The Daily Digest

The three major party candidates for governor will debate the issues for two hours of live radio today on MPR’s Midmorning. The debate is expected to be lively and entertaining. It starts at 9am.

On Monday, Democrat Mark Dayton announced that he’s paying back the federal government after settling a wrongful termination lawsuit with a former U.S. Senate staffer. Dayton declined to answer questions about the settlement after a debate on children’s issues but said in a written statement that he was paying back the federal government for the cost of the settlement. Dayton settled the case one month after he started running for governor.

The Republican Party first raised the issue at a news conference this morning.

The candidates for governor discussed early childhood education and children’s health insurance at the debate, which was sponsored by MinnPost.

You can listen to the full debate (and the disruption by protester/Emmer opponent Nick Espinosa) here:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a 2012 hopeful, will hold a rally on behalf of Emmer and the MNGOP on 10/18.

President Obama will hold his rally for Dayton at the U of M.

Politics Daily takes a look at the race.

Race for Congress

DFL Rep. Tim Walz and Republican Randy Demmer had a forceful discussion over health care, federal spending and energy policy at a debate in Mankato. MPR and The Mankato Free Press have stories. I’ll post the audio of the debate on the blog later this morning.

Walz also wrote an op-ed saying tax cuts for the rich is not a Minnesota value.

MPR says immigration issues lurk, but are not discussed, in Minnesota’s 6th District race.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann wrote an op-ed saying the Tea Party is good for the GOP because it’s good for America.

WCCO Reality Checks Bachmann and Clark on lawmaker pay.

The CD4 Republicans ran an ad on Monday Night Football bashing DFL Rep. Betty McCollum and praising Republican Teresa Collett.

Republican Joel Demos also ran an ad last night during the game.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison is raising money off of the Demos ad.

An ag journal takes a look at how the midterms will impact the next Farm Bill. DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is mentioned.

2010 Other

Minnesota’s corporate disclosure law is becoming a model for other states.

Under the Dome

Minnesota tax revenues are up in last quarter.

Two southeastern Minnesota lawmakers are asking Gov. Pawlenty to help block a wind project.

Five ethanol plants have been cited in the past year.

The union representing corrections officers says Minnesota’s prisons are closer to a blowup. They cite inadequate staffing levels.

The Minnesota High Tech Association hired DFL House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher to be the group’s next president.

MnSCU’s enrollment keeps climbing.

Congress

President Obama outlined a $50 billion transportation proposal.

DNC Convention Watch

Democrats in Minneapolis make their case to be the 2012 host in a new video.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Gov. Pawlenty makes an effort to reach out to Christian Conservatives. The Brody File, which is broadcast on The Christian Broadcasting Network’s The 700 Club, will interview Pawlenty and First Lady Mary Pawlenty today.

Sarah Palin says she won’t run if conservatives indicate they want a more mainstream candidate.

She’s also test driving her 2012 message.

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