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Cravaack Has $1.1M For Final Push In 8th District

Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack says he started October with $1.1 million in the bank for the final weeks of a tough race against Democrat Rick Nolan.

10/11/2012

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Tiny Presence, Unknown Impact For 3rd Parties

Third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Virgil Goode are blips in the presidential race. They have little money, aren’t on stage for presidential debates and barely register in the polls — when survey takers even bother to list them as options.

10/05/2012

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Obama To Make Push For Early Voting In Wisconsin

President Barack Obama will fire-up his Democratic base during a rally Thursday at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he’s expected to urge his supporters to vote early.

10/04/2012

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Behind The Ballot: College Students React To Debate

College political science classrooms will be buzzing today with presidential debate analysis. WCCO’s Laura Oakes has more from students at the University of Minnesota, who attended a debate watching party Wednesday night.

10/04/2012

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Behind The Ballot: Staying Friends During The Political Season

Staying friends during the political season can be challenging, especially if you share different views as your friends. One popular place people are post their thoughts on topics or candidates is on social media websites like Facebook and Twitter.

10/03/2012

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Body Language Could Overshadow Message In Pres. Debates

All eyes will be on President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney tonight for their first nationally-televised debate. WCCO Radio’s Laura Oakes has more on what to look for beyond their words.

10/03/2012

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Behind The Ballot: Have We Seen The Last Of ‘Candidate’ Pawlenty?

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. An election year with some disappointments turned out well in the end for former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty.

09/27/2012

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Warning Issued About Roadside Campaign Signs

The state Department of Transportation has a nonpartisan reminder for anyone placing campaign signs along public roads: Keep them off the right of way.

09/27/2012

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Obama To Appear At Milwaukee Rally As Lead Widens

President Barack Obama plans to host a rally on the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee on Saturday as two new polls show his lead in the state is widening.

09/19/2012

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Top MN Religious Leaders Urge ‘Yes’ Vote For Marriage At Capitol

The campaign to defeat the constitutional gay marriage ban on November’s ballot is airing its first TV commercial featuring a suburban, Catholic married couple talking about their friendship with a lesbian couple who live next door.

09/18/2012

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Divisions Persist On Need For Voter ID Amendment

Supporters of a proposed Minnesota voter ID amendment say it will protect the integrity of the state’s election system, while opponents point to several studies finding the kind of fraud the proposed requirement is designed to prevent is extremely rare.

09/18/2012

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Talking Points: Graves’ Poll Numbers Against Rep. Bachmann

As of Tuesday, there will only be seven weeks until Election Day. And while much of the focus and here and across the country has been on the presidential race, members of Congress are up for re-election as well.

09/16/2012

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Minn. Dems Sue To Replace Candidate On Ballot

Minnesota Democrats and a write-in House candidate are suing to replace a Democratic state lawmaker on the ballot after he had a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy.

09/14/2012

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TV Ads, VP Visits Suggest Wisconsin A Toss-Up

The battle for the Badger state is heating up. Television viewers in Wisconsin will begin seeing President Obama’s ads starting Wednesday, just five days after Mitt Romney’s ads hit the airwaves.

09/12/2012

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Dem Ally Focuses On GOP-Run Legislature With TV Ad

A group working to put Democrats in control of the Minnesota Legislature is launching a TV ad attacking Republican legislative majorities for the 2011 state government shutdown and property tax increases.

09/10/2012

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Coming Next Week: TV Ads On Congress, Legislature

TV ads about Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack, Democrat Rick Nolan and the Republican-controlled Minnesota Legislature are expected to start next week.

09/06/2012

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Libertarian Gets On Minn. Ballot For President

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson has obtained a spot on the Minnesota ballot after gathering more than 3,000 signatures.

08/23/2012

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Mitt Romney Makes Stops In Minnesota Thursday

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is heading to Minnesota this Thursday. Romney is planning to attend private fundraisers in Lake Minnetonka and Shoreview.

08/23/2012

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Biden In Minneapolis: Wall St. Reform Critics ‘Squealing Pigs’

Vice President Joe Biden is defending the Obama administration’s efforts to reform Wall Street — and comparing Republican critics of the law to “squealing pigs.”

08/21/2012

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Rep. Bachmann Claims $1M Raised In July

Rep. Michele Bachmann is claiming she raised $1 million in July toward her reelection campaign.

07/31/2012

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Minn. Independence Party Holds State Convention

Minnesota’s Independence Party gathers Saturday in Roseville for its state convention with hopes of finding a political toehold in the Legislature.

06/23/2012

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Romney: Voters Backed Conservative Values In Wis.

Mitt Romney says the failed attempt to recall Wisconsin’s Republican governor should embolden conservatives. He also says it could offer his presidential campaign a dose of hope come November.

06/06/2012

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Minn. High Court Sets July 17 Photo ID Hearing

The Minnesota Supreme Court has set oral arguments for July 17 on a petition to remove a constitutional amendment from the November ballot that would require voters to present photo IDs at the polls.

06/06/2012

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Poll: MN Voters Shifting On Marriage Amendment

A new poll suggests Minnesota voters may reject a proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as only being between one man and one woman.

06/05/2012

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MN Sen. Harrington Says He’s Not Seeking Re-Election

After just two years in office, Minnesota Sen. John Harrington says he is stepping down. According to the Pioneer Press, the former St. Paul police chief is set to publicly announce the decision today.

05/29/2012

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