The Daily Digest (Test scores released, Title tiff continues, Pawlenty recycles Klobuchar’s beer line, Bachmann raises $1m)

The Minnesota Supreme Court has to decide a case involving the titles of the proposed constitutional amendments. The issue could create headaches for the court regardless of its decision.

Meanwhile, a church in Minneapols has rescinded an invitation for Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to speak at a Minneapolis church after consultation with the Minneapolis Archdiocese. (Note: An earlier version of this report incorrectly said the archdiocese rescinded the invitation.)

Under the Dome

Gov. Dayton is scheduled to meet today with GOP Sen. Michelle Fischbach and GOP Rep. Tim O’Driscoll to discuss Verso Paper Mill recovery. Dayton’s spokeswoman says they’re still waiting to hear from company about future plans.

The latest test scores have been released. There has been little change in the results. The state’s achievement gap remains.

Today is the 5th Anniversary of the I-35W bridge collapse. MPR reports that the state is still fixing and addressing bridge problems.

Dayton appointed five people to MnSCU’s Board. The list includes former DFL House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher.

The New Ulm Journal says taxpayer funds may be going towards phones and mobile devices being used in political campaigns due to how the Legislature reimburses its communication expenses.


AP reports that the House won’t extend the Farm Bill.

The House and Senate reached a short-term spending deal.

The White House and Congress appear to be willing to let the payroll tax cut expire quietly.

A regulator says no to President Obama’s mortgage write-down plan.

Republicans allege the Obama White House isn’t as transparent as it claims.\

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann says she wants to work with DFL Rep. Keith Ellison on Medicaid fraud.

Race for Legislature

The Legislative caucuses reported their fundraising figures. Senate Democrats raised the most this year.

The Minnesota DFL Party leads the fundraising race. The DFL Party raised $2.2 million from individuals and groups. The MNGOP, which has been plagued with financial troubles, raised $99,240.

Race for Congress

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann raised $1 million in July.

Gov. Dayton is backing Rick Nolan in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District.

Nolan also released an ad supporting his candidacy.

Race for President

President Obama will campaign in Ohio.

Mitt Romney is planning a swing state push.

On Tuesday, he praised the Polish spirit during his visit to that country.

One of his aides didn’t praise Romney’s travelling press corps. The aide told reporters to “shove it” for shouting questions at Romney. The traveling press corps got to ask three questions during Romney’s entire trip.

Romney also defended his culture remark which drew Palestinian ire.

President Obama’s aides jumped on Romney’s overseas gaffes saying Romney struck out playing tee-ball.

President Obama is trying to paint Romney as an outsourcer.

Reuters reports that Super PAC donor Sheldon Adelson, who is backing Romey, is being investigated by the Macau government for illegal conduct.

Pawlenty for VP Watch

MPR reports that Pawlenty’s beer line has a familiar ring (Klobuchar used it in 2006).

Pawlenty will lead Romney’s Polish American outreach.

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