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Dayton Says He Will Be ‘Unbound’ In 2nd Term

Minnesota voters gave Gov. Dayton a solid re-election victory. But unlike the last two years of Democratic dominance, Dayton’s fresh reality is a new Republican majority in the Minnesota House. “I’m proud to say that Democrats’ total control of state government in Minnesota is over,” said Rep. Kurt Daudt, the House minority leader. Exuberant Republicans will take back the House they lost just two years ago. That’s when they battled Gov. Dayton to a budget standoff, and a 17-day government shutdown — the longest in U.S. history.

11/05/2014

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Dorset’s Mayor Bobby Tufts’ Term Has Come To An End

He’s possibly the most adorable city leader in the state, but Mayor Bobby Tufts is now out of office. We first introduced you to the pre-school-aged mayor during last year’s fishing opener.

08/03/2014

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DFL Endorses Dayton For Re-Election As Governor

Minnesota Democrats have endorsed Gov. Mark Dayton for re-election to a second term. Delegates to the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s state convention in Duluth gave Dayton a strong voice vote of confidence on Saturday, He was unopposed.

05/31/2014

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Talking Points: Will Gov. Dayton’s Health Be An Issue For Re-Election?

By this time next week, we will know who the Minnesota Republican party will nominate to run against Sen. Al Franken and Gov. Mark Dayton.

05/25/2014

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Franken Buys 2nd TV Ad In Re-Election Campaign

Sen. Al Franken has released another television ad in his re-election campaign. The 60-second ad begins airing statewide Wednesday. It features a woman from Ham Lake who was infected with meningitis blamed on a steroid produced by the New England Compounding Center.

05/21/2014

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Franken Buys TV Time For His Re-Election Bid

U.S. Sen. Al Franken hits the airwaves with the first TV ad of his re-election campaign. Franken’s 30-second spot begins running statewide Tuesday. It promotes Franken’s efforts to help train workers for skilled jobs.

05/06/2014

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Millions Pumping Through Minn. Campaign Stream

Millions of campaign dollars already are coursing through the Minnesota campaign system, which should leave no shortage of biting commercials on television and brochures in mailboxes attempting to sway voters.

04/15/2014

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Seeking Re-Election, Dayton Has $733K At The Ready

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s re-election campaign is off to a measured fundraising pace for the year, taking in about $189,000 from January through March.

04/14/2014

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Franken Ups His Campaign Bank Balance To $5.9M

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken has nearly $6 million in reserve as his re-election bid heads deeper into campaign season. Franken’s campaign released totals Friday for the first three months of 2014. The first-term Democrat reported raising $2.72 million, leaving him with $5.9 million in cash on hand as of April 1.

04/11/2014

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03/18/2014

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Peterson Says He’ll Seek 13th Term In Congress

Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson said Monday he’ll seek a 13th term representing a western Minnesota congressional district. Peterson revealed his plans in an interview with KFGO-AM ahead of a news conference in Moorhead.

03/17/2014

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Biden Touts Health Care Coverage In Minn. Visit

Vice President Joe Biden is visiting a Minneapolis coffee shop, where he met with a handful of women who got insurance under the federal health care law.

02/19/2014

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VP Biden Headed To Minn. For Democratic Fundraiser

Vice President Joe Biden is headed to Minnesota for a fundraiser for the national Democratic Party. Biden is due at a Democratic National Committee event in Minneapolis on Feb. 19, a DNC official said Wednesday. The White House also confirmed that Biden would be in Minnesota that day. The fundraising trip was first reported by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. An invitation obtained by the newspaper seeks contributions of up to $32,400. The fundraiser is being held at the Minneapolis restaurant owned by Gov. Mark Dayton’s sons.

02/05/2014

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Franken Posts Another Strong Fundraising Quarter

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken reports raising $2.1 million in the final three months of last year, and now has $4.8 million in the bank for his upcoming re-election campaign.

01/13/2014

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Mark Dayton, So Used To Moving On, Seeks To Stay

Democrat Mark Dayton overcame a Republican electoral tide to narrowly win the Minnesota governor’s office in 2010. He doesn’t expect any easier time when defending his job this fall.

01/05/2014

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St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman Celebrating Re-Election

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman celebrated re-election Tuesday night after winning nearly 80 percent of the vote. With all 97 precincts reporting, Coleman held 78 percent of first-choice votes.

11/05/2013

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Group Works To Protect Gay-Marriage Supporting Lawmakers

A Minnesota group that formed to defeat a gay marriage ban, and successfully lobby for legalizing same-sex marriage, is taking another political step today: Defending lawmakers who voted yes on gay marriage.

06/13/2013

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Secretary Of State Ritchie Not Seeking Re-Election

Mark Ritchie, the Minnesota secretary of state and elections chief who steered the state through contentious back-to-back recounts including U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s slim victory over Republican Norm Coleman, said Tuesday that he will not run for a third term next year.

06/04/2013

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Rep. Bachmann Says She Won’t Run For Re-Election

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, a tea party favorite, said Wednesday she will not run for another term in the U.S. House and said her decision had nothing to do with ongoing investigations over finances related to her unsuccessful run for the Republican presidential nomination.

05/29/2013

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A Sampling Of Provocative Rep. Bachmann Statements

Here is a sampling of memorable statements made by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, who announced Wednesday she wouldn’t seek a fifth term in Congress.

05/29/2013

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Michele Bachmann’s Message Not to Run for Re-election

Michele Bachmann addresses a You Tube audience with her reasons why she will not be running for re-election.

05/29/2013

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Dayton Announces Re-Election Bid, Strikes Back At Attack Ads

Governor Dayton’s call to arms comes after a business group started running television ads that his claims contains “smears” and “lies.”

04/12/2013

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Coleman Wants 3rd Term As St. Paul Mayor

St. Paul’s mayor is going after a third term. Democrat Chris Coleman announced Wednesday that he will ask voters this November to give him four more years to lead the capital city.

04/03/2013

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GOP Rep. Paul Ryan Re-Elected In Southeast Wis.

Republican Rep. Paul Ryan has won re-election in Wisconsin, meaning he’ll have a job to fall back on if he and presidential candidate Mitt Romney don’t win the White House.

11/06/2012

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Bachmann Faces Re-election Challenges

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann’s tendency to cause a ruckus on Capitol Hill made her a tea party sensation. Her bulging campaign treasury and conservative district make her a clear favorite to win a fourth House term on Election Day, despite her Democratic rival’s attempts to turn her won’t-budge philosophy into a liability.

10/18/2012

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