Lawmakers entered a 10-day Easter/Passover break on Friday. Next week, House Democrats will hit the road to talk about what they’ve done so far, and Republicans will be sharpening their election year message.
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson says he’ll formally announce next month whether he’ll seek another term in Congress, but for now he’s running. The Minnesota Democrat said he’s going to take a couple weeks to think about what he needs to do to organize a campaign, then announce a final decision.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton entered the election year with $772,000 in his campaign account after expenses. His campaign released the figure Tuesday. The Democratic governor reported pulling in nearly $1.1 million in 2013.
Some former members of Congress are hoping 2014 will be the year of the comeback. Congress may have public approval ratings hovering near record lows, but several Republicans who once served in the House are trying to recapture their old seats.
17 metro districts went to the voters for help yesterday.
Minnesota can now register to vote from their computers or other remote devices, giving them an alternative to filling out a paper form. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s office announced the launch of the online voter registration system on Thursday.
The Republican National Committee announced Wednesday that it has hired a dozen state directors to work closely with state parties, the first major step in GOP Chairman Reince Priebus’ plan to erase the long-standing political advantage Democrats enjoy in some states.
State Sen. Dave Thompson says he’s giving up his leadership post in the Minnesota Senate because of his candidacy for governor. Thompson resigned as assistant minority leader in a Wednesday letter to top Republican senators.
Rep. John Kline says he’s not interested in running for the U.S. Senate or governor next year. Kline said Friday he wants to take his name off the table now so it will help others who might run against Democratic Sen. Al Franken or Gov. Mark Dayton.
A new study ranks Minnesota near the top for the way it handles its elections. All 50 states were ranked by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Narrow wins by Republican Mary Franson and Democrat Kevin Dahle (dahl) in legislative recounts have become official.
They’re counting ballots again in two Minnesota legislative districts. Automatic recounts were getting under way near Alexandria and Northfield to determine if narrow leads by the apparent winners hold up.
You can’t sway some voters, no matter what happens. In Rochester, the city council president, Dennis Hanson, won re-election. But the thing is Hanson died back in June.
This morning, we’re still waiting on results from a hand count in the city of Minneapolis.
There were a few voting problems around the state as about three million voters hit the polls for Election Day.