The Daily Digest

The candidates in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District engaged in a lively debate in St. Cloud on Tuesday. GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann and Democrat Tarryl Clark engaged in a feisty give and take in their first showdown this election cycle.

Bachmann later told Fox News that she intends to hold Constitution classes for members of Congress.

GOP Rep. John Kline and Demorat Shelley Madore also debated on MPR’s Midday.

The L.A. Times says Republicans have vowed to repeal the health care law but offer few alternatives. Kline is mentioned.

GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen, Democrat Jim Meffert and IP candidate Jon Oleson also took part in a Midday debate.

A conservative seniors group launches attack ads against DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar will campaign in Wisconsin for Russ Feingold.

DFL Sen. Al Franken campaigned for Harry Reid in Nevada.

Democrats have a spending edge in head to head cash.

Two of the ads run by Norm Coleman’s American Action Network get pulled.

Race for Governor

The major party candidates for governor take part in a KARE11/MPR job interview tonight at Macalester College.

Last night, the three debated the issues in Mankato.

Republican Tom Emmer holds campaign rallies in Lino Lakes, North Branch, Princeton and Long Lake.

Democrat Mark Dayton takes part in an IT symposium and will visit a business in Bloomington.

IP candidate Tom Horner will hold fundraisers in Minneapolis, take part in an IT symposium and do some call-in radio programs.

The campaign fundraising reports show that Dayton spent the most among the gubernatorial candidates. Republican Tom Emmer has the most left in the bank.

IP candidate Tom Horner raised $1.2 million and has $60k left in the bank.

MN Forward raised $1.9 million.

Kwik-Trip and Anheuser-Busch gave to the DFL leaning Win Minnesota.

The Alliance for a Better Minnesota raised $5.4 million and spent $4.4 million on ads ripping Emmer.

The Vikings owners start their stadium push.

MPR says there has been little detail from the candidates on health spending.

Emmer released his fifth ad of the cycle.

Police and nurses rip an ad that’s critical of Democrat Mark Dayton.

Race for Legislature

After examining the spending from the political party units, here are the legislative districts to watch. Eagan and Woodbury are getting bombarded with campaign lit this month.

KSTP takes a look at a DFL lit piece that targets Republican Chaplain Dan Hall, who is running for the Minnesota Senate against DFL Sen. John Doll. The piece includes a picture of a priest with an “Ignore the Poor button.” Democrats say the piece is meant to show the Hall is a man of faith but ignored cuts to GAMC. Expect the GOP to work to link Dayton to this piece in the days ahead.

You can read the lit piece here.

2010 Other

Hennepin County filed voter fraud charges at the same time DFL Rep. Keith Ellison condemns efforts by a conservative group to increase the monitoring of the polls.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Pawlenty campaigns today in New Mexico for the Republican running for governor in that state.

Frum Forum asks whether Gov. Pawlenty can win over the Tea Partiers.

Finally

A new study says a global extinction crisis looms.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    Emmer’s new TV ad repeats the canard “Mark Dayton for nearly 17% spending increase.” Emmer’s statement is patently false and Emmer’s Budget is a fake. Real state spending is projected to increase about 2% over the next biennium, the result of continuing inflation of health care costs, which make up about 1/3 of Minnesota’s budget.

    To create the Emmer Fake Budget, Emmer’s carefully cooked numbers ignore all of the following:

    
• $2.1 billion of federal stimulus money received and spent in the 2010 biennium, which will not be repeated in 2012.

    • $1.9 billion in borrowing from our school districts in 2010

    
• $1.2 billion in built-in inflation in the 2012 biennium (calculated at about 1.9% per year)
• $1.0 billion in one time cuts in the 2010 budget, for programs which will have to be paid for, or cut again, in 2012

    
• $1.4 billion in 2012 required payback to school districts for 2010 borrowing


    You can search in vain for any of these numbers in Tom Emmer’s Not Really True Budget. Happy hunting.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    Bachmann holds classes on the Constitution. Better check my calendar. Nope, not April 1st. Oh, it’s on Fox News? Well, alright then. Will Bachmann on the Constitution air before or after Mel Gibson on Etiquette?