Posted at 6:30 AM on September 24, 2012
by Catharine Richert
Filed under: Daily Digest
Welcome to the Daily Digest, where MPR looks to Iowa for some answers on same-sex marriage, activists are frustrated with the DFL Party over the voter ID amendment, and a new poll shows support Minnesotans support Obama over Romney.
MPR looks at same-sex marriage in Iowa.
Activists are criticizing the DFL Party for not doing more on the voter ID amendment.
A poll conducted by the Star Tribune found that a narrow majority of Minnesota's support a constitutional amendment that would require voters to show their identification at the polls, but that support for the proposal has declined in the last year.
Meanwhile, the Tribune's poll found that 49 percent of Minnesotans support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and a woman, while 47 percent oppose it. That's within the poll's 3.5 percentage point margin of error.
Minnesotans favor President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, the Star Tribune's poll shows.
Close elections are driving the voter ID amendment battle, the Pioneer Press reports.
Former Gov. Jesse Ventura is speaking out against both constitutional amendments.
Absentee voting in Minnesota began on Friday.
Congress recesses for the fall, but they've left a lot of work undone.
States are preparing for the new health care law to kick in whether they agree with it or not, the New York times reports.
The attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya was a major setback for the CIA.
The Race for Congress
PoliGraph says a Democratic ad targeting Rep. Chip Cravaack's votes on education is a mix of truth and fiction.
Cravaack announced two endorsements from officials who previously backed DFLer Jeff Anderson.
Congressional incumbents are trying to run as outsiders this election.
The challenge for both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is to woo undecided voters.
SNL takes a hard look at what independent voters want to know from the candidates.
Obama stumped in Wisconsin over the weekend, while Romney was fundraising in California.
Romney is more candid when talking to donors, the New York Times writes.
Romney paid $1.94 million - or about 14 percent of his income - in 2011.
Romney and Obama were both interviewed by "60 Minutes." Romney criticized Obama for not meeting with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a UN gathering this week, and Obama criticized Romeny for not being more specific about his foreign policy plans, the New York Times reports.
It is unlikely Romney's electoral victories will mirror George W. Bush's in 2004, the Washington Post writes.
Conservatives want Paul Ryan to do more on the campaign trail.
Ralph Reed, an evangelical who runs the Faith and Freedom Coalition, is planning to help Romney by turning out conservative religious voters on Election Day. Watch the group to target turnout for the Minnesota marriage amendment, too.
Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson campaigned in Minnesota Friday.
Posted at 8:34 AM on September 24, 2012
by Mark Zdechlik
In a blog entry published Friday Sept. 21, former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson concludes fellow Republican Michele Bachmann is an embarrassment and that her "recent assaults against the Muslims and again suggesting that President Obama is sympathetic to Islamic extremism reminds me of the desperation of Senator Joseph McCarthy in his declining months."
In his post titled, Michele Bachmann.... A Lady in Decline, Carlson writes, "What has happened with Bachmann is common with the McCarthy types -- they rise quickly as they step loudly and carelessly on the reputations of innocent people and they fall just as rapidly in accordance with the public's insistence on truth and decency."
Bachmann, who was first elected to Congress in 2006, is running for reelection to a fourth term. Her DFL opponent, hotelier Jim Graves, has publicized his campaign's internal polling which claims shows Bachmann is vulnerable even though she won her last congressional election by more than 12 percentage points. Bachmann spent much of her latest two-year term running for the Republican presidential nomination which she stepped out of in early January after a dismal showing in the Iowa caucuses.