Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will hold a fundraiser for Republican Tom Emmer today.
On Tuesday, Emmer opened up a new line of attack on Democrat Mark Dayton. Emmer says Dayton has a “secret plan” to increase $1 billion of taxes on the middle class. Dayton called the accusation “ridiculous” and said he’s not increasing any other taxes beyond what he’s outlined.
Emmer initially made the comments on MPR’s Midday. You can listen to the full show here. Dayton will be on the show on Thursday.
Emmer released a new ad this morning.
Emmer also campaigned in several southern MN cities like Winona.
Vice-President Joe Biden campaigned for Dayton on Tuesday.
Biden said during the speech that he wants to “strangle the GOP.”
Former Wells Fargo CEO Jim Campbell writes in an op-ed that he’s backing IP candidate Tom Horner’s bid for governor.
Here’s Sunday’s Star Tribune profile of Horner.
Fox9 hosts a gubernatorial debate on Saturday night at Hamline.
MPR’s Midmorning will host a two-hour gubernatorial debate next week.
Race for Congress
Democrat Tarryl Clark released a new web ad saying GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann hasn’t “done for @#!* for her district.”
Under the Dome
Gov. Pawlenty has tentatively scheduled a special session for Monday. It could be delayed if President Obama doesn’t declare it a disaster area by Friday.
Attorney General Lori Swanson is investigating whether Minnesota is among the states where lenders have used faulty documents to foreclose on homeowners.
DFL House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher takes her name out of the running for the Minneapolis parks job.
HCMC will turn away non-emergency patients who don’t live in the county.
The Duluth News Tribune quotes GAMC patients as saying the new program, created earlier this year, isn’t working.
Ramsey and Washington Counties are considering a merger.
The Washington Post says Taliban and Afghan leaders are engaged in possible talks to end the war there.
State and local leaders are looking at government pensions to ease the cash crunch.
Former President Jimmy Carter will visit Minnesota today on behalf of Habitat for Humanity.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar wants “robust oversight” of wireless billing.
DFL Sen. AL Franken calls on the FEC to investigate foreign cash charges against the Chamber of Commerce.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Gov. Pawlenty will speak at two house parties this weekend that are hosted by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Committee.
Politico says Mitt Romney’s health care past clings to him.
A Minnesota soldier was killed in Afghanistan.