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Johnson Stakes Out Lead In GOP Governor Primary

Endorsed Republican Jeff Johnson has an early edge as votes are counted in the Republican primary for Minnesota governor. The Hennepin County commissioner was ahead as one-fifth of the vote was tabulated Tuesday. His closest competitor was former House Speaker Kurt Zellers followed by businessman Scott Honour and former House Minority Leader Marty Seifert.

08/12/2014

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Republicans Pick Johnson, McFadden For Top Offices

The voting is over and the counting has begun in Minnesota, where the top prizes in the primary were the Republican nominations to take on Democrats Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sen. Al Franken in November. Dayton and Franken had little-known Democratic challengers as each sought a second term. But four major Republican rivals jockeyed for the party’s nod to take on Dayton, with no sign of a clear front-runner. Businessman Mike McFadden was favored to challenge Franken in the fall.

08/12/2014

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A Quick Look At Minn. Primary Races

There’s close attention being paid to the Republican governor’s race. The four-way race is the most hotly contested primary in 20 years. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson has the official party endorsement, and on Tuesday night, we’ll see how much that matters.

08/12/2014

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Top Prize In Minnesota Primary: GOP Governor Nod

Minnesota Republicans were picking candidates for governor and Senate in primaries Tuesday to finalize nominations for a party trying to climb back into power after years of Democratic dominance.

08/12/2014

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Decision Day For Minnesota’s GOP Governor Hopefuls

Republicans hoping to deny Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton a second term first must settle on a nominee in a primary Tuesday without a runaway favorite. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson had the party’s endorsement that he hopes will pay off amid an expectedly light turnout.

08/12/2014

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5 Things To Know About Minnesota’s Primary

Minnesotans — at least a few of them, anyway — will take a short break from summer to tend to Tuesday’s primary election. Here are 5 things to know about the election

08/11/2014

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Primary Eve Brings Frenzied Final Push For Votes

The Republican candidates hoping to unseat Gov. Mark Dayton later this fall are in a last-minute scramble to lock up votes. The four major candidates worked cafe counters, manned phone banks and surfed talk radio Monday in a primary that has no breakaway favorite.

08/11/2014

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Podcast Page: 8-7-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Miss something from Thursday’s show? Click the link above to listen back to highlights from the show on Dave’s Podcast Page.

08/07/2014

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5 Candidates For Governor Woo Farmers At FarmFest

Five Minnesota candidates for governor have gathered at the annual FarmFest trade show, where they say they’d help farmers by promoting trade and easing environmental regulations. The candidates Tuesday included four Republicans who square off in a primary next week.

08/05/2014

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Honour: Freeze Minimum Wage, Cut Minnesota Taxes

Four days after Minnesota’s minimum wage rose to $8 an hour, a top Republican candidate for Minnesota governor proposed freezing the wage at its current level, and abolishing future automatic increases.

08/04/2014

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Talking Points: Aug. 12 Primary Elections In Minnesota

You may not be thinking politics right now, but in just eight days Minnesota votes will go the polls to cast ballots in the Aug. 12 primary. Turnout is expected to be very low and that has candidates scrambling for support.

08/03/2014

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GOP Gov. Debate Turns On Ideal Vs. Practical

The candidates pursuing the Republican nomination for Minnesota governor are divided over whose vision for the state would be achievable while presiding over a government split between parties. The notion of what is ideal versus what is practical to promise voters was an undercurrent of Wednesday’s four-way debate on Minnesota Public Radio.

07/30/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 7-24-14

Click the link above to listen back to some highlights from Thursday’s show!

07/24/2014

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Zellers Inks Tax Pledge In Minnesota Governor Race

Republican candidate Kurt Zellers said Wednesday he had signed a conservative group’s pledge that rules out any net tax increases and most new fees as budget options if he becomes Minnesota governor, a position he reinforces in a television ad ahead of next month’s wide-open GOP primary.

07/23/2014

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GOP Hopefuls Differ On How To Rein In State Budget

On its current trajectory, Minnesota’s next two-year state budget will top the $40 billion mark. The Republicans seeking to defeat Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton say they would slam the brakes on spending if they’re put in charge.

07/19/2014

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