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.”
Government dysfunction aside, landing or keeping a job in the Washington power structure can be a pricey endeavor. Candidates for the U.S. House and Senate demonstrated that again Tuesday with fundraising reports showing the collective millions they’ve raised and spent to seek elected office. The reports cover activity from July through September, seed money most will need to remain competitive by the time next fall’s elections roll around.
A Republican commissioner from northern Minnesota’s St. Louis County is officially launching his bid to be the GOP’s candidate for U.S. Senate. Chris Dahlberg of Duluth launches his campaign Thursday on the front porch of a home in the Twin Cities suburb of New Brighton.
On Monday, Governor Mark Dayton signed an emergency bill into law, sending disaster aid to Minnesota counties hit hard by a week of severe summer storms in June. Eighteen Minnesota counties – including the largest, Hennepin County – were hit by high winds, torrential rains and widespread flooding during the five days of storms. Damage was heavy in the southeastern part of the state, where lawmakers – including Republican Rep. Greg Davids of Preston – thanked Minnesotans for their help.
State Sen. Julianne Ortman is running to be the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Al Franken next year.
Republican state Sen. Julianne Ortman says she is “seriously considering” a challenge to Sen. Al Franken next year. Ortman tells The Associated Press on Monday that it’s a tough decision she’ll make after discussions with her family and political advisors in the coming weeks. The state senator from Chanhassen has been discussed as a possible candidate but she had not publicly addressed the speculation until Monday.
The number of tickets that are actually available for purchase by the general public for major concerts like Beyonce or Kenny Chesney will remain a mystery in Minnesota.
The No. 2 Republican in the Minnesota Senate has made it past a conservative rival in a Republican primary in the southwestern Twin Cities suburbs.
In football terms, you could call it ‘fourth and long’ when it comes to lawmakers approving a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.
Michael Brodkorb once was the bane of Minnesota Democrats, a savvy and aggressive operative whose scorched-earth approach to politics — showcased on a blog called “Minnesota Democrats Exposed!” — fueled his rise to dual roles as deputy chairman of the state GOP and chief spokesman for Senate Republicans.
A leading Senate Republican says she expects the full Senate to reject Gov. Mark Dayton’s choice to lead the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.
Republican state Sen. Julianne Ortman will serve as deputy leader of the Minnesota Senate. New Majority Leader Dave Senjem announced Tuesday that he picked Ortman as his second-in-command.
The contest among state Senate Republicans to replace fallen majority leader Amy Koch is happening behind closed doors at the State Capitol, with most of the leading candidates not willing to publicly announce their intentions as of Thursday even as next week’s election approaches.
The Minnesota Senate will hold two hearings on proposals for the state to help build a new Minnesota Vikings stadium, as Gov. Mark Dayton meets with backers of possible sites.
A key Republican lawmaker wants voters to curb lawmakers’ spending by amending the Minnesota constitution.