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Daily Brief: Tuesday, Sept. 2nd, 2014

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Minnesota DFL
Sept. 2, 2014
Events today

  • 8:30 a.m. – Governor Mark Dayton, Brenda Cassellius, Commissioner of Education and Kindergarten students and teachers kick off the first day of school. Garden City Elementary School, 3501 65th Ave. N, Brooklyn Center.
  • 9:30 a.m. – St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman welcome students back by handing out donated school supplies. American Indian Magnet School, 1075 E. 3rd St., St. Paul.
  • 10:30 a.m. – University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler and senior leaders welcome students to campus. Near Goldy Gopher statue in front of Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E, Minneapolis.
  • 1:30 p..m – MNsure CEO Scott Leitz will be joined by The Arc Greater Twin Cities’ Chief Program Officer Steve Piekarski, Portico Healthnet’s Outreach Program Manager Rebecca Lozano, and other MNsure grant recipients for a press to announce the recipients of MNsure’s Outreach and Enrollment grants for the 2014 – 2015 Open Enrollment period.
  • 3 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will hold a railway safety roundtable with community leaders and emergency managers in Moorhead. Minnesota State University- Moorhead, Cornstock Memorial Union- Ballroom, 615 14th Street South, Moorhead.
  • 6:30 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will hold a meeting in Wilkin County to discuss the Fargo-Moorhead Flood Diversion project. Wilkin County Courthouse, Courtroom, 300 5th Street South, Breckenridge.

Mark your calendars and spread the word!
16 days until early voting beings Sept. 19
62 days until the Nov. 4 general election
2014 election
Sleepy campaign season becomes silly, Star Tribune
Debate on the number of debates as the election nears, KARE
Dayton, Franken lead in polls, Star Tribune
Heavy political giving fuels torrent of ads, outside groups’ increased influence, Star Tribune
Election of contradictions: Sour U.S. electorate poised to ‘keep the bums in’, Star Tribune
Obama’s Labor Day visit to Wisconsin comes amid heated governor’s race, declining union power, Star Tribune
Politics on a stick, Star Tribune
State Fair accurately predicts election winners, Star Tribune
Attention deficit: American interest in midterm election down from 2010, Gallup
Students: Think ahead and plan to vote, Star Tribune
Minnesota election season kicks into high gear, Pioneer Press
Here’s why you helpless tramps don’t vote Republican, Daily Beast

“Even on fiscal matters—traditionally the party’s strongest issue set—Republicans hold only slight advantages that do not come close to outweighing their negative attributes. The GOP holds a 3 percent advantage over Democrats when female voters are asked who has “good ideas to grow the economy and create jobs,” and the same advantage on who is “fiscally responsible and can be trusted with our tax dollars.”

Campaign season accelerates after Labor Day, so expect to see even more political ads, fundraising pitches and visits from lawmakers with ability to motivate voters as Election Day nears. GOP U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, at left, is traveling to Plymouth with Republican U.S. Senate nominee Mike McFadden today.  But one thing Minnesotans shouldn’t bank on is an appearance from President Obama, who visited Wisconsin on Labor Day. The president’s popularity has waned in Minnesota and candidates in Senate battleground states have walked a tightrope when he lands on their home turf. Politico has dubbed much of the south as a post-Labor Day “no-fly zone” for Obama. The same could be true for Minnesota, where McFadden’s campaign has gone to great lengths to link incumbent Democrat Al Franken to Obama. Star Tribune

SurveyUSA/KSTP-TV 2014 General Election Poll, KSTP

Which of these issues will be most important to you in deciding how to vote this November? Taxes? Jobs? Education? Transportation? Health care? Or something else? Asked of 600 likely voters with a margin of error plus or minus 4.1%.
26% Taxes
20% Jobs
13% Education
2% Transportation
28% Health Care
7% Something Else
4% Not Sure

If the election for Minnesota Governor were today, who would you vote for? (candidate names rotated) Republican Jeff Johnson? DFL candidate Mark Dayton? Independence Party candidate Hannah Nicollet? Or some other candidate? Asked of 600 likely voters margin of error is minus or plus 4.1 percent.
40% Jeff Johnson (R)
49% Mark Dayton (DFL)
3% Hannah Nicollet (IP)
3% Other
5% Undecided

