Franken also campaigned with Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin in Mankato.
Doonesbury's cartoonist raised money for Franken.
Meanwhile, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be in the state later this week to campaign with GOP Sen. Norm Coleman.
Coleman urges caution on the new stimulus package.
Time Magazine says Franken may get the last laugh.
The BBC says Democrats are set to dominate the Senate.
President Bush raised $1 million for Senate Republicans.
Bachmann told the St. Cloud Times editorial board that she "made a big mistake" and regrets her comments.
During a campaign stop in St. Cloud she also said she made a misstatement and that she
did not call Barack Obama "anti-American." AP, MPR, the Star Tribune, the St. Cloud Times and the Pi Press have stories.
The Fix says "Recent history is littered with politicians whose stories sound eerily similar to Bachmann's."
Bachmann's DFL challenger, Elwyn Tinklenberg, hits $1 million in fundraising since Friday.
MinnPost says Tinklenberg also releases his first ad.
The DCCC also goes after Bachmann with this ad.
The Hill says some Republicans are rebuking Bachmann's comments.
The NRCC starts running ads attack DFLer Ashwin Madia.
The DCCC also goes after Republican Erik Paulsen with this new ad.
The Star Tribune profiles the race.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison has expressed interest in leading the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Race for President
New York Senator Hillary Clinton also rallied the Range to support Obama. 5,000 people attended her Hibbing event for Barack Obama. The Hibbing Daily Tribune, the Duluth News Tribune and MPR have stories.
The NRA will keep firing at Obama in battleground states like Minnesota.
Republican John McCain talks with KFAN.
The New York Times says McCain has scaled back his ad buy in Minnesota.
GOP VP Sarah Palin will be on Red River Valley Radio this morning.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar campaigns in Wisconsin today.
Obama is up ten points in the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.
Charlie Cook says the metrics favor Obama.
ABC says McCain may be giving up on Wisconsin and New Hampshire.
PA Governor Ed Rendell says he's still a little nervous about Obama winning the Keystone State.
McCain called western PA the most patriotic part of the country.
Politico says the RNC paid for Palin's fashion.
Palin's kids also traveled on state funds.
Pawlenty for Education Secretary Watch
That's what the Cleveland Plain Dealer suggests.
Minnesota absentee voters are casting ballots in record numbers.
USA Today says early voting gives a boost to Democrats.
The Star Tribune/Minnesota Poll says there is no panic button over the economy just yet.
Expect higher health care costs this year.
A fight over an ethanol plant may head to court.
More Minnesota state fleet cars are using E85.
Minnesota's Demographer warns of an aging population.
Go Phils. Win it for Grandma.
Posted at 6:14 PM on October 22, 2008
by Tom Scheck
The National Republican Congressional Committee has canceled the TV ads it scheduled on Bachmann's behalf at KSTP, WCCO, Fox 9 and KARE-11. The committee canceled this week's ads before Bachmann made her controversial comments on Hardball. NRCC officials canceled next week's buy on Monday but it isn't clear if Bachmann's comments prompted the cancellation or the money was needed in a more competitive House seat.
For her part, Bachmann is scheduled to spent more than $600 thousand on ads in the final weeks of the campaign. An official with one TV station said Bachmann and her DFL challenger, Elwyn Tinklenberg, are both continuing to reserve more ad time for the final days of the campaign. Tinklenberg's ad starting running on Tuesday night.
In constrast to the TV advertisements running on their behalf, DFLer Ashwin Madia and Republican Erik Paulsen made few direct attacks during their debate tonight in Edina.
Left to right: David Dillon, Ashwin Madia and Erik Paulsen are running for Congress in Minnesota's 3rd District. The seat is currently held by retiring U.S. Rep. Jim Ramstad, R-Minn. Listen
Independence Party candidate David Dillon was more combative.
"Well, excuse me for being so blunt, but what a bunch of baloney from both my opponents," Dillon said after hearing Madia and Paulsen share their thoughts on reforming Social Security.
Debate Minnesota organized the forum. The three candidates have one more debate, and it will air live on Minnesota Public Radio News. They appear together on Monday, Oct. 27 as part of Midday's "Meet the Candidates" series.
Posted at 11:52 PM on October 22, 2008
by Tom Scheck
The Minnesota Republican Party has bought ad time to help Erik Paulsen's Congressional bid. The Republican Party has bought 110 thousand worth of ads at KARE and WCCO. The ads will run in the final week of the campaign. A GOP source said the ads will run on all four Twin Cities broadcast stations.
DFLer Ashwin Madia and I-P candidate David Dillon are also running for the open seat.
By the way, Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District is now #2 in TV ad spending in the Twin Cities. You can see the updated TV buys here.
Total ad spending has eclipsed $40 million.
Posted at 11:58 PM on October 22, 2008
by Tom Scheck
It appears that one special interest group has taken GOP Sen. Norm Coleman's advice and will not run ads in Minnesota. We reported earlier that the 527 Republicans Who Care was going to drop $500 thousand in the race. They canceled their ads.
Another group is entering the market. Americans for Job Security has reserved ad time to run this week in the Twin Cities. KARE was the first to report that the group (which has Insurance and Business ties) will spend $150 thousand at that station alone. An official at Fox9 says the group is buying at his station as well.
NPR has a look at the group