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CD2: via Tom Hauser at KSTP, VERBATIM: “Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District race is being closely watched because it's an open seat Democrats hope to pick up as they try to take control of the U.S. House. So far, Democrat Angie Craig has the edge. According to our exclusive KSTP/SurveyUSA poll, Craig leads Republican Jason Lewis 46 percent to 41 percent. Another 12 percent of voters remain undecided... The poll shows Hillary Clinton with an 8-point lead over Donald Trump in the 2nd District, 44 percent to 36 percent. Another 20 percent either prefer other candidates or are undecided...There is a notable gender gap in both the congressional race and the presidential contest. Trump leads 42 percent to 38 percent among men, but trails among women 50 percent to 30 percent. Lewis leads among men 44 percent to 42 percent and trails among women by a smaller margin, 50 percent to 39 percent.”  READ:
MORE: via David Montgomery of the Pioneer Press, VERBATIM: “Democrat Angie Craig has a huge financial advantage going into the final weeks of the south-suburban 2nd Congressional District campaign against Republican Jason Lewis...In campaign finance reports filed Saturday, Craig said she had more than $900,000 in her war chest as of Sept. 30, fueled by a personal best $918,000 raised over the past three months. Lewis also set a personal best with $340,000 raised, but had just $57,000 left in the bank after rising expenditures.”  READ:
DEBATES: via Michael Brodkorb at MinnPost, VERBATIM: “It was the first debate between Craig and Lewis, though the debate over debates had been going for several days by then. Earlier in the week, Lewis' campaign issued a press release claiming Craig “continues to avoid debates,” including the allegation Craig “canceled her appearance at the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce debate...”While it is true the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce canceled a planned debate between the candidates, Craig's campaign never said they confirmed Craig would attend the debate. Chamber President Vicki Stute wrote Craig decided “not to participate”; Stute never claimed Craig had agreed to participate in the debate...What’s notable about the bickering is that voters in the Second Congressional District will actually have more opportunities than in previous years to hear from candidates for the office. In both 2012 and 2014, Republican Rep. John Kline — whom Craig and Lewis are seeking to replace — and his DFL-opponent Mike Obermueller appeared in only one debate. Craig and Lewis, meanwhile, will spar in three high visibility events this year, and all of their scheduled debates will be broadcast on both radio and television.”  READ:
LWV: via Facebook from Leilani Holmstadt, GOP candidate for SD54, VERBATIM: “Voters in Minnesota Senate District 54 need to know about the partisan nature of the League of Women Voters (LWV), how phony their stated focus on good governance is, and how little they represent the interests of women...Here is the truth which is easily verified by visiting the LWV website. The LWV is a lobbying organization. LWV leaders prowl the halls of the Minnesota State Capitol promoting an agenda fully aligned with the DFL Party’s...The LWV fashions a public image of being a neutral party in elections as a distraction and reputation enhancer for its advocacy activities...Those operations advance abortion, gun control, and illegal immigration, among a host of other far left objectives. The League certainly doesn’t represent fetuses who would grow up to be women; it doesn’t represent women who want to protect themselves with legal firearms; and it certainly doesn’t represent women who lose their jobs to persons in the country illegally...I urge other responsible candidates for elected office to join me in refusing to participate in the LWV candidate forums and to, instead, call out the LWV for the left-wing lobbying organization it is.”  LINK:
SOUTHEAST: via Catherine Richert of MPR, VERBATIM: “Both parties and their allies are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on races in the area to try to win. That includes House and Senate seats in Red Wing, Faribault and Albert Lea...Just south of Rochester in Fillmore County, long-time Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston, says his constituents are deeply concerned about health insurance premiums and deductibles...It's DFL-backed policies that have caused those costs to spike, said Davids, who chairs the House Taxes Committee.  DAVIDS: "They're in tears," he said. "I have farmers, three dollar corn, so they're losing money on that, and they're saying they're going to have to go back to work until we're 65 to get health insurance."...Still, Democrats are betting big on Davids' opponent, Thomas Trehus in the district 28B race. So far, the liberal group Alliance for a Better Minnesota has spent $113,000 to help Trehus win. Trehus said mailers paid for by the group are helping him with name recognition, a challenge when running against someone who has been in office for more than two decades.”  READ:
HEALTHCARE: via Heather Carlson at the Post Bulletin, VERBTIM: “Gov. Mark Dayton's declaration that the federal health care overhaul is "no longer affordable" for more and more Minnesota residents could be the spark that sets off major health care changes...The Democratic governor's remarks this week renewed calls to address rising costs in the individual market, where unexpectedly high medical claims have resulted in double-digit premium increases and has some top state officials worried that it can't survive...Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman blamed a small and severely sick pool of insured people for driving up costs — as much as 67 percent for next year. Those high costs can only spread out so far in Minnesota's small individual market.  SHERAN: "We're asking a very small group of people to carry the responsibility for the (sickest) people," said Sen. Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato... Both parties agree that short-term relief is necessary to offset the 2017 premium increases, particularly for those Minnesota residents who earn too much to qualify for federal subsidies, but it's not clear how that would be doled out and paid for. Democrats have suggested using leftover money meant for a tax relief bill that failed this year, while Republicans have proposed tapping into some health care funds.”  READ:
CHILDCARE: In a new report from the Center for Rural Policy and DevelopmentVERBATIM: “A crisis has been quietly brewing throughout Minnesota and the nation for many years now. People have been getting out of the in-home family child care business at a disturbing rate, creating a severe shortage over most of the state. And while statewide data makes it appear that growth in child care centers is picking up the slack, that is not the case in much of Greater Minnesota...Decisions regarding child care—whether to stay home with the kids or find care for them outside the home—has always been considered a personal decision, part of the “family bubble,” as Frameworks Institute puts it in their ongoing study of American attitudes toward child care...This perspective, though, has perhaps been camouflaging the growing issue, keeping it out of the public eye. The reality is that the shortage is creating a ripple effect with very real impact, not just on families but on employers and entire communities, and the impact is being felt across the state.”  READ  (