If the election for United States Senator from Minnesota were today, who would you vote for? (candidate names rotated) Republican Mike McFadden? DFL candidate Al Franken? Independence Party candidate Steve Carlson? Or some other candidate? Asked of 600 likely voters. Margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4.1 percent.
42% Mike McFadden (R)
51% Al Franken (DFL)
2% Steve Carlson (IP)
2% Other
3% Undecided
Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as President? Asked of 725 registered voters. Margin of sampling error plus or minus 3.7 percent.
38% Approve
52% Disapprove
10% Not Sure
Do you approve or disapprove of the job Al Franken is doing as United States Senator? Asked of 725 registered voters. Margin of sampling error plus or minus 3.7 percent.
56% Approve
35% Disapprove
8% Not Sure
Do you approve or disapprove of the job Amy Klobuchar is doing as United States Senator? Asked of 725 registered voters. Margin of sampling error plus or minus 3.7 percent.
59% Approve
27% Disapprove
14% Not Sure
Do you approve or disapprove of the job Mark Dayton is doing as Governor? Asked of 725 registered voters. Margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.7 percent.
51% Approve
37% Disapprove
12% Not Sure
Do you approve? Or disapprove? Of the job the state legislature is doing? Asked of 725 registered voters. Margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.7 percent.
27% Approve
50% Disapprove
23% Not Sure

Do you approve or disapprove of the performance of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange called “MNSure” (Minn-Sure)? Asked of 725 registered voters. Margin of sampling error plus or minus 3.7 percent.

27% Approve
48% Disapprove
25% Not Sure
The Minnesota Legislature approved the construction of a new $77-million dollar office building to provide new offices for the Minnesota Senate. Do you approve or disapprove of this project? Asked of 800 adults with a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.4 percent.
21% Approve
66% Disapprove
13% Not Sure

Hennepin County Sheriff
Frizell enthusiastically endorsed, Stanek not so much, mn progressive project

Minnesota Supreme Court
Will Michelle MacDonald’s GOP drama be a boon to her campaign? Star Tribune

Attorney General
Green banner raised, Dawkins presses unconventional AG campaign, MPR

Gubernatorial candidates on schools: Dayton vows more funds, Johnson wants more local control, Star Tribune

U.S. House
The Hopefuls: Stewart Mills, GOP candidate Eighth Congressional District, Star Tribune
5 things to know about House races this fall as GOP looks to add to its majority, Star Tribune
Rep. Nolan joined by Rep. Joseph Kennedy in Duluth for campaign rally, Northland News Center
8th Congressional District candidates roam the Iron Range for votes, Pioneer Press
Joe Perske on 6th District odds: ‘People want a change’, WCCO
PoliGraph: DCCC Mills claim half wrong, half right, MPR
The 5 most endangered House members, Politico

U.S. Senate
Senate hopeful McFadden defends role in Irish firm’s merger, WCCO
With ads and fair fuss, Minnesota’s Senate race heats up, Star Tribune
5 things to watch in this fall’s Senate races, Star Tribune
Logo cut from McFadden ad, Star Tribune
Franken campaign connects with ethnic media around communities of color civic engagement, Insight News
Minnesota Senator Al Franken makes the rounds at the Fair, WCCO
Ex-Independence Party leaders endorse McFadden, WCCO

2016 election
2016ers jockey even before congressional elections, MPR
How the 2014 mid-terms frame the next White House race, MPR
Falling corn prices threaten Minnesota ag economy, Star Tribune
Congressional delegation
When Congress reconvenes next week, Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan plans to introduce a bill that would require the House and Senate to put in five-day workweeks on Capitol Hill. Most weeks, the House and Senate are only in session for two full days and two half days, with lawmakers spending the remaining time on the road or back in their districts. Nolan has bemoaned the fact that Congress isn’t in session as much as it used to be, arguing that lawmakers are now less likely to partner on legislation because they aren’t spending time together hashing out their differences. Star Tribune
Gov. Dayton to hold railway safety and flood diversion meetings in Moorhead, MinnPost
Leah, Cody and Gov. Dayton chug milk, Fox 9
Manufacturers find their niche, in the smallest of places, MinnPost
Yet more evidence that trying to prop up industries won’t work, MinnPost
Gap narrows, but pay disparity still exists in Minnesota, KSTP


Minnetonka prepares for full-day kindergarten, Sun Sailor
Free all-day kindergarten rolls out across Minnesota, Star Tribune
Minnesota offers free all-day Kindergarten, KSTP
A look at the evolution of the labor movement, WCCO
MNsure struggles to keep up with ‘life event’ changes, Pioneer Press
Mondale, Walter
Mondale stands by contentious civil rights deal from ’64, Star Tribune
President Obama
President Obama speaks of economic opportunity at Milwaukee’s LaborFest, recalls Dells visit, Star Tribune
Pres. Obama at Laborfest, MPR
Minneapolis City Council approves Southwest LRT, MinnPost
Despite snags, Southwest light-rail line clears a milestone, Star Tribune
SWLRT final vote in Minneapolis City Council, Fox 9
Dayton wants more answers from railroads on ag shipping problems, Star Tribune
Minneapolis has OK’d Southwest LRT. So what happens now? MinnPost

Voter ID
2 sides cite discrimination as battle on Texas voting law heads to court, New York Times
Wisconsin’s Scott Walker deals with double dose of bad economic news, Pioneer Press

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