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Gov. Dayton Pushes For Political Risks From House Republicans

Gov. Mark Dayton delivered an optimistic State of the State address at the Capitol. The speech rallied Democrats, but did not sway Republicans who oppose his transportation and overall spending proposals. On Friday, Dayton is still asking Republicans to forget about politics and take some risks.

04/10/2015

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More Talks Ahead On Commissioner Pay, Agency Stopgap Bill

An apparent agreement between the governor and House speaker that alters Minnesota agency commissioner pay and shores up budgets at a few departments moved Monday into a holding pattern.

02/23/2015

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Dayton Starts New — And Last — Term Of Long Career

Gov. Mark Dayton started his second term as Minnesota governor Monday by making a case that putting more taxpayer money into education should be viewed as an investment, not straight-up spending to grow government as his opponents might cast it.

01/05/2015

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Dayton Starts New — And Last — Term Of Long Career

Gov. Mark Dayton started his second term as Minnesota governor Monday by making a case that putting more taxpayer money into education should be viewed as an investment, not straight-up spending to grow government as his opponents might cast it.

01/05/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Vote For Judges In Minn.?

When you voted Tuesday, you probably noticed a lot of judges on the ballot. This puzzled Kirk from Oak Park Heights because he knows the governor also appoints them. On Washington County’s sample ballot, there were 28 judge seats. Twenty-four were unopposed.

11/05/2014

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Wisconsin’s GOP Gov. Walker Wins Re-Election

Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker won a hard fought election over Democratic challenger Mary Burke Tuesday, overcoming fierce opposition from unions and other liberal groups for his third victory in four years and cementing his position as a possible contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

11/04/2014

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Wisconsin Gov. Walker Race Too Close To Call

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker hoped to win his third election in four years Tuesday after a hard-fought campaign with Democratic businesswoman Mary Burke — a victory that could lead him to set his sights even higher by running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

11/04/2014

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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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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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Nicollet: Debate Exclusion ‘Violation Of Trust’

Independence Party candidate Hannah Nicollet calls her exclusion from a governor’s race debate “a violation of trust with the state of Minnesota.”

10/13/2014

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Dayton Commits To Full Term If Voters Re-Elect Him

If voters grant Gov. Mark Dayton four more years, he says he’ll stick around for all of them. Dayton told The Associated Press in an interview this month that he’s heard the rumors he’d leave office before the end of a second term and catapult running mate Tina Smith into the top job. He says it’s not true.

10/11/2014

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No Political Natural, Dayton Somehow Endured

Win or lose in the November governor’s election, Democrat Mark Dayton is in the final turn of a campaign run spanning four decades. It’s a chase that made a big dent in a personal fortune, dealt him humbling defeats and regularly exposed him to public ridicule.

10/11/2014

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GOP Zeroing In On MNsure In Governor’s Race

After more problems at Minnesota’s online health care exchange, the Republican candidate for Minnesota governor says if he’s elected, he’ll make drastic changes to MNsure. And Jeff Johnson is pressing Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to do more to stop premium hikes for small businesses. MNsure’s largest and lowest cost provider — PreferredOne — said this week it’s dropping out of the health exchange for financial reasons.

09/18/2014

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Ads In Minnesota Governor Race Not Candidates’

Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Jeff Johnson are the stars of television ads in their race for Minnesota governor. But neither can claim ownership of the spots because outside groups have done all of the airing so far. Research by The Associated Press shows that Dayton is among only eight of 28 governors seeking re-election who has yet to go live with his own ads. Johnson is also in the minority as a challenger without a steady commercial presence by now.

09/15/2014

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Once-Exiled Republican Horner Backs GOP’s Johnson

Republican nominee Jeff Johnson’s hopes of uniting his party base in the race for Minnesota governor have gotten a boost with an endorsement from someone chastised for running as an independent four years ago.

09/09/2014

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Talking Points: Minnesota Governor’s Race At the State Fair

The Minnesota Fair marks the unofficial kick-off of the fall election campaigns. Both Governor Mark Dayton and his Republican challenger, Jeff Johnson, are making their case in person with fair goers.

08/24/2014

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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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Minnesota Primary Turnout Estimated At 9.8 Percent

The Secretary of State’s office estimates that only 9.8 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in Minnesota’s primary election. Spokesman Nathan Bowie says the turnout number is preliminary and unofficial. He says it won’t be finalized until counties finish submitting data.

08/13/2014

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November Election: Mark Dayton Vs. Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson vs. Mark Dayton…..who would you vote for if the election were today?

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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Johnson: Senate Office Building An Example Of ‘Dayton Administration’

A leading Republican candidate for governor says he would try to stop construction of a controversial Senate office building project near the Capitol if elected.

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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Talking Points: Aug. 12 Primary Elections In Minnesota

You may not be thinking politics right now, but in just eight days Minnesota votes will go the polls to cast ballots in the Aug. 12 primary. Turnout is expected to be very low and that has candidates scrambling for support.

08/03/2014

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Gov. Dayton Paid More In Taxes, To Charity In 2013

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton paid nearly $106,000 in state and federal taxes last year, and upped his charitable giving, too. Dayton released his 2013 tax returns on Wednesday, following his routine of doing so since he was a candidate in 2010.

07/23/2014

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