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Johnson Wins GOP Backing For Governor

Hennepin 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.

05/31/2014

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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.

05/31/2014

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3 GOP Governor Candidates Tight In Convention Vote

Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson has staked out an early lead as Republicans vote to endorse a candidate for Minnesota governor. After two ballots, he had a nine-point advantage over state Sen. Dave Thompson and former state Rep. Marty Seifert. Those two were practically tied. But all three were far from the 60 percent required for endorsement.

05/31/2014

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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.

05/30/2014

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Republicans Vie At Convention To Be Franken’s Foe

The Republican chase to be Minnesota Sen. Al Franken’s fall challenger is reaching a crucial point in Rochester. Delegates to the state GOP convention will vote to endorse a candidate.

05/30/2014

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GOP Convention Won’t Decide Some Election Nominees

For Minnesota Republicans, this weekend’s convention in Rochester won’t deliver a typical knockout punch to all of the candidates who fail to get the endorsement of the party faithful.

05/29/2014

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Zellers Taps Former Rep. Simpson As His No. 2

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.

05/22/2014

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In Minn., A Short & Productive 2014 Legislative Session

Minnesota lawmakers are gone from the Capitol after ending the 2014 session on Friday night. It was an unusually short and productive session. Included on the completed list is the bill to legalize medical marijuana, which became among the most publicly visible — and contentious — issues of the year.

05/19/2014

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Minn. Lawmakers In Rare Agreement On 2nd Round Of Tax Cuts

There was something a little different going on at the State Capitol Tuesday: A major bill that everyone appears to agree on. It means a second round of tax cuts could be heading your way. State lawmakers already passed income tax relief on the way to hundreds of thousands of middle income Minnesotans. Now, homeowners and renters are getting a break.

05/13/2014

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Dayton’s GOP Rivals Pan State Of State Speech

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.

04/30/2014

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Math For Public Works Borrowing Bill Proves Tough

Political calculations are complicating consideration of a public works financing package. It’s a marquee bill being closely watched from water-starved Worthington to the campgrounds-in-waiting at the new Lake Vermilion State Park.

04/29/2014

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Abeler Says He Won’t Seek Re-Election To House

Anoka Republican Jim Abeler says he won’t seek re-election to his House seat as he focuses on running for U.S. Senate. Abeler, 59, a chiropractor by trade, is among several Republicans seeking to unseat Democratic Sen. Al Franken.

04/22/2014

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Bachmann Backs Emmer To Succeed Her In Congress

Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann is formally backing GOP candidate Tom Emmer to succeed her in Congress as an expected primary awaits that Minnesota race. Bachmann and other Republican officials stood with Emmer at a Tuesday news conference.

04/15/2014

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It Might Be Easter Break, But Lawmakers Are Readying For Elections

Lawmakers entered a 10-day Easter/Passover break on Friday. Next week, House Democrats will hit the road to talk about what they’ve done so far, and Republicans will be sharpening their election year message.

04/11/2014

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04/01/2014

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