Posted at 8:36 AM on September 5, 2006
by Bob Collins
Remember those "pro-immigration" rallies that a lot of folks thought would create a backlash against efforts to restrict immigration, or at least a backlash against politicians who pursued more restrictions. Well, nevermind.
The Minnesota House of Representatives has released the results of the poll it took at the State Fair, with about two-thirds of those "voting" showing support for the constitutional amendment on the ballot in November that dedicates motor vehicle sales tax money to transportation projects.
On other issues....
Oh, great. Now some legislator is going to propose a bill naming the pronto pup as the official state fair food.
Let the legislating begin!.
Posted at 11:24 AM on September 5, 2006
by Tom Scheck
The middle of the road voter leads the digest today. The MN State Fair is over and candidates across the state are gearing up for next week's primary and the November election. The Wall Street Journal says politicians will be looking to court the squishy middle (subscription required).
The GOP and the Bush Administration try to convince voters that national security is the big issue of the campaign and they'll make a big issue of it this week. The administration is out with a report saying American is safer but not safe.
The national defense defense theme will also be a major issue in Congress.
The dems will try to also claim a stake on national defense. They'll probably try to highlight the vast amounts spent on contractors like Halliburton. A documentary is also out on the military contractor's actions in Iraq.
Dems may also focus on the economy, which some experts say is slowing down.
Candidates in two races will be extremely busy this week. DFlers running for Minnesota Attorney General and for Congress in Minnesota's Fifth Congressional District are worried about next week's primary.
The Star Tribune ponders if Keith Ellison's campaign for Congress is hitting on all cylinders after a rough summer.
Bill Salisbury, with the Pi Press, profiles the three women challenging the major party endorsed candidates for governor (they're all men by the way).
Brian McClung, Governor Pawlenty's spokesman, is moving over to the campaign.
His first job was to unveil Pawlenty's second ad. It focuses on education and they say the statewide buy could cost them up to $200,000 for the week. I'm sure some education folks (and Democrats) will question the entire 70% in the classroom position.
The big question is when will DFLer Mike Hatch go on the air?
Hatch's primary opponent, Becky Lourey, got a write up in NBC's First Read. It says she is the only candidate running this year who has lost a child in Iraq:
Iraq may be the central issue in many contests across the country, from Connecticut to Ohio to New Mexico, but nowhere on the map does the war hit closer to home than in Minnesota, where state Sen. Becky Lourey is the underdog in the September 12 Democratic gubernatorial primary against favorite Mike Hatch. Lourey's son Matt, an Army helicopter pilot, died last year in Iraq -- a war she's always opposed. According to veterans groups First Read spoke with, she appears to be the only candidate running for major office this year who has lost a child in Iraq; in fact, her campaign believes that Lourey might be the highest-ranking elected official in the country who has suffered such a tragedy.
The St. Cloud Times profiles a group called "Envision Minnesota."
The Washington Post's "The Fix" doesn't have Minnesota's U.S. Senate race in its top ten of possible opposite party takeovers.
The blog, Bachmann vs. Wetterling, says The Free Enterprise Fund endorses Michele Bachmann in Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District.
NPR's David Welna examines the race between Republican incumbent Gil Gutknecht and DFLer Tim Walz in Minnesota's First District.
The Bemidji Pioneer and the St. Cloud Times takes a look at the fundraising figures from their local legislative candidates.
Finally, the gorilla will make an appearance in Minnesota. The group, Americans United, will use an inflatable gorilla to highlight GOP Congressman Mark Kennedy's vote on social security. I wrote earlier that the group's Pennsylvania chapter used the gorilla to dog Republican Senator Rick Santorum over social security. The group will unveil its own gorilla on Wednesday.
For all your campaign needs, check out MPR's Campaign 2006 site.
Posted at 2:58 PM on September 5, 2006
by Tom Scheck
Some of the candidates running for Congress in Minnesota's Fifth District will be on tv tonight for a KSTP debate. Keith Ellison, Ember Reichgott Junge, Paul Ostrow and Mike Erlandson will all appear on Channel 45 at 8pm. KSTP-TV is hosting a debate that will be moderated by the League of Women Voters. The debate was taped earlier this afternoon and will air tonight.
The candidates are involved in a hot and heavy race to succeed retiring Congressman Martin Sabo.
All of the candidates have now hit the tv aiwaves. Ellison was last to hit the airwaves. . The Ellison ad is a web ad that was e-mailed to potential voters. You can see his ad here. The Ellison campaign says they intend to do radio ads later this week.
There are several other debates scheduled this week. You can see the full schedule here. Mike Erlandson's campaign says there is a location change for the Wednesday night highrise debate. They say the new location will be Monroe Village, 1900 Central Ave NE (just down the street from where it originally was scheduled).
All of the candidates say they'll also be out and about shaking hands and working to get their voters to the polls next Tuesday. Officials with Erlandson's campaign say they will be out shaking hands most of the week. Reichgott Junge's campaign is touting the endorsement of Joan Growe with a new radio ad and she intends to shake 7,000 hands between now and primary day (1,000/day). Ellison's campaign says California Congresswoman Maxine Waters and former Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton will campaign for him over the weekend.
The other campaigns didn't outline their schedules yet but I'll update the site when they do.
Now that I'm back at work -- today was the first day -- I'm working on updating Select A Candidate on the Senate race. Today I added a question on oil drilling/nukes to the Senate race as a result of last week's debate at the State Fair.
Gallup/USA Today are out with a series of polls in key states. According to the release -- via the Chicago Tribune's "The Swamp":
The USA Today/Gallup poll shows Klobuchar with 50% support among likely voters compared with 40% for Kennedy, a statistically significant lead for the Democrat. Most polling in Minnesota shows Klobuchar with an advantage as the Democrats attempt to hold on to the seat in what has become one of the more competitive states in the country.
The polling in this race has been like a muggy day with no wind.