Posted at 7:16 AM on August 4, 2011
by Catharine Richert
Filed under: Daily Digest
Good morning, and welcome to the Daily Digest.
State officials are trying to sort out how the debt ceiling deal will affect Minnesota.
At Farmfest, agricultural leaders say some farm subsidies are likely to end in the next farm bill.
Two DFLers from St. Cloud who lost in the 2010 elections say they're mulling another run.
Lee Byberg, who challenged Rep. Collin Peterson in 2010, is raising money for a rematch.
It looks like the shutdown could have long-term effects on the road construction industry.
Even though Pell Grants were spared in the debt ceiling deal, graduate students are still paying a price.
Candidate filings close for two special elections.
PoliGraph says Rep. Keith Ellison has his debt ceiling history wrong.
Given her current approval ratings, Sen. Amy Klobuchar could be the third Minnesota DFL senator to win 60 percent of the vote in the 2012 elections.
For a few hours last week, Rep. Chip Cravaack was a very popular freshman congressman. House Speaker John Boehner's key allies spent hours lobbying Cravaack before the debt vote. Among them: Reps. Erik Paulsen and John Kline.
Sen. Al Franken writes about the debt vote in the Duluth News Tribune.
The Race for President
Al Hubbard, one of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's top policy advisors has left the campaign. The details are vague, but spokesman Alex Conant said Hubbard left because he "became busy with work," according to CNN.
Pawlenty will average three events a day the week before the Iowa Straw poll on Aug. 13.
A few days before the poll, Pawlenty will pull his television ads and use the extra cash to turn out supporters.
It seems Pawlenty is talking to everyone in Florida, including the Miami Herald. Here's a transcript of the paper's one-on-one with the former governor.
Remember Rep. Michele Bachmann's big ad buy I told you about a few days ago? Here's the first spot. Bachmann touts her vote against the debt ceiling.
And for my fellow foodies....
Gov. Mark Dayton's sons are opening a restaurant.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's 2012 presidential campaign said its ads will stop airing in Iowa in advance of next Saturday's Iowa Straw Poll. Spokesman Alex Conant said the decision to stop the ads was made because the campaign is "focusing our resources towards getting our supporters to the straw poll. We like the position we're in and the direction we're headed."
As word came that Pawlenty is pulling his TV advertising, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign unveiled a new TV ad that began airing yesterday throughout Iowa promoting her opposition to raising the debt ceiling.
WASHINGTON - Republican Congressman Erik Paulsen has his first declared challenger for the 2012 election. Plymouth resident Sharon Sund has announced that she plans to compete for the DFL nomination to challenge the incumbent 3rd District representative.
The self-described progressive will likely face a challenging campaign given Paulsen's strong fundraising to date. As of June 30, Paulsen had more than $670,000 cash on hand for his re-election campaign.
The 3rd District also has a history of electing Republicans to Congress, having sent a member of the GOP to Washington since 1961. The district did vote for President Obama in 2008, but the congressional redistricting process could move the 3rd further into the Twin Cities exurbs, adding more Republican voters.
The news was first reported by the Minnesota Independent.
Sund, who has a BA from Macalester College and an MS from the University of Minnesota, worked as a research and development scientist and as a technical communications consultant for a variety of companies.(1 Comments)