The Daily Digest

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Around Minnesota

While holding fundraisers in the state, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus says Minnesota will be a battleground state in the 2012 presidential election.

Voters in parts of Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park head to the polls for a special primary election.

The Duluth News Tribune reports that Excelsior Energy and its CEOs spent $1.8 million on lobbying and campaign contributions.

The fire in the BWCA has grown to 11,000 acres. MPR has the story as well as some remarkable pictures.

Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak’s budget doesn’t include a property tax increase. But the elimination of a tax credit may mean property taxes will still go up for some.

Former George W. Bush operative Karl Rove will speak at the Republican Midwest Leadership Conference, which will be held in Bloomington, Oct. 7-8.

Eighth district DFL candidate Rick Nolan got a key endorsement from former Eveleth Mayor and long-time Minnesota state Rep. Joe Begich.

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the Washington Post that he will pardon the two hikers arrested there two years ago.

In Washington

President Barack Obama unveiled his jobs bill.

National Journal Hotline editor Reid Wilson previews the looming jobs debate.

What does the Federal Reserve do, exactly?

The Race for President

The candidates debated in Tampa last night.

Rep. Michele Bachmann’s showing was much stronger than it was at the Reagan Library last week.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry was on the defensive, especially when Bachmann pressed him about a executive order he signed that would have required girls to get the HPV vaccine.

The candidates did not always make factual statements.

Two super PACs supporting Bachmann are part of a new class of political fundraising organizations that stand to have a major impact on the 2012 election.

Tim Pawlenty’s endorsement of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney marks a departure from the sharp rhetoric he used on the campaign trail.

Time’s Swampland blog takes a look at what Pawlenty’s endorsement means for Romney’s campaign.

Pawlenty was in Florida last night at the debate, and hinted that Perry’s message on Social Security could hurt him in Florida.

U.S. News and World Report says Bachmann and Romney are losing the media battle to Perry.

Bloomberg contrasts Bachmann, Obama and Perry’s fundraising styles.

Perry wrote an opinion piece in USA Today about his views on Social Security.

His candidacy is making some corners of the Republican party nervous.

If you’re looking for a glow-in-the-dark kitten…

… you can find one at the Mayo Clinic.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    GOP National Chair Priebus is in great part responsible for the political mess that is Wisconsin. If he spends a ton of money in Minnesota, watch for MN Democrats to play and replay scenes from the Wisconsin protests and the elections recalling Priebus’ anointed ones.

  • danno

    As usual, the loudest and least informed screamers about higher taxes on the wealthy are people who will never have to pay those taxes. Talk about falling for sound bites that have nothing to do with your self interest, and nothing to do with our social contract with each other. Those screamers have also suffered from a lack of education–they think there is a single chance in the very hot place that someday they will be in the high income tax paying group. Of course, they are also “drinking that free bubble-up, and eating that rainbow stew.”