Posted at 6:30 AM on August 21, 2012
by Catharine Richert
Filed under: Daily Digest
Welcome to the Daily Digest, where Biden is visiting Minnesota, Dayton makes a Supreme Court appointment, and Romney once again outraises Obama.
Reminder: Vice President Joe Biden will be in Minnesota today, first in Minneapolis and then in Rochester.
Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Judge Wilhelmina Wright to the state's Supreme Court. Wright will replace retiring Justice Helen Meyer. She will be the first African American woman on the state's highest court.
Mayors Chris Coleman and R.T. Rybak say a voter ID requirement would be too expensive and restrictive.
Rep. Paul Thissen and DFL Party Chair Ken Martin joined a growing chorus of political voices asking Rep. Kerry Gauthier, DFL-Duluth, to step aside.
The Minnesota State Court of Appeals today overturned a $60,000 judgment against a blogger.
As the housing market remains slow to recover, some economists say President Barack Obama should have been more aggressive on foreclosures, the New York Times reports.
U.S. Senate Elections
The Associated Press reports that Missouri GOP candidate Rep. Todd Akin apologized for his comment that women's bodies are able to prevent pregnancies if they are victims of "a legitimate rape."
He says he will stay in the race.
Republicans distanced themselves from Akin's comments.
Super PACs planning to support Akin are pulling their money.
Health experts say Akin's claim isn't true.
The Presidential Campaign
Democrats are highlighting VP candidate Paul Ryan's opposition to abortion.
President Barack Obama defended the tenor of the campaign, and criticized Akin for his comments about rape and abortion.
Romney and the RNC once again outraised Obama and the DNC in July, according to new finance reports.
The Washington Post profiles this election's independent voters.