Dem Rep. Atkins Skips Run For Minnesota Congressional SeatVeteran Minnesota state Rep. Joe Atkins is passing on a run for Congress.The seven-term Democrat said Thursday he wouldn't seek the suburban seat being vacated by Republican Rep. John Kline. Atkins says he's looking at running for a different office in the future, but declined to say which.
GOP Avoids Primary For Secretary Of State's Office Minnesota Republicans won't have a primary for the open secretary of state's office. Former state Sen. John Howe of Red Wing pulled out of the race Thursday, clearing the way to the fall ballot for the GOP's endorsed candidate, Dan Severson. Howe lost at last weekend's state party convention but left open the possibility of pressing on to an August primary election against Severson, a former legislator who sought the office unsuccessfully in 2010.
Former Sen. Howe Declares For Secretary Of StateA former Republican legislator from Red Wing says he'll run secretary of state after the party's lone candidate dropped out. Former state Sen. John Howe entered the race Tuesday.