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Daily Brief: Tuesday, Oct. 21st, 2014

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Minnesota DFL
Oct. 21, 2014
Events today

  • 10:30 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks at the grand opening of Emerson Electric Shakopee, Emerson Cafeteria, 6021 Innovation Boulevard, Shakopee.
  • 12:30 – Joe Perske and Tom Emmer will debate at the Le St. Germain Hotel in St. Could. The event is sponsored by the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • 2 p.m. – First Lady Michelle Obama will headline a GOTV Rally for Sen. Franken and Gov. Dayton at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis.
  • 5 p.m. – Rep. Nolan will hold a Minnesota Fish Fry with special guest Sen. Tom Harkin. The Eagles Club, Brainerd.

Events Thursday

  • 11:45 a.m. – Doors open for Vice President Joe Biden’s GOTV rally for Congressman Rick Nolan, Hibbing Community College, 1515 E 25th St, Hibbing. Tickets available at www.dfl.org/gotvhibbing.
  • 4 p.m. – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will headline a dinner to benefit Gov. Mark Dayton. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Al Franken will join Hillary as honored guests. St. Paul River Centre, St. Paul. Tickets are available here.

Mark your calendars and spread the word!
Early voting is open! #simonsaysvote www.mnvotes.org


14 days until the Nov. 4 general election

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2014 election 
Hillary Clinton adds event to her Minnesota docketStar Tribune
Political parties pour cash into early votingStar Tribune
First Lady Michelle Obama in Minneapolis on TuesdayStar Tribune
US Rep. Rick Nolan to hold get-out-the-vote rally with Vice President Joe Biden in HibbingStar Tribune
GOP focuses on ground game to win seatsStar Tribune
Do attack ads have to dominate campaign season? They don’t in other democraciesMinnPost
Candidates bear down as outside ad money flows into MinnesotaStar Tribune
First Lady Michelle Obama to rally voters in MinneapolisKSTP
Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton to visit Minnesota this weekPioneer Press

In the final weeks of the election, new players are spending cash in Minnesota and old players are upping their games. The Alliance for a Better Minnesota, which has already spent millions on state House races and the governor’s race, will spend up to $1 million to go after Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden.  The American Action Network will spend at least $750,000 in Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District to trash Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan.  Fuels America, a renewable fuels group, plans to spend cash to “thank” Democratic U.S. Sen. Franken and Rep. Collin Peterson. And at a more local level, the Republican State Leadership Committee has started mailings, part of a six figure investment in Minnesota, to support state House candidate Stacey Stout. Star Tribune

Today the House DFL will launch a campaign microsite called the GOP House of Horrors, targeting incumbent Republican Representatives on an interactive map.  When you click the photo of the Representative you get a bio of their “scary” ideas. http://bit.ly/1tHPIX5 morning take

Secretary of State
Voter ID sparks fly in secretary of state raceMPR

State Auditor
Endorsement: For state auditor, Rebecca OttoStar Tribune

Attorney General
Endorsement: For attorney general, Lori SwansonStar Tribune
The Fox 9 Hamline gubernatorial debate: Cautious, controlled, and scriptedTC Daily Planet
Gubernatorial debate gets personal, MinnPost
Lt. Gov. candidate Kuisle brings ag and transportation expertise to GOP ticketMinnPost
What we haven’t heard from Mark Dayton and Jeff JohnsonMinnPost
DFL pounces on Johnson’s ‘no clue’ statementpolitics mn

After Sunday’s debate the “middle class” has become the hot talking point of the race.  Yesterday the DFL, released a video highlighting GOP gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson’s “no clue” answer on defining it.  The Star Tribune wrote a piece trying to define it, and Johnson responded to the DFL attacks. http://bit.ly/1t3NqzF morning take
From the Johnson campaign: “Mark Dayton was born into wealth and has lived most of his life off a South Dakota trust fund…Jeff Johnson  was born and raised in Detroit Lakes, his dad delivered bread to supermarkets for a living, and Jeff has earned every dollar he’s made…If Mark Dayton and his attack machine want to get into a debate with Jeff Johnson over who better understands the middle class, bring it on.” Morning take

The DFL- aligned Alliance for a Better Minnesota released ads in the Governor’s Race and the Senate Race that begin airing today. http://bit.ly/1tHQvqP morning take

U.S. House
Realty Check: Are the CD 8 ads misfiringWCCO
2014 Candidate Message: Incumbent Tim Walz, 1st DistrictKSTP
Radio ad supporting Collin Peterson and renewable fuelsFuels America

The Republican Congressional Campaign Committee told Roll Call it would cut its spending in Maine so it could increase its spending in other places, including adding $500,000 to boost its candidate’s chances in western Minnesota’s Seventh Congressional District.  Earlier this month, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reduced its spending plans in other states so it could spend more on Minnesota’s northern Eighth Congressional District. Star Tribune

GOP challenger Stewart Mills in CD8 released a new ad yesterday featuring a Mills Fleet Farm worker. http://bit.ly/1pwCzJl morning take

U.S. Senate
ABM launches ads against McFaddenMPR
KSTP/SurveyUSA: Franken still leads McFadden by double digitsKSTP

McFadden’s daughter stars in an ad to tell voters why her father would be a good senatorYouTube

What is ‘middle class’? The short answer: It dependsStar Tribune

Manufacturing contributed more than $43 billion to the state’s economy last year and employs more than 300,000 workers. In all, manufacturing accounts directly or indirectly for nearly 826,000 jobs — nearly 31 percent of all jobs in Minnesota. Minnesota Manufacturers Week is Oct 19-25.
Ex-Rep. Giffords discusses gun violence in MinneapolisWCCO
Gabby Giffords in Minneapolis to speak on protecting women and families from gun violenceMinnPost
Former Congresswoman Giffords visits Mpls. on National Gun Control TourKSTP
Gabby Giffords aims to strip guns from convicted stalkersFox 9

Marriage equality
Turf shifts in culture wars as support for gay marriage risesMPR
Policy choices cut poverty nearly in halfMinnesota Budget Project

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