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TWITTER:  In a storm of tweets targeting Republicans and opinion leaders, GOP Senate candidate Mike McFadden sent two basic messages to dozens of Twitter followers in what appears to be an “autotweet” strategy to engage in a discussion and share content with followers. The campaign is continuing to try to engage Sen. Al Franken in “cone gate”.   TWEET1: “You can expect more from me! As a father, coach, business leader, and Minnesotan, I expect more too.”  TWEET2: “Behavior like this from a US Senator? Please know you won't see it from me as I serve you – Mike”…Both tweets have links to McFadden’s appearance on the Ed Morrissey show yesterday where McFadden highlights the contrast between GOP on CD1 candidate Jim Hagedorn and Franken.  SCREENSHOT:
FRANKEN: Sen. Al Franken released the first ad that he names Mike McFadden as his opponent.  Franken takes a shot at McFadden’s ads and keeps his tone serious. WATCH:
RESPONSE: via fundraising email last night from the McFadden campaign, VERBATIM: “Senator Franken just released a TV ad attacking our campaign for bringing up his poor performance as Minnesota's Senator…Instead of actually answering our questions, Senator Franken does what he does best: try and distract voters from the truth…Senator Franken and his campaign are attacking us because they are scared. They are scared of facts like Senator Franken voted with President Obama 97% of the time and voted to increase taxes of 40 times.” 
CD8: Rep. Rick Nolan’s first ad focused on protecting social security and balancing the budget.  WATCH:
ROADS: via Tom Scheck at MPR, VERBATIM: “When drivers for UFC Farm Supply make deliveries across southern and western Minnesota, they get a first-hand look at the sorry condition of the state's roads…Based in Maple Plain, Minn., the agricultural cooperative delivers heating oil and propane, fertilizer and light equipment like skid steer loaders. On rough, roads, going the speed limit can be hard on drivers and equipment, company vice president Dean Meyer said. That slows them down.  DAYTON: During his first term, Gov. Mark Dayton declined to make any changes to transportation funding and repeatedly rejected calls for a gas tax increase to help pay for more projects. But he said he would make transportation a key issue in a second term…Dayton, who has said he has no plans to raise other taxes if he wins, won't rule out a tax increase to pay for transportation projects…JOHNSON: Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, the Republican nominee for governor, said Minnesota does not need a gas tax increase. Instead, he said the state's transportation problem could be solved by reprioritizing spending…."All of the energy and focus now is on every form of transportation but roads and bridges, whether it's light rail or commuter rail or high speed rail or street cars or bike trails or sidewalks or something else," Johnson said. "Everything has moved above it on the list of priorities and that's backwards. Our priority has to be on our roads and bridges. If we do that there will be plenty of money."  READ/LISTEN:
RAIL: via the Star Tribune, VERBATIM: “A study that shows Minnesota grain farmers lost $109 million in revenue from March through May proves that the state’s major rail carriers are not sufficiently addressing agricultural shipping problems, Gov. Mark Dayton has told federal transportation officials….In a letter sent Wednesday to the chairman of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, Dayton said the study explains “the dire circumstances that Minnesota farmers face and the need for increased accountability and clarity from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) and the Canadian Pacific (CP) railroads.”…Dayton wants the railroads to provide more information about why they cannot move more agricultural products from state farms and grain elevators to markets. The governor asked that the transportation board discuss the study in a Sept. 11 meeting scheduled in Minnesota. He suggested that BNSF and CP have not adequately explained why they cannot get more grain cars on the state’s tracks.”  READ:
TRANSIT: via news release from Hennepin County, VERBATIM: “Hennepin County, cities developing station area plans for the METRO Blue Line Extension..With the METRO Blue Line Extension light rail transit (LRT) project now approved for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA)’s New Starts project development phase, Hennepin County is ramping up its work with cities along the LRT line — including Minneapolis, Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal and Brooklyn Park — to identify needed investments in neighborhoods surrounding up to 11 proposed stations…This station area planning process is intended to prepare communities for a major transit investment such as the Blue Line Extension LRT (formerly known as Bottineau LRT). It fosters a dialogue with cities, neighborhoods and residents about their needs, desires and concerns for how a LRT station will fit into their community.  OPAT: “Station area planning is a significant investment that will benefit and prepare communities and people all along the route,” said Hennepin County Commissioner Mike Opat. “It can improve access to the LRT line itself, as well as employment centers in the northwest suburbs and throughout the region.”
TODAY: U.S. Representative Rick Nolan will hold a campaign rally with visiting Congressman Joe Kennedy (MA-04) in Duluth.
TODAY: GOP gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson will be on WCCO radio with John Hines, be on the porch at the Star Tribune with Lori Sturdevant, visit with State Fair goers, and tonight will make an appearance on the Beer Show on AM1500.
TODAY: Governor Dayton will present a proclamation at the Senior LinkAge Line Booth, proclaiming it Senior LinkAge Line Day in Minnesota  At 10:00am Governor Dayton will participate in live press interview with La Raza.
TODAY: GOP candidate for US Senate Mike McFadden will be at his state fair booth to speak to fair goers.   At 1:35 PM  McFadden will be live on air on "The Chad Hartman Show" on WCCO Radio
TODAY: Sen. Al Franken is campaigning at the State Fair including an appearance on the John Hines show on WCCO Radio.
BIRTHDAYS:   BELATED: AFSCME’s Laura Askelin TODAY: TPT Almanac producer Kari Kennedy, lobbyist Julie Vojtech, city of Minneapolis media pro Matt Lindstrom, podcast guy and PA operative Patrick Connolly, Teach for America’s Matt Kramer 
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