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Election 2014

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Dayton, Johnson Get Big Public Money For Race

Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican challenger Jeff Johnson are getting big infusions of public money for their campaigns. Dayton received $534,000 in public subsidies in his bid for a second term, while Johnson took in about $389,000.

08/26/2014

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Reality Check: Ad Slams Franken’s Record Voting In Line With Obama

A new television ad from Minnesota Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden accuses Democratic Sen. Al Franken of voting almost 100 percent of the time with President Obama. The ad, with a humorous tone, ties Franken to Obama with a very Minnesotan insult: a Franken look-alike struggling to back his boat into the water.

08/25/2014

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GOP Supreme Court Candidate Banned At Fair Booth

The Minnesota Republican Party’s endorsed candidate for Supreme Court is pushing back against the party’s attempts to keep her away from its State Fair booth. Michelle MacDonald showed up at the booth on the fair’s first day Thursday and was asked several times to leave.

08/21/2014

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High Court Tosses GOP Lawmaker Residency Dispute

Minnesota’s Supreme Court has dismissed a voter’s call to have Rep. Bob Barrett removed from the November ballot over his residency. Valerie Mondor had petitioned the court to toss Barrett from the election.

08/18/2014

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Independence Party Setbacks Threaten Major Status

It hasn’t been a banner month for Minnesota’s “other” major party. The Independence Party, a presence on the state political scene since Jesse Ventura was governor, saw a preferred Senate candidate lose a primary Tuesday.

08/15/2014

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Duke The Dog Elected Mayor In Cormorant, Minn.

The new mayor of a Minnesota town is just 7-years-old, and he doesn’t say much. Voters in Cormorant, in Northwestern Minnesota, elected a dog named Duke by a landslide. The 12 people in the village each paid $1 to cast a vote.

08/13/2014

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Endorsements See-Saw In Republican Senate Primary

The two-man race to decide which Republican will challenge Sen. Al Franken has split the party’s former leaders. Businessman and political newcomer Mike McFadden has the backing of former Republican Sens. Norm Coleman and Rudy Boschwitz.

07/30/2014

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Independence Party Gov. Hopeful Won’t Get Public Subsidy

Independence Party governor candidate Hannah Nicollet has failed to qualify for a public campaign subsidy in the Minnesota race. That means the eventual Democratic and Republican nominees are in line for even bigger public checks and she will miss out on more than $219,000 to spread her message.

07/24/2014

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Zellers Inks Tax Pledge In Minnesota Governor Race

Republican candidate Kurt Zellers said Wednesday he had signed a conservative group’s pledge that rules out any net tax increases and most new fees as budget options if he becomes Minnesota governor, a position he reinforces in a television ad ahead of next month’s wide-open GOP primary.

07/23/2014

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Otto: Big Money Has No Place In State Auditor Race

The race for Minnesota state auditor is usually a low key affair, but this year the Democratic primary is turning out to be one of the most heated of all races. In a surprise move and at the very last minute, former House Minority Leader Matt Entenza jumped into the race against the incumbent and fellow Democrat Rebecca Otto.

07/20/2014

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Republicans Vie At Convention To Be Franken’s Foe

The Republican chase to be Minnesota Sen. Al Franken’s fall challenger is reaching a crucial point in Rochester. Delegates to the state GOP convention will vote to endorse a candidate.

05/30/2014

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Zellers Taps Former Rep. Simpson As His No. 2

Republican gubernatorial candidate Kurt Zellers has looked inside his own campaign for a running mate with the selection of former state Rep. Dean Simpson. The announcement Thursday is the latest pairing involving a current or former House member.

05/22/2014

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Obama To Attend Mpls. Fundraiser In June

President Obama will be in Minneapolis next month to raise money for House Democrats. This will be one of more than 20 fundraisers Obama has committed to hold for Democrats ahead of the November elections.

05/02/2014

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Abeler Says He Won’t Seek Re-Election To House

Anoka Republican Jim Abeler says he won’t seek re-election to his House seat as he focuses on running for U.S. Senate. Abeler, 59, a chiropractor by trade, is among several Republicans seeking to unseat Democratic Sen. Al Franken.

04/22/2014

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Millions Pumping Through Minn. Campaign Stream

Millions of campaign dollars already are coursing through the Minnesota campaign system, which should leave no shortage of biting commercials on television and brochures in mailboxes attempting to sway voters.

04/15/2014

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