The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where Dayton announces two health care task forces, Kline criticizes Obama’s student loan plans, and Cain reels from a day of news about sexual harassment accusations and a potential violation of campaign rules.

Around Minnesota

Gov. Mark Dayton has started two health care task forces.

The state’s doctors are pleased with President Barack Obama’s latest efforts to deal with drug shortages.

U of M president Eric Kaler’s speech from Dayton’s jobs summit can be found on MPR’s On Campus blog.

State Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazzeppa has endorsed Sen. Mike Parry, R-Waseca, who’s aiming to unseat U.S. DFL Rep. Tim Walz.

The DFL has hired an executive Director and an outreach director.

The DFL will endorse a candidate to run for Sen. Larry Pogemiller’s seat on Dec. 7, the day after the primary election.

The Post-Bulletin says former Gov. Arne Carlson is the best governor the state has seen in recent history.

In Washington

Rep. John Kline spoke with Fox News Monday morning about President Barack Obama’s efforts to change student loan rules without going to Congress.

Lawmakers get flack for missing votes, but it’s not uncommon among members of Congress.

A Government Accountability Office released a review of the Federal Reserve’s assistance to AIG. The New York Times has analysis here.

On the Campaign Trail

Rep. Michele Bachmann released a list of 64 people who are helping her win in Iowa.

UPI reports that Bachmann is popular among Iowa’s Republican voters despite dropping in the Iowa Poll.

Meanwhile, Bachmann’s former campaign manager Ed Rollins told ABC News that she’s “out of money and ideas,” and said that Iowa is out of her reach at this point.

The Concord Monitor games out Bachmann’s prospects in Iowa.

Herman Cain had a tough day Monday. Questions about sexual harassment allegations continued during a Fox News appearance and speeches at the American Enterprise Institute and the National Press Club. He started the day denying the charges.

But in an interview last night with Fox’s Greta Van Susteren, he detailed the accusations.

Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on an outside group that appears to have spent thousands on goods and services for the Cain campaign – a potential violation of campaign and tax law.

On a separate note, Cain has hired Iowa GOP operative Steve Grubbs. After his first place finish in the Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll announced Saturday, it looks like Cain will be spending more time in that state.


MPR mourns the loss of Tom Keith, host of the Morning Show and sound effects guru for A Prairie Home Companion.

  • Cliff Saxon

    Sad To Hear About Tom Keith, My Condolences To His Family And Friends.