The Daily Digest: 10-21-08

Democrats are bringing the heat on GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann. MPR, AP and the Pi Press have stories.

AP says Bachmann’s comments hurt her.

Politico calls it Bachmann’s Macaca moment.

CQ says a self inflicted wound puts Bachmann’s seat in jeopardy.

Bachmann said Hardball’s Chris Matthews brought up “Anti-American.” She fails to say that she used the term several times after he brought it up.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Bachmann discredited herself.

Bachmann said Pelosi used a “bald faced lie.” Bachmann also wrote an op-ed in Politico.

A Republican plans a write-in campaign against Bachmann.

WCCO says this isn’t the first controversy for Bachmann.

The Star Tribune says the political landscape shifted.

3rd District

Pelosi campaigned for 3rd District DFLer Ashwin Madia.

GOP Rep. John Kline and Gov. Pawlenty defend Paulsen.

Madia and Republican Erik Paulsen are some of the biggest money raisers when it comes to those campaigning in open seats.

CQ says some Independents could play a factor in the elections. I-P candidate David Dillon is mentioned.

1st District

DFL Rep. Tim Walz campaigns in Albert Lea.

5th District

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison starts running ads supporting the Employee Free Choice Act.

7th District

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson and Republican challenger Glen Menze agree that the bailout was bad policy.

2008 Race for U.S. Senate

The Star Tribune/Minnesota poll shows the Senate race as a dead heat between GOP Sen. Norm Coleman and DFLer Al Franken.

Hillary Clinton will campaign for Al Franken and Barack Obama today.

Stu Rothenberg calls the race a toss-up.

The Senate candidates disagree on the economy.

ECM profiles Coleman.

KARE profiles Dean Barkley.

Barkley campaigns in Moorhead.

Franken visits some Indian reservations. During a stop in Cass Lake, Franken says he won’t take away guns.

Coleman campaigns in Willmar and Marshall.

NPR says the AMA remembered Coleman’s votes.

2008 Race for President

MPR has a story looking at how Obama’s race is playing on the Iron Range.

McCain’s camp looks at ways to win without Colorado.

McCain will barnstorm Pennsylvania.

Obama will leave the campaign trail to visit his ailing grandmother.

Obama said the race will tighten.

Ken Adelman endorses Obama.

Mark Kennedy’s former chief of staff says Republicans are making a mistake if they continue to focus on Bill Ayers.

GOP VP Sarah Palin breaks with McCain on gay marriage.

Protesters try to disrupt Palin’s motorcade in Colorado.

2008 Race for the Legislature

Pawlenty campaigns in Princeton.

The U of M studies a veto proof majority.

2008 Other

The Star Tribune says Cabelas and Gander Mountain are working to pass the sales tax increase for the arts and outdoors.


The credit markets may be thawing.

President Bush is open to a second stimulus.

The Dow jumped 400 points.


St. Paul announces its RNC review commission.


The U of M’s Medical School is considering a gift ban. DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is mentioned.

DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar pushes walking and biking.


Ratchet arrives.

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