Posted at 7:11 AM on September 23, 2010
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
The candidates for governor will participate in a TPT/Minneapolis Foundation debate today.
The outside interest groups are getting heavily involved in the race for governor. The DFL leaning The Alliance for a Better Minnesota spent $2.8 million in ads criticizing Republican Tom Emmer.
The Republican Governors Association is also behind the group, Minnesota's Future. The RGA gave $400,000 to the group, which is running ads criticzing Mark Dayton.
Meanwhile, 3M and 16 other business gave to MN Forward since the August 10th Primary. 3M gave $100,000.
The Taxpayers League of MN, the MCCL and a travel company are appealing a judge's decision on the state's disclosure law.
The head of the Democratic Governor's Association says he's targeting Emmer.
The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce backed Republican Tom Emmer's campaign for governor. IP candidate Tom Horner was also vying for the endorsement.
Democrat Mark Dayton oulines his school improvement plan.
The PoliGraph says the AFL-CIO's lit piece criticizing Emmer on his transportation votes is correct.
Race for Congress
Democrat Shelley Madore criticized GOP Rep. John Kline for declining a TV debate.
Republicans release their "Pledge to America."
A Minnesota native is killed in an Afghan helicopter crash.
DFL Sen. Al Franken wrote in an op-ed that the health care reform law made a difference for Minnesotans.
The U.S. Census finds little evidence of a boycott of the 2010 census gathering. GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is mentioned.
GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen wrote an op-ed urging Congress to pass a Free Trade amendment with Korea, Colombia and Panama.
An anonymous donor paid for the Catholic Church of Minnesota to create and ship a DVD opposing same sex marriage.
Archbishop John Nienstedt talks with MPR about the Catholic Church's opposition to same-sex marriage.
Under the Dome
Minnesota's health and welfare rolls are swelling.
GOP Rep. Mark Buesgens has resigned his position with the MNGOP. A sheriffs sale on his home has been called off.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Pawlenty's PAC backed the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in West Virginia.
He's also supporting Christine O'Donnell, who's running for the U.S. Senate in Delaware.
The Fix examines whether Indiana Congressman Mike Pence has the juice to win the nomination.
DFLer Mark Dayton's gubernatorial campaign has sent out an invitation for a fundraiser with Vice President Joe Biden on Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The exact location in St. Paul hasn't chosen yet, but the lunch will be expensive.
The cheapest ticket ("Young Professional") is $150. The most expensive ("Luncheon Chair") is $2,000. The other levels are $250, $500 and $1,000.
From MPR's Tom Weber:
The three major party candidates debated education-related issues during a debate Thursday evening at the studios of Twin Cities Public Television in downtown St. Paul.
There wasn't much new ground covered over what Democrat Mark Dayton, Republican Tom Emmer and the Independence Party's Tom Horner had previously said about education (this wasn't their first 'education only' debate, after all), but they renewed their pledges to all increase funding for early childhood education.
On matters of the state budget, Emmer and Horner would not start paying back a $1.4 billion payment delay to schools until after the upcoming biennium; Dayton says he still wants to include the payback in his first budget, even though his newest budget proposal (released this week) still has a deficit.
The forum, sponsored by the Minneapolis Foundation, was moderated by MPR Morning Edition and TPT's Almanac host Cathy Wurzer. It was broadcast and webcast live and set before a studio audience that amounted to a 'who's who' of education leaders in the Twin Cities - including Minneapolis Schools superintendent Bernadeia Johnson; Minneapolis school board member Tom Madden; former Federal Reserve VP Art Rolnick, DFL state representative Carlos Mariani; and Curt Johnson, a former chief of staff to Gov. Arne Carlson and current partner at Education Evolving.
You can listen to the full debate here: Listen