The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where two football players engage in a battle of words over the marriage amendment, DCCC won’t spend on ads for Walz, and Obama leads among women by 18 points.

Around Minnesota

Vikings player Chris Kluwe, who opposes the marriage amendment, wrote a response to former Vikings player Matt Birk, who supports the marriage amendment.

Birk wrote an opinion piece about the amendment in the Star Tribune Sunday edition.

Accent Signage employees fought with Andrew Engeldinger before he began shooting, according to new details from the police about last week’s deadly shooting in Minneapolis.

The shootings show cracks in the nation’s mental health system, AP writes.

The White House is expediting the southwest light rail project.

State regulators are requiring Xcel Energy to retain a solar power subsidy.

Lake residents are taxing themselves to prevent aquatic invasive species.

St. Cloud’s mayor is planning for the city’s first cost-of-living raise in the four years.

The Race for Congress

Feeling confident that 1st Congressional District Rep. Tim Walz will win in November, the DCCC has decided to trim its Minnesota ad budget, eliminating two ads it planned to air in Walz’s favor from its reserved airtime.

Where was Rep. Michele Bachmann on the eve of Yom Kippur? At the Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune. During the service, Bachmann was acknowledged by the synagogue’s rabbi, which so outraged one member of the congregation, he started donation campaign for Bachmann’s challenger, Jim Graves.

Republican Senate hopeful Kurt Bills will visit all of Minnesota’s 87 counties before election day.

Around the Nation

Another look at how Americans for Prosperity is influencing down ballot races, this time in Arkansas.

In Washington

Senate leaders are working on a plan to avoid looming mandatory spending cuts, the New York Times reports.

The Supreme Court rejected the National Organization for Marriage’s appeal of a Maine law that requires them to reveal their donors.

The government is encouraging people to invest, but we’re saving instead, the Washington Post reports.

The Presidential Campaign

Whistle-Blower lawyers are giving generously to President Barack Obama, according to the New York Times.

Mitt Romney is broadening his focus beyond the economy.

Politico writes that Romney is struggling to sharpen his message.

A new Quinnipiac University poll finds that Obama leads 56 – 38 percent among women and 94 – 2 percent among black voters. Men back Romney 52 – 42 percent while white voters back the Republican 53 – 42 percent.

The first presidential debate is tomorrow, and Obama will be trying not to make missteps, the AP reports.

Offshore holdings increased Romney’s wealth, the New York Times reports.

  • Since the recap highlighted Americans For Prosperity and downballot races, did any media attended the bus tour that hit Minnesota on Saturday ?

    According to John Kline’s FACEBOOK :

    Americans for Prosperity is going coast to coast via bus on the “Obama’s Failing Agenda Tour” to educate Americans about President Obama and his failing agenda. Join Minnesota conservatives in Lakeville tomorrow morning at 9 am for a rally

    led by Tony Katz and my friend, Tom Emmer of Twin Cities Newstalk. The tour includes three continuous buses crisscrossing the nation, giving a voice to the millions of Americans who oppose the policies of this administration.

    Besides Lakeville, it was scheduled to stop near the campus at Minnesota State-Mankato and Owatonna (however, they were having difficulty getting a site as two retailers declined to let the bus sit in their parking lot.)

    It would be interesting to know if John Kline or any other politician participated in the event.