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05/29/2014

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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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Hagedorn Changes Mind, Re-Enters Congress Race

A candidate who pledged not to force a Republican primary in Minnesota’s First Congressional District has changed his mind.

05/18/2014

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Outside Group Ads Up In Minn. Governor Race

An outside political group’s new television promotes Minnesota Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Honour as having the toughest stance against the nation’s new health care law.

05/13/2014

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Dayton’s GOP Rivals Pan State Of State Speech

Minnesota Republicans trying to oust Gov. Mark Dayton from office are giving negative reviews to the final State of the State speech of the Democrat’s term. Reaction from the field of challengers was sharp and swift Wednesday night.

04/30/2014

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Math For Public Works Borrowing Bill Proves Tough

Political calculations are complicating consideration of a public works financing package. It’s a marquee bill being closely watched from water-starved Worthington to the campgrounds-in-waiting at the new Lake Vermilion State Park.

04/29/2014

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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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GOP Senate Hopeful McFadden Has $1.8M Reserve

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mike McFadden has nearly $2 million in reserve as the campaigns start to heat up. McFadden’s campaign released totals Tuesday for the first three months of 2014. The first-time candidate raised more than $600,000 during that time, leaving him with $1.8 million cash on hand.

04/15/2014

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Bachmann Backs Emmer To Succeed Her In Congress

Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann is formally backing GOP candidate Tom Emmer to succeed her in Congress as an expected primary awaits that Minnesota race. Bachmann and other Republican officials stood with Emmer at a Tuesday news conference.

04/15/2014

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Bachmann Says She Is ‘Going To Different Perch’

Retiring U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann says she isn’t going away, she’s “just going to a different perch.”

04/11/2014

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Franken Ups His Campaign Bank Balance To $5.9M

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken has nearly $6 million in reserve as his re-election bid heads deeper into campaign season. Franken’s campaign released totals Friday for the first three months of 2014. The first-term Democrat reported raising $2.72 million, leaving him with $5.9 million in cash on hand as of April 1.

04/11/2014

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Dayton Accuses MNsure’s GOP Critics Of ‘Farce’

Gov. Mark Dayton has lashed out at critics of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, accusing them of waging a propaganda campaign to destroy it. The Democratic governor spoke to reporters after GOP members of a legislative oversight committee said they wanted to use a hearing Wednesday to raise questions about the troubled launch of MNsure last October.

04/08/2014

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Former GOP State Rep. Smith Dies

A son of former state Rep. Steve Smith of Mound says the Minnesota Republican has died.

04/07/2014

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United Against Building, GOP Hopefuls Split On Pot

Five Republicans running for Minnesota governor are leaving no doubt they are united in their opposition to a planned Senate Office Building. The candidates held a joint news conference Thursday at the Capitol to showcase their distaste.

03/27/2014

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Ortman’s Senate Bid Gets A Palin Boost

Sarah Palin is endorsing Minnesota state Sen. Julianne Ortman as she seeks the Republican party’s Senate nomination. The former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate says Ortman will fight for small businesses and understands “the burden our federal government places on hard-working Americans.”

03/27/2014

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