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Daily Brief: Monday, Oct. 13th 2014

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
Oct. 13, 2014
Events today

  • 9 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will participate in the first meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children, Room 5, State Office Building.
  • 1:15 p.m. – Sen. Franken will hold a press conference in St. Paul to discuss his continuing efforts to crack down on dangerous mobile device “stalking apps,” which allow stalkers and domestic abusers to track their victims’ locations without their knowledge or consent.
  • 1:30 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony for a recently-completed construction project on Lindau Lane near Mall of America, northeast corner of Lindau Lane and 22nd Ave., Bloomington.
  • 4:30 p.m. – Sen. Franken will speak at the Inaugural Minneapolis Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. The celebration is in recognition of the City of Minneapolis being the first city in Minnesota to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day last April.

Mark your calendars and spread the word!
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2014 election
Americans for Prosperity builds political machine, MPR
Ducking social issues, GOP struggles to keep conservatives close, MPR
Minnesota needs a debate commission, Star Tribune
Clinton calls on young Minnesotans to vote, Albert Lea Tribune
Campaigns find ad space finite, even on the web, New York Times
Clinton calls on young Minnesotans to vote, MPR
Clinton headlines Minneapolis rally for Franken, Dayton, KARE
Bill Clinton rallies Minnesota Democrats, Pioneer Press
Voters should consider perspective from the marketplace, Pioneer Press
GOP-backed voting limits lead to spirited backlash, Star Tribune
A wave or not a wave? That’s the question Nov. 4, Los Angeles Times

Our view / Endorsement: Simonson sparkled in his first term, Duluth News Tribune
Our view / endorsement: This is the right race for Hall, her energy, Duluth News Tribune
District 7A candidates spar at debate in Duluth, Duluth News Tribune
Office issue trips up DFLer Savick, MPR
DFLers: GOP-friendly St. Cloud House district in play, St. Cloud Times
In the battle for the ‘burbs, state House candidates forced to pitch voters on a smorgasbord of issues, MinnPost

Major law enforcement group endorses Gov. Dayton, MPR
Biden to campaign for Nolan, MPR
Dayton commits to full term if voters reelect him, AP
Momentum changes in governor race, Detroit Lakes Online
Jeff Johnson: Plotting a measured path to the Minnesota governor’s office, Star Tribune
Christie, Johnson to tour Columbia Heights charter school Monday, Star Tribune
The state of the state is … not really Dayton’s doing, Star Tribune
Political notebook: Has governor’s race turned to Minnesota nasty? Fargo Forum
Challenger’s View: Lip service doesn’t support mining, jobs, Duluth News Tribune
Incumbent’s View: Minnesota better off, with more to be done, Duluth News Tribune
JEFFREY JACKSON: No, Mr. Johnson, we did not misquote your running mate, Owatonna People’s Press
Minnesota GOP governor nominee Johnson gets campaign assist from New Jersey Gov. Christie, Star Tribune
Major law enforcement group endorses Gov. Dayton, MPR

U.S. House
8th District will choose between two good men, ECM
Endorsement: Ignore the critics: The choice is Mills, Duluth News Tribune
Rep. Collin Peterson up 9 points in KSTP poll, KSTP
Maher undaunted by steep odds in ousting KlineRochester Post Bulletin
‘Blue Dog’ vs. ‘Young Gun’: Peterson, Westrom fight for Minn.’s 7th Congressional District, Fargo Forum
Fact Check: Stewart Mills and the billionaire Koch Brothers, Northland News Center
For first time in years, Collin Peterson’s seat is a battleground, MinnPost
PoliGraph: Fact-checking the MN 1st District debate, MPR
Metro Congressional contest draws national spotlight to incumbent Kline’s record on communities of color, TC Daily Planet
Our view: Return Betty McCollum to Congress, Stillwater Gazette
MN-07: Peterson has solid polling lead, mn progressive project
Ellison pounds pavement to get ‘souls to the polls’, Star Tribune
Show business enters southern Minnesota politics, Owatonna People’s Press
Hagedorn visits Faribault, talks priorities, Faribault Daily News
Political Notebook: Hagedorn seeks to tie Walz to Obama, Rochester Post Bulletin

A pair of House candidates released their first ads last week and over the weekend.  Sixth Congressional District candidate Joe Perske, a Democrat, put up a radio ad that criticizes his GOP competitor for remarks he made on shrinking regulations and collecting PAC campaign contributions from banks and insurance companies. Perske said in the ad he supported legislation passed by Congress that created new rules for Wall Street. His staff says this is the first of three ads before Nov. 4. GOP candidate Jim Hagedorn, who is challenging Democratic Rep. Tim Walz in the First Congressional District, released a television ad linking Walz to President Obama. Star Tribune

U.S. Senate
McFadden paying to re-broadcast first senatorial debate in Twin Cities, MinnPost
Senate Democrats’ campaign arm says it raised $16M in September, spent $27M, Star Tribune
GOP worries in Kansas, South Dakota; health law attacks fading? Election surprises abounding, Star Tribune

Big spending Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken released a new ad of his own over the weekend. Titled “All Together,” it focuses on student loans. The ad is the 14th his campaign has released and the tenth that has highlighted Franken in a positive light. Franken has also run three ads putting Republican challenger Mike McFadden’s business experience in a negative light. One ad called “Try,” released in late August mentions both Franken, positively, and McFadden, in a less positive light. According to the Center for Public Integrity, Franken has spent at least $5 million on television advertisements and McFadden has spent about $2.5 million. Star Tribune

Affordable Care Act
Premium spikes catch up with small businesses, Star Tribune
Budget (state)
State’s revenues for latest quarter are $46 million less than expected, Star Tribune
Dayton attends Governor’s Pheasant Opener in Worthington, WCCO
Ralliers hope to keep Duluth mail processing center open, Duluth News Tribune
Dayton’s humor shines through at pheasant opener, KWOA
Gay rights
Beyond marriage, other gay-rights challenges loom, MPR

Polaris gets creative as housing, labor tighten in NW Minn., MPR
Ness, Don
Ness says he won’t seek a third term as Duluth mayor, Duluth News Tribune
Transportation at the Minnesota Legislature: Dibble dabbles in beets, talks transportation, Crookston Times
Power companies blame low coal stockpiles on rail delays, MPR

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