The situation in Libya is still uncertain. One of Moammar Gadhafi's sons, who the rebels said was detained, is now free.
Politico says the GOP candidates are ducking and covering on Libya.
Under the Dome
Gov. Dayton holds a news conference today to announce the next Minnesota Poet Laureate. He kicks off his jobs tour tomorrow.
AP says 18 Minnesota lawmakers got shutdown pay retroactively
The Star Tribune says many of those lawmakers who sought back pay are now saying they're giving it to charity.
The MN DNR says no Asian Carp have been found in the St. Croix River.
Minnesota will start studying the impact of the BP oil spill on loons and pelicans.
MPR says county fairs look to use Legacy money for barns, cultural programs
The City of Ely cuts $100,000 from its city budget.
Opposition to silica sand mining grows in Red Wing.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann and DFL Rep. Keith Ellison responded to developments in Libya.
The President of Standard and Poor's is stepping down.
DFL Sen. Al Franken says S & P helped build a house of cards.
The FCC kills off the Fairness Doctrine.
GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack took $92,273 in pilots disability payments - according to the Financial Disclosure Statement he filed.
Here's Cravaack's report.
GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen is in Israel.
MinnPost says DFL Rep. Betty McCollum looks to save the House Page program.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial opened yesterday in Washington D.C.
Race for U.S. Senate
Joe Arwood, a first-term member of the St. Bonifacius city council, announced that he's challenging DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
WCCO says Arwood would have voted against raising the debt ceiling, wants to repeal the health care law and is a supporter of GOP presidential candidates Ron Paul and Herman Cain.
The Washington Post says the U.S. Senate is in play.
Race for Congress
GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack will speak at a NFIB event in Duluth today. The NFIB is charging for the event leading some to criticize Cravaack for not having an open town hall in Duluth.
Democrats hit Paulsen at the pump.
Race for President
A Gallup Poll says it's a dead heat between President Obama and the GOP field.
Mitt Romney will release his jobs plan in the same week as President Obama.
Bachmann will campaign in Florida this weekend.
Bachmann, Herman Cain, Ron Paul and Rick Perry will attend a Labor Day forum in South Carolina.
She also stands by her $2/gallon of gas statement.
The L.A. Times gives Texas Gov. Rick Perry's comments on the consitution greater scrutiny.
Roll Call says Perry has vaulted to front-runner status in South Carolina.
Sarah Palin's team says Karl Rove "may be a bit off" about his predictions that she'll announce on September 3.
There's now talk former New York Gov. George Pataki may run for president.
MPR's Gary Eichten announced yesterday that he's retiring in January. I'm happy to call him a friend and honored to call him a colleague.(3 Comments)
With Rick Perry's entrance into the race, Rep. Michele Bachmann's lead in Iowa appears to be slipping, according a new survey conducted by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic polling company.
The Texas governor is the favorite among 22 percent of Iowa Republican voters. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is polling at 19 percent, and Bachmann has 18 percent support. When former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who hasn't declared her candidacy yet, is added to the mix, Bachmann's support drops to 15 percent.
Despite Bachmann's strong showing in the Ames Straw Poll, PPP points out that she hasn't moved up in the ranks since the group surveyed Iowa voters in June; she was in third place then, and she's in third place now. At the same time, Bachmann's favorability numbers have dropped since the June PPP poll from 53 percent to 47 percent. The percent of Republican voters who see her in a negative light has climbed from 16 percent to 35 percent.
It's also worth noting that Perry seems to be stealing some of Bachmann's far right support. According to the survey, one-third of Iowa Republicans say they are members of the Tea Party, but many of them - about 32 percent - support Perry. About 22 percent support Bachmann.
The survey was conducted among 317 Iowa Republican voters, and has a 5.5 percent margin of error. Read more about the group's methodology here.
Meanwhile, a separate poll conducted by Gallup shows that President Barack Obama is in a close contest with Romney, Perry, Texas Rep. Ron Paul and Bachmann.
According to the poll, if the elections were held today, Romney would have 48 percent of voter support while Obama would have 46 percent. Perry and Obama would be tied at 47 percent of support, and Obama would just barely lead Paul and Bachmann.
Gallup points out that Obama's approval rating is around 40 percent - less than the proportion of people who say they would vote for him.
"Obama's position of rough parity against leading GOP candidates shows that more Americans at the moment say they would vote for Obama than approve of the job he is doing -- perhaps a reflection of the continuing lack of a strong front-runner on the Republican side," the Gallup pollsters wrote in their report.
More about Gallup's methodology is here.
From MPR's Bill Catlin and Dan Kraker...
Amid mounting pressure, 8th District GOP congressman Chip Cravaack has announced he will hold an open town hall meeting at 4 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the Duluth airport.
Cravaack has taken flack from constituents and in national publications for the meetings he's held during the August recess. The only free, open-to-all meetings were held only in relatively remote places, that are long drives from Duluth, the district's population and media center. Cravaack made the announcement to protesters outside a meeting sponsored by a business organization that was charging attendees a $10 fee for lunch.(1 Comments)
Gov. Mark Dayton has selected an English professor at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter to serve as the state's new poet laureate.
Joyce Sutphen of Chaska is the second person to hold that official position, which the Legislature created in 2007. She replaces Robert Bly, who then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty appointed. During a State Capitol news conference today, Sutphen said many people contribute to the state of poetry in Minnesota.
"A plethora of publishers, large and small, that provide us with beautiful books and journals," Sutphen said. "The people who organize readings, who work in the schools, who put poems into the parks, into galleries, and on sidewalks and in film and on the radio. And all those who take time to read and write poetry."
As poet laureate, Sutphen will serve as the state's primary spokesperson, supporter and promoter of poetry. She'll work with the Minnesota Humanities Center to organize a poetry event in the coming months.