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Presidential candidates focus much attention on Wisconsin
There should be no doubt, looking at the candidates' travel schedules, that Minnesota and Wisconsin are battleground states. Democrats John Kerry and John Edwards will both be in Minnesota this week, as will President Bush. Mr. Bush is also coming back to Wisconsin on Wednesday, when he'll be in Eau Claire. Mr. Bush was in the Badger state this past Friday; so was John Kerry. Trying to keep up with the candidates is enough to exhaust any political reporter. One of the best in Wisconsin is Dee Hall. She's covering the presidential campaign for the Wisconsin State Journal, and she spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.
Classic party issues define race for Minnesota House 2A seat
Republicans hope to unseat a first term DFLer in western Minnesota's House district 2A. The incumbent says rural Minnesota needs his outspoken voice in the Legislature.
Congressional candidates debate in St. Cloud
The two candidates for Minnesota's 6th Congressional District met over the weekend for their second debate in St. Cloud. Incumbent Republican Mark Kennedy and Democratic challenger Patty Wetterling showed contrasting opinions on topics ranging from Social Security to the war in Iraq.
Neighborhood friction is a sign of the times
Political yard signs are the primary way average citizens advertise their preference as voters. In this divisive election year, however, they've become markers on a battlefield. In some Minnesota neighborhoods, the signs alternate between Kerry/Edwards and Bush/Cheney from house to house, sometimes for an entire block. How does this battleground challenge neighborly ties?
Challengers press incumbent for District 9A House seat
The curse and blessing of any incumbent is a legislative record. Morrie Lanning knows that all too well. He's the Republican state representative for District 9A, which includes the city of Moorhead and the northern half of Clay County. His challengers say he's vulnerable, because he's not representing Moorhead's interest.
In Minnesota's sprawling 6th District, the battleground may be TV
The candidates in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District are battling over the war on terrorism and homeland security. Republican Congressman Mark Kennedy has been running an ad suggesting DFL opponent Patty Wetterling opposes the war in Afghanistan. Wetterling says Kennedy is misleading voters and has been running her own ads touting her accomplishments in fighting crime.
Replay of the last presidential debate
For those who didn't get a chance to hear the debate live, Midday rebroadcasts it in its entirety. (Please note: Because of technical requirements, the second portion of the debate can be heard on the second hour of Midday, which is followed by analysis. Alternatively, you may click the link below to hear the entire debate without interruption.)
Domestic issues in spotlight during final debate
The presidential candidates wrap up their debate schedule with an event in Arizona focused on domestic issues. With Bush and Kerry so close in the polls, a strong showing in the debate is critical.
Somalis watch campaign with the hope things will get better
Only about 20 percent of Minnesota's 60,000 Somali immigrants are citizens and can vote. But whether they're first-time voters or future voters, many take are taking this presidential election very seriously, including several of St. Cloud's Somali residents.
Two generations critique the final debate
An intergenerational group of Minnesota seniors and students gathered Wednesday night to watch the final presidential debate. They wanted to hear from Democrat John Kerry and Republican George W. Bush on issues ranging from Social Security to the draft. Many said they weren't satisfied with the answers.
Energizing the Indian vote
A tribal get-out-the-vote campaign is focused on 12 states with American Indian populations, including Minnesota. Backed by casino revenue, tribes are seeking political power, and a podium for American Indian issues.
Bush, Kerry trade charges over jobs, health care, taxes
Sen. John Kerry said Wednesday night that President George W. Bush bears responsibility for a misguided war in Iraq, lost jobs at home and mounting millions without health care. The Republican incumbent tagged his rival in campaign debate as a lifelong liberal bent on raising taxes and government spending.
NRA chooses Duluth as site of Bush endorsement
The National Rifle Association today endorsed Republican President George Bush for re-election, and plans to target Democrat John Kerry in a multi-million dollar campaign. The NRA made its announcement in Duluth.
Slicing the Spin: The Environment
Midmorning examines the presidential candidates' plans for the environment.
Bush, Kerry offer competing environmental visions
When President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry visit Minnesota, they're likely to discuss the war in Iraq, jobs, the economy, and health care. But the two campaigns have given comparatively little time to environmental issues. That's despite what advocates on both sides say are clear and distinct differences between the two candidates.

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