The Daily Digest

The Race for Congress leads the Digest today. Money and endorsements are the top headlines in the 6th District and 8th District races.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann reports raking in $5.4 million since July.

Meanwhile, Democrat Tarryl Clark and IP candidate Bob Anderson attended a debate in Stillwater. Bachmann didn’t attend.

In Minnesota’s 8th, the MCCL endorsed Republican Chip Cravaack in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District. The anti-abortion group has backed Oberstar since the 1970s.

Politico takes a look at the Democratic heavyweights who are in “tough races.” DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.

MPR takes a look at the 3rd District race between GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen and DFLer Jim Meffert.

The Pi Press takes a look at the 2nd District race between GOP Rep. John Kline and Democrat Shelley Madore.

In Minnesota’s 1st, DFL Rep. Tim Walz and Republican Randy Demmer will square off in another debate today It’s an AARP sponsored debate that will be held in Rochester.

The Walz campaign alleges that a NRCC ad running against him is false.

Former GOP Sen. Norm Coleman will campaign for Republican Lee Byberg in Alexandria on Thursday. Byberg is challenging DFL Rep. Collin Peterson in Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District.

MinnPost says the 7th District race shows some competitive signs.

Race for Governor

IP candidate Tom Horner will campaign in New Ulm and Mankato on Wednesday.

Democrat Mark Dayton will speak at a Rotary Club in Minneapolis over the noon hour. He then heads to International Falls to campaign.

Republican Tom Emmer has no public events.

On Tuesday, Dayton, Republican Emmer and the IP’s Horner sharpened their rhetoric in a debate on MPR’s Midmorning.

Here’s the audio from the show.

Read the live blog and fact-check of the debate here.

AP says the trio feuded over their pasts.

2010 Other

RNC Chair Michael Steele will be in Minneapolis today for a fundraiser.

The Star Tribune takes a look at the dispute among Minnesota’s Tea Party activists. Some want to stay independent. Others are working within the GOP.

Congress

A judge orders an injunction on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

The ban on deep water drilling has been lifted.

Justices weigh lawsuits over vaccine side effects.

TCF Bank is suing the Federal Reserve over debit card fees.

President Obama is found to be a distant relative of Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin.

The Hill says DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is taking the reins in the U.S. Senate when it comes to ethanol.

Under the Dome

Gov. Pawlenty and lawmakers agreed to a framework to a disaster relief bill. There’s a dispute as to whether the deal is wrapped up. One of the delays in the federal disaster declaration.

Wadena gets $750,000 not $20 million for tornado relief.

Two lawmakers are pushing to include anti-bullying legislation in the special session.

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson calls for a suspension of all foreclosures.

Stillwater prison guards say they need more help.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Gov. Pawlenty endorsed of a Republican running for Congress in Massachusetts.

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