The Daily Digest

The three DFL candidates for governor debate the issues tonight in Mankato.

Republican Tom Emmer has tax rallies scheduled for today in four cities (Mankato, Duluth, Detroit Lakes and St. Paul).

Independence Party candidate Rob Hahn told reporters on Thursday that he doesn’t have anger issues and a protective order against him shouldn’t stop people from voting for him. He called it a “one-time incident.”

City Pages says he was shopping the story – a claim Hahn denied.

Republican Tom Emmer says the controversy over Target Corporation’s donation to a group that is backing him has become “too personal.” MPR and AP have stories.

The MNGOP pays for billboards supporting Emmer. The party won’t say how much they’re spending but the latest campaign finance report says the MNGOP spent $35,000 for two billboards in mid July.

IP candidate Tom Horner released a Vikings stadium plan.

Democrat Mark Dayton released a new ad that focuses on jobs.

2010 Race for Congress

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann and the MNGOP are giving away a donation from a questionable veterans group.

A congressional candidate in Idaho called Bachmann a “visionary leader.”

Democrat Tarry Clark says she opposes individual health care mandates.

Attorney General Race

Republican R. Chris Barden was for the public subsidy before he was against it.

2010 Other

A federal judge shoots down state rules regarding judicial races. The rules prevented candidates for judge from backing political candidates or soliciting or accepting campaign dough.

Under for Dome

CNN says the states are borrowing money at a rapid clip. Here’s a nifty graph that shows how Minnesota compares with the rest of the nation.

MnSCU and the U of M ponder what to do with their next leaders.

The courts are flooded with requests to change child support terms.

Low performing Minnesota schools get more money but there are some strings attached.

Tougher tobacco laws take effect on Sunday.


President Obama takes on critics of his education plan.

Economic growth has likely slowed in the second quarter.

The House passed a bill to boost commercial airline safety but it’s slimmed down from other efforts. DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.

The House Ethics Committee hits New York Democrat Charlie Rangel with 13 counts of ethics violations. The New York Times says it’s nearly certain he’ll face a trial on the charges.

DFL Sen. Al Franken says net neutrality is a First Amendment issue.

On Sunday, he bowls.

GOP Rep. John Kline pushes the House for a clean vote on a troop funding bill.

MPR’s All Things Considered talked with DFL Reps. Tim Walz and Keith Ellison over their votes for Afghanistan war funding.

A new database tracks transportation earmarks in Congress.

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson writes an op-ed pushing for trade with Cuba.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

It sure does seem like the Pawlenty for President train is leaving the station. He met with Washington D.C. reporters earlier this week. He’s campaigning in Iowa this weekend and a few more weeks. And now he’s released a web video that has presidential candidate all over it.

AP says Pawlenty is helped by the fact that Minnesota is so close to Iowa.

The Star Tribune says his weak standing in the polls hasn’t quieted the 2012 buzz around Pawlenty in Washington D.C.

Politifact checks two Pawlenty statements.

Indiana Republican Mike Pence suggests he may make a run.

2012 DNC Convention Watch

DNC officials are touring St. Louis.

  • May want to include that Clark would have still voted for Obamacare.

    “Clark spokeswoman Carrie Lucking said the state senator still would have voted for the health care bill had she been in Congress.”

    She’s just trying to have it both ways in the conservative 6th District that wants nothing to do with National Healthcare.

  • Jon

    I find it very troubling that Rep. Emmer does not think all political decisions are “personal”. He could really destroy peoples’ lives by removing any empathy from the decisions he would make as governor – particularly while cutting $5 billion from the budget. Of course it is personal.