A round-up of what's going on in Duluth:
Oooh the colors
The gubernatorial campaigns are working the colors.
Each campaign has its own color combination festooned on supporters' t-shirts across the convention floor.
House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher has red with white; Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has greenish-teal; Rep. Paul Thissen has blue with white and green; state Sen. John Marty has blue with yellow and state Rep. Tom Rukavina has blue with gold.
Former U.S. Rep. Matt Entenza, who is vying for but won't abide by the endorsement, has green as his campaign color but supporters wearing his shirts weren't much in evidence on the convention floor.
What does the choice of colors say about the campaigns and the candidates? Opine in the comments, please.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul rivalry has been completely put to rest -- at least on the DFL convention floor.
Key members of St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman's staff are actively helping Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak's endorsement effort. Top operative Sara Grewing was seen staffing Rybak as he worked one-on-one with delegates; Bob Hume was wearing a Rybak button and helping out; Coleman, who endorsed Rybak last week, is slated to appear in Duluth himself for his own Rybak push Friday afternoon.
Former Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch was seen glad-handing on the convention floor Friday.
Hatch, the DFL's 2006 gubernatorial endorsee, said usually at this stage of convention fights -- and even before -- front runners start to downplay expectations.
"You try to claim you are in second place but growing," he said.
Momentum in Saturday's balloting will be key.
"Right now, the most important thing is the second ballot," Hatch said. Candidates want to be seen to increase support from their first ballot support.
He recalled that back in 2006 his campaign held back 50 delegate votes so that they could appear to be surging on the second ballot. The result? Things stayed even, he said, meaning he lost 50 votes at the same time he gained 50.
Before he was endorsed in 2006, Hatch made no pledge to abide by the endorsement. Giving him the nod, he said, may have left a "sour lemon" taste in some delegates' mouths because of it.
As to his own favorite?
"I'm not going to get involved," he said. He did allow that, "I've known Mark (Dayton) for 30 years. He's a friend."
Dayton is running for governor but is skipping the convention and going straight to a primary.
Kelliher got an early morning boost from supporters -- and her family. Below, a hug from her mother:
What about the supers?
Gubernatorial campaigns have worked almost every uncommitted delegate -- key words almost every.
Several "autodelegates," which used to be known as "super delegates" because they get instant votes at the DFL conventions because of their positions in the party, have said their phones have not been ringing.
"Those of us who are autodelegates, they're kind of forgetting about us," said Nancy Larson,a DNC member. She's used to being wooed -- back in 2008 her phone rang with folks no less than former President Bill Clinton, then-Sen. Hillary Clinton and their daughter Chelsea Clinton and (a bit belatedly) Michele Obama trying to lobby her choice for president.
No such lobbying this year. Her theory is that since they are autodelegates, not elected delegates, their phone numbers aren't on regular call lists.
"Our names aren't on the normal lists so we're not getting the calls," she said.
Third ballot "conversation"
reNEW Minnesota has provided some more intrigue to the already intriguing fight for Saturday DFL endorsement.
The group, which claims at least 100 delegates, has picked three candidates -- Kelliher, Thissen and Rybak -- to back but won't narrow it down to one until after voting starts Saturday.
Its leaders and members haven't figured out exactly when that winnowing will take place but Dan McGrath, executive director of Take Action, which houses reNEW, said the group will try to pull its delegates from the floor after the third ballot Saturday for a "conversation."
"Part of that is to figure out just how long it will take to move 200 people,"said McGrath.