Posted at 11:38 AM on October 5, 2006
by Tom Scheck
Patty Wetterling leads the digest today. Boy 'oh Boy, it seems like the big mo may have swung in this race. Wetterling is getting lots of press and will deliver the Democratic Radio address on Saturday. The DCCC's ads (which will probably go after Bachmann) are scheduled to run on WCCO-TV and KARE-11 on Monday (the public file said they would start running then but things could change as the national folks start moving the money around). The latest Reuters/Zogby poll had this race within the margin of error before the Foley flap. MPR, the Star Tribune, KARE-11 and the St. Cloud Times have stories. The Wall Street Journal also led their Foley flap story with Wetterling. The USA Today also says the Foley incident has knocked the GOP off its talking points. Wetterling is mentioned.
The Chicago Tribune quotes a Minnesota woman who served as a page. The story focuses on the fact that the pages are safe while working in Congress but not so safe when they return home.
The Foley flap has also dominated discussion among the other candidates for Congress. MPR has a look at the debate in the Second Congressional District. The New Ulm Journal also looks at the race in the First Congressional District.
Boy, I guess Reuters thinks the Minnesota Senate race is over. They didn't include it in their Senate polls.
The National Rifle Association doesn't think the race is over. They're running ads in the state in support of Kennedy. I heard this ad was running but I haven't seen it yet. If you have, shoot me a note and let me know what it says. Better yet, send me a link if there is one. If you do, "You will receive no money now but on your death bed you will receive total consciousness" (extra points if you can name which movie that quote comes from).
Kennedy's opponent, Democrat Amy Klobuchar, is mentioned in a Minnesota Spokesman Recorder story that says there needs to be more African American candidates.
The candidates for governor will debate at 12:15. You can listen to it on MPR News.
The Star Tribune has a story saying the candidates for governor are clashing over taxes.
They are also quibbling over higher ed, says the Mankato Free Press.
WCCO's Pat Kessler reality checks the new Jesse tv ad.
The Walker Pilot Independent has a profile of Republican Attorney General candidate Jeff Johnson. This is the type of story a candidate loves especially since it only quotes him. A little balance perhaps?
The Star Tribune has a story on social issues and values in the campaign.
The Monticello Times has a story on the MVST ballot amendment. Note, Republican Representative Dan Dorman is holding a news conference today to discuss a petition filed with the Minnesota Supreme Court that questions the legality of the MVST amendment ballot question.
I do believe that you are quoting Caddyshack.
I am concerned about the people that do not know you are referencing Caddyshack!!!!
You are correct. The best movie of all time.
Don't be too astonished. There was someone in our newsroom (who will remain unnamed) who didn't know that a starting baseball pitcher doesn't pitch every game.
Tom, you wrote:
"The DCCC's ads (which will probably go after Bachmann) "
Aren't you concerned that you may be going out on a limb there, with a claim like that?
Anyway--what's going on with MPR? Why aren't you guys immediately deleting my posts anymore? What was your rationale for deleting my posts, Tom (you deleted at least eight in a forty-eight hour period)? Why can't I get an answer to any of these questions from Polinaut?
Will you guys delete this post, too, Tom?
//There was someone in our newsroom (who will remain unnamed) who didn't know that a starting baseball pitcher doesn't pitch every game.
Way to damn us all, Scheck (g)!
I set up a link to the NRA ads on my blog. The permalink is: http://almostontherange.blogspot.com/2006/10/nras-ads.html
I think we're all missing one important thing here... that is, no matter where we might find ourselves on the political spectrum, all of us can all unite under our common love for Caddyshack.
"The Star Tribune has a story saying the candidates for governor are clashing over taxes."
I am so sick of these guys fighting to out-"no new tax" each other.
Didn't we learn our lesson in '05 and '06? This state needs new revenue. Taxes and the budget is how we state the priorities of our community. The budget is a moral document and when we refuse to invest in the common good, we not only hurt the most vulnerable, we say that we really _aren't_ a community and that we're each on our own.
We need to raise taxes. We need a higher gas tax for roads. We need a metro sales tax dedicated to transit. We need increased funding for education and halth care, prefereably from a raise in the income tax (though that is very unlikely to happen).
Hatch and Pawlenty have demonstrated that neither one cares about the future of this state. Hatch has completely bought into the "metro vs. rural" myth, damning us to even more geographical gridlock in the legislature than we already have. Pawlenty's atrocious record speaks for itself.
It's too bad we don't have IRV at the state level. Then Peter Hutchinson might have a chance. As it is, this progressive Democrat is actually strongly considering a vote for the IP gubenatorial candidate. I don't think Hatch will be much better than Pawlenty and the DFL has to understand it must do better than this.
Thankfully, I'll get to send Keith Ellison to Congress. Now there's someone who gets it.
What are permalinks?
I don't go out on too many limbs on this post since I cover a lot of the people who read this. But the national parties don't run too many nice ads. It ain't there nature.
Caddyshack knows how to bring people together. Just think of that scene with Chevy Chase and Bill Murray - where Chase says "Pond would be good for you." If that isn't inclusion, I don't know what is.
Erik, thanks for the link. I'll watch now.