I've been on vacation for a bit so this is more of a catch-up Digest.
There's less than a month until the August 10th primary.
Stu Rothenberg calls the race for governor a toss-up.
Republican Tom Emmer holds a town hall forum this week after saying he would advocate for a change in law that would count an employees tips toward the minimum wage. The campaign is starting to walk back those comments after being scorched by the DFL candidates for governor and others.
Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher will start running TV ads this week. Here's the ad (note: a fundraising pitch runs before the ad).
Democrat Mark Dayton released his tax returns. He sold several paintings to help pay for his campaign for governor.
Democrat Matt Entenza inflated his role in the 2005 budget talks.
AP says the candidates for governor haven't been timid on taxes.
The DFL rejected state Sen. Satveer Chaudhary's appeal of a decision to rescind his endorsement and then give it to former DFL Rep. Barb Goodwin. The Duluth News Tribune also reported that Chaudhary has tax troubles. Chaudhary and Goodwin are running in the primary.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann's campaign for Congress raised $1.7 million in the last quarter and has $4.1 million in the bank.
Bachmann's opponent, DFLer Tarryl Clark, hit the $2 million fundraising mark.
GOP Secretary of State candidate Dan Severson's attempt to use the nickname "Doc" on the ballot has been challenged.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Gov. Pawlenty campaigned in New Hampshire over the weekend.
He also made false comments about the bus strike.
Spending on TV ads in Minnesota's race for governor has eclipsed $2 million, with roughly a month to go until the August 10th primary. The three DFL candidates for governor and a DFL leaning group are the only ones spending to date. To date, the candidates and group spent $2,182,050 on ads.
Former state Rep. Matt Entenza has spent the most on TV ads in the Twin Cities. Entenza spent more than $1.2 million on ads between the end of April through next week. Former U.S. Senator Mark Dayton spent roughly $750,000 since he started running ads in mid-June. Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher is scheduled to hit the airwaves tomorrow. She is scheduled to spend $63,195 over the next week (Note: KARE-11's public file didn't show Kelliher's buy yet, but a station rep said it was expected to be signed soon).
The DFL group, Alliance for a Better Minnesota, also spent at least $154,535 from July 5th through July 18th. ABM is running ads that criticize Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Emmer.
The campaign fundraising in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District signals that it could be the most expensive Congressional race in Minnesota history. Both GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann and Democrat Tarryl Clark are raising millions and a large part of those funds are expected to end up on TV.
Side note: KSTP/Survey USA just released a poll showing Bachmann ahead of Clark by nine percentage points.
Clark started running ads in late June criticizing GOP rival over comments on the BP oil spill. Clark bought $127,820 worth of ads at WCCO, KARE, KMSP and WFTC between June 19th and July 9th (I forgot to check the size of the Clark buy at KSTP but she also bought time there).
While Clark is ramping up her TV face time, Bachmann is waiting to spend her campaign cash. Bachmann, who raised $4.1 million for the campaign, hasn't bought time at any of the stations.
Here's the breakdown of Clark's buy:
6/19 - 7/11
6/28 - 7/9
The 22nd Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court was sworn in today at an event at the Landmark Center in St. Paul. Lorie Gildea took the oath of office this afternoon. She told the audience that she will work to increase funding for the state's courts and will fight any efforts to politicize the courts.
Gildea made her comments as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas looked on. Thomas was present to swear in David Stras, the newest member of the state's top court. Stas served as a clerk for Thomas.
I recorded all of the speeches. You can listen to them here:
MPR's Jeffrey Thompson took the photos.