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GOP’s House Speaker Daudt Picks Walker In Presidential Race

The highest-ranking Minnesota Republican is throwing his support behind Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for president.

08/06/2015

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MN Tea Party Among Alliance Fighting Sunday Liquor Sale Ban

An alliance of various political groups are speaking out against Minnesota’s long-standing ban on Sunday liquor sales. The coalition announced their collaboration prior to the start of another legislative session, which begins on Tuesday.

01/05/2015

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Podcast Page: 11-21-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

A frigid Friday on the WCCO Morning News. Click the link above to listen back to some of the highlights from the show.

11/21/2014

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Big Prize In Minnesota Election: State House

Election Day arrived in Minnesota with Democrats feeling good about sweeping the biggest races in the state — for governor and U.S. Senate — and perhaps all of the statewide offices. But the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party was fighting a rear-guard action to hang on to the Minnesota House, with plenty of incumbents at risk and Republicans needing just seven seats to bring back divided government for the first time since 2012.

11/04/2014

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Dayton Victory Speech Includes Call For Cooperation

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is calling on his political opponents to join him in building a better state.

11/04/2014

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Johnson Wishes Dayton Well After Falling Short

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson says he’s wishing the victor, Democratic incumbent Mark Dayton, success because he wants Minnesota to succeed. Johnson lost his bid Tuesday to oust Dayton after a single term.

11/04/2014

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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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POLL: Mark Dayton Wins Another Term As Governor

Are you happy that Mark Dayton returns as Minnesota’s Governor? Click the link to vote on Dave’s poll.

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 Calls GOP Ebola Ad ‘Garbage’

In a busy Minneapolis skyway Monday, Republican Jeff Johnson is working the lunchtime crowd. With public polls showing a tighter-than-expected race, Johnson is sprinting for last-minute votes. “Literally [in] the last couple of weeks, people have started paying attention, and I think there’s a lot of people who will decide today and tomorrow,” Johnson said. “So I’m just trying to introduce myself to anyone who is willing to talk. It’s been great.”

11/03/2014

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Governor, Senate, State House Are Minnesota Prizes

Minnesota joins the rest of the nation Tuesday in a midterm election for everything from governor to local school board seats, with most polling places opening at 7 a.m. and all closing at 8 p.m. Some key things to know about what’s at stake:

11/03/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: 11-3-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee.

The return of Mike Lynch, Vikings recap and more on the Podcast Page. Go there by clicking the link above.

11/03/2014

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Candidates Press Hard For Votes As End Nears

The grueling fall campaign is nearing the finish line, with candidates searching for the votes that might make the difference between euphoria and despair Tuesday night.

11/03/2014

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Jeff Johnson Talks On Redskins Name, Taxes & Obamacare

On WCCO Sunday Morning, I did a long interview with Jeff Johnson, the Republican hopeful for governor. With just days until Election Day, Johnson is trailing in the polls to incumbent Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.

11/02/2014

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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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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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Minn. Politicians Make Final Push For Votes Before Election Day

Republicans and Democrats are fanning out across the state for the final few days of fall campaigning. Top candidates for both political parties are making the final push for votes before Election Day on Tuesday.

10/29/2014

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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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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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Guns, Surplus Priorities Split Dayton, Johnson

A televised debate is one of the last two chances for Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican candidate Jeff Johnson to make differences known face to face.

10/19/2014

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Governor Hopefuls Answer Nine Questions

The Associated Press invited Gov. Mark Dayton and his GOP challenger, Republican Jeff Johnson, to respond to several questions ahead of the Nov. 4 election. Click to read their verbatim answers.

10/18/2014

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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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Johnson Says Dayton’s ‘Lying’ Over Health Rates

Minnesota-based PreferredOne had some of the lowest insurance rates in the country on the MNsure website, but abruptly dropped out in September. Now, it’s raising rates for some customers as much as 66 percent — a jarring “market correction.” Larry Jacobs studies the federal health care law for the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.

10/16/2014

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