The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where Brodkorb and the state face court-ordered talks, the Alliance for a Better Minnesota is dipping into the 8th CD race, and Obama accepted his party’s nomination.

Around Minnesota

Michael Brodkorb and the state face court-ordered settlement talks on Sept. 24. Some of the charges in the case have been dropped, too. (There was some confusion last week over whether the case would be narrowed.)

Congress wants more information from Minnesota about its Medicaid program.

American Crystal Sugar workers demonstrated at the homes of the firm’s directors, the Associated Press reports.

The Race for Congress

The Alliance for a Better Minnesota, a liberal group that is aiming to put more Democrats in the state Legislature this year, has waded into the 8th Congressional District race.

Republican state Rep. Kurt Bills has tapped his former rival, Dan Severson, for his Senate election team.

Gov. Mark Dayton, Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Al Franken, Rep. Collin Peterson, Rep. Tim Walz, Rep. Keith Ellison, and Rep. Betty McCollum are hosting a fundraiser in St. Paul for DFL 8th Congressional District hopeful Rick Nolan.

At the DNC

Obama spoke to the DNC delegates last night.

In his speech, he admitted some of his failures, outlined some new goals, and warned that progress under his administration could be in danger under Republican leadership.

Obama’s speech didn’t touch on his stimulus bill or TARP.

An unnamed Warroad, Minnesota, company made a cameo in Obama’s speech. Obama may have been referring to Marvin Windows and Doors; its owners are reliable GOP donors, according to state campaign finance records.

The Associated Press fact-checked Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s speech.

Some Minnesota delegates were shutout of the speech because it was moved indoors to a smaller venue.

Minnesota delegates who were able to attend lined up early for the event.

They’re motivated for this fall’s election.

So are students, who played an important role in Obama’s 2008 election.

The PoliGraph found Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak’s speech at the DNC a mixed bag of facts.

Here’s more of AP’s fact-checking from the DNC.

Sen. Al Franken defended Obama’s policies at the Minnesota delegation breakfast Thursday morning.

Rep. Keith Ellison reacted to two changes to the Democratic platform.

The Presidential Campaign

The New York Times has a rare look at Sasha and Malia Obama.

In Washington

Republicans are angry that the White House appears poised to skip a deadline to outline automatic, across the board cuts in January, Politico reports.

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