Posted at 6:17 AM on September 17, 2012
by Catharine Richert
Filed under: Daily Digest
Welcome to the Daily Digest, where the fiscal cliff could hurt Minnesota's economy, advertising heats up in the 8th CD, and the presidential candidates return to their focus on the economy.
Walking off the "fiscal cliff" could devastate Minnesota's economy, officials say.
Changes to the state's welfare system kicked in Sunday.
The PoliGraph finds some misleading statements in an MN GOP flier.
The DFL Party is suing to have Rep. Kerry Gauthier, DFL-Duluth removed from the ballot.
The Pioneer Press reports that the highest paid Minnesota state employee is recently retired Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor James McCormick.
The New York Times profiles True the Vote, a group that claims there is major voter fraud in the United States.
Chicago Teachers Strike
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is seeking a court injunction to end the teachers strike as it creeps into its second week.
The Race for Congress
At the Values Voters Summit, Rep. Michele Bachmann accused the Obama administration of a "complete purge of any federal materials from references to the ideology of Islam" to brainwash U.S. military and FBI trainers "in political correctness toward Islam."
MPR takes a look at the 6th Congressional District race featuring Bachmann and her DFL challenger Jim Graves.
The Pioneer Press profiles Graves as well.
The DCCC is running ads against 8th Congressional District Rep. Chip Cravaack.
The NRCC is running ads in the 8th that call Cravaack's DFL opponent Rick Nolan a "liberal and radical."
Norm Coleman's American Action Network is airing an ad in the 8th as well.
Democrats insist that winning the House of Representatives is within their reach, Politico reports.
On the Presidential Campaign
Both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have reasons to worry about winning Florida.
Watch Obama to launch a new trade case against China today.
The events in the Middle East last week have forced both candidates to abandon their economic message.
The Washington Post says Obama and Romney are going to refocus on the economy.
The New York Times reports that Republicans are losing voters over their Medicare plan.
Posted at 3:29 PM on September 17, 2012
by Tim Pugmire
Filed under: Campaign 2012: U.S. Senate
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills is suggesting that he could support a tax increase as part of a plan to reduce the federal budget deficit.
During an appearance today at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School, Bills said he would be open to a compromise measure similar to the Simpson Bowles Commission recommendations, which included a mix of spending cuts and increased tax revenue. The state representative and high school economic teacher from Rosemount also supports Republican Sen. Rand Paul's budget proposal, which includes cuts in social security and the creation of a new flat tax. But Bills said he wants to find a compromise.
"I will vote for the compromise, no matter what it is," Bills said. "I don't care if I have to have a verbal or physical confrontation with Grover Norquist. I'm going to vote for the compromise, because that's what my students in my high school classes, and the reason why I'm running, would want me to do."
Bills, who's challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar, said Congress needs more everyday Americans, like him, who are willing to focus on problem-solving rather than getting re-elected.
On the topic of civil liberties, Bills said the treatment of a filmmaker linked to an anti-Islamic movie that has sparked protests across the Middle East raises concerns.
Federal authorities in Southern California interviewed the filmmaker, who is now in hiding, over the weekend at a Los Angeles sheriff's station. Bills said the action is an example of what he views as the nation's "liberty deficit."
"We had him taken out of his home by federal agents to be questioned," he said. "So, will there not be a first amendment any longer in this contry? I would have to ask that. It really bothers me."
Bills later clarified that his concern is specific to the first amendment questions raised by the incident. He stressed that he does not agree with the content of the controversial film.
Photo: Tim Pugmire