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Johnson Brands Dayton As ‘Unaware’ In New Ad

Republican challenger Jeff Johnson is stepping up his criticism of Gov. Mark Dayton with a new ad painting the Democrat as an uninvolved leader.

10/09/2014

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3 Minnesota Governor Candidates Meet In Moorhead

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican challenger Jeff Johnson picked up the intensity in a debate Wednesday before a northwestern Minnesota crowd, arguing about taxes, an oil pipeline and economic growth. Independence Party candidate Hannah Nicollet also took part in the 90-minute event — the second of five scheduled debates.

10/08/2014

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McFadden Releases Plan For Legislative Action

Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden is making several promises for legislative action if he defeats Sen. Al Franken. McFadden vows to help write a balanced budget amendment — and a bill that would halt lawmaker pay if Congress doesn’t pass a budget — within his first 100 days in office.

10/08/2014

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Franken More Flush Than McFadden For Final Month

With less than a month before Election Day, Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden has less than $1 million banked to oust Sen. Al Franken. McFadden’s campaign says he raised more than $2 million in the three-month period ending in September. The total announced Tuesday is his largest during a fundraising quarter.

10/07/2014

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In First Term, Franken Makes Tech His Niche

Patting his notes for emphasis, Sen. Al Franken made an impassioned case: The Internet needs to be free for all, he said, not customized so that big corporations can optimize it.

10/04/2014

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Educators Get Differing Ideas From Dayton, Johnson

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton pledged Friday to carry on his “no excuses, no exceptions” promise to boost public school funding each year if re-elected this fall. His Republican challenger Jeff Johnson told school leaders they can expect more flexibility with state dollars if he wins.

10/03/2014

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Vikings-Packers Game Big Deal To Minn. Political Campaigns

The Thursday night NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers is so big it even affects political strategy.

10/02/2014

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Reality Check: NRCC Ad Against 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan

Minnesota 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan is the target of a barrage of Republican advertising with a tough, emotional edge. The ads from the Republican Congressional Committee make the claim that the Democratic Congressman is soft on terrorists.

09/30/2014

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Reality Check: The Stewart Mills Attack Ads

National Democrats are spending more than a $1 million on television campaign ads taunting Republican congressional candidate Stewart Mills. It’s a signal that Democrats take first-time candidate Mills seriously in northern Minnesota’s Eighth District race against incumbent Congressman Rick Nolan.

09/24/2014

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In Money Chase, Minnesota Dems Keep Upper Hand

Minnesota Democrats have the financial upper hand in an election campaign where the party is seeking to maintain a firm grip on state government power, according to fundraising reports made public Wednesday.

09/24/2014

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Once-Exiled Republican Horner Backs GOP’s Johnson

Republican nominee Jeff Johnson’s hopes of uniting his party base in the race for Minnesota governor have gotten a boost with an endorsement from someone chastised for running as an independent four years ago.

09/09/2014

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Talking Points: 6th District Congressional Candidate Tom Emmer

She is one of the nation’s most controversial members of Congress and in just a few months Rep. Michele Bachmann will be leaving office. While Bachmann has not said what she will do next, last Tuesdays primary gave us her likely successor.

08/17/2014

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Voter Drops Challenge Of GOP Lawmaker’s Residency

A voter has withdrawn her challenge of a Republican lawmaker’s residency, one day after a judge said there wasn’t enough evidence to toss the lawmaker from November’s ballot.

08/15/2014

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Judge: Not Enough Proof To Boot GOPer From Ballot

A court referee said Thursday there’s not enough evidence to toss Republican state Rep. Bob Barrett from the November ballot over a residency dispute. A voter connected to the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party petitioned the Supreme Court to have Barrett disqualified, submitting photos of his empty home and affidavits from neighbors as evidence he actually lives outside his central Minnesota district, but Barrett contended he does.

08/14/2014

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Hagedorn Upsets Endorsed Miller In 1st District

Republican Jim Hagedorn has pulled off an upset in his party’s 1st District primary for Congress. Hagedorn beat endorsed candidate Aaron Miller in Tuesday’s primary.

08/13/2014

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Johnson Emerges To Take GOP Governor Primary

Hennepin County commissioner Jeff Johnson has captured the Republican nomination for Minnesota governor over three major rivals.

08/12/2014

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Emmer Takes 6th District GOP Primary

Tom Emmer has won the Republican nomination for the U.S. House seat vacated by retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann. Emmer defeated Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah Tuesday to capture the GOP’s nod in the 6th District. It’s a political resurrection for Emmer, who lost the 2010 governor’s race to Democrat Mark Dayton in a recount.

08/12/2014

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Loon Turns Back Challenge Over Gay Marriage

State Rep. Jenifer Loon, the second-ranking Republican in the Minnesota House, has survived a primary challenge brought on by her vote in favor of gay marriage.

08/12/2014

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McFadden Aiming To Unseat Sen. Al Franken

During his weekly radio address to the nation, President Obama explained more about the operations he authorized in Iraq. The Republican Response was given by U.S. Senate candidate from Minnesota, Mike McFadden.

08/10/2014

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Seifert Eyes Budget Reserve For Possible Road Aid

Republican candidate for governor Marty Seifert says lawmakers should consider tapping the state’s rainy-day budget reserve for a road-construction infusion. Seifert said Friday that pulling from the reserve would be one option he’d use to address a backlog of road and bridge needs. He’s opposed to raising new revenue through taxes and fees.

08/08/2014

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Dayton: 6 Minnesota Governor Debates Sufficient

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says gubernatorial debates should focus on other candidates until voters in next week’s primary choose a Republican to run against him. The Democratic incumbent spoke about the race Thursday during his annual appearance at the FarmFest trade show.

08/08/2014

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Johnson: Senate Office Building An Example Of ‘Dayton Administration’

A leading Republican candidate for governor says he would try to stop construction of a controversial Senate office building project near the Capitol if elected.

08/07/2014

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McFadden To Deliver GOP’s Weekly Address

Minnesota Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden will deliver the GOP’s weekly rebuttal to President Obama. The party’s radio address is generally delivered by sitting lawmakers or governors, although some candidates have given it before. The choice of McFadden — even before Tuesday’s election to settle the GOP nominee to challenge Democratic Sen. Al Franken — underlines his support in the national establishment.

08/07/2014

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Johnson Draws Fire As GOP’s Governor Primary Nears

Jeff Johnson has become the punching bag in the Minnesota Republican primary for governor — and he’s just fine with that. The Hennepin County commissioner is increasingly catching flak from three competitors. Johnson takes it as a sign he’s out front in a race that has gone months without a clear favorite. Tuesday’s primary winner will face Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton in November’s election.

08/07/2014

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GOP Governor Hopeful: No Senators In New Building

One Republican candidate for Minnesota governor says he’d try to keep senators out of a new state building planned for senators.

08/07/2014

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