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Minnesota Democratic Gov. Dayton Wins Second Term

Democrat Mark Dayton won a second term Tuesday as Minnesota governor in the capstone race of his long political career. He defeated Republican challenger Jeff Johnson, a Hennepin County commissioner who portrayed Dayton as having been around too long and bungling several issues while in office.

11/04/2014

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Minnesota Gov. Dayton Chases 2nd Term In Final Run

Democrat Mark Dayton waited Tuesday to learn if Minnesota voters would rehire him as governor, the first time the veteran politician has asked to keep an elected job. His Republican opponent, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, looked to vault past the incumbent after playing catch-up the entire campaign.

11/04/2014

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1 Year Later, MNsure Remains A Hot Topic For Candidates

We’re a year into MNsure. The largest and cheapest carrier is out, the rates are going up and critics continue to call it a failure. What could this mean for the midterm elections? No matter how you feel about MNSure, it has provided for a lot of back and forth between the candidates this election season.

11/04/2014

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Dayton, Johnson Show Fire In Final Governor Debate

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican nominee Jeff Johnson ended their series of debates Friday much like they began, with the incumbent hailing big-picture successes and his rival saying too many things went awry over the past four years.

10/31/2014

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Governor’s Mansion Hosts Trick-Or-Treaters

Gov. Mark Dayton says the gates of the governor’s residence on Summit Avenue will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, and several local companies have donated goodies for the kids.

10/31/2014

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Last Chance For Governor Candidates To Get Digs In

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican rival Jeff Johnson are holding their final face-to-face debate before Minnesota voters decide the election. Friday’s debate on Twin Cities Public Television’s “Almanac” program is the fifth time they have met on stage.

10/31/2014

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Barnstorming Tours Rev Up As Campaigns Near End

Minnesota’s Democratic candidates banded together Wednesday for a splashy launch of a six-day statewide bus tour featuring the ticket’s biggest names, while their Republican opponents went their own ways in smaller-scale campaign swings less than a week before the midterm.

10/29/2014

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Democrats Have Money Edge For House Control Fight

Democrats seeking to maintain control of Minnesota’s House of Representatives have a hefty cash advantage heading into Election Day. Fundraising reports Tuesday show House Democrats’ campaign arm has more than $1 million on hand.

10/28/2014

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Dayton Stresses Gains, GOP Sows Competency Doubts

Starkly different messages are coloring the final week of Minnesota’s race for governor. Democratic incumbent Mark Dayton released his closing campaign commercial that touts economic gains and proclaims “Minnesota is rising.” He was headed to the Iron Range later Tuesday for a party rally.

10/28/2014

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Minnesota Fine-Tunes Ebola Monitoring Plan

Minnesota health officials outlined plans Monday for monitoring travelers from countries battling Ebola, and said the most-severe restrictions will be imposed only on those known to have treated someone with the virus while abroad.

10/27/2014

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Johnson On Big Stage, But He’s No Political Rookie

Republican Jeff Johnson was never one for fiery, rally-the-troops rhetoric in the Minnesota House. He didn’t relish chances to antagonize the political opposition. And with some exceptions, the bills he sponsored during a six-year run were more heady than headline-grabbing.

10/25/2014

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Dayton Signs Order Easing Propane Transfer Rules

Gov. Mark Dayton has temporarily lifted some rules governing the transport of propane. Dayton signed an executive order Friday that allows propane delivery drivers a longer daily window to transport the product.

10/24/2014

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Hard Fight For Control Of Minnesota House

Gov. Mark Dayton rolled into this city’s old-brick main drag this week on a mission to save Rep. Shannon Savick, eagerly shaking hands and running down reasons voters should send her back to St. Paul for a second term. On Friday, Dayton was off to St. Cloud to help Rep. Zachary Dorholt, another freshman in a tough race.

10/24/2014

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Minn. Democrats Hope A Visit From Clinton Will Help Poll Numbers

Upbeat music played while Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered an upbeat message to a crowd of 2,000 at St. Paul’s Macalester College Thursday. “I’m still feeling that grandmother glow,” Clinton said. The new grandma touted Minnesota’s economic recovery as a model for all states.

10/23/2014

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Dayton Takes Heat For Early Departure

Gov. Mark Dayton is taking heat for avoiding reporters with questions about a key insurance provider’s exit from the state’s health care exchange.

10/23/2014

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Clinton Renews Ties In State She Lost In ’08

Hillary Rodham Clinton urged Minnesota voters Thursday to “just look at the facts” about recent economic and social progress as they decide the re-election fates of Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken and turn back scare tactics and negative television ads.

10/23/2014

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Hillary Clinton Is Minnesota-Bound To Help Dayton

Hillary Rodham Clinton is heading to Minnesota to raise money for fellow Democrat Gov. Mark Dayton.

10/17/2014

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Gov. Mark Dayton, Jeff Johnson Answer 9 Questions

The Associated Press invited Gov. Mark Dayton and his GOP challenger, Republican Jeff Johnson, to respond to several questions ahead of next month’s election. Here are their verbatim answers.

10/17/2014

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Michelle Obama To Campaign In North Minneapolis

Details have been released about first lady Michelle Obama’s plans to campaign in Minnesota next week for Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken. The Minnesota DFL Party announced that Mrs. Obama would appear at a get-out-the-vote rally on Tuesday at Patrick Henry High School in north Minneapolis.

10/16/2014

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Report: Minn. Added 7,000 Jobs Last Month, Unemployment Hit 8-Year Low

The last monthly check-up on Minnesota’s job picture before the November election is being released. State officials planned to publish employment statistics Thursday that cover September.

10/16/2014

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Minnesota Officials Open $28M Wastewater Plant

Officials in northeastern Minnesota are celebrating the opening of a $28 million wastewater treatment plant. The Central Iron Range Sanitary Sewer District held a ribbon cutting and open house Wednesday to commemorate the new facility serving Chisholm, Buhl, Kinney and Great Scott Township.

10/16/2014

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Barring Change, 2-Way Governor Debate In Store

Something different is about to happen in a Minnesota governor’s race: A head-to-head debate. For the first time in at least four campaigns, the Democratic and Republican nominees were gearing up to go one-on-one.

10/14/2014

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GOP Nominee Johnson Gets Help From NJ’s Christie

Minnesota Republican Jeff Johnson is getting a high-profile assist in the governor’s race from New Jersey’s Chris Christie. Three events Monday were aimed at giving Johnson a lift in his race against Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.

10/13/2014

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Gov. Dayton Attends 1st Meeting For Child Abuse Task Force

Gov. Mark Dayton took part in the first meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children Monday morning. The Task Force is made up of legislators, county representatives, children’s advocates, attorneys and child protection experts from across the state.

10/13/2014

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Ebola Screening Urged For Minn. Airport

Gov. Mark Dayton and Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken wrote to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asking that Minneapolis be added to the five international airports that began screening this past weekend.

10/13/2014

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