The Daily Digest (VP debate, Klobuchar to campaign for Wisconsin candidate, Big TV spending in MN)

Vice President Joe Biden and GOP Rep. Paul Ryan engaged in a feisty debate of the issues last night.

The New York Times has a fact-check of the debate here.

Ryan is holding a private fundraiser in Minneapolis on Saturday night. He’s not holding any public events while he’s in Minnesota.

Under the Dome

Attorneys for the Minnesota Senate and fired Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb disputed Brodkorb’s defamation claims in court.

Economy

The number of jobless claims plummeted last week to a 4-year low.

Congress

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warns of a threat of a cyberattack on the U.S.

The fiscal cliff could result in defense cuts of more than 4,000 jobs in Minnesota.

Money in Politics

MPR News took a look at TV spending and found that it’s expensive but not as pricey as 2008.

Read the nifty graph here.

Ed Rollins, a national Republican campaign strategist, has been named to the board of A Stronger Minnesota. The group was recently formed to help elect GOP candidates.

Amendment to Ban Same-Sex Marriage

The head of the NAACP will be in Minnesota today to hold a news conference to state the organization’s opposition to the amendment.

Race for the Legislature

The Duluth News Tribune endorsed lesser known write-in candidate Jay Fosle in the race to replace DFL Rep. Kerry Gauthier. Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon told the paper she can’t back the DFL Party’s endorsed candidate. The Supreme Court ruled that Fosle’s name won’t be on the ballot.

PIM takes a look at the Senate District 39 race by Republican Karin Housley and Democrat Julie Bunn.

Candidates in St. Cloud debated the K12 shift and the fastest way to pay back the accounting trick.

Race for Congress

Democrats are pointing to two polls that give Rick Nolan a lead over GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack in Minnesota’s 8th District.

There is lots of outside money flowing into the 8th District.

Cravaack raised $471k for the final stretch.

Cravaack is aiming to roll back EPA regional haze powers.

Democrat Jim Graves released an ad hitting GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann for her missed votes and “national celebrity.”

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison and Republican Chris Fields debated the issues on WCCO Radio.

Race for U.S. Senate

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar will campaign in Wisconsin for Tammy Baldwin.

Klobuchar told the AP that the debt would be her number one priority in 2013.

Republican Kurt Bills campaigned in Red Wing.

Race for President

A New York Times poll of battleground states shows President Obama and Mitt Romney tied in Colorado. Obama holds slight leads in Virginia and Wisconsin.

Obama holds a lead in Ohio but one poll shows Mitt Romney picking up a lead in Florida.

The DNC fired an employee who was featured in a video distributed by a conservative blogger.

2014

Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson released an ad touting his reelection. Johnson, an RNC Committeeman who is mentioned as a candidate for governor in 2014, doesn’t have an opponent in his reelection campaign this year.

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