A scramble began Monday among four Republicans angling to be Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s fall opponent as the GOP headed for its first competitive gubernatorial primary in two decades. Party leaders are hopeful the 10-week race doesn’t turn nasty and hobble the eventual nominee. What the voter pool looks like come August is anyone’s guess.
While Mike McFadden may face very limited opposition in an August primary, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson will face three other Republicans in what promises to be a hotly contested primary in August.
Minnesota Democrats face a major challenge as they seek to keep Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sen. Al Franken in office — getting their supporters to show up at the polls. Republicans face the challenges of uniting the party after a fractured state convention and a potentially divisive primary campaign ahead.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Kurt Zellers has looked inside his own campaign for a running mate with the selection of former state Rep. Dean Simpson. The announcement Thursday is the latest pairing involving a current or former House member.
Minnesota Republicans trying to oust Gov. Mark Dayton from office are giving negative reviews to the final State of the State speech of the Democrat’s term. Reaction from the field of challengers was sharp and swift Wednesday night.
Top Democrats in the State House Friday approved a scaled-back version of a major new office building next to the Capitol, dedicated to the Minnesota Senate. The building’s original design had a soaring glass front, with a fitness center and reflecting pool. The scaled back version is slightly more modest, but no less controversial.
Republican gubernatorial contender Kurt Zellers needs to update his campaign biography: He’s now a father of three.
Republican Kurt Zellers, a former House speaker now running for governor, will not run for another term in the House. Zellers announced his decision Monday. He has represented the Twin Cities suburbs of Maple Grove and Osseo in the state House since 2003. Last year, Zellers launched a bid to challenge Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton this November. He’s one among a crowded field of Republicans seeking to unseat Dayton, and Zellers’ plan to run in August’s Republican primary would have complicated a simultaneous state House re-election bid.
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.
The three-judge panel decided on Friday to hold a special hearing in February to determine whether 58-year-old convicted rapist Thomas Duvall should be released from sex offender treatment.
It’s not an election year, but that hasn’t made Farmfest any less of a draw for politicians tending to ties with Minnesota’s agriculture community. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton was paying his visit Thursday to the giant farming exhibition in southern Minnesota.
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.
DFL Chairman Ken Martin predicts voters won’t respond favorably to news that Former Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers plans to run for governor next year.
Former Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers is joining the race for governor, saying he would bring a middle-class family man’s sensibility to the job.
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.
The Minnesota legislature has passed and sent to the Governor a bill for emergency aid in Northeastern Minnesota, including Duluth. The freak summer storm blew out roads and bridges, and buried hundreds of Duluth homes in flood water.
The Republican-controlled Minnesota House has adjourned without taking action against a Democratic member involved in a rest-stop sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy.
Two days after embattled House Democrat Kerry Gauthier was admitted to St Luke’s Hospital on Wednesday for unknown reasons, top House Republican and the Republican Chairman of the Public Safety Committee on which Gauthier is a member says the Duluth Representative should be removed.
Minnesota’s current longest-serving House Republican lost to a tea party challenger in Tuesday’s primary as voters in 44 legislative primaries picked candidates for a big November fight to control the Minnesota Legislature. But a GOP Senate leader easily turned back a conservative primary foe.
The head of the Minnesota Republican Party called him “exactly the kind of career politician that has plagued politics for far too long” and accused “union bosses” of trying to buy his election.
Gov. Mark Dayton says he plans to visit Moose Lake, Carlton and other flooded cities in northeastern Minnesota next week as state leaders look toward providing flood relief.
Republican legislative leaders are intervening in a lawsuit to try to keep a proposed photo ID requirement for voters on November’s ballot.
Minnesota lawmakers quickly bolted for home after spending almost four months sparring over thousands of bills they introduced, debated and mostly shelved.