Herman Cain, who was celebrating a strong showing in a Des Moines Register poll of GOP candidates in Iowa, is now defending himself against allegations that two women accused him of inappropriate behavior in the 1990s.
Cain's campaign called the story "Inside the Beltway attacks."
Cain is also leading Texas Gov. Rick Perry in a poll of likely Republican voters in Texas.
CNN reports that Mitt Romney remains the top target of his GOP rivals and the White House.
(More presidential politics below)
Under the Dome
The Pi Press says clean water may be the murkiest Legacy fund goal.
The Star Tribune says an Adult Care agency within DHS gets a new chief.
Fishing license sales are down $1.6 million.
GOP Rep. Steve Gottwalt says more improvements are needed in the health care system regardless of the health care overhaul.
DFL Sen. Larry Pogemiller said he's going to miss the Minnesota Senate. Gov. Dayton appointed Pogemiller to be director of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
Minneapolis gets $750k to repair the northern part of the city damaged by tornados.
The Star Tribune says the biggest battle at this year's election will be over school referenda.
Gov. Dayton will greet trick or treaters at the Governor's residence.
The Pi Press takes a look at job growth by city.
The PoliGraph says GOP Sen. Geoff Michel's jobs claim is incorrect.
Union groups are joining Occupy MN.
Dayton said there was no "breakthrough moment" on his stadium talks with legislative leadership.
The leading backer of the Arden Hills site expects the federal government to finalize the sales of the land to Ramsey County by today.
Politics in Minnesota has a story on why it's unlikely the Vikings will leave Minnesota.
The Pi Press says look at Cleveland if you don't think the Vikings will move.
The Star Tribune says Los Angeles is working hard to bring an NFL franchise to that city.
President Obama will issue an executive order today that says the FDA should help reduce drug shortages.
MPR reports that Minnesota's Congressional delegation is skeptical of the Super Committee designed to come up with budget cuts.
A prominent global warming skeptic now says global warming is real.
Hiring an attorney will fetch a better deal in negotiations in the way of the Central Corridor line.
Teen pop idol Justin Bieber said DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar should be "locked up" for sponsoring a bill that would make it a felony to profit from streaming unlicensed online content.
The Star Tribune says Klobuchar dives into the partisan fight over the Jobs bill.
Klobuchar is also continuing a tour that features products that are "Made in America."
DFL Sen. Al Franken visited Waseca.
U.S. northern border checks have been scaled back.
GOP Reps. John Kline, Michele Bachmann and Chip Cravaack sign on to a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court asking the court to declare the Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional.
Democrats lose their enthusiasm for the health law.
DFL Rep. Betty McCollum is leading the charge to block an Obama Administration cut to imaging reimbursement.
Crop insurance supplants subsidies in the Farm Bill proposal. DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is mentioned.
Groups are lobbying the Deficit Super Committee to include the Dairy Market Stabilization program.
Reuters talks to Tim Pawlenty about Tunisia's elections.
Race for Legislature
Gov. Dayton called a special election for Senate District 59, which is being vacated by DFL Sen. Larry Pogemiller.
Two Democrats, Peter Wagenius and Jacob Frey, are lining up to replace Pogemiller.
Race for Congress
DFL state Rep. Tom Anzelc is backing Rick Nolan's bid for Congress.
Race for President
Bloomberg has an interesting story that says the Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act aren't as simple as the candidates are suggesting.
Herman Cain says he's going to scale back the number of public appearances.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann said on ABC's This Week that the campaign can be revived.
Bachmann says she would not do anything for the children of illegal immigrants.
Bachmann blames Rick Perry for the bashing by a Tea Party group.
AP says Bachmann is exaggerating a directive from federal officials to evaluate procedures for religious and cultural sensitivity.
Bachmann is planning an early November campaign stop in South Carolina.
Bachmann is courting a South Carolina consultant.
CNN says Ron Paul has no plans for a third party bid, yet.
There will be lots of ghosts and goblins walking the streets tonight for Halloween. Drive safely.
The Minnesota DFL has announced the hiring of an executive Director and an outreach director.
A news release today said Corey Day will be the party's executive director. He recently served as a partner at Strategic Field Concepts, where he designed campaigns focused on grassroots organizing. Day served as a Director on the Obama for America campaign in Florida and was the Minnesota statewide field director in 2004 for the Kerry for President campaign. As executive director, Day will help the DFL develop its Coordinated Campaign for president, U.S. Senate and Minnesota Legislature.
Mona Langston will join the DFL as outreach director. Langston previously worked for the Housing Preservation Project. She was also a campaign coordinator for SEIU and served as a field organizer for the Dean for America Presidential campaign.
DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin said he was thrilled to hire Day and Langston.
"2012 is a critical year for our state and country and the DFL will play an important role in re-electing President Obama, Senator Klobuchar and winning back the majorities in our State Legislature," Martin said. "Corey offers a wealth of experience managing campaigns, building coalitions, grassroots organizing. His knowledge of Minnesota politics will help build our Party's 2012 campaign. Mona has been a strong community organizer her whole career and we look forward to using her insight and experience to develop and strengthen our Party's relations with the community. She understands the issues facing underrepresented communities and this will allow our Party to reach out, understand the issues facing local communities, educate them on the values of the DFL and help elect leaders who will fight to address the inequality and economic gaps."
Gov. Mark Dayton issued an executive order today that establishes a new state task force on health care reform.
The 17-member panel will develop recommendations for improving health care delivery and lowering costs. The Democratic governor appointed representatives from the administration business, labor, nonprofit groups and health care organizations. There are four seats designated for the Republican-controlled Legislature.
Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson will chair the Minnesota Health Care Reform Task force. During a conference call with reporters, Jesson said Minnesota is consistently one of the healthiest states but needs to do better.
"We've got serious gaps and disparities between our healthiest and least healthiest Minnesotans, and we need to close them," Jesson said. "The number of uninsured in Minnesota is increasing, which is unacceptable."
The task force will look for ways to address the disparity issue, along with improving access to health care and lowering costs preventative care incentives.
Dayton's executive order also established a separate, 15-member task force to help develop a health insurance exchange, which is a key part of new federal health care law.
State Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazzeppa, made his future political intentions clearer today by endorsing state Sen. Mike Parry, R-Waseca, for Congress in Minnesota's First District.
Drazkowski had reportedly been considering his own bid to try to unseat incumbent Democratic Congressman Tim Walz. Parry announced his candidacy earlier this month. In a news release from the Parry campaign, Drazkowski said he was proud to make the endorsement.
"After five years in Washington, Congressman Tim Walz has represented the values of Washington liberals like Nancy Pelosi and not the values of Southern Minnesota," Drazkowski said. "I'm convinced that Mike will build the grassroots campaign to defeat Congressman Walz. As a small business owner, he is best equipped to go to Washington and rein in wasteful government spending and jump start our economy."