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4 Presidential Candidates Speak At Mpls. DNC Conference

Minneapolis was center stage Friday for the Democrats in the 2016 presidential race. The Democratic National Committee is holding its summer meeting downtown, where Hillary Clinton was mobbed by supporters.

14 hours ago

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Potential Biden Candidacy Causing A Stir Ahead Of Minneapolis DNC Meeting

This weekend, top Democrats are in Minneapolis for the Democratic National Convention’s summer meeting. Most notably absent is possible candidate Joe Biden. DNC members say so far there’s little political infighting.

23 hours ago

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Hillary Clinton Fundraising In Minneapolis Monday

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is in Minneapolis Monday night. It’s her first Minnesota visit since she declared her candidacy for 2016 last spring.

06/22/2015

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Keith Downey Re-Elected As Minnesota GOP Chairman

Downey received 68 percent of the vote at the party’s State Central Committee meeting in Bloomington on Saturday, turning back challenges from Neil Lynch and Bill Jungbauer.

04/11/2015

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MN GOP Rolls Out Surplus Refund Ad Campaign

A new state Republican Party television ad is advocating a full return of Minnesota’s $1.87 billion projected surplus to taxpayers, which is more than majority House Republicans have embraced. Party Chairman Keith Downey framed the “give it all back” rallying cry as a starting point.

03/10/2015

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Minnesota GOP To Pay $26K Fine Over Fed Reporting Issue

The Republican Party of Minnesota has agreed to pay a $26,000 fine to settle federal campaign finance reporting violations. The Federal Election Commission accepted the agreement earlier this month. According to the FEC, former Minnesota GOP chairman Tony Sutton would keep some invoices in his office.

01/29/2015

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Downey Seeks Re-Election As Minnesota GOP Chairman

Keith Downey says he plans to run for re-election as chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota.

01/09/2015

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County GOP Official Resigns After Muslim Remarks

The Republican party county chair who came under fire for comments about Muslims on his Facebook page has resigned. Big Stone County GOP Chair Jack Whitley called Muslims “parasites” and wrote “FRAG ‘EM!” when they travel to Mecca, slang for a fragmentation hand grenade. Those comments were condemned by Muslim community leaders and GOP party Chairman Keith Downey.

11/28/2014

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Minn. Democrats Hope A Visit From Clinton Will Help Poll Numbers

Upbeat music played while Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered an upbeat message to a crowd of 2,000 at St. Paul’s Macalester College Thursday. “I’m still feeling that grandmother glow,” Clinton said. The new grandma touted Minnesota’s economic recovery as a model for all states.

10/23/2014

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08/12/2014

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05/30/2014

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GOP Convention Won’t Decide Some Election Nominees

For Minnesota Republicans, this weekend’s convention in Rochester won’t deliver a typical knockout punch to all of the candidates who fail to get the endorsement of the party faithful.

05/29/2014

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GOP’s Nguyen Drops Secretary Of State Run

The only Republican formally running for Minnesota Secretary of State abruptly halted his campaign on Monday.

03/10/2014

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Minn. Party Chiefs Tout Precinct Caucuses

The chairmen of Minnesota’s three major political parties are making a rare joint appearance at the Capitol. The DFL’s Ken Martin, Republican chairman Keith Downey and Mark Jenkins of the Independence Party are setting aside differences Tuesday to encourage participation in upcoming precinct caucuses. The Feb. 4 caucuses are the start of a political process that culminates in November.

01/27/2014

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Downey Expects Republicans To Keep Spot In 6th District

The first real high profile entrance in the Republican race to retain the vital 6th Congressional District is anticipated Wednesday as former legislator Tom Emmer is expected to throw his hat into the ring. Even if Jim Graves had stayed in the contest, Republican Party Chairman Keith Downey said he had and has every confidence that the GOP will retain the 6th district.

06/05/2013

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Minnesota GOP Chooses Former Rep Downey As Chair

Minnesota Republicans have elected former state representative Keith Downey as their new chairman.

04/06/2013

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Ex-State Lawmaker To Vie For Top Minn. GOP Post

A former state representative says he wants to be the next head of the Minnesota Republican Party.

01/09/2013

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Ex-State Lawmaker To Vie For Top Minnesota GOP Post

A former state representative says he wants to be the next head of the Minnesota Republican Party. Edina’s Keith Downey told fellow Republicans on Wednesday that he’ll vie for the party chairmanship in early April.

01/09/2013

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Public Employees Give Lawmaker Earful Over Budget

Constituents had plenty to say about the state’s budget impasse during a town hall meeting in St. Paul.

06/02/2011

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Minn. Bill Puts State Agencies On Chopping Block

A Minnesota legislator who is pushing a bill to slim the state work force has another proposal to get rid of many cabinet-level departments all together.

03/10/2011

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Minn. Bill To Bring Investors Into Social Services

A plan to revamp state government by getting investors to fund social service programs is drawing bipartisan support at the Capitol.

03/07/2011

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Panel Hears Bill To Cut Minn. State Payroll

Legislation ordering a 15 percent cut in Minnesota government work force costs is getting an airing in a state House committee.

01/19/2011