicked off a neighborhood revitalization project.

DFL Rep. Betty McCollum also attended the kickoff.

The PBGC is finalizing a report on pensions for 160 employees of the National Steel Pellet Co. Franken, DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar are mentioned.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Gov. Pawlenty raises money for State Senate candidate Karen Housley tonight. Housley is challenging DFL Sen. Katie Sieben.

Politico notes that Pawlenty is one of a handful of 2012 candidates that are lavishing praise and money on candidates for Congress.

Finally

The pioneer for In Vitro fertilization wins the Nobel Prize.

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