Minnesota Republican legislator Jim Abeler says he’ll take his chances in a GOP primary for U.S. Senate against the party-endorsed candidate, Mike McFadden.
On Saturday, Minnesota Republicans endorsed investment banker Mike McFadden to take on DFL Senator Al Franken in the next election in November. Saint Louis County commissioner Chris Dahlberg, who lost to McFadden, is disappointed but is looking ahead in the campaign to unseat Franken.
State Rep. Jim Abeler says he’ll take the weekend to decide whether to press forward in the Minnesota Senate race or bow out. Abeler left a primary campaign on the table. But he says Mike McFadden’s endorsement win “raises the bar” and would complicate a bid. Filing for the office closes Tuesday.
Minnesota Republicans shaped the top of a high-stakes election ticket Saturday, endorsing investment banker Mike McFadden for U.S. Senate and voting on a favorite for governor as the party tries to end Democratic political dominance in the state. McFadden’s win spares him a hard primary fight and offers a clearer path to a November challenge to Democratic Sen. Al Franken. The race could help determine if U.S. Senate control flips from Democratic to Republican this fall.
Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party convened Saturday with delegates poised to endorse Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken for second terms. Around 1,300 delegates gathered at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center to hear speakers praise the state’s Democratic elected officials for using their control of state government to champion their values. They cited new laws to raise the state’s minimum wage, invest in public schools and infrastructure projects, and legalize gay marriage.
A county commissioner from northern Minnesota has been the leader from the get-go for the Republican endorsement in Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race.
For Minnesota Republicans, this weekend’s convention in Rochester won’t deliver a typical knockout punch to all of the candidates who fail to get the endorsement of the party faithful.
Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken is calling on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.
Senators from North Dakota and Minnesota say the Obama administration should retreat on a proposal to make significant changes to renewable fuel standards and show its support for the biodiesel industry. Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota say that biodiesel production has led to thousands of jobs and remains a clean, safe form of energy.
After a thrilling overtime win Wednesday night against the Colorado Avalanche, hockey fans have been rushing to get their hands on anything with a Wild logo on it. “This city is pumped. I mean this state’s pumped. We are ready to go,” said Corey Reding, one of many fans with an arm-full of merchandise Friday at The Hockey Lodge inside the Xcel Center.
Minnesota Sen. Al Franken has nearly $6 million in reserve as his re-election bid heads deeper into campaign season. Franken’s campaign released totals Friday for the first three months of 2014. The first-term Democrat reported raising $2.72 million, leaving him with $5.9 million in cash on hand as of April 1.
Democrats fighting to protect Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s seat want to replicate the last presidential campaign playbook by casting a well-funded GOP challenger as a corporate raider who put profit over people.
Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken wants the federal government, not the state government, to cover the 40-cent co-pay required if a child can’t come up with the money in the school lunch line.
Rep. Michele Bachmann says she hoped the judges would take pity on her. It’s her last year in Congress, after all. But in the end, Bachmann’s best effort — a hotdish called the “Polar Vortex-Mex” — wasn’t enough.
The Senate on Wednesday confirmed former federal prosecutor Andy Luger as the next U.S. attorney for Minnesota. Luger, an experienced litigator who is now in private practice, said he expects to join the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the next couple of days.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton sat out caucus night, although his fellow Democrats were gearing up for his re-election campaign.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Julianne Ortman says she will drop her bid to run against Democratic Sen. Al Franken if she doesn’t get the GOP endorsement. Ortman says Thursday that the party’s U.S. Senate candidate will have to rely on the GOP leaders and activists who bestow the party’s endorsement at its state convention in May. She says the sooner the party can unite behind one candidate the better chance it will have to unseat Franken.
Sen. Al Franken is demanding answers from a major auto dealer after an executive said the company is using GPS information to track customers’ activities.
Minnesota Sen. Al Franken reports raising $2.1 million in the final three months of last year, and now has $4.8 million in the bank for his upcoming re-election campaign.
Minnesota Republicans and Democrats will be holding overlapping state conventions to back candidates for major offices on the 2014 ballot.
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A Minnesota Democratic congressman has added his voice to GOP calls in Washington for administration officials to be fired over the rocky rollout of the new health care law.
Reaction to the deal is not all over the map, surprisingly. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is expressing optimism that lessons have been learned and this type of crisis will not happen again. Conservatives like Rep. Michele Bachmann say they are not done fighting.
Government dysfunction aside, landing or keeping a job in the Washington power structure can be a pricey endeavor. Candidates for the U.S. House and Senate demonstrated that again Tuesday with fundraising reports showing the collective millions they’ve raised and spent to seek elected office. The reports cover activity from July through September, seed money most will need to remain competitive by the time next fall’s elections roll around.
Minnesota government officials say they’ve activated a special contingency team to assess the potential impact of the federal government’s partial shutdown. Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter took the step Tuesday.