Posted at 6:37 AM on October 4, 2012
by Catharine Richert
Filed under: Daily Digest
Welcome to the Daily Digest, where Medicare is front and center in the 8th CD, Ryan will fundraise in Minnesota, and the presidential candidates debated.
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Opponents and proponents of the voter ID amendment debate today.
The St. Louis County Board opposes the marriage amendment.
The state has asked a court not to block Minnesota's wolf hunt.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Collin Peterson talked locally made products in Crookston.
Gov. Mark Dayton took his jobs tour to the Iron Range.
The Pennsylvania voter ID case is far from over, the Associated Press reports.
The Race for Congress
The 8th Congressional District ad war over Medicare heats up.
The Minnesota Daily profiled Kurt Bills.
The Pioneer Press sat down with Rep. Michele Bachmann.
The Presidential Race
President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney debated in Denver last night. The economy was the top topic.
The New York Times dissects some of the claims made during the debate, including how Romney would pay for his $5 trillion tax cut.
Romney has suggested capping deductions at $17,000 to broaden the tax base.
The debate highlighted the two candidate's fundamentally different world views.
Also among the debate losers? Big Bird.
VP candidate Paul Ryan will headline a fundraiser in Minnesota next weekend.
At a rally today in Wisconsin, Obama will be pushing early voting.
Two Republican lawmakers say they think DFL Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has gone too far in his criticism of Minnesota's voter ID constitutional amendment, which is on the November ballot.
Sen. Mike Parry, R-Waseca, and Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, filed a formal complaint today with the Office of Administrative Hearings. It accuses Ritchie of multiple violations of state campaign law.
Parry and Newman, who have hired attorney Fritz Knaak to represent them, claim that Ritchie traveled throughout the state in his official capacity at taxpayer expense to promote what they view as his personal anti-voter ID agenda. They also claim he used those travels, as well as his office's website, to mislead voters about the impact of a new photo identification requirement.
Newman said it's the secretary of state's job to implement election laws without bias.
"I don't view Mark Ritchie as being some type of an election cop, whose responsibility it is to protect the people of the state of Minnesota from the Legislature's bill on this constitutional amendment," Newman said. "Neither do I believe that he, using his position as secretary of state, has a job to try to influence the outcome of this ballot initiative."
Newman said he believes Ritchie misused public funds and illegally engaged in political activity as a state employee. He also contends the secretary of state has repeatedly made false and misleading statements about voter ID, including that it will cost $50 million to implement and will end same-day registration.
The allegations against Ritchie were first raised back in July, when Parry called a rare summer hearing of the State Government Innovation and Veterans committee that he chairs. Ritchie didn't show up, and Parry hasn't forgotten the snub.
"It was arrogant on his part, not showing up, both him and the attorney general," Parry said. "I mean, we could have solved this. I just kept getting e-mails from the public. What are you going to do? Can you do something? You're the chairman. He falls under your authority. What can you do?"
Parry then abruptly ended the news conference, even though reporters were still asking questions.
A spokesman for the secretary of state said the office had not yet received a copy of the complaint and declined further comment.
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie issued this statement:
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie does not comment on litigation.
"I continue to work closely with local elections officials to ensure that the 2012 General Election is efficient and accurate.
Minnesotans wishing to register to vote and to vote absentee should visit
mnvotes.org www.mnvotes.org our one-stop voter information website. The website contains direct links to the Voter Registration Lookup, Absentee Ballot Lookup, My Ballot, and Polling Place Finder. It also has same day registration and other important voter information."
Here's the complaint: