The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where the 8th Congressional District DFL candidates debated, Paulsen said he didn’t endorse Doepke, and Romney outraises Obama once again.

Around Minnesota

A $600 million line of credit for Minnesota’s government has expired and won’t be renewed, the Associated Press reports.

Third Congressional District Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen is disputing a quote attributed to him on a flier paid for by GOP state Rep. Connie Doepke’s campaign, Patch reports. Paulsen supports David Osmek, Doepke’s primary challenger.

Minnesota is among four states where same-sex marriage amendment opponents will be getting $250,000 from the Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign.

A special Legislative session to pass flood relief has been tentatively scheduled for Aug. 24.

The Race for Congress

The DFL 8th Congressional District contenders debated Monday night. Jeff Anderson, Tarryl Clark and Rick Nolan face-off in a primary next week to challenge Rep. Chip Cravaack.

Rep. Kurt Bills wants more debates with DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Bills, and 1st Congressional District GOP contenders were at a Brown County GOP fundraiser Monday night.

During his speech, Mike Parry said that Gov. Mark Dayton “popped 15 to 16 pills” during a meeting.

Parry and Allen Quist are looking to unseat DFL Rep. Tim Walz. He challenged them to more debates, according to a press release from the campaign.

In Washington

Rep. Betty McCollum commented on the shootings in Wisconsin.

The Presidential Race

For the third straight month, Mitt Romney’s campaign has outraised President Barack Obama’s.

Mitt Romney is struggling to distance himself from a claim made last week by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that Romney hasn’t paid taxes for a decade.

PolitiFact says Reid made a strong claim about Romney’s taxes but has no evidence to back it up.

The Associated Press reports that Romney’s family trust continued to invest in companies that conflict with the GOP’s stance on a number of issues, including abortion and stem cell research. Romney pledged in 2007 that he would get rid of investments that didn’t fit with the Republican platform.

Romney got a tax break on his home in California.

Obama says that Romney’s tax plan is “Robin Hood in reverse.”

The Washington Post reports that Romney is struggling to focus his foreign policy message.

Rep. Michele Bachmann is struggling to pay off her presidential campaign debt, the St. Cloud Times reports.

The speaking line-up for the RNC is shaping up. Among the most recently announced speakers are South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. John McCain.

Pawlenty VEEP Watch

Tim Pawlenty will be at a Romney fundraiser in New Hampshire Saturday. The event will be hosted by the New Hampshire Young Republicans.

The Atlantic writes that Pawlenty is not too conservative and not too moderate – perhaps “the perfect wingman for Mitt Romney.”

Romney laughed off questions about whether he was meeting with Pawlenty during a stay at his New Hampshire home.

Here’s a little help identifying Romney’s VP pick in advance.

Time Magazine lays out 10 things you need to know about the Veepstakes.

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