Posted at 8:44 AM on October 6, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
The Pi Press fact checked the debate.
Missed the debate? It will air again today on MPR's Midday at noon.
Franken leads in the latest Minnesota poll.
Former VP Al Gore campaigned for Franken on Saturday.
The Pi Press profiled Barkley.
Politico says Democrats could hit 60 senate seats.
2008 Race for President
Republican John McCain will hold a townhall in Lakeville on Friday.
The announcement comes as a new poll shows that McCain is losing ground to Democrat Barack Obama in Minnesota.
The candidates aren't scaling back on their big ticket spending items even after the Wall St. bailout.
Obama goes after McCain on health care. Minnesota surrogates will also ramp up the attack today at events across the state.
The New York Times takes a look at where McCain and Obama stand on Iraq.
Obama also hits McCain on Keating 5.
The election could also determine the future of the Supreme Court.
The RNC wants an audit of Obama's campaign contributions.
The Wall Street Journal takes a look at pundit statements that say the race could be over. October surprise, anyone?
2008 Race for Congress
The Pakistani Americans Political Action Committee backs Madia.
The House GOP worries about big losses.
2008 Race for Legislature
Forum Communications takes a look at the State House races.
DFL House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher talks veto proof majority during a fundraiser in Bemidji.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison will hold a voting rights forum on Monday.
Some pastors are endorsing from the pulpit.
DFLer Tom Bakk holds a townhall in Bemidji.
State leaders nervously await budget news this week.
The state also delayed a bond sale.
MinnPost says a political dispute over a copper/nickel mine has erupted.
Minnesota lawmakers will unveil a copper theft bill. DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and GOP Rep. Jim Ramstad are mentioned.
Posted at 9:04 AM on October 6, 2008
by Tom Scheck
The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund has come out with its endorsements from the top of the ticket to the bottom. Here are the endorsements in Minnesota.
Update: I'm told the link is broke. Follow the path on this link.
Posted at 11:47 PM on October 6, 2008
by Tom Scheck
I checked the ad buys at WCCO-TV today and found that the National Republican Congressional Committee has canceled a week of ads that were scheduled to run on Republican Erik Paulsen's behalf.
The public file at WCCO shows that the NRCC cancled 66 spots that were reserved between October 14th and October 20th. The political committee still has $216,450 in time reserved from October 21st to election day on Paulsen's behalf. The NRCC has also reserved time at KSTP, KMSP and KARE.
No word yet on whether the ad buys were scaled back at those stations. The NRCC also scaled back the buy at KARE.
The NRCC has been forced to play defense this year so the money reserved for Paulsen may be going to an incumbent in a tough race.
Meanwhile, the NRCC will also run ads on GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann's behalf. The NRCC has reserved time on Bachmann's behalf to run between October 20th and election day (at a cost of about $126k) at WCCO.
Still trying to determine if the NRCC money reserved at the other stations is time for Bachman and Paulsen or just Paulsen. They reserved about $1.1 million at the four stations earlier this year.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved $1.9 million in ads at the four stations. The DCCC started running ads on September 16th and have time booked through election day.