The Daily Digest (Bachmann staff shakeup, Paulsen holds townhall and RamCo Med Examiner investigated)

MPR is reporting that the Ramsey County Medical Examiner is under investigation after a judge found that he gave false testimony.

MPR is also reporting that Medicaid fraud investigators may be missing on big-time cheats.

Minnesota’s toursim is recovering but the shutdown didn’t help.

The Star Tribune says the state’s schools nabbed $3.8 million for sidewalks.

Markets

Stocks in Europe plunged on Monday.

Race for President

President Obama encouraged the GOP to help boost the job market.

The speech comes at a time when Obama’s ratings are hitting a new low.

Teamsters President James Hoffa said his union can’t deal with the Tea Party (those words were more flattering than how Hoffa described it).

Mitt Romney will release his jobs plan today.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann announced last night that there has been a shakeup on her campaign. Campaign Manager Ed Rollins is stepping aside for health reasons. He will remain as a senior adviser.

The move comes just a day after Rollins told The Washington Post that the race is now between Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

“The Perry-Romney race is now the story, with us the third candidate,” Rollins told the newspaper.

The release says current campaign strategist Keith Nahigian will assume the role of interim Campaign Manager.

The campaign didn’t say in their news release that Bachmann’s deptuty campaign manager, David Polyansky, is also leaving the campaign. Politico is reporting that Polyansky has a different view of the “way forward” for the campaign.

The move comes as The Des Moines Register is questioning whether Bachmann has to go all-in in Iowa and a New Hampshire paper questioning whether her lack of presence in that state is hurting her chances.

Bachmann and several other candidates appeared at a forum in South Carolina.

Bachmann said she wants to get rid of the Department of Education.

Bachmann visited South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley at the governor’s mansion.

Politico says Perry is the reluctant debater.

The PoliGraph says the DFL claims on President Obama’s tax cuts are right.

MNGOP Chair Tony Sutton says he won’t endorse in the presidential race.

Congress

The White House says the federal costs from Hurricane Irene are $1.5 billion.

The USDA may force meatpackers to disclose pricing practices.

The Washington Post says the members of the debt panel have ties to lobbyists.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison is mentioned in a New York Times story that focused on an FBI translator who leaked classified information to a blogger.

GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen will hold a town hall tonight.

U.S. Senate Race

The Independence Party Chair says the party won’t back a Senate candidate.

Special Elections

The DFL is not taking the special elections for two Minnesota Senate seats for granted.

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