Minnesota Senate Republicans Targeting Health Care In 2017Senate Republicans are putting a major emphasis on health care as they take control.
Republicans Have Faster Plan To Fix IDs For Domestic FlightsMinnesota Republicans are countering confusion about how to meet stronger federal standards for boarding airplanes with a faster plan. It's still unclear when the federal government will require new IDs for domestic flights but state officials say it could come later this year.
House Passes Bill Allowing 'Wage Freeze' For Workers With TipsLawmakers worked late into the night Monday to pass a bill that would keep some Minnesota workers from getting a pay raise this summer. Just before midnight Monday, the Republican-led House passed legislation that let employees pay a minimum wage of $8 an hour to workers who get more than $4 per hour in tips.
House Speaker Says Surplus Douses Dayton Gas-Tax ProposalMinnesota House Republicans are using news of a $1.87 billion budget surplus to douse Gov. Mark Dayton's call for increased gasoline taxes for road work. House Speaker Kurt Daudt reacted Friday to the forecast by saying his caucus would push for tax cuts and to apply some of the money to transportation projects. Daudt says the surplus shows Minnesota government is collecting too much and should lower rates.
Johnson Wins GOP Backing For GovernorHennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson has secured the endorsement of state Republican convention delegates in his bid for Minnesota governor. He notched the win Saturday on the fourth ballot. He outlasted state Sen. Dave Thompson and former state Rep. Marty Seifert. Thompson withdrew following a third ballot and threw his backing to Johnson. Seifert said he was headed to a primary regardless of the result.
GOP With McFadden For Senate, Johnson Has Gov Edge Minnesota Republicans shaped the top of a high-stakes election ticket Saturday, endorsing investment banker Mike McFadden for U.S. Senate and backing county commissioner Jeff Johnson for governor as the party tries to end Democratic political dominance in the state. McFadden's win spares him a hard primary fight and offers a clearer path to a November challenge to Democratic Sen. Al Franken. The race could help determine if U.S. Senate control flips from Democratic to Republican this fall.
Republicans Opt For McFadden As US Senate PickMinnesota Republicans shaped the top of a high-stakes election ticket Saturday, endorsing investment banker Mike McFadden for U.S. Senate and voting on a favorite for governor as the party tries to end Democratic political dominance in the state. McFadden's win spares him a hard primary fight and offers a clearer path to a November challenge to Democratic Sen. Al Franken. The race could help determine if U.S. Senate control flips from Democratic to Republican this fall.
Primary Ahead, GOP's Honour Names Running MateMinnesota Republican Scott Honour has filled out his ticket for governor with a state senator as the first-time candidate looks ahead to an August primary. Honour, a former investment company executive, named state Sen. Karin Housley of St. Mary's Point for the lieutenant governor slot. Honour says she brings legislative experience to his campaign but not so much she is considered engrained in government.
Republicans Vie At Convention To Be Franken's Foe After elaborate videos, sharp-toned speeches and even indoor fireworks, Minnesota Republicans are voting to back a candidate for U.S. Senate. Half a dozen candidates vied Friday for the GOP endorsement at the state convention, with the winner likely having to overcome an August primary challenge to face Democratic Sen. Al Franken in November.
Minnesota GOP Chooses Former Rep Downey As ChairMinnesota Republicans have elected former state representative Keith Downey as their new chairman.
Minnesota GOP Meets To Choose New ChairmanMinnesota Republicans are meeting to elect a new party chairman.
Minn. Republicans To Look Ahead After 2012 Losses After their party surrendered statehouse control last month, Minnesota Republicans leaders are gathering to assess how the party can rebound in time for a high-stakes 2014 campaign.