The Daily Digest: 10-2-08

All attention is on the U.S. House now that the Senate has passed a $810 bailout package that includes a few sweeteners.

GOP Sen. Norm Coleman and DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar helped pass the bill.

Now it’s back to the House. Minnesotans who voted no are in the spotlight.

GOP Rep. Jim Ramstad is reconsidering his vote in light of the added sugar.

The Mankato Free Press and KEYC say DFL Rep. Tim Walz is hearing from his constituents.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann says she won’t vote for the bill.

Enbridge energy is fined for a fatal oil pipeline accident. DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.

2008 Race for President

The VP debate is tonight.

Barack Obama and John McCain both voted for the bailout bill.

Barack Obama attended a rally in La Crosse, WI. WCCO, Star Tribune and KARE have stories. MPR has a fact check of his speech. You can listen to Obama’s entire speech here.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison said Congress would oppose former Sen. Phil Gramm as Treasury Secretary if McCain is elected. His quote is just in time for Halloween.

2008 Race for Senate

WCCO says the bailout vote is a no win for GOP Sen. Norm Coleman.

Coleman says DFLer Al Franken is hypocritical for criticizing him for taking Wall St. money.

MPR takes a look at the Senate ads.

I-P candidate Dean Barkley campaigns in Duluth.

Former Gov. Jesse Ventura appears in radio ads for Barkley.

MinnPost says Barkley is sitting in the catbird seat in Sunday’s debate.

Stu Rothenberg said Franken and Coleman need to figure out how to deal with Barkley.

2008 Race for Congress

The candidates in the 6th debate Iraq and the bailout. Fox9, MPR, the Pi Press, the Star Tribune and AP have stories.

3rd District DFLer Ashwin Madia disputes residency questions raised by Republican Erik Paulsen’s campaign.

Madia also says he would have voted for the bailout bill.

A debate has been scheduled in Minnesota’s 7th District. DFL Rep. Collin Peterson and Republican Glen Menze will debate at the local PBS affiliate in Fargo on October 7.

State Government

The charitable gaming industry says it’s down on its luck.

  • Joe

    The Independence Party candidate in the 6th district debate last night (Bob Anderson) perhaps ought to keep his day job as a dental technician, as one of his proposed remedies for the stock market was (as opposed to having a bailout) to have bigshots like Warren Buffett come in and prop up the market by putting a lot of money into it.

    Um, apparently Mr. Anderson missed the front-page news the other day about Buffett putting $10 billion of his own money into buying Goldman Sachs stock.

    If you’re going to run for Congress, might want to stay on top of the news a little better there, Bob.