Republican Kurt Bills is running an ad that alleges DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar declined to prosecute Tom Petters because he was a campaign contributor. MPR says Klobuchar, the U.S. Attorney who prosecuted the case, the Hennepin County Attorney’s office and the trustee for Petter’s victims all say the allegations lack credibility.
Amendment to Ban Same-Sex Marriage
The group backing the amendment started running an ad raising the specter of teaching same-sex marriage in schools.
Former GOP state Rep. John Berns says he’ll vote no on the amendment.
Voter ID Amendment
MPR says Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey is openly campaigning against both amendments saying they’re discriminatory. Republicans are criticizing him for making the comments.
The New Yorker writes about the Republicans who are pushing Voter ID nationally.
A new report says the threat of the fiscal cliff is already costing the U.S. jobs.
A Senate report says Medtronic failed to disclose the company’s role in editing and writing medical journal articles to downplay the risks of the bone growth product.
Race for Legislature
The state’s budget troubles are a major issue in the campaign.
Gov. Dayton will hold a rally in St. Cloud for DFL legislative candidates.
Fox9 takes a look at GOP Sen. David Hann’s employment as a health insurance agent and wonders if it creates a conflict of interest. Hann chairs the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The story was first reported by the liberal blog, MN Progressive Project.
The DFL Party is complaining that a HRCC staffer posed as a Democrat in a letter to the editor.
Meanwhile, House Republicans say a DFL mailing manipulates a photo of GOP Rep. King Banaian, who is of Armenian dissent.. The mailing darkens his skin and puts a crown on his head.
Former Democratic Vice President Walter Mondale and former GOP Gov. Arne Carlson are backing Melisa Franzen in her Minnesota Senate bid. She’s challenging GOP Rep. Keith Downey in the open seat in Edina.
Race for Congress
GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack continues to lead Democrat Rick Nolan in fundraising.
The Star Tribune reports Cravaack disclosed that his son’s autism played a role in his family relocating to New Hampshire.
Larry Sabato shifted the 8th District race to “Lean Democratic.”
A local group known as “Regular Folks of the Range” will start running anti-Cravaack ads.
MPR has a profile of GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann.
The St. Cloud Times has a story saying Bachmann’s comments about the “Muslim Brotherhood” have not been validated in light of a recent attack on Libya.
MPR has a look at the race between DFL Rep. Betty McCollum and Republican Tony Hernandez.
Race for President
AP is reporting that Mitt Romney will start running TV ads in Minnesota to widen his path to get to 270 electoral votes.
The presidential campaign has surpassed the $2 billion mark.
President Obama did a round the clock campaign tour. He also cast his early ballot in Illinois.
Romney is offering “Big Change” as an alternative to Obama.
Former Secretary of State Collin Powell is backing Obama’s campaign.
Romney adviser John Sununu said Powell is backing Obama because he’s black.
An Obama video compares voting to losing your virginity.