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Daily Brief: Wednesday, Oct. 15th, 2014

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Minnesota DFL
Oct. 15, 2014
Events today

  • 9:30 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks at the Northwest Minnesota Council of Collaboratives. The Governor’s remarks will focus on early childhood education.
  • 11:30 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will participate in the Central Iron Range Sanitary Sewer District Wastewater Treatment Facility Grand Opening in Chisholm. The Governor will provide remarks at the event.
  • Noon – Residents of the 8th Congressional District continue their “Personally Offensive Tour” outside the Civic Center in Duluth. Residents will invite Stewart Mills III to meet with a minimum wage worker.
  • 3 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will attend and provide remarks at the dedication of Ely’s new public library.
  • 7 p.m. – Congressman Tim Walz and GOP challenger Jim Hagedorn will debate tonight at South Central College in North Mankato.

Event tomorrow

  • Sen. Al Franken and Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, will host a roundtable to discuss how recent Supreme Court rulings and partisan initiatives are affecting womenimg-simonsaysvote-ivotedearly’s health. Other attendees include: Rep. Erin Murphy, Minnesota House Majority Leader; Priya Outar, NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota Board member; Erin Dady, Chief of Staff to Mayor Chris Coleman; Alana Bassin, attorney.

Mark your calendars and spread the word!
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2014 election
Gutierrez calls for Latino voter turnout in Minnesota, TC Daily Planet
Chris Christie’s visit leads to awkwardness between Jeff Johnson and Mike McFadden, City Pages
The art of political ad voiceovers, MPR
Giffords begins 9-state tour on women, guns, Pioneer Press
The importance of local races, mn progressive project
Two polls that highlight the challenges of polling, New York Times
Do we have too much democracy? MinnPost

Today is a fundraising filing deadline for federal candidates. Minnesota’s U.S. Senate candidates have already revealed their numbers, which show Democratic Sen. Al Franken has raised more than Republican challenger Mike McFadden and has more left in the bank.

Today’s release will also include House candidates’ fundraising. Things to look for in those filings: Did Eighth District Republican Stewart Mills increase his personal donation to his campaign? Has Eighth District Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan, who has said he does not like fundraising, kept his fundraising competitive? In the Seventh District, Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson has already reported having $762,000 cash on hand and having raised $345,000 in the most recent quarter. With outside spending picking up in the western Seventh District, has Republican challenger Torrey Westrom’s fundraising also kept pace? Star Tribune

A fight is on for rural Minnesota votes, MPR

Secretary of State
Severson and Simon clash over new voting rules, MPR
Severson says he’d boost military voting, WCCO
Secretary of state candidate Severson: Minnesota military voters should vote online, Star Tribune
Fraud! Suppression! Aspersions! Dueling press conferences wake up a sleepy secretary of state race, MinnPost
Race for Secretary of State heats up, KSTP

Dayton, Johnson duel over middle-class mantle in Duluth debate, MPR
Dayton, Johnson duel over Vikings Stadium, WCCO
Editorial: Dayton has delivered for Greater Minnesota, Crookston Times
Mark Dayton, Jeff Johnson define differences in Duluth debate, Pioneer Press
Dayton, Johnson debate who’s better for middle class, Star Tribune
Obama plans cross-country push for 7 Dem governor candidates in final days of midterm race, Star Tribune
Sharper responses this time in Dayton-Johnson debate, MinnPost
Jeff Johnson complicates a cup of coffee, MinnPost
Dayton, Johnson spar over MNsure, wealth, minimum wage, KSTP
Dayton, Johnson face off at Duluth debate, KARE

In their debate in Duluth on Tuesday, Republican Jeff Johnson said someone had asked him if he and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton had anything in common. Sure, he said he responded, “We both love our dogs and we both want to control my life.” Both Dayton and Johnson are dog-lovers of some repute. Johnson has featured his chunky bulldog Chester in his campaign. Dayton has two black German Shepherd dogs, one of whom he got as a puppy since he became governor. No matter who wins, the next governor will provide a continuity of puppy love in the state’s top office. Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who tweeted a photo of himself, his wife and a dog on Sunday, has written about taking his dog for a walk after being passed over as John McCain’s 2008 running mate. As he picked up after his dog that day he thought to himself, “Well, this is the only No. 2 I’ll be picking up today,” he wrote. Independence Party Gov. Jesse Ventura adds to the first-dog tales, too. When Ventura was governor, he once threatened to lock scrabbling lawmakers in a room with his flatulent dog Franklin to force a deal. Star Tribune

U.S. House
Hair as an issue? Come on now, Mesabi Daily News
Northfield crowd flips over Bill Maher, who wants to flip Rep. Kline, TC Daily Planet
ECM Editorial Board supports re-election of Congressman Tim Walz, ECM
Democrats’ chances in a handful of House races fade in dwindling days before election, Star Tribune
MN-08: It’s personal between Mills and Obamacare, mn progressive project
GOP ad slams Nolan on requirements for welfare recipients, The Hill
Peterson running on experience and hard work, Hutchinson Leader

A new NRCC ad in the CD8 race targets Congressman Rick Nolan on immigration and welfare. http://bit.ly/11mUWe7, Morning Take

U.S. Senate
McFadden stops in Faribault to visit with residents, Faribault Daily News

The National Journal now ranks the MN Senate Race #16. “This race has been talked about for months as a potential sleeper, but three weeks from Election Day, it’s still dozing. National money has completely skipped over the state, and per usual, Franken has been a fundraising machine, spending quickly as he goes, while businessman Mike McFadden has failed to make any breakthroughs. Franken has never trailed, or even come close to it, in a public poll—even one recently released by the state GOP. Franken’s first race was the closest in the country, but there’s going to be less drama this time around.”  The National Journal

Congressional delegation
Congressman Collin Peterson receives ‘Friend of Farm Bureau’ award, Crookston Times
Gov. Dayton will attend Wednesday CIRSSD event, Mesabi Daily News
Minnesota nurses push for better Ebola gear, Star Tribune
Are Minnesota health care workers prepared for Ebola? KSTP
Minnesota one of only five states with unemployment rate lower than prerecession, MinnPost
Four charts showing that the labor market is utterly broken for men without a college degree, MinnPost
Union tries to woo faculty at University of Minnesota, Star Tribune
Move to close Irish tax loophole won’t stop Medtronic-Covidien deal, MPR

MNsure rates: Most going up, insurers say, Pioneer Press
What happened to Scott Walker’s Wis. job growth promise? MPR

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