The candidates for governor will be outside of the Twin Cities metro area for all or part of the day. Democrat Mark Dayton and Independence Party candidate Tom Horner will be in Duluth to attend a MN Council of Nonprofits Conference Candidate Meeting. Republican Tom Emmer will hold campaign rallies in Lino Lakes, North Branch, Hinckley and Duluth.
All three candidates will appear at a live TV debate on Fox9 on Saturday night at 6pm.
The DFL Party will start running an ad today in support of Dayton. It will focus on Dayton’s education plan.
Dayton’s kids are featured in a new ad that could hit the airwaves soon.
Dayton said on MPR’s Midday that he may continue the K12 school payment delay in order to balance the budget.
You can listen to his Midday appearance here.
The NFIB officially backed Emmer’s bid for governor.
Republican Party Chair Tony Sutton’s remarks on Wednesday about Republicans backing Horner prompted an bangry rebuke from George Pillsbury and Bill Belanger.
MPR takes a look at Horner’s sales tax plan and what it’s impact would be on the state’s residents.
Update: Liberal blogger Karl Bremer says Emmer has been hit with a malpractice lawsuit.
Race for Congress
AP talks to long-time Democrats who are frustrated with DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar. The news outlet says it could be a real race.
DFL Sen. Al Franken campaigned for Chris Coons in Delaware.
AP does an ad watch on Republican Randy Demmer’s first ad.
Republican Lee Byberg criticized DFL Rep. Collin Peterson for voting to adjourn.
GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen hits Democrat Jim Meffert in his second ad.
Minnesota Majority and two other conservative groups are creating voter surveillance teams with the hopes of preventing voter fraud on Election Day. Critics say it has more to do with voter suppression.
An Administrative Law Judge dismissed Republican Pat Anderson’s complaitnt against Rebecca Otto, the DFL incumbent.
Under the Dome
The Minnesota Council of Health Plans, the Minnesota Hospital Association and the Minnesota Medical Association circumvented Gov. Pawlenty on submitting comments on health insurance exchanges. The group gathered the data under the Data Practices Act and sent it to the federal government themselves.
As the state buys land, counties continue to lose tax revenue.
DFL House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher outlined the flood relief process ahead of Monday’s tentative special session. She made the comments in Owatonna.
The U of M prepares to ask the Legislature for a funding increase.
A Senate report says mismanaged U.S. funds are going to the Taliban and warlords in Afghanistan.
An inquiry also found that guards hired to protect U.S. bases are tied to the Taliban.
Democratic leaders are calling for an investigation of mortgage companies that may have unfairly evicted people from their homes.
Thousands of stimulus checks were sent in error.
A group is calling for DFL Rep. Keith Ellison’s removal from the Congressional Task Force on Anti-Semitism.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Gov. Pawlenty is headed to Iowa today.
Pawlenty announced on Thursday that his last official radio show will be on 11/12. That’s a week and a half after his successor is elected.
Pawlenty will also campaign for one of the Republican gubernatorial hopefuls. He’s asking supporters to pick one. Emmer is included.
Mitt Romney will hold a fundraiser for Emmer and the MNGOP later this month.
Ron Paul is headed to Iowa.