Minnesota's U.S. Senate race leads the Digest today. GOP Sen. Norm Coleman accepts the GOP Party nomination today with a unified party behind him. He says the race will be a tough one.
Coleman also picked up the backing of police unions.
Meanwhile, some Democrats are criticizing the leading Democrat in the race for his past. DFL Rep. Betty McCollum criticizes Al Franken over a Playboy article. McCollum was a Mike Ciresi supporter. The criticism by DFL Rep. Tim Walz is more shocking (since Franken did a lot of campaigning for Walz). AP and the Star Tribune have stories.
The keynote speaker (Tom Coburn) warned of a pending fiscal calamity.
Ron Paul supporters want a voice at the GOP Convention.
The Rochester Post-Bulletin says the back to back conventions mean money for Rochester.
Legislature and State Government
Gov. Pawlenty vetoes a bill that freezes foreclosures.
He also took action on the remaining bills.
The governor says a special session for tornado relief is unlikely.
Leaders urge counties to ignore a slip-up in the Tax law.
The Central Corridor saga continues. The Pi Press says the route through campus looks rosier.
3 attorneys were appointed to a panel for the bridge victim's compensation fund.
MinnPost has post #2 on the attorney general's office.
Truckers want a standard speed limit of 65 mph. DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is mentioned.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz toured the Hormel Institute.
MinnPost writes about a forum on Iran that was hosted by DFL Rep. Keith Ellison.
2008 Race for President
DFL U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar is headed to Montana to campaign for Barack Obama.
The Fix moves Minnesota off of the battleground line.
2008 Race for Congress
MDE says 6th District DFLer Elwyn Tinklenberg was late to pay his taxes.
Pawlenty for VP Watch
The Economist says Pawlenty is on McCain's list.
GOP Sen. Joe Gimse says Pawlenty's chances of being VP have narrowed. Where does Sen. Gimse get this insider information?
Posted at 11:11 PM on May 30, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Obama will campaign at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday night, just three months before Arizona Senator John McCain is expected to accept the Republican nomination at the same place. An Obama campaign staffer says the event will be free and open to the public. She says Obama will make his comments after the polls close in South Dakota and Montana.
Obama is leading New York Senator Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic nomination. This will be his second campaign appearance in Minnesota. Nearly 20 thousand people attended a campaign rally at the Target Center in Minneapolis in February. John McCain also has a Minnesota campaign stop on his schedule. He has a fundraiser scheduled in Minneapolis on June 19th.