The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where a GOP House employee facing child porn charges is still on the payroll, the 4th CD candidates debated, and Ann Romney gave a rousing speech in Tampa.

At the State Fair

MPR hosts a second debate at noon today between 5th Congressional District Rep. Keith Ellison and his GOP opponent Chris Fields.

Tomorrow DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Republican Rep. Kurt Bills face off, same time, same place.

And on Friday at noon, MPR’s Tom Crann will interview Gov. Mark Dayton.

See the entire schedule here.

Around Minnesota

A House GOP employee facing felony charges for possession of child pornography is still on the Legislature’s payroll.

The Roseville City Council has voted against the proposed marriage amendment.

Fewer school districts are seeking a levy referendum this year.

The Race for Congress

Fiscal concerns dominated the 4th Congressional District State Fair debate.

Rep. Chip Cravaack won the endorsement of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Political Action Committee.

The Republican Metropolitan Victory Committee will hold a fundraiser for GOP candidates Chris Fields, who is running against Rep. Keith Ellison, and Rep. Chip Cravaack on Thursday.

In Washington

The Obama administration has finalized new gas mileage rules.

At the RNC

Paul Ryan gives his speech this evening.

Before Ryan takes the podium, Tim Pawlenty will speak.

Mitt Romney arrived in Tampa yesterday.

Republicans nominated Romney as their candidate, and blasted President Barack Obama.

Ann Romney gave a speech last night. By many accounts, it was a good one.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spoke as well.

The New York Times notes that House Republicans have been given little air-time at the RNC.

Ron Paul supporters raised a ruckus on the convention hall floor.

But Paul supporters weren’t able prevent party rule changes they opposed.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told Minnesota’s delegation that this election will be nasty, the Star Tribune reports.

The Star Tribune writes that the GOP wants to turn Minnesota red with Paul Ryan on the ticket.

Rep. Michele Bachmann has a celebrity-like status at the convention.

As Hurricane Isaac heads to the Gulf coast, there’s renewed focus on VP candidate Paul Ryan’s opposition to disaster relief, the Associated Press reports.

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