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State Auditor Race Gets Competitive, Combative

The normally quiet Minnesota state auditor’s race is suddenly heating up. Former Minnesota House leader Matt Entenza filed last-minute papers to run against fellow Democrat Rebecca Otto, who has been state auditor for the last eight years.

06/05/2014

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10-Week Scramble Opens For GOP Governor Nomination

A scramble began Monday among four Republicans angling to be Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s fall opponent as the GOP headed for its first competitive gubernatorial primary in two decades. Party leaders are hopeful the 10-week race doesn’t turn nasty and hobble the eventual nominee. What the voter pool looks like come August is anyone’s guess.

06/02/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-29-14

Miss something from this morning’s show? CLICK THE LINK ABOVE to head to the PODCAST PAGE.

05/29/2014

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Public Employee Data-Snooping Bill Before Governor

Minnesota public employees who snoop in private information could soon face tougher consequences if they’re caught. A bill on Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk mandates that only public employees whose jobs require obtaining, accessing or viewing people’s non-public data may do so. Public employees are prohibited from using the private information in any way not outlined in their job descriptions.

05/19/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-8-14

Listen to Mike Lynch discuss possible severe weather today, and other highlights from the show, by clicking THE LINK ABOVE.

05/08/2014

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Surgery Recovery Keeps Dayton From Minn. Capitol

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he’ll be working from home for a couple more weeks as he recovers from a recent hip surgery.

02/25/2014

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GOP Picks Early Favorites For Senate, Governor

The Republican candidates for governor and senator who won bellwether straw polls among crowded fields sought Wednesday to capitalize on the early show of support from party activists.

02/05/2014

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Dayton Back To Mayo For Continuing Hip Problem

Gov. Mark Dayton says he is returning to Mayo Clinic in Rochester because of continued problems with one of his hips.

01/21/2014

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Thompson Says He Took In $120K For Minn. Gov Race

State Sen. Dave Thompson reports having raised $120,000 last year toward his 2014 run for Minnesota governor. The Republican offered his tally Monday on his campaign website but didn’t say how much he has remaining after covering expenses.

01/06/2014

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Mark Dayton, So Used To Moving On, Seeks To Stay

Democrat Mark Dayton overcame a Republican electoral tide to narrowly win the Minnesota governor’s office in 2010. He doesn’t expect any easier time when defending his job this fall.

01/05/2014

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Some Top Minn. State Employees In Line For Raises

Some Minnesota state employees stuck under a salary cap for 15 years may finally be in line for raises. Many of the state’s top jobs have been subject to a cap based on the governor’s pay. Many could get raises after the Legislature’s vote this year to increase salaries for the governor and agency commissioners for the first time since 1998.

12/24/2013

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GOP Governor Candidate Demands MNsure Chief Resign

A Republican candidate for governor says the executive director of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange should resign. Businessman Scott Honour is among a handful of Republicans seeking to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton next year.

12/16/2013

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11-14-13 The Morning Take On The Morning News With Dave Lee

Is Julie Rosen running for Governor?

11/14/2013

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11-13-13 The Morning Take On The Morning News With Dave Lee

Another hat in the ring for Governor in 2014?

11/13/2013

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Minn. Politicians Clash On MNsure’s Performance So Far

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s pleased with the progress of Minnesota’s health care exchange so far. The comments come after the federal rollout of Obamacare, which is plagued with problems. Minnesota’s health exchange went online Oct. 1 and has not had the widespread problems other states experienced.

10/22/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Mpls. Mayor’s Race The Wackiest In MN History?

Minnesota, of course, has had some pretty wacky elections. Topping them all, most would say, was the 1998 Governor’s race, where former pro-wrestler Jesse Ventura used some unconventional campaign commercials to help him ride to victory.

09/14/2013

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Gov. Dayton Requests Disaster Declaration

Gov. Mark Dayton is asking for a major federal disaster declaration for 18 Minnesota counties hit by flash flooding and severe storms in June.

07/17/2013

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State Trooper Gives Pass To Iowa Governor’s Driver

Audio recordings indicate a state trooper pursued a speeding SUV carrying Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, but declined to pull the driver over after realizing who was inside the vehicle.

07/02/2013

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Thompson Joins 2014 Race For Governor

A conservative Minnesota State Senator is the latest candidate to jump into the 2014 race for Governor. Lakeville Republican Dave Thompson officially entered the race today promising as Governor to “get out of the way” of business.

06/26/2013

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Minn.’s Dayton Slowed By Hip Muscle Injury

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is being slowed by a hip-muscle tear that an aide says could limit his public schedule while he recovers. Deputy Chief of Staff Bob Hume says the 66-year-old governor injured the muscle over the weekend and was checked out at the Mayo Clinic on Monday.

06/26/2013

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Candidate Zellers On WCCO Morning News

State Representative Kurt Zellers joined Dave Lee Monday morning on the WCCO Morning News to discuss his new campaign for Governor.

06/24/2013

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Minn. State Senator Joins GOP Race For Governor

State Sen. Dave Thompson is joining the growing list of Republicans who plan to run for governor next year. Thompson tells The Associated Press he plans to file as a candidate Monday and launch his campaign Wednesday. He has represented Lakeville in the state Senate since 2011.

06/23/2013

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GOP’s Zeller Vows Common Touch In Governor Race

Former Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers is joining the race for governor, saying he would bring a middle-class family man’s sensibility to the job.

06/23/2013

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Independence Party Role In ’14 Minn. Gov Race: TBD

No Minnesota governor in almost two decades has won with a majority of the statewide vote, thanks mostly to a plucky third party whose candidates have been difference makers or, in the case of Jesse Ventura, the stunning victor.

06/16/2013

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GOP’s Emmer Jumps Into Minn.’s 6th District Race

The Republican candidate for governor in 2010 is trying for a political comeback as he joins the race to succeed Michele Bachmann in Congress. Tom Emmer was announcing his campaign Wednesday in his hometown of Delano. Emmer says his narrow 2010 governor’s race loss to Mark Dayton will make him a stronger candidate, and that he wants to follow in Bachmann’s footsteps fighting what he called “the ever-growing size of government.”

06/05/2013

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