Good morning and welcome to Tuesday. Let’s go right to the Digest.
1. There are a lot of municipal offices on the ballot in Minnesota in November, and there’s a problem. There aren’t enough candidates to go around. A close look at the filings show more than 250 offices on the ballot around the state with no one running. It’s not clear whether it’s a one-time problem or an ongoing trend. Some of the positions will be filled by write-in votes, and people may have to be appointed to fill others. (MPR News)
2. Take any partisan poll with a grain of salt, but here’s one that shows good news for Republican U.S. Rep Erik Paulsen. It shows him with a big lead over his opponent Sen. Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, but it also shows Hillary Clinton with a lead over Donald Trump in the 3rd District. The poll was paid for by American Action Network, which is former Sen. Norm Coleman’s group. (Star Tribune)
3. Does anybody else find this concerning? Hackers have breached election databases in Arizona and Illinois. Experts say they’re concerned because personal data about voters was likely stolen, but they don’t believe the hacks show that elections can be stolen. One reason is that voting machines aren’t hooked up the internet, which is where hackers can get in. (CNN)
4. Hillary Clinton’s top aide is separating from her husband after he was once again found to be sending lewd texts. Huma Adbedin is dumping Anthony Weiner after standing by him before when he was caught texting other women. Abedin is someone Clinton relies on, and she’s been in the spotlight recently for a number of reasons. (Washington Post)
5. Clinton is looking for ways to rattle Trump when the two meet to debate for the first time on Sept. 26. She’s talking to the ghostwriter of his book and to psychology experts about ways to get under his skin. Trump doesn’t seem to be doing nearly as much prep work, and seems willing to rely on the same instincts he used during the primary season debates. (New York Times)