The Daily Digest: Debate time

Good morning!

In Minnesota

This week kicks off debate season for the 2014 general election. Here’s a list of scheduled debates. (MPR News)

Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden said he would scrap the Affordable Care Act and let each state enact its own health care program but said his would retain some of the law’s most popular elements. (MPR News)

The Strib profiles DFL Sen. Al Franken’s re-election campaign. (Star Tribune)

The Pioneer Press profiles DFL Gov. Mark Dayton’s re-election effort. (Pioneer Press)

Another week, another bunch of ads in the 8th Congressional District. The Poligraph weighs in on the latest Democratic ad there. (MPR News)

That ad targets GOP challenger Stewart Mills’ wealth. Will that line of attack work? (MinnPost)

Despite all the ads on TV, spending by outside groups in Minnesota appears down compared to 2010. (Star Tribune)

By the way, just what in the heck is this election about? (MPR News)

National Politics

In a year of tight races and anger at political insiders of all stripes, third party candidates could have a real impact on election outcomes. (New York Times)

Rep. Michele Bachmann wants U.S. ground troops to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a position the Obama Administration and most members of Congress have rejected. (Bloomberg News)

Republicans are no longer talking about tax cuts. (Politico)

After nearly six years of multibillion-dollar losses, the U.S. Postal Service has developed a new plan to help turn its finances around: Daily grocery deliveries. (Washington Post)