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CD1:  via news release from yesterday from state Sen. Mike Parry’s campaign entitled “Parry Campaign Calls on Allen Quist to Come Clean on Controversial Statements”  DETAILS: Parry took the gloves off against Allen Quist in the GOP primary to face US Rep. Tim Walz. Parry’s campaign fact checks Quist’s claims this year that some of the better known statements of his past were facts or not.  QUISTQUOTE:  “Consequently the lefties invented all kinds of stuff that they've said about me and it's mostly not true or totally taken out of context…” as Quist recently said on the Late Debate radio show.  Parry’s campaign digs up the quotes from Quist himself in old news stories and compares them to his statements this campaign.  On issues of pornography, gay rights/counseling, etc.”  RELEASEhttp://bit.ly/PHF5Ny
 
RESPONSE:  Late last night, via email the Quist campaign responds with a fundraising appeal.  VERBATIM: “My opponent, on the other hand, attacks me for my success, as if, just as the political Left sees it, success is bad…He says he’s a businessman, but either he’s not successful, or he’s unwilling to invest some of his success in this effort.  Either way, he doesn’t have the resources to run a decent campaign. I believe in the American Dream, and I want to pass that freedom to succeed on to my children and grandchildren.  I’m amazed that a so-called Republican would attack success.”  EMAIL: http://bit.ly/LN4e9a
 
WALZ:  Either way, the winner of the harsh GOP primary that includes lackluster fundraising by both candidates is that Rep. Tim Walz will be well-positioned in November. 
 
FRIDAYParry and Quist will debate on TPT’s Almanac

BRIEFINGS:  One of the challenges of the high-turn over in the Legislature the past 10 years has been a loss of institutional knowledge and a depth of expertise on complex areas of policy in nearly every issue area. Candidates and newly elected legislators often feel overwhelmed by the flood of data and information from businesses, associations and trade groups.  In an effort to help educate and inform candidates and legislators on a deeper level, morning take introduces “Candidate College: Issue Briefings for the 2012”.  If your group, or business would like to learn more about this innovative new opportunity to educate candidates on policy please contact Blois Olson.  EMAIL:  BloisOlson@gmail.com
 
BUZZ:  via Politico, MN native Denis McDonough is the top name to watch in a 2nd Obama term according to PoliticoVERBATIM: “Name the major foreign policy moments of President Barack Obama’s term, and there’s a good chance Denis McDonough was right there… Obama’s deputy national security adviser traveled to Haiti to help coordinate the U.S. response after the country’s calamitous 2010 earthquake. McDonough had a hand in shaping troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and Iraq.”  READ: http://politi.co/LNqlrz  
 
CD8:  via Politico, Rep. Chip Cravaack’s family’s move to New Hampshire is named one of the Top 5 blunders by a freshman in Congress.  READ: http://politi.co/O7VACZ
 
TODAY:  Gov. Mark Dayton will continue interviewing candidates for the MnSCU Board of Trustees.   Later, Governor Dayton will meet with West Huddleston, CEO of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, Chief Justice Lori Gildea, Judge Robert Rancourt and former Congressman Jim Ramstad, to discuss Drug Courts, addiction treatment, and criminal justice reform in Minnesota.
 
TODAY:  At 4:30, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will hold a news conference with locked-out American Crystal Sugar workers.
 
TOMORROW: A Task Force advising the Minnesota Department of Commerce in the design and development of a new health insurance marketplace for Minnesota consumers will visit Moorhead on Thursday, July 26 from 1:00-3:00pm. 
 
TOMORROW:  CD1 GOP candidate Allen Quist will hold a town hall in North Mankato.
 
CALENDAR:  fmr. President Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker at the HHH Day Dinner and be on hand to dedicate the statue of fmr. VP Hubert Humphrey on the capitol complex August 4thth.   ALSO:  That is the same night as the Starkey Hearing Foundation gala, an event Clinton has attended in the past.
 
#10:  Rep. Michele Bachmann is ranked #10 on The Hill’s list of 50 Most Beautiful People list.
 
IDAHO:  Sen. Al Franken is scheduled to speak August 10th in Ketchum, Idaho at a fundraiser for the local YMCA.
 
ENDORSED: The Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police (MNFOP) endorsed U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. The Fraternal Order of Police represents 2,700 officers in Minnesota.  In 2006, the MNFOP endorsed Mark Kennedy.
 
MOVEJamie Tincher is Mark Dayton’s new Deputy Chief of staff for Legislative Affairs.
 
MOVE:  GOP operative Becky Alery is the new online communications coordinator for Mitt Romney in the swing state of Wisconsin. She is based in Wisconsin.
 
UPNORTHNPR Supreme Court commentator and professor at Drexel in Philly, Lisa McElroy vacationed at Madden’s recently according to her HuffingtonPost column.  READ: http://huff.to/MlTBXJ
 
REMEMBERING:  via Don Davis of Forum Communications a piece on politico’s remembering Bemidji Pioneer political editor Brad Swenson.  READ: http://bit.ly/NSL2GV
 
BIRTHDAYS:  fmr. political operative turned corporate guy Mark Drake, lobbyist JD Burton, media guy for MN for a Fair Economy Eric Fought, FSN’s Anthony Lapanta, Twins media guru Kevin Smith, MN Banker’s lobbyist Therese Kuvaas, attorney Cathy Gorlin  , House candidate Mandy Benz  BELATED:  yesterday was WCCO-TV’s Frank Vascellero’s bday. 

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