The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where Minnesota’s tea party contingent is quieter this election year, Nolan goes after Cravaack for his family’s move to New Hampshire, and the presidential candidates have to appeal to the base and the center of their parties.

Around Minnesota

Minnesota’s Tea Party contingent is quieter this year than in 2010.

Students are concerned about voter ID.

Minnesota wants more health care exchange funds.

Gov. Mark Dayton stumped for legislative candidates in Albert Lea.

The Bemidji Pioneer writes that the state’s legislative races are being overshadowed by the presidential and congressional races.

Dayton appointed two judges.

The Office of Administrative Hearings plans to move forward with evidentiary hearings in the complaint Common Cause-MN filed against the Minnesota Republican Party, Count Them All Property, Tony Sutton and others.

Earlier this year, the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board issued fines in a complaint brought by Common Cause MN against the MN GOP.

The environmental review for the new Vikings stadium has begun.

In Washington

Some congressional incumbents are disenchanted with outside spending groups and want new rules on how these groups can influence elections.

In Monday’s debate, President Barack Obama said cuts to the military as part of the looming “sequestration” process would not happen, which surprised many Washington insiders.

His strategy on the subject is gamble, Politico reports.

The Race for Congress

For the first time, Rick Nolan went directly after GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack for his family’s move to New Hampshire, the Associated Press writes. In the ad, Nolan says that Cravaack doesn’t live in Minnesota.

But that ad got an “F” on KSTP’s Truth Test.

A Duluth TV station pulled a DFL ad that made similar claims about Cravaack, saying the ad was false.

Rep. Michele Bachmann is helping Rep. Chip Cravaack raise cash for his race against Nolan.

Rep. John Kline leads his DFL opponent Mike Obermueller in a new poll.

Democratic congressional candidates ripped Republicans for their votes on Medicare.

Republican Chris Fields said Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison is ducking debates. The two exchanged strong words in a debate last week, and a subsequent meeting for Tuesday was canceled.

They met briefly Tuesday when they both participated in a panel discussion.

The Presidential Campaign

A Rasmussen poll has President Barack Obama up by 5 points in Minnesota.

Right now, Obama and Romney have to appeal to the base and the middle of their respective parties.

A new Washington Post-ABC tracking poll still has Obama and Romney neck-in-neck over all. But there’s some interesting news buried beneath the top-line numbers:

“Asked whom they trust on the economy, 50 percent of likely voters say Romney while 45 percent side with the president. That’s the first time this fall that either candidate has had even an apparent edge on the clear No. 1 issue on voters’ minds. Political independents break for Romney by a 12-percentage-point margin on the subject, a high for the campaign.”

Who are these undecided voters?

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