The Daily Digest (Dayton gets poetic, Bachmann to stump in FL and some legislators take shutdown pay)

The situation in Libya is still uncertain. One of Moammar Gadhafi’s sons, who the rebels said was detained, is now free.

Gadhafi’s son is vowing to fight the rebels.

CNN asks whether Gadhafi’s loss is President Obama’s gain.

Politico says the GOP candidates are ducking and covering on Libya.

Under the Dome

Gov. Dayton holds a news conference today to announce the next Minnesota Poet Laureate. He kicks off his jobs tour tomorrow.

AP says 18 Minnesota lawmakers got shutdown pay retroactively

The Star Tribune says many of those lawmakers who sought back pay are now saying they’re giving it to charity.

The MN DNR says no Asian Carp have been found in the St. Croix River.

Minnesota will start studying the impact of the BP oil spill on loons and pelicans.

MPR says county fairs look to use Legacy money for barns, cultural programs

The City of Ely cuts $100,000 from its city budget.

Opposition to silica sand mining grows in Red Wing.

Congress

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann and DFL Rep. Keith Ellison responded to developments in Libya.

The President of Standard and Poor’s is stepping down.

DFL Sen. Al Franken says S & P helped build a house of cards.

The FCC kills off the Fairness Doctrine.

GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack took $92,273 in pilots disability payments – according to the Financial Disclosure Statement he filed.

Here’s Cravaack’s report.

GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen is in Israel.

MinnPost says DFL Rep. Betty McCollum looks to save the House Page program.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial opened yesterday in Washington D.C.

Race for U.S. Senate

Joe Arwood, a first-term member of the St. Bonifacius city council, announced that he’s challenging DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

WCCO says Arwood would have voted against raising the debt ceiling, wants to repeal the health care law and is a supporter of GOP presidential candidates Ron Paul and Herman Cain.

The Washington Post says the U.S. Senate is in play.

Race for Congress

GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack will speak at a NFIB event in Duluth today. The NFIB is charging for the event leading some to criticize Cravaack for not having an open town hall in Duluth.

Democrats hit Paulsen at the pump.

Race for President

A Gallup Poll says it’s a dead heat between President Obama and the GOP field.

Mitt Romney will release his jobs plan in the same week as President Obama.

Bachmann will campaign in Florida this weekend.

Bachmann, Herman Cain, Ron Paul and Rick Perry will attend a Labor Day forum in South Carolina.

She also stands by her $2/gallon of gas statement.

The L.A. Times gives Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s comments on the consitution greater scrutiny.

Roll Call says Perry has vaulted to front-runner status in South Carolina.

Sarah Palin’s team says Karl Rove “may be a bit off” about his predictions that she’ll announce on September 3.

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan says he’s not running for president.

There’s now talk former New York Gov. George Pataki may run for president.

Final thought

MPR’s Gary Eichten announced yesterday that he’s retiring in January. I’m happy to call him a friend and honored to call him a colleague.

  • Dan

    Jobs will have to wait until tomorrow… Today, we present you with the poet laureate… Typical government…

  • Ralph Crammedin

    Jobs will have to wait until tomorrow… Today, we present you with the poet laureate… Typical government…

    Typical Extreme Right Wing nihilism.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    Libya: Is Gadhafi’s loss Obama’s gain

    Of course it is. Now we can compare the Obama Plan for Libya – fast resolution, limited cost, zero American casualties – with the Bush/Republican Method in Iraq – 8 years and counting, trillions of dollars down the drain, tens of thousands of casualties.

    Whose plan is better, the Obama Plan in Libya or the Republican Plan in Iraq? You decide.