SCOTUS: via AP, VERBATIM: “The U.S. Supreme Court continues to deeply feel the loss of Justice Antonin Scalia eight months after his death, and his empty seat makes it harder for the surviving eight justices to do their job of resolving some of the country’s most vexing legal questions, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Monday...Sotomayor, who spoke at the University of Minnesota, noted that the Supreme Court was designed to have nine justices so it can break ties on difficult cases.  QUOTE: “We try to come to decision-making as best as we can,” she said. “Where we can find a very, very narrow way of deciding a case, we use it.”...Sotomayor did not directly address how filling Scalia’s seat has become a divisive issue in the presidential race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. The GOP-controlled Senate has so far refused to act on Democratic President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to replace the conservative Scalia, saying it should be up to the next president to pick Scalia’s successor.”  READ:
WRITEINS: via Heather Brown at WCCO, VERBATIM: “Every four years, less than one-half of 1 percent of Minnesota voters write in a candidate’s name for president.  This election cycle, some experts think that percentage could grow.
So, Barbara from Elk River wants to know: Are write-in votes counted? Good Question...It depends on the state where the vote is cast. According to Ballotpedia, no write-in candidates for president are permitted in nine states.  In seven states, election officials count any candidate who is written in for President.  In the other 34 states, including Minnesota, write-in presidential candidates must be registered for their ballots to be counted.” READ:

GOOD: via Minnesota Credit Union Pulse, on Monday VERBATIM: “Together, an estimated 1,200 credit-union volunteers assisted nearly 22,000 people in 65 communities statewide by building and repairing; cleaning and organizing; cooking and serving; thanking and sharing small gifts.  QUOTE: “Plus It Forward Day is simple: We are intentional about doing good for other people,” said Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union president/CEO Dave Larson. “Each year we step away from our day-to-day routines and engage the community beyond the walls of our credit unions. As we do, we remind ourselves that being kind is a simple, but profound, act. Kindness can change someone’s day. It can change a life.”...“Affinity Plus founded Plus It Forward Day in 2013, timed to the federal Columbus Day holiday,” Larson said. Instead of a day off, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union employees spent eight hours volunteering in their communities across Minnesota.” READ:  (SPONSORED: Minnesota’s Credit Unions)

CAPITOL: via Don Davis at the Forum News Service, VERBATIM: “Workers have replaced nearly 6,000 deteriorated marble pieces on the Minnesota Capitol building’s outside walls as part of a comprehensive $310 million inside and outside renovation project...They also made about 20,000 other repairs to the exterior...The marble work wrapped up in the past week when the final new marble piece was placed in an arch above the building’s main entrance. The replacement was a milestone as work begins to wrap up in anticipation of the Capitol’s Jan. 3 reopening... Signs that work was winding down are abundant around the Capitol, even as massive cranes remain at work...A shroud that surrounded the dome is being removed. A new pedestrian mall has been paved. Much of the Capitol lawn is being restored to grass. Steps leading up to the Capitol have been replaced. A tunnel under the Capitol that links state office buildings in the area reopened with a more refined look than the old tunnel...The Capitol, finished in 1905, has been closed most of the time since 2013.”  READ:

MILLELACS: via Michael Johnson of the Brainerd Dispatch, VERBATIM: “The Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee is down another key member after the group received a resignation letter Thursday night from the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe representative Jamie Edwards...One year after the group was appointed to offer guidance to the Minnesota DNR on how to improve the Mille Lacs Lake fishery, the resignation was seen as a major loss to some in the group. It's the second resignation for the group following the resignation of Dr. Paul Venturelli, who represented the academics. Both former members said the majority of the committee members were not willing to listen to science-based evidence... Minnesota DNR fisheries section chief Don Pereira shared the news and looked for comments on what the committee would like to see moving forward.”  READ:
 TODAY: Governor Mark Dayton will provide remarks at the Tribal-State Opioid Summit in Morton, Minnesota. At 1:30pm, Governor Dayton will attend the People of Color Career Fair to greet job-seekers and Minnesota employers.
TODAY: Lt. Governor Tina Smith will attend the Tribal-State Opioid Summit in Morton, Minnesota.  At 2:45pm, Lt. Governor Smith will visit with medical device companies from Minnesota and across North America at the AdvaMed 2016 MedTech Conference.
TODAY: At 12:25 in Alexandria, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) will be at Alexandria High School to kick off his statewide “Advancing Career Pathways Tour,” designed to highlight efforts around the state where employers and schools are forming partnerships to help prepare students for jobs of the future and to address the nation’s “skills gap.”
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