Posted at 10:56 AM on February 3, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
Good morning digest lovers. Since we've been working all weekend covering the presidential candidates, I thought it would be good to give you an extra special Sunday edition of the digest. What? Are those boos I hear?
Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton will be in Minneapolis this afternoon. Her visit comes one day after her main opponent, Barack Obama, filled the Target Center for a Saturday afternoon rally. MPR and the Pi Press have stories. The Twolves are looking to sign Obama up since they only filled the Target Center twice this season. Ba da bing! (It may be Sunday but the jokes are still bad).
The Star Tribune has a round up of both visits.
The Wall Street Journal says new voters are key for Obama. DFL Rep. Keith Ellison is mentioned.
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar and Minnesota House Majority Leader Tony Sertich head up Obama's Iron Range Committee. The two were backing John Edwards before he dropped out.
Meanwhile, Gov. Pawlenty was also hard at work campaigning for John McCain - in Illinois. I'm told Pawlenty is back in Minnesota and doesn't have any other campaign events scheduled at this point.
The Fix has the line on running mates and you know who is mentioned.
The Star Tribune also has a story on the get out the vote efforts for the campaigns.
MPR says younger voters are looking for a new type of candidate.
Gov. Pawlenty is proposing to lift the moratorium on nuclear power plants in Minnesota.
U.S. Steel plans a $300 million expansion at the Keewatin ore plant.
Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau is getting low marks in the latest MPR/Humphrey Institute poll. Poll respondents are also split on a nickel a gallon gas tax increase.
Molnau tells Forum Communications that she will not resign.
Forum Communications says the DFL is looking beyond Pawlenty for a solution to transportation.
All sides are taking a go slow approach when it comes to the HPV vaccine.
The Star Tribune says the family of a bridge victim is at odds over a house.
Sugar growers are looking to protect themselves under NAFTA. GOP Sen. Norm Coleman is mentioned.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz writes an op-ed calling for better care of soldiers and veterans.
The Des Moines Register says DFL Rep. Collin Peterson and other farm bill hagglers may rely on a 1949 law. That could increase the price of food.
2008 U.S. Senate
The DFL Senate candidates debate today in Winona.
KARE-11 says Tuesday's caucuses are critical for the DFL endorsement.
The Hotline says Franken raised a lot of money but is burning through it twice as fast as Coleman.
Channel 4000 profiles Mike Ciresi.
Northland News gets a few politicians to weigh in on the Super Bowl.