GOP's Petersen Accelerates Senate Exit, To Resign This Fall A Republican sped up his planned exit from the state Senate, announcing Thursday he'll resign this fall from the seat he had already opted not to again run for in 2016.
Walker Announces Minnesota Campaign Co-ChairsWisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced the Minnesota state leaders who will serve as co-chairs for his presidential campaign Monday.
Talking Points: Shutdown Specter Looms Over Budget BattleIt’s crunch time at the state Capitol. By law, legislators need to have the budget balanced and their business done by May 18, which is just two week from Monday.
Dayton Enraged By DFL Move To Suspend Pay RaisesThe hefty pay hikes proposed for Gov. Mark Dayton's cabinet were already controversial when the State Senate met on Thursday. But it was Dayton's fellow Democrats who voted to suspend the raises until July 1. "That will give the legislature time I think to put the kind of thoughtful review into the study and the salary to make sure that it indeed is warranted," Sen. Tom Bakk said.
Reality Check: The Price Of Not Buying Health InsuranceMinnesotans have until Feb. 15 to sign up for health care insurance or pay a tax penalty. And this year, that penalty could really sting. According to MNsure, the state's health care exchange, the 2015 penalty for not buying insurance coverage is:
GOP Convention Won't Decide Some Election Nominees 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.
Outside Group Ads Up In Minn. Governor Race An outside political group's new television promotes Minnesota Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Honour as having the toughest stance against the nation's new health care law.
Parade Of Partners Starts In Minn. Governor's RaceRepublican Dave Thompson's selection of a running mate starts a parade of political pairings in Minnesota's race for governor. Thompson on Thursday announced that Michelle Benson, a fellow state senator, joined his ticket.
Thompson Picks Benson In Gov Race Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Dave Thompson has chosen a fellow GOP state senator as his running mate, a Republican official with direct knowledge of the pick told The Associated Press.
Johnson Says Donors Gave His Minn. Gov Run $240kAnother Republican has provided details on his 2013 fundraising in the Minnesota governor's race Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson told supporters in an email he collected $240,000 from donors, which is twice the amount a rival brought it. Earlier in the week, state Sen. Dave Thompson said he raised $120,000 last year. Johnson and Thompson are the two candidates competing hardest for the GOP endorsement at the May state convention. The other candidates in the running won't rule out primary bids in August. The winner of that contest will take on Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton in November.
Thompson Says He Took In $120K For Minn. Gov Race State Sen. Dave Thompson reports having raised $120,000 last year toward his 2014 run for Minnesota governor. The Republican offered his tally Monday on his campaign website but didn't say how much he has remaining after covering expenses.
Johnson, Ortman Win Minn. GOP ScrimmagesEarly Republican scrimmages Saturday in races for Minnesota governor and the U.S. Senate gave a leg up to a pair of candidates who are looking for any edge against better-financed rivals. The straw polls at the Minnesota Republican Party's State Central Committee meeting were won by Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson in the governor's race and state Sen. Julianne Ortman for Senate. But if past preference polls are any guide, neither has a lock on the party's endorsement that will be awarded next May or the nomination to be decided in August. "I don't know that I believe in the curse of the straw poll," Johnson said after his win, alluding to others who have been overtaken come state convention time. "These are the most active of the activists."