Posted at 9:52 AM on September 21, 2006
by Bob Collins
Larry Jacobs is out with a new poll on the gov's race. (pdf) It shows a close race.
MPR will have a poll out in the morning on the Senate race. Haven't seen the numbers yet.
Also worth noting that the Electoral Predictor map is back for the '08 campaign.
Posted at 12:20 PM on September 21, 2006
by Bob Collins
The folks in charge decided to send the Mason-Dixon MPR-St. Paul Pioneer Press poll out early. It's on the front page now. I've also added the particular numbers (although there's another set I have to add. Give me 5 minutes ) if you want to look under the hood.
Posted at 12:54 PM on September 21, 2006
by Tom Scheck
The firing of a key Klobuchar campaign staffer leads the digest. MPR, the Star Tribune, the Pioneer Press and the AP all have stories. The blogger in question is Noah Kunin, with blanked-out.com. He insists he didn't breach any security systems to view the ad. That's up to the FBI, I guess. What does this mean for the race? Who knows?
The Cook Political Report shifted its ranking of the Klobuchar/Kennedy matchup from toss up to leans Democrat. Maybe it gets shifted back because of the recent fallout?
The race for governor is close, according to two polls. The MPR/Pioneer Press poll and the University of Minnesota poll say it's close. Bill Salisbury with the Pi Press and WCCO-TV's Pat Kessler basically say health care and education are keeping Hatch in it.
The Mesabi Energy Coal gasification plant becomes a tit for tat in the governor's race.
There's a Star Tribune poll saying people want more money for roads.
The St. Cloud Times has a story on where the candidates running for Congress in Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District stand on foreign policy issues.
Pat Sweeney, with the Pi Press, says more Americans go online for their political news. I guess we can call Polinaut a growth industry.
Finally, there's a candidates running for Congress in California named Charlie Brown. Charlie Brown! Here's the best part. He's running against someone with the last name of Doolittle. I wonder if he's a doctor. If so, it could be a problem for poor ol' chuck. Where in the heck does Snoopy stand on this race? Sorry, I'm sleep deprived and slap happy.
Someone broke into Scott Howell's Web site the other night, so in the interest of security, we're shutting down Polinaut.
Laugh if you will, but this seems like a prudent course of action in times of high security concerns.
You can't be too careful.
Let me know when it's safe again.
(Old Cut and Run)
Posted at 3:27 PM on September 21, 2006
by Bob Collins
Appearing on CNN this afternoon -- along with Democratic strategist Donna Brazille -- William Bennett suggested that Hugo Chavez' declaration yesterday that George Bush is "the devil," could boost Republican fortunes.
And a couple of Democrats today seemed intent on not letting that happen.
Both Charlie Rangel (D-NY) and Nancy Pelosi (
R D-CA.) went on the offensive in criticizing Chavez' appearance before the United Nations. "You don't come into my country, and you don't come into my district and criticize my president," Rangel said.
They may be too late to the fire.
Chavez went to Harlem this afternoon (which happens to be Rangel's district, I believe) and piled it on, according to the AP.
A day after he called Bush "the devil" in a speech to the U.N.General Assembly, Chavez said of the president: "He's an alcoholic and a sick man."
Chavez received a round of applause from the crowd at Mount Baptist Olive Church, which included activists and other supporters as well as actor Danny Glover.
Expect to see plenty strategizing to capitalize on this in the next few days.