I would like to say that the PR war has begun over the shutdown but it's probably more appropriate to say the PR war continues.
Gov. Dayton made his case in St. Cloud that he's working to find a compromise to the budget impasse. MPR says some in the audience supported him but many more just wanted a deal done:
"I just lost a house payment worth of wages. I'm wondering how many people up here, up at the table, can say that they are wondering where their house payment is going to come next month." - State employee Jim Golombecki
Dayton today will talk health care in Rochester and Economic Development in Albert Lea today.
Tidbit: Several unions will meet with Dayton tonight. Dayton's spokeswoman confirms the meeting but says it's closed press.
Republicans continued to push for a "lights on" bill but offered nothing in terms of a budget offer.
Tidbit: Several Republicans say polling shows a lights on bill is polling at 80%. Democrats argue raising income taxes on millionaires has the same numbers.
The Wall St. Journal takes a look at Minnesota's budget meltdown.
Bloomberg quotes former GOP Sen. Dave Durenberger as saying he's not sure Dayton has the negotiating skills to get the job done.
Members of the clergy call for more revenue to end the shutdown.
Wisconsin finally coughed up the $60 million it owes the state in income tax reciprocity.
The shutdown judge says Minnesotans should flood politicians with the stories about the impact of the shutdown.
The shutdown is cutting off the flow of alcohol to bars and restaurants.
MPR says the shutdown is a mixed bag for the tourism industry.
Several GOP lawmakers will hold a news conference at Canterbury Park to call for Dayton to call a special session so the park can open. The Star Tribune says Canterbury Park has no races, no purses and no reason to stay.
MPR says lawyers, pawn shops and private campgrounds will do more business because of the shutdown.
Minnesotans vent their shutdown frustration online.
President Obama tells CBS News that he's not sure Social Security checks will go out if the debt ceiling isn't raised.
Politico says the House GOP is not ready to blink on debt negotiations.
Speaker Boehner: "I don't know what happens if a debt ceiling isn't reached."
Obama exploits the rift between Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell calls for raising the debt ceiling in steps.
Congress hears an outcry from the business lobby on the debt ceiling and the deficit.
An Army Ranger was awarded the Medal of Honor.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is the latest Democrat to call on oil companies to give up their subsidies.
The House GOP fails to turn off the federal light bulb standards.
GOP cuts to conservation rile the hook and bullet crowd that typically backs the GOP. DFL Rep. Tim Walz is mentioned.
Race for U.S. Senate
Race for President
President Obama raised $86 million for his campaign and the DNC in the 2nd Quarter breaking fundraising records.
AP picks up on the story that focuses on the clinic tied to GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann and how a counselor offers to help an undercover gay rights activist overcome his sexual urges.
Is the GOP establishment getting nervous about a Bachmann candidacy? Former PA Gov. Tom Ridge raps Bachmann's credentials.
The New York Times says Bachmann added staff to court major donors.
Bachmann says she'll be in South Carolina later this week.
Bachmann will be holding fundraisers for the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition later this month.
The Washington Post's Dan Balz says Tim Pawlenty is in a box when it comes to Iowa's marriage pledge. Mitt Romney said he wouldn't sign it. Bachmann did. Pawlenty has to decide if he wants to win Iowa's social conservatives or run as a more mainstream candidate.
AP points out that Pawlenty's memory of the 2005 shutdown doesn't square with his words and actions at the time.
Pawlenty will participate in a national Twitter jobs conference.
An Iowa RNC Committeewoman backs Rick Santorum.
GOP Sen. Dave Durenberger (says) he's not sure Dayton has the negotiating skills to get the job done.
Dave Durenberger embarrasses himself by even commenting. The people Governor Dayton is trying to negotiate with, the people whose only answer is "No," are the same people who kicked Durenberger out of his own Party. First try at punditry, Dave? You FAIL!