The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where Brodkorb says he’s voting against the marriage amendment, Bachmann leads Graves by 9 percentage points, and Obama and Romney debate tonight.

Around Minnesota

Michael Brodkorb, former top aid for the Senate Republicans, said the marriage amendment is on the ballot to get conservatives to the polls this year, not because of family values, WCCO reports.

Brodkorb says he’s voting against the amendment.

Money from groups outside of Minnesota is flowing into the marriage amendment campaigns.

State Sen. Scott Dibble and staff from Rep. Keith Ellison’s campaign were door-knocking on the marriage amendment in Southwest Minneapolis. Both oppose it.

The Koch-Brodkorb scandal is showing up on campaign literature.

Uncertainty about the voter ID amendment, visualized.

State Democrats and Republicans are battling over property taxes.

Groups trying to stop the Minnesota wolf hunt are asking the state Supreme Court to take emergency action.

The Race for Congress

A new KSTP poll show Rep. Michele Bachmann is leading her DFL opponent 50 percent to 41 percent. Nine percent of the voters in the district are undecided.

National Democrats pledged resources to Graves’ campaign in the Minnesota 6th.

Graves reports bringing in $1 million during the last quarter. Bachmann made $4.5 million.

MPR looks at the latest fundraising numbers from the congressional campaigns.

Two new ads from conservative groups are targeting Rick Nolan for his voting record.

Congressman Keith Ellison’s campaign will host a concert at First Ave on Oct. 28 to encourage people to vote.

Two top officials at the Minnesota Racing Commission are under investigation by Minnesota Management and Budget, KSTP reports.

National News

The Wichita Eagle profiles the Koch Brothers, conservative donors behind Americans for Prosperity, a group that’s playing a role in Minnesota’s elections.

Las Vegas sets the record for number of political ads.

Negative political ads can lead to lower voter turnout, the Associated Press explains.

A newspaper in Washington State looks at some of the claims being made in the marriage debate there.

The Presidential Race

The candidates debate again tonight.

Here are a few things to watch for in the debate.

Romney raised $170 million in September, which is a lot but less than Obama’s haul of $181 million.

The debate impasse is clouding the presidential race, the New York Times reports.

The Obama campaign has set up a fundraising page linked to Jill Biden’s visit to Minnesota.

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