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Cornish Weighs Challenge Of Walz In 2016

Republican State Rep. Tony Cornish says he may challenge recently re-elected U.S. Rep. Tim Walz in 2016. Cornish says he announced his possible plans early to gauge interest from the Republican Party and donors in running in the 1st District. He plans to make a final decision within a year or so.

11/07/2014

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Daudt, Dean Angle For Top Job In House

There will be competition among Republicans for who leads the party’s new House majority. Minority Leader Kurt Daudt of Crown and former Majority Leader Matt Dean of Dellwood both say they’re running to be House speaker when the Legislature returns to action. They are asking for support from the 72-member caucus, which meets Friday to pick its leadership.

11/05/2014

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Why Did Minnesota Buck The Republican-Leaning National Trend?

The day after the election was a great day for Republicans, except in Minnesota. Nationally, Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate and boosted their majority in the U.S. House. For the first time since President Obama took office, he will face a Congress with Republicans in control of both houses.

11/05/2014

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Franken Pledges To Work Across Party Lines

Re-elected U.S. Sen. Al Franken says he will continue working across party lines even as Democrats become the minority party in the Senate.

11/05/2014

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GOP Takes Control Of Minnesota House

Republicans have grabbed control of the Minnesota House and broken up the Democrats’ short run of one-party rule at the Capitol. House Speaker Paul Thissen conceded early Wednesday that Democrats had lost control of the chamber.

11/04/2014

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Democrats On Defensive In Battle For House Control

Control of the Minnesota House hinged Tuesday on fewer than two dozen races where loads of money fed fierce contests between the Democrats in charge and the Republicans looking to take over.

11/04/2014

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Franken Hopes For Easier Senate Path Against McFadden

Democratic Sen. Al Franken hoped to win a second term in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday more comfortably than he won his first. Franken’s victory by a mere 312 votes in a 2008 recount made him an alluring target for Republicans, who hoped to seize control of the Senate.

11/04/2014

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Minnesota Candidates Scrounge For Late Votes

The leading candidates for Minnesota’s top offices are spending the final campaign weekend giving pep talks to the party faithful knocking on doors and calling persuadable voters. Democratic Sen. Al Franken told canvassers in a St. Paul suburb that races are “won at the door” and says his 312-vote win six years ago proves nothing can be taken for granted.

11/01/2014

Voter Turnout

GOP And Dems Dial, Drum Up Voters

In a cramped office tucked behind an old 10-cent general store, the voice of 10-year-old Parker Hall cuts through the hum of non-stop conversation. Fueled by bottles of Dr Pepper and a big bag of candy, he asks if he can count on a vote for GOP candidates. Then another call. And another. He’s at it for hours.

11/01/2014

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Politicians Hit Voters With Direct Mail With 1 Week Until Election Day

Minnesota is one week out from Election Day, and many political campaigns are going “old school.” Thousands of Minnesota mailboxes are filling up with campaign literature.

10/28/2014

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Democrats Have Money Edge For House Control Fight

Democrats seeking to maintain control of Minnesota’s House of Representatives have a hefty cash advantage heading into Election Day. Fundraising reports Tuesday show House Democrats’ campaign arm has more than $1 million on hand.

10/28/2014

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Obama Goes To Wisconsin In Bid To Oust Gov. Walker

President Barack Obama is making a rare appearance on the campaign trail to help the Democratic challenger to Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin’s hotly contested race. Obama was scheduled to campaign Tuesday evening with Democrat Mary Burke, a former Trek Bicycles executive and state commerce secretary who is running close against Walker.

10/27/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: 10-24-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee!

Click the link above to listen to Dave Lee’s Podcasts from Friday!

10/24/2014

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Minn. Democrats Hope A Visit From Clinton Will Help Poll Numbers

Upbeat music played while Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered an upbeat message to a crowd of 2,000 at St. Paul’s Macalester College Thursday. “I’m still feeling that grandmother glow,” Clinton said. The new grandma touted Minnesota’s economic recovery as a model for all states.

10/23/2014

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Gov. Mark Dayton, Jeff Johnson Answer 9 Questions

The Associated Press invited Gov. Mark Dayton and his GOP challenger, Republican Jeff Johnson, to respond to several questions ahead of next month’s election. Here are their verbatim answers.

10/17/2014

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DFL Senators Face Ethics Hearings In Coming Weeks

Two Democratic state senators face ethics hearings in the coming weeks over Republican allegations that they misused their political positions for personal gain.

10/16/2014

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Clinton Calls On Young Minnesotans To Vote

Democrats Sen. Al Franken and Gov. Mark Dayton are hoping for a boost from former President Bill Clinton. Clinton headlined a get-out-the-vote rally at the University of Minnesota on Friday, calling on young voters to break the pattern of low turnout for Democrats in midterm elections. Speaking to an auditorium packed with college students, Dayton and Franken emphasized policies they’ve pushed to help students.

10/10/2014

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Mike McFadden Pays To Rebroadcast Senate Debate

Republican Senate challenger Mike McFadden is turning a Minnesota Senate debate against Democratic incumbent Al Franken into an infomercial. McFadden’s campaign announced Friday it would pay to re-air their only one-on-one debate so far.

10/10/2014

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Reality Check: Minnesota Millionaires In Congress

Democrats are continuing their TV ad war against Republican 8th district Congressional candidate Stewart Mills, calling him an “out of touch millionaire.” But if he’s elected, Mills would join hundreds of other millionaires in Congress, including many from Minnesota.

10/03/2014

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Republicans Cry Foul On Health Plan Rate Increases

Minnesota Republicans are again accusing Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration of using shoddy math to show a lower increase in policy costs through the state’s health care exchange. State officials this week said plans on MNsure would rise by 4.5 percent on average for 2015. They got the figure by averaging each provider’s average increase or decrease.

10/03/2014

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Mine Plan Spurs Sharp Jabs In Governor Debate

A mining project under regulatory review has fueled a sharp exchange among Minnesota’s candidates for governor. At a debate Wednesday night, Republican challenger Jeff Johnson accused Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration of “slow-walking” a regulatory review of the PolyMet copper-nickel mine project in northeastern Minnesota.

10/01/2014

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Submit Your Questions For WCCO’s Franken-McFadden Debate

WCCO is hosting a debate between U.S. Senate candidates Mike McFadden and the incumbent Sen. Al Franken on Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. We’re looking for your questions!

09/29/2014

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New Normal In 8th: Battleground District

In the chilly curling hall-turned-community center, hundreds of iron miners gathered on a September afternoon to celebrate five decades of feeding America’s thirst for steel. Some on walkers, some still wearing hardhats, they listened and cheered as a procession of speakers recounted stories of mining’s trials and victories through the years until one — state Rep. Jason Metsa — cleared his throat and stepped back to the microphone.

09/27/2014

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Reality Check: The Stewart Mills Attack Ads

National Democrats are spending more than a $1 million on television campaign ads taunting Republican congressional candidate Stewart Mills. It’s a signal that Democrats take first-time candidate Mills seriously in northern Minnesota’s Eighth District race against incumbent Congressman Rick Nolan.

09/24/2014

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GOP Senators Probe Democrat’s Role At Nonprofit

State Senate Republicans are questioning a powerful Democrat’s involvement with a Minneapolis nonprofit that spent more than $800,000 in taxpayer dollars on trips and personal expenses. Minneapolis Sen. Jeff Hayden sat on the board of Community Action Minneapolis, which was found in an audit to have misused state grants to help low income people.

09/24/2014

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