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Daily Brief: Wednesday, Oct. 1st, 2014

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
Oct. 1, 2014
Events today

  • 8 a.m. – Sen. Al Franken and Mike McFadden will debate in Duluth. It is sponsored by the Duluth News Tribune and the Duluth Chamber of Commerce.
    • Hear the US Senate debate from Duluth, MPR
  • 8:30 a.m. – Minnesota Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a real case before area high school students at Worthington Senior High School.
  • 11 a.m. – New MNsure rates will be announced.
  • 7 p.m. – Gov. Mark Dayton, Jeff Johnson and Hannah Nicollet will debate in Rochester. It’s sponsored by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, Rochester Chamber of Commerce and Rochester Post-Bulletin.
    • C-SPAN to broadcast gubernatorial debate, MinnPost

Mark your calendars and spread the word!
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34 days until the Nov. 4 general election

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2014 election
Bad pollsters active in Minnesota, mn progressive project
Minnesota: Debate season opens for Senate, gubernatorial candidates, Pioneer Press
Wednesday could be a pivotal day for Minnesota Governor, Senate races, KSTP

Midnight Tuesday marked the last quarterly fundraising deadline for U.S. House and Senate candidates before Election Day. In an effort to give their numbers a last-minute boost, candidates and party committees have been furiously fundraising, flooding the e-mail in-boxes of potential donors in recent days. Campaign finance reports aren’t due to the Federal Election Commission until Oct. 15, but expect numbers to trickle out soon from campaigns that meet or beat expectations for the fundraising period that ran from July 1 until the end of September. Those that missed the mark will likely sit on the results until the reporting deadline. Star Tribune

It’s debate day.  After weeks of jockeying, and for Dayton and Franken avoiding debates today Minnesota has a morning Senate showdown in Duluth and an evening Governor’s race encounter in Rochester. For Johnson and McFadden, it’s a day of opportunity but they are facing veteran debaters who have been practicing for days on how not to get “tripped up”.  Nevertheless that will be the strategy for the two GOPers, challenge, criticize and critique nearly every angle trying to get the two incumbents to react.  Meanwhile, none of the candidates have laid out a vision that makes Minnesotans stand up and take notice.  Today won’t likely be that day either.Morning Take

The Minnesota Jobs Coalition has ramped up its campaign against Rep. Andrew Falk and will continue to increase the effort today with the release of a new video from a tracker.  Yesterday, the Jobs Coalition criticized Falk for not appearing at the rail safety hearing, and there are reports that direct mail has been hitting his district.  Here is the video they will launch later today. http://bit.ly/YLFlDk Morning Take

ABM released a new ad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgLB9yZajbA​
Alliance up with another TV ad hitting Johnson over minimum wage in governor’s race, Star Tribune
Today in the governor’s race, Star Tribune
Death penalty politics enters the governor’s race, Star Tribune
3 candidates to take stage for prime-time Minnesota governor debate; 1st of 5 before election, Star Tribune

U.S. House
Race of the Day: Nolan v. Mills, NBC News
Collin Peterson campaign responds to GOP poll, Roll Call
In tight Eighth District race, Nolan takes a page from Walz’s playbook, Star Tribune
Reality Check: NRCC ad against 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan, WCCO

U.S. Senate
TRUTH TEST: McFadden takes aim at Franken’s voting record, KSTP

Christie, Chris
Christie’s Minnesota visit is about Christie, politics mn
Congressional delegation
Minnesota’s congressional delegation seeks answers in Marine’s death, Star Tribune
General Mills plans another 800 job cuts, mainly in US, MPR
General Mills to cut 700 to 800 more jobs, Star Tribune
‘Middle-skill’ jobs on the rise, KARE
Education (higher)
Gov. Dayton, Sen. Klobuchar to speak at inauguration of Gustavus Adolphus College President Rebecca Bergman, MinnPost
U of M to close dept. that helped students catch up with peers, MPR

Education (K-12)             
Transgender student-athletes policy collects foes – and a backer, Pioneer Press
Full-page ad sparks outrage over transgender athlete policy draft, Fox 9

California becomes first state to ban single-use plastic bags at grocery, convenience stores, Star Tribune
Solution to congested rail lines may be years away, MPR
Too many trains in Minnesota? Fox 9

Christie, first lady aim to influence tight Wisconsin governor’s race, MPR
Wisconsin elections board seeks money for voter ID, KARE

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