Minnesota campaign regulators reinforced a wall of separation between candidates and outside political groups Tuesday, issuing an opinion that discourages them from cooperating on fundraising that could eventually pour money back into the politicians’ races and likely violate state law.
Political party faithful from across Minnesota gathered at schools and other venues to help shape policy and make their picks in this year’s elections. Republicans held straw polls Tuesday night in the race for governor and U.S. Senate.
Republican candidate for governor Kurt Zellers says he’s raised just over $400,000 so far in his bid to challenge Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton in November.
Another Republican has provided details on his 2013 fundraising in the Minnesota governor’s race Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson told supporters in an email he collected $240,000 from donors, which is twice the amount a rival brought it. Earlier in the week, state Sen. Dave Thompson said he raised $120,000 last year. Johnson and Thompson are the two candidates competing hardest for the GOP endorsement at the May state convention. The other candidates in the running won’t rule out primary bids in August. The winner of that contest will take on Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton in November.
Early Republican scrimmages Saturday in races for Minnesota governor and the U.S. Senate gave a leg up to a pair of candidates who are looking for any edge against better-financed rivals. The straw polls at the Minnesota Republican Party’s State Central Committee meeting were won by Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson in the governor’s race and state Sen. Julianne Ortman for Senate. But if past preference polls are any guide, neither has a lock on the party’s endorsement that will be awarded next May or the nomination to be decided in August. “I don’t know that I believe in the curse of the straw poll,” Johnson said after his win, alluding to others who have been overtaken come state convention time. “These are the most active of the activists.”
Four Republicans with eyes on Minnesota governor’s office are sharing a stage as they angle for the party’s 2014 nomination. A candidate forum billed as the first with all four announced candidates was scheduled for Thursday night in Mounds View.
State Sen. Dave Thompson says if he’s elected Minnesota governor he’d bypass old solutions to state problems, seek voucher-like tax credits to enhance school choice and promise to “get out of your way.” Thompson hit the road Wednesday for his opening campaign swing. He’s the fourth Republican in the race, with others still mulling a challenge Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton next year.
Republican State Sen. Dave Thompson filed the legal papers necessary to run for Minnesota Governor Monday, making him the fourth major GOP candidate to join the race against Gov. Mark Dayton.
The race for governor is getting crowded. Another well-known Republican is throwing his hat in the race. State Senator Dave Thompson confirmed to WCCO’s Pat Kessler that he will file the legal papers necessary on Monday. He will formally announce his candidacy at a gathering on Wednesday.
Former Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers is ready to announce his 2014 plans, with signs pointing to a run for Minnesota Governor. Zellers has scheduled a Sunday event in his home city of Maple Grove.
A Republican rooted in Minnesota politics for a dozen years is the latest to announce a 2014 challenge to Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.
Supporters of maverick Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul are seizing control of Minnesota’s state Republican Convention.
A decision to close the aviation program at St. Cloud State University is not sitting well with some in that community. The flight school is among 32 programs eliminated over the last two years as a result of the university’s cost-cutting initiative.
Only two malnourished horses were taken from an East Bethel farm on Monday afternoon, but more might be taken as early as Tuesday, investigators said.