|TEN: It was ten years ago today the plane carrying Sen. Paul Wellstone, his wife Sheila, their daughter Marcia, DFL deputy chair Mary McEvoy, and staffer Will McLaughlin crashed. I was driving in between meetings and at the intersection of Lexington and Summit Ave when I got the first call from the media. It was the start of 10 days of Minnesota politics that will never be forgotten by anyone of any party. Today it will be a national political story again.
POLL: A new Rasmussen Poll released yesterday shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney 51-46 percent in Minnesota.
POLL: A Rasmussen Poll released Tuesday shows Sen. Amy Klobuchar leading Kurt Bills 56-33 percent.
TONIGHT: GOP Senate candidate Kurt Bill will run his first television ad during the Vikings game.
SENATE: The Kurt Bills campaign releases a video of Sen. Amy Klobuchar responding to The Daily Caller story on alleged links to Tom Petters. WATCH: http://bit.ly/S7VMDU
DAYTON: via Rachel Stassen-Berger of the Star Tribune on Gov. Mark Dayton’s splitting of costs for his state flight. VERBATIM: “On Wednesday, Dayton took the state plane to get to Bemidji, Minnesota. Once there his plan was to do some campaigning and also to do some official business…Given the split between state and political work, Dayton plans to have his campaign reimburse the state for half of the $3,312 cost of flying to the north central Minnesota outpost, according to his spokeswoman Katharine Tinucci.”
CD8: via the Mesabi Daily News, VERBATIM: “Eighth District Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack and Democratic challenger Rick Nolan talked at least twice since the August primary election about ensuring that family issues were kept off the often mean and nasty campaign trail. They had a gentlemen’s agreement. But the congressman says Nolan has failed badly to hold up his end of the bargain... “I called him the night he won the nomination. We had a nice conversation. We agreed families were off limits. We would stick to the issues,” Cravaack said earlier this week after Nolan and the DFL Party both put out TV ads that claim Cravaack does not live in the district. “We also spoke after the KSTP (Twin Cities television station) debate recently and reiterated that family issues were off the table.” But Cravaack said Nolan had to know at that time that the current ad with false residency claims about the congressman was going to air the next week. QUOTE: “I’m really very much disappointed, and just shocked that he would lie to me. And it’s really got me going a bit,” the congressman said...Calls to the Nolan campaign for comment were not returned.” READ: http://bit.ly/SkdrqW
TEAPARTY: via Mark Zdechlik of MPR, VERBATIM: “ Two years ago, Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack unseated a longtime Democratic incumbent after months of raucous tea party-inspired interruptions of political gatherings culminated in the 2010 mid-term elections that gave the GOP control of the U.S. House of Representatives…Sparked by the federal government's bailout of Wall Street, the conservative anti-tax and spending movement asserted itself nationwide that year, growing into intense opposition of the federal healthcare overhaul championed by President Barack Obama…This year, however, supporters of the tea party have been far less vocal, allowing the political cycle to run a more-typical course. That could be a bad sign for Republicans like Cravaack who rode the tea party wave to Washington. QUOTE: "I don't know what the problem is, why they don't have the strength that they had a couple of years ago," said Kent Linblad, a resident of Lindstrom, Minn. "It's just like they backed off." READ: http://bit.ly/ThGQ5V
MARRIAGE: Minnesotans for Marriage released a list of seven former DFL Senators that support the Marriage amendment. LIST: Joe Bertram, Paynesville; Mike Menning, Edgerton; Florian Chmielewski, Sturgeon Lake; Jim Vickerman, Tracy; Carl Kroening, Minneapolis; Gene Waldorf, St. Paul.
AD: Minnesotans United have launched their latest ad around the theme of the “Golden Rule”. WATCH: http://bit.ly/P4GBL6
AD: Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe recorded a radio ad for Minnesotans for Equality and produced by Bill Hillsman at Northwoods Advertising. LISTEN: http://bit.ly/Xlnezm
MAIL: AP’ Brian Bakst story on the barrage of mail in swing states went national. READ: http://bit.ly/S7WEZ4
TODAY: Gov. Mark Dayton, joined by Commissioner Katie Clark, Director Larry Pogemiller, Senator Patricia Torres Ray, Representative Carlos Mariani, and other state and local elected officials, will attend and speak at the Minnesota Latino Job Summit at Plaza Verde in Minneapolis…In the afternoon, Governor Dayton will join Chad Hartman on WCCO-AM Radio for a live interview remembering Senator Paul Wellstone…Governor Dayton is scheduled to meet with Director Pogemiller and Commissioner Cassellius, and separately with Commissioner Sorel.
TODAY: Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak headlines Obama GOTV rallies in St. Cloud, Staples, Pine River and Baxter today.
JOY: Congrats to Leslie Rosedahl and husband Dan on the birth of son Owen.
JOY: Congrats to WCCO anchor Liz Collin and her husband on the birth of Anthony.
BELLS: Lobbyist Rob Vanasek got married to Irina Vanasek last weekend.
BIRTHDAYS: lobbyist Chris Orr, PR pro Deb Balzer, Ramsey County’s Ken Iosso.
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