Republicans are struggling to get a handle on a looming storm that is disrupting this week’s Republican National Convention. It isn’t certain when the event will start or end.
The storm has forced the RNC to reshuffle the schedule.
The New York Times suggests the GOP is divided as it heads into the convention.
Case in point: Minnesota’s delegates attended a rally for Ron Paul despite the threat of a hurricane.
The delegates are also accusing the Romney campaign and the RNC of a power grab.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann fired up the Tea Party at an event prior to the RNC.
The Star Tribune profiles former GOP Sen. Norm Coleman and outlines his new role as the head of a political non-profit and a super PAC.
Democrats, including Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, are planning to counter the RNC.
Race for President
A Washington Post/ABC News poll shows Mitt Romney with a 1 percentage point lead over President Obama.
AP interviewed President Obama. Obama said Mitt Romney has “extreme views.”
Romney made a “birther” joke on the stump.
Romney is working to show his background and personality heading into the election.
The presidential race has basically come down to seven states.
Under the Dome
The Minnesota Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on challenges to the Voter ID constitutional amendment and whether Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has the right to title the amendment.
Gov. Dayton signed the flood relief bill for northeastern Minnesota after lawmakers quickly passed the bill in a special session.
Dayton and other state officials met with laid-off workers from Georgia-Pacific in Duluth.
The House opted to not bring up a motion to expel DFL Rep. Kerry Gauthier.
The PoliGraph says GOP Rep. Steve Drakzkowski’s numbers on state employee beneifits are right.
An Associated Press poll says most respondents prefer higher taxes and retirement age to reducing future payments in order to save Social Security.
Voter ID Amendment
Activists in Minneapolis rally against an amendment that would require people to present photo identification to vote.
Minnesota’s exports climbed to a record $5.4 billion in the quarter.
Most laid off workers take pay cuts in their new jobs.
Race for U.S. Senate
AP profiles DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
Neil Armstrong, the first human to step on the moon, died over the weekend.
Stanley Crooks, chair of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux, died at 70 over the weekend.
MPR’s Catharine Richert will be doing the Digest over the next two weeks.