The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where the candidates debated at FarmFest, Obama campaigned in Colorado, and Pawlenty dodges questions about the veepstakes.

Around Minnesota

Wolf hunt opponents are campaigning to stop the hunting season.

The New York Times profiles the Shakopee Mdewakanton tribe’s financial success.

The Race for Congress

Sen. Amy Klobuchar and her GOP opponent Rep. Kurt Bills debated at FarmFest.

Rep. Collin Peterson and his GOP opponent Lee Byberg debated as well.

Jim Graves got a boost from the DCCC in his race against Rep. Michele Bachmann.

The PoliGraph takes issue with Rick Nolan’s claim that Social Security and Medicare haven’t contributed “one penny to the national deficit.”

Outside groups are spending significantly on the 8th Congressional District primary race.

Ads in the 8th are ramping up, too. Jeff Anderson releases his second ad today, which coincides with deer hunting licenses going on sale this week.

Meanwhile, Nolan will hold a press conference today to address accusations about his role in the Minnesota World Trade Center, which is the subject of a Tarryl Clark ad, according to a Nolan press release.

Mike Parry implied that the Faribault Daily News’ endorsed him, but that’s not true.

The Presidential Campaign

Mitt Romney is starting to take credit for the health care plan he passed in Massachusetts that mirrors the new federal health care law.

President Barack Obama campaigned in Colorado where he appealed to female voters.

Romney’s favorability ratings have stalled, the Washington Post reports.

Young Republicans are distancing themselves from social issues, the New York Times reports.

Pawlenty for VP Watch

Wikipedia locked down Tim Pawlenty’s page following Stephen Colbert’s stunt.

Pawlenty visited Michigan for Romney on Wednesday.

When asked is he would return to Michigan as VP, Pawlenty said, “We’ll know soon enough.”

Pawlenty won’t say if he’s meeting this week with VEEP vetter Beth Myers.

The New York Times says Pawlenty is unlikely to help Romney carry Minnesota if he is picked.

Rob Portman, another VP candidate from Ohio, owns a hotel that’s reportedly haunted.

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