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Daily Brief: Thursday, Aug. 14th, 2014

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
Aug. 14, 2014
Events today

  • 9:15 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks at the Twin Cities Premium Outlets Grand Opening. The event will take place at 3965 Eagan Outlets Parkway, Eagan.
  • 9:30 a.m. – DFL Chairman Ken Martin meets with the Duluth News Tribune
  • 10:30 a.m. – DFL Chairman Ken Martin is interviewed by KBJR.
  • 11:06 a.m. – How will Minnesota address rural broadband disparities? MPR’s Daily Circuit
  • 1 p.m. – DFL Chairman Ken Martin meets with Bill Hanna at the Mesabi Daily News.
  • 2 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks at the Southwest Amateur Sports Center Groundbreaking, which was funded in the 2014 Jobs Bill. This event will take place at 400 Tiger Drive, Marshall.
  • Gov. Dayton will meet with employees at Action Manufacturing in Marshall.
  • 4 p.m. – The “Personally Offended Tour” stops at Brainerd City Hall.

Mark your calendars and spread the word!

  • 36 days until Sept. 19 and early voting opens for the Nov. 4 election
  • 81 days until the Nov. 4 election

2014 election
Love and money in Minnesota politics, Star Tribune
Only 1 in 10 voters cast ballots in Minn. primaries, MPR

House District 60B: Kahn survives Noor challenge, MinnPost
House District 48B: Loon triumphs over Kihne, MinnPost

State Auditor
State auditor: Otto trounces Entenza, MinnPost
DFL leader blasts Matt Entenza’s failed primary auditor bid, Pioneer Press
Matt Entenza ‘burned a lot of bridges’ in failed auditor bid, DFL chair says, Star Tribune
What Otto winning over Entenza really means, TC Daily Planet

Governor: Johnson wins GOP nomination, MinnPost
Minnesota primary GOP hopefuls back Johnson for governor, Pioneer Press
To beat Dayton, Republicans need to be united, Johnson says, Star Tribune
As fall campaign shapes up, Dayton has busy week of travel, appearances, Star Tribune
Johnson set to face off against Dayton in gubernatorial race, WCCO
Minnesota Republicans seek unity after primary, KSTP
Minnesota Republicans unite behind primary winners, FOX 9
Jeff Johnson ready to campaign, KARE
Success around state propelled Jeff Johnson to GOP primary win, Star Tribune
Johnson and Dayton ready for campaign, hoping for a positive one, MPR
Mark Dayton v. Jeff Johnson could be the most polite race ever, Pioneer Press
Johnson win brings GOP unity, DFL criticism, MPR
Johnson says jobs the top priority of his campaign for governor, MPR
Where Johnson got his votes, Star Tribune
Primary over, candidates for governor move to fundraising for November, Star Tribune


U.S. House
MN-08: Stewart Mills says American pipelines should be built with American steel, Iron Country Free Press
Minnesota families deserve a future full of opportunity, Northfield News
MN07: DC-based national Republicans launch fake news website against Collin Peterson, Bluestem Prairie
Hagedorn beats endorsed Miller in 1st District race, Winona Daily News
Hagedorn promises tough campaign against Walz, MPR

The National Republican Congressional Committee has committed to a $2.5 million ad buy in the Minneapolis media market that could help GOP challengers Stewart Mills and Torrey Westrom, officials said Wednesday. The buy will stretch from October 7 through Election Day, Nov. 4.  Mills is challenging Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan in the Eighth Congressional District and Westrom is challenging Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson in the Seventh. “Minnesota voters deserve to know about Collin Peterson’s lavish congressional perks over his 23-year career in Washington and Rick Nolan’s anti-veteran voting record,” said NRCC spokesman Tyler Q. Houlton. Democrats fired back: “National Republicans are bailing out millionaire partydude Stewart Mills III’s campaign because they know he will be a reliable Republican vote for their budget that raises Medicare costs on Minnesota seniors,” said Brandon Lorenz of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Star Tribune

U.S. Senate
McFadden 2-steps on stance during St. Cloud stop, St. Cloud Times
McFadden says he could support gas tax increase, then quickly reverses, MinnPost
Mike McFadden wins Minnesota Senate primary to challenge Al Franken, Huffington Post
Mike McFadden backpedals over gas tax increase, Star Tribune
McFadden says leadership and ideas will beat Franken, MPR

In his victory speech on Tuesday night, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden let loose with a television review of many political operatives’ favorite shows. “Pop culture is a reflection of society. And we’re sitting in a time today when the most popular political show on television is the ‘House of Cards.’ And Frank Underwood (the TV character, at left) is an amoral character. He has no moral bearing except for power,” he said. “And a generation ago, it was ‘The West Wing’ with Jed Bartlet. We have fallen so far in a decade, it is time to stop and take our country back. We can do better. We have to do better!” Star Tribune

Congressional delegation
Klobuchar: Why Congress is keeping an eye on contact lens pricing, Star Tribune
GOP candidate denounces Twitter posts, KARE
Unwinding the SPIN: Warning signs ahead for GOP, politics mn
On immigration, G.O.P. starts to embrace Tea Party, New York Times

Ritchie, Mark
After office, Minnesota Secretary of State will work on World Fair bid, Pioneer Press
Small world after all? Ritchie plans push to bring World’s Fair to Minnesota, MPR

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