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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: Jeff Johnson’s Ad Calls Gov. Dayton ‘Unaware’

A tough new television ad from Republican governor candidate Jeff Johnson is raising eyebrows — and a few tempers. The ad takes some tough shots at Gov. Mark Dayton and, unexpectedly, the owners of the Minnesota Vikings.

10/09/2014

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GOP Says MNsure Rate Increase Deceptive

Minnesota Republicans say a 4.5 percent average rate increase for people buying insurance through the state health exchange is deceptive. State officials announced the increase on Wednesday, and said Minnesota will still have the lowest rates in the nation next year.

10/01/2014

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McFadden’s ’97 Percent’ Attack On Franken

Republican Mike McFadden and his party have seized on a big number in their efforts to boot Sen. Al Franken from office: 97 percent.

09/29/2014

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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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McFadden Lays Out Plan To Scrap Health Care Law

Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden said Friday he wants to repeal and replace the new federal healthcare law known as Obamacare. McFadden outlined his plan Friday at a State Capitol press conference. But McFadden’s Democratic opponent Al Franken says it would make healthcare worse.

09/26/2014

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Jeff Johnson Switches Campaign Managers

There’s a change at the top of Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson’s campaign with six weeks to go in the race. Johnson announced Friday that he was switching campaign managers.

09/19/2014

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Johnson Makes MNsure Woes Central To Campaign

Republican Jeff Johnson moved Thursday to make health insurance problems a bigger part of his campaign against Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, saying Minnesota’s plan for complying with the Affordable Care Act is causing sticker shock as well as logistical headaches.

09/18/2014

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Bill Maher’s ‘Flip A District’ Targets Rep. John Kline

Bill Maher, host of the HBO series “Real Time with Bill Maher,” announced that Rep. John Kline (R-MN) of Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district is who he plans to target for his “Flip a District” campaign.

09/15/2014

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Reality Check: Jeff Johnson And The Tea Party

Independent Minnesota political groups are spending a fortune on television ads this campaign season. They’re branding GOP gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson as a “tea party Republican.” The ads are relentless, and ominous.

09/12/2014

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National GOP Books $1M In Ads To Oust MN Congressman

National Republicans are pouring roughly $1 million in advertisements in September alone into Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District in their bid to unseat Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan.

09/03/2014

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Key Moments Give Fuel To Minnesota Campaign Themes

Several upcoming events on the calendar could help energize campaigns for Minnesota governor and legislative offices. They’ll drive the messages voters will hear from candidates and their allies over the next two months.

09/01/2014

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Joe Perske On 6th District Odds: ‘People Want A Change’

The seat in Minnesota’s 6th congressional district is completely up for grabs, with Rep. Michele Bachmann opting not to run for re-election. While the District is heavily Republican, two years ago businessman and Democrat Jim Graves came within one percentage point of beating Bachmann.

08/31/2014

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2 Views Of State Economy Shade Governor Race

As Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton makes the case for a second term, a major theme he’s pressed is that the state economy has outperformed most of the Upper Midwest on his watch. How voters view the economy will go a long way in determining how Dayton, a Democrat, fares in November. Republicans concede things have turned around but they say the recovery has been far from robust. There’s no shortage of ways to measure the economy, and each side will spend the next 10 weeks debating whether the glass is half-full or half-empty.

08/23/2014

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State Fair Podcast: Friday, August 22nd 2014-The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Friday Fun At The Fair: Click the link above to listen back to memories from Friday!

08/22/2014

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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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Voter Drops Challenge Of GOP Lawmaker’s Residency

A voter has withdrawn her challenge of a Republican lawmaker’s residency, one day after a judge said there wasn’t enough evidence to toss the lawmaker from November’s ballot.

08/15/2014

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Johnson Set To Face Off Against Dayton In Gubernatorial Race

Republicans closed ranks Wednesday behind the winner of Tuesday’s primary election for governor. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson won a decisive primary victory over three opponents. He’ll face incumbent Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. Johnson promises a campaign of ideas, not smears.

08/13/2014

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Podcast Page: 8-13-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee!

Miss something from the HUMP DAY version of the Morning News with Dave Lee? Click the link above to head to the PODCAST PAGE.

08/13/2014

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Johnson Emerges To Take GOP Governor Primary

Hennepin County commissioner Jeff Johnson has captured the Republican nomination for Minnesota governor over three major rivals.

08/12/2014

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Podcast Page: 8-12-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Click the link above to head to Dave’s Podcast Page.

08/12/2014

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McFadden To Deliver GOP’s Weekly Address

Minnesota Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden will deliver the GOP’s weekly rebuttal to President Obama. The party’s radio address is generally delivered by sitting lawmakers or governors, although some candidates have given it before. The choice of McFadden — even before Tuesday’s election to settle the GOP nominee to challenge Democratic Sen. Al Franken — underlines his support in the national establishment.

08/07/2014

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Johnson Draws Fire As GOP’s Governor Primary Nears

Jeff Johnson has become the punching bag in the Minnesota Republican primary for governor — and he’s just fine with that. The Hennepin County commissioner is increasingly catching flak from three competitors. Johnson takes it as a sign he’s out front in a race that has gone months without a clear favorite. Tuesday’s primary winner will face Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton in November’s election.

08/07/2014

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GOP Governor Hopeful: No Senators In New Building

One Republican candidate for Minnesota governor says he’d try to keep senators out of a new state building planned for senators.

08/07/2014

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