Several people are dead in Minneapolis after a shooter opened fire inside Accent Signage, a business in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood.
Under the Dome
Gov. Dayton continues his jobs tour today. He'll be in Willmar. Dayton will also hold a campaign event for legislative candidates in the afternoon.
Minnesota officials say no to a Wisconsin tax deal.
Minnesota gets $42.5 million for the health insurance exchange.
A Minnesota trooper has been arrested on DWI suspicion.
The country has gained 4.4 million jobs since 2010 - enough to account for the jobs lost under President Obama's first term.
The U.S. economy is maintaining tepid growth.
Weekly unemployment aid applications dropped last week.
Israel's president drew a "red line" regarding Iran's nuclear program.
An anti-Muslim filmmaker has been ordered jailed in California.
The attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya is linked to Al Qaeda.
The Supreme Court may limit the use of race in college admissions.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson and other critics of Voter ID say the amendment could jeopardize mail-in balloting.
Voter ID supporters released a video from Bob Lurtsema pushing the amendment.
Race for Legislature
The HRCC and The Alliance for a Better Minnesota started running targeted TV ads in specific legislative races.
Race for Congress
DFL Rep. Tim Walz and Republican Allen Quist squared off in their first debate.
Norm Coleman's group is running an ad attacking Democdrat Rick Nolan on Medicare.
AP had a fact-checking quota on GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann during the presidential debates.
The Star Tribune has a look at Bachmann's campaign swing yesterday.
The Minnesota Daily has a profile of the 3rd District race between GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen and Democrat Brian Barnes. The Edina Chamber of Commerce is hosting a debate between Paulsen and Barnes on Oct. 18.
The Star Tribune's Minnesota Poll said 53 percent of those polled think Dayton is doing a good job.
The same poll shows DFL Sen. Al Franken with a job approval rating of 52%. His favorable ratings are at 44%.
Race for Senate
The campaign for Republican Kurt Bills criticized the Star Tribune poll that has DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar with a wide lead over him.
Former Deputy Chair Michael Brodkorb said the Bills campaign's push to call Klobuchar a "prom queen' and "daddy's little girl" are "angry, derogatory and sexist."
Race for President
President Obama and Mitt Romney made pitches to veterans in Virginia.
Obama is urging "economic patriotism."
Mitt Romney is assuring voters that "I care."
The RNC cut ties with a firm amid voter fraud allegations in Florida.
Gorge Soros gave $1.5 million to groups backing Obama.
In their first debate, 1st District DFL Congressman Tim Walz and his Republican opponent Allen Quist went head-to-head on a range of topics, from health care to the economy.
This week, PoliGraph looked at five of Walz and Quist's claims.
Both candidates feel strongly about the new health care law, but fundamentally disagree on whether it will be effective or not. Walz said health care spending is out of control and that the new law would actually save the government money. Quist disagreed.
"This nation spends 17.9 percent of its GDP on health care, far outstripping any other in the world." - Walz
Walz says making health care more efficient will save money. To underscore his argument, Walz pointed out that the nation spends 17.9 percent of its gross domestic product on health services, which is true according to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services. By 2021, those costs will be 20 percent of the nation's GDP.
That's a larger share than any other nation, according to data from the World Health Organization and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
"The Affordable Care Act will save $109 billion in health care costs." - Walz
Walz is talking about how much it would cost the government to repeal the new health care law, not health care savings built into the new law.
According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), taking the bill off the books would cost the government a net $109 billion over 9 years; spending would go down, but the repeal would also eliminate a mix of new revenue.
Walz doesn't mention that the health care law is still costing the government, something Quist was quick to point out.
"Tim Walz says the affordable care act is going to save us money? Give me a break! I hope he looked at the last CBO estimates on the added costs - $1.7 trillion in added costs over the next 10 years." - Quist
The most recent CBO estimate pegged the gross cost of the health care law at about $1.7 trillion over 10 years, up from about $938 billion in 2010.
There's good reason for the increase: much of the new law doesn't kick in until 2014, so newer estimates will account for the fact that more of the health care law is in place. The law is not unexpectedly more expensive, as Quist implies.
Quist is also cherry picking his numbers. The latest cost estimate is the law's gross cost. In fact, CBO relies on the law's net cost, which is about $1.25 trillion. The lower figure accounts for new revenue built into the bill.
Both candidates agree that dealing with the nation's debt is critical. Quist said an unbalanced budget is a threat to the nation's domestic programs and national security, but that Walz hasn't done much to deal with the problem.
"This country has always had a balance of 19 percent revenue 19 percent spending, and what that allows us to do is invest in things that grow our economy." - Walz
Walz defended his position by saying the nation is in the midst of an unprecedented recession. He pointed out that historically, federal spending and revenues as a percent of gross domestic product were steady and were balanced.
And he's right. According to historical tables compiled by the Office of Management and Budget, for many decades before the recession, federal revenue and spending as a percent of GDP averaged about 19 percent.
Quist quickly shot back at Walz, saying that the federal spending is much higher than that now.
"Right now, our federal government is spending 24% of our GDP." - Quist
Quist is correct: In 2011, the federal spending exceeded 24 percent of GDP. That's the third-highest level in 40 years, according to the CBO.
On some points, both Walz and Quist's claims are supported by the facts.
But on two claims about the cost of the new health care law, both candidates leave out important context that make their statements somewhat misleading.
Bloomberg News, Health-Care Spending to Reach 20% of U.S. Economy by 2021, by Alex Wayne, June 12, 2012
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Health Expenditure Projections 2011-2021, accessed Sept. 27, 2012
The World Health Organization, World Health Statistics 2011, accessed Sept. 27, 2012
OECD Health Data 2012, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, accessed Sept. 27, 2012
CBS, CBO: Health care repeal would cost $109 billion, July 24, 2012
The Congressional Budget Office, Letter to the Honorable John Boehner providing an estimate for H.R. 6079, the Repeal of Obamacare Act, July 24, 2012
Minnesota Public Radio, PoliGraph: Bills health care law claim leaves out key details, by Catharine Richert, May 23, 2012
The Congressional Budget Office, Inforgraphic: The U.S. Federal Government, accessed Sept. 27, 2012
The White House, Office of Management and Budget, Historical Tables: Summary of Receipts, Outlays, and Surpluses or Deficits (-) as Percentages of GDP: 1930-2017, accessed Sept. 27, 2012