The Daily Digest: Ventura wins his case

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Minnesota

After days of deadlock, a jury sided with former Gov. Jesse Ventura, finding that he was defamed in a book. Jurors awarded Ventura $1.8 million. (MPR News)

The former governor tells the Star Tribune he’s overjoyed that his reputation is restored. (Star Tribune)

Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson was back campaigning for the Republican nomination for governor today, eight days after emergency surgery to repair a perforation in his stomach. (MPR News)

With only two weeks to go before a four-way primary between Republican candidates for governor, Orono businessman Scott Honour has the cash advantage. (MPR News)

But DFL Gov. Mark Dayton has a considerable cash advantage over the Republicans. (Star Tribune)

All four GOP candidates for governor say they’re focused on cutting spending. (MPR News)

MPR is hosting a debate between the four candidates today at noon. Listen to it live. (MPR News)

County elections officials are looking into voter registrations linked to mail drops. (Star Tribune)

Former U.S. Sen. Dave Durenberger has endorsed Jim Abeler for Senate over Mike McFadden in the Republican primary contest. He says Minnesotans deserve an experienced policy-making conservative to represent them.

National Politics

The European Union and unleashed a wave of tough economic sanctions intended to push Russia into backing down from its destabilizing role in eastern Ukraine and President Obama immediately followed, announcing a new round of targeted U.S. sanctions against “key sectors of the Russian economy.” (Washington Post)

House Republicans unveiled a significantly pared-back emergency funding package of $659 million for the border crisis and are angling for a Thursday vote before Congress flees Washington for the August recess. (Politico)

A ruling by the National Labor Relations Board could open the door to unions at thousands of McDonald’s restaurants across the country. (New York Times)