The Daily Digest (Same-sex marriage opponents raise $8.2 million, blacks targeted in ban vote, Court drops Gauthier from ballot)

Minnesotans United for All Families announced late last night that it raised $8.2 million to defeat the same-sex marriage amendment.

MPR reports that supporters of a same-sex marriage ban are hoping African American voters, a key voting block for President Obama, help them pass the proposed amendment.

DFL Rep. Tim Walz and other veterans line up against the amendment.

Marriage amendment supporters put up 25 billboards in urban areas.

Economy

Consumer confidence jumps to a 7-month-high.

The Minnesota soybean harvest is advancing rapidly.

Under the Dome

Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon skydives to support the troops.

Minnesota added 511 bodies of water to the impaired waters list.

The USDA cited the Duluth zoo for shelter issues in the summer flooding.

Vikings Stadium

The architecture team will be announced on Friday.

Congress

Congressional leaders are raising questions about a Supreme Court case dropped by the City of St. Paul.

DFL Sen. Al Franken is asking the USDA to review its floor price for raw milk.

Middle East

Iran pushes ahead in building a nuclear reactor.

Voter ID

Supporters of Voter ID released a new ad.

Race for Legislature

The Minnesota Supreme court removes DFL Rep. Kerry Gauthier from the ballot.

Here’s the order.

A new political committee was formed to help elect conservatives to the Minnesota Legislature.

Race for Congress

The U.S. Steelworkers are backing Democrat Rick Nolan.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann says she’’s in the most heated race of her political career.

DFL Rep. Tim Walz released a new TV ad.

GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack featured family in his ad.

Race for U.S. Senate

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar campaigned in Iowa for Christie Vilsack.

Party Politics

MPR says Norm Coleman may be out of office but he’s close to the GOP’s center of power.

The Huffington Post says Coleman’s former right-hand man, Jeff Larson, could make or break Romney’s campaign with funding decisions.

Race for President

President Obama wants the United Nations to confront the roots of the Muslim rage.

The latest Quinnipiac Swing State Poll shows Romney losing ground in PA, OH and FL.

Romney releases a look into the camera ad that is clearly a direct response to his 47% comments.

The Boston Globe says a Chinese firm promoted its low-wage, low tax liability to investors shortly before Mitt Romney made the investment.

The Washington Post says President Obama is showering Ohio with money and attention.

Romney is trying to make up lost ground in the state.

Romney and Paul Ryan will campaign together more often.

Bill Clinton gets love from President Obama and Mitt Romney.

Romney’s also saying he won’’t restrict a teacher’s right to sue.

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