Come to the Minnesota State Fair for substantive political debate at its finest.
Hoping to distract fairgoers for a couple minutes and sway a few undecided voters while they're at it, both of Minnesota's major political are deploying partisan stunts.
The Republican Party struck first with Gov. Mark Dayton Commissioner Pay Raise trading cards for sale at the GOP booth. Springing off Dayton's decision earlier this year to grant hefty raises for his Cabinet commissioners, each card features a picture of the commissioner on the front, and stats on the back about their pay before and after the raises.
"Collect them all!" the GOP urges.
The DFL struck back Thursday with a swipe at the recent news that House Speaker Kurt Daudt had sought more state money for legislative offices as part of the State Capitol renovation. Making a play on the popular PBS series "Downton Abbey," about upper-crust Brits early last century, the DFL booth offers visitors the chance to take a photo with a mocked up, lifesize "Daudton Abbey Door."
"Get your photo with Speaker Daudt's $10,000 door," the DFL offers.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."