Good morning, and welcome to Wednesday. The final debate of the presidential campaign is tonight in Las Vegas.
MPR News is hosting two debate watching events, one at the Nomad World Pub in Minneapolis and one at Amsterdam Bar & Hall in St. Paul. The doors open at 7:30, and the debate begins at 8. If you want to go, just sign up here so we can get a head count. Of course we’ll also have the debate on the radio and online at 8, so you can listen wherever you are.
Here’s the Digest.
1. Immigration as been one of the biggest issues in the presidential campaign, and is one of the topics the candidates are expected to debate tonight. The latest statistics show about 7 percent of Minnesota residents were born in foreign countries, and there are an estimated 95,000 undocumented immigrants in Minnesota. Other immigrants are citizens who can vote, and they have been watching the campaign closely. (MPR News)
2. Minnesota set a new record for online voter registration on Monday, with more than 73,000 people either registering for the first time or renewing their registration. Secretary of State Steve Simon says he believes that means voter turnout will be high this year. He also says Minnesota’s voting system is not rigged, and that the election will not be rigged. The chair of the state Republican Party agrees the system isn’t rigged, but he does have concerns about the state allowing Election Day voter registration. (MPR News)
3. An overflow crowd showed up to Tuesday night’s Edina City Council meeting after a video circulated widely of a white plainclothes police officer grabbing a black man who was walking in the street. The mayor and city council members apologized after three hours of pointed comments from people in the audience. The meeting was the first for the council since Larnie Thomas, a 34-year-old African-American man was grabbed by an Edina police lieutenant. Part of the incident was recorded on video and has since been viewed more than half a million times. (Star Tribune)
4. The Democrats’ latest strategy to get under Donald Trump’s skin before the debate came courtesy of President Obama. At a press conference Tuesday Obama made fun of Trump for saying that the presidential election was rigged against him, and said Trump should “stop whining and go try to make his case” to win more votes than Hillary Clinton. (Politico)
5. Six people have come forward to corroborate a former People magazine writer’s account of being attacked by Trump in 2005 . They are colleagues and friends of Natasha Stoynoff, who says Trump pushed her against a wall and forcibly kissed her without her permission. The friends and colleagues say she told them about the incident close to the time it happened. Trump has denied he did anything to Stoynoff. (People)