The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where political groups outside Minnesota are putting down roots in the state, voter fraud is hard to find, and Obama’s latest ad targets Romney’s “47 percent” comments.

Around Minnesota

Wealthy political groups based outside of Minnesota are spending big on the state’s elections this year. Some of those are looking to put down roots for good.

As many as 400,000 Catholics will get letters this week from the state’s bishops asking them to help pay for ads to support the marriage amendment, the Star Tribune reports.

The Tribune also reports that the marriage amendment supporters are putting up their first billboards this week.

Due to its proximity to Iowa, southern Minnesota is seeing its share of political ads, the Post Bulletin reports.

Former Gov. Arne Carlson says that Rep. Michele Bachmann is “in decline.”

The St. Paul Saints say a $2 million shortfall for their new stadium will be hard to fill, the Pioneer Press reports.

National Politics

Increasingly, teachers unions are aligning with Republicans, the New York Times reports.

President Barack Obama is addressing the United Nations today.

Republican election officials have turned up few instances of voter fraud in Colorado and Florida.

The Arab Spring has been a diplomatic test for Obama.

The Presidential Campaign

Obama’s campaign has a new ad out criticizing Mitt Romney for his “47 percent” comments.

Because he’s so reliant on big dollar donors, Romney has spent a lot of time fundraising – which means he’s not campaigning. As a result, his campaign is talking about scaling back his fundraising activities, according to the New York Times.

In Colorado, Romney criticized Obama for minimizing the killings at the U.S. Embassy in Libya as “bumps in the road.”

Conservatives hoped that vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan would rub off on Romney. Instead, it appears Romney has rubbed off on Ryan.

Veterans are retreating from Obama, Politico reports.

Both candidates are fighting for women’s votes, the Star Tribune reports.

Early voting is changing the dynamics of the presidential race, Bloomberg reports.

Conservative super PACs are staying on the same message as Election Day approaches.

  • bk

    FYI, should be $2 million not $2 billion re: St. Paul Saints story.