The Daily Digest (New intensity in presidential race, Jobs report released today, Voter ID debated)

The presidential campaign has gained a new intensity as a result of Wednesday’s debate.

Mitt Romney took a victory lap as he rallied Virginians.

Meanwhile, President Obama held a rally before 30,000 people in Madison, WI.

Obama plans to change his approach at the next debate after stumbling on Wednesday.

The changes were announced after Obama bombed in the first debate.

Obama is accusing Romney of dishonesty in the debate.

Romney says “I was completely wrong” about his comments about the 47 percent.

Mitt Romney is benefiting from the defense of his tax plan.

Romney moved to the center on some key issues during the debate. Politico has dubbed it the Romney reinvention project.

President Obama’s campaign says it raised a record amount in September.

The debate put Big Bird into the spotlight.

Under the Dome

Gov. Dayton will review some of the fire damage in northwestern Minnesota this morning. He’ll then fulfill a campaign promise by attending the groundbreaking of a stop light in Thief River Falls. Dayton said during the 2010 campaign that the stoplight was needed to help businesses in the community.

The state of Minnesota will pay $2 million in overtime to ensure the Hastings finishes on time.

MPR says there is a prickly debate over the contours of Minnesota’s teacher evaluations.

Hiring is up at Minnesota’s schools.

DFL Rep. Phyllis Kahn wants a peek at the Mayo Clinic’s medical records involving Lou Gehrig.

An audit finds a few problems with the Historical Society’s Legacy grants.

Economy

Today’s jobs report is expected to show modest growth.

AP says the job market is steadying but remains weak.

Congress

91 people were arrested for Medicare fraud.

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is holding out hope for Congress to pass a Farm Bill by the end of the year.

A study found that free birth control led to fewer abortions.

Voter ID

Supporters and opponents debated the merits of the amendment last night.

Several GOP senators filed a complaint against Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

Amendment to Ban Same-Sex Marriage

The Star Tribune profiles Richard Carlbom, the executive director of Minnesotans United for All Families.

Race for Legislature

The Pi Press has a look at the race between GOP Rep. Kathy Lohmer and Democrat Tom DeGree.

Race for Congress

The Pi Press sits down with Jim Graves.

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