The Daily Digest

Vice-President Joe Biden will be in Minnesota today to raise money for Democrat Mark Dayton’s campaign for governor. Biden will also hold a rally at Macalester this morning.

Dayton and IP candidate Tom Horner debated the issues in Alexandria on Monday night.

Republican Tom Emmer will be on MPR’s Midday at 11am. He campaigned in southern Minnesota on Monday and will continue campaigning there on Tuesday.

Emmer goes after Horner on government contracts.

Horner announced more support at a Monday morning newser.

He said on MPR’s Midday that he’s more than halfway to his fundraising goal of $2.5 million.

You can listen to the full program here.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will raise money for Emmer on Wednesday.

Dayton and Horner told the St. Cloud Times editorial board that they back the federal health plan but say there are flaws. Emmer’s campaign hopes to sit down with the board later this month.

ABC News says Horner is “surging” in MN.

WCCO Reality Checks the latest MN Forward ad that rips Mark Dayton’s tax plan.

The Human Rights Campaign dropped their rating of 3M, Target and Best Buy after the companies gave to MN Forward.

An official with Common Cause says the MN Campaign Finance Board will hear its complaint against Minnesota’s Future, a group funded by RGA funds, today.

Race for Congress

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann has agreed to three debates. She announced the debates after Democrat Tarryl Clark called Bachmann’s commitment “insufficient and far too late.”

Republican Chip Cravaack is touting an internal poll that shows him within striking distance of DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar. Oberstar doubts the validity of the poll.

DFL Sen. Al Franken hits the trail in Delaware.

2010 Other

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, a Democrat, released his first ad of the campaign (and it mentions the recount).

The NRA is backing Lori Swanson, a Democrat, for Attorney General.

Forum Communications takes a look at the State Auditor’s race.

Under the Dome

City reserve funds are under pressure.

Congress

3M says it won’t provide its employees with health insurance once they retire. The move came after the health reform bill became law.

Elena Kagan, the Supreme Court’s newest jurist, was engaged during her first day on the court.

The U.S. military starts looking at ways to be less dependent on fossil fuels.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar visited Warren and Crookston.

GOP Rep. John Kline weighs in on how he thinks the federal government should handle education reform.

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson pledges to commit $50 million to help build levees that would reduce the flooding in NW Minnesota.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Gov. Pawlenty is shaking the money trees for GOP legislative candidates in MN.

Newsweek says a loss by Tom Emmer will be a “repudiation on Pawlenty’s reign” as governor.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is heading to New Hampshire.

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