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Obama Goes To Wisconsin In Bid To Oust Gov. Walker

President Barack Obama is making a rare appearance on the campaign trail to help the Democratic challenger to Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin’s hotly contested race. Obama was scheduled to campaign Tuesday evening with Democrat Mary Burke, a former Trek Bicycles executive and state commerce secretary who is running close against Walker.

10/27/2014

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Wis. Gov. Walker Outlines Abortion, Gay Marriage Positions

Republican Gov. Scott Walker hasn’t said much publicly about his positions on abortion or gay marriage, but he proudly trumpets his stances on both issues in a letter to a conservative group whose endorsement he wants. In the Sept. 5 letter to Wisconsin Family Action, Walker says he passed legislation that gives women seeking abortions more information and health protection and that he cut off state funding for abortion providers.

10/21/2014

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Gov. Mark Dayton, Jeff Johnson Answer 9 Questions

The Associated Press invited Gov. Mark Dayton and his GOP challenger, Republican Jeff Johnson, to respond to several questions ahead of next month’s election. Here are their verbatim answers.

10/17/2014

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Mike McFadden Pays To Rebroadcast Senate Debate

Republican Senate challenger Mike McFadden is turning a Minnesota Senate debate against Democratic incumbent Al Franken into an infomercial. McFadden’s campaign announced Friday it would pay to re-air their only one-on-one debate so far.

10/10/2014

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Reality Check: Minnesota Millionaires In Congress

Democrats are continuing their TV ad war against Republican 8th district Congressional candidate Stewart Mills, calling him an “out of touch millionaire.” But if he’s elected, Mills would join hundreds of other millionaires in Congress, including many from Minnesota.

10/03/2014

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Republicans Cry Foul On Health Plan Rate Increases

Minnesota Republicans are again accusing Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration of using shoddy math to show a lower increase in policy costs through the state’s health care exchange. State officials this week said plans on MNsure would rise by 4.5 percent on average for 2015. They got the figure by averaging each provider’s average increase or decrease.

10/03/2014

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Mine Plan Spurs Sharp Jabs In Governor Debate

A mining project under regulatory review has fueled a sharp exchange among Minnesota’s candidates for governor. At a debate Wednesday night, Republican challenger Jeff Johnson accused Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration of “slow-walking” a regulatory review of the PolyMet copper-nickel mine project in northeastern Minnesota.

10/01/2014

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GOP Says MNsure Rate Increase Deceptive

Minnesota Republicans say a 4.5 percent average rate increase for people buying insurance through the state health exchange is deceptive. State officials announced the increase on Wednesday, and said Minnesota will still have the lowest rates in the nation next year.

10/01/2014

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Submit Your Questions For WCCO’s Franken-McFadden Debate

WCCO is hosting a debate between U.S. Senate candidates Mike McFadden and the incumbent Sen. Al Franken on Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. We’re looking for your questions!

09/29/2014

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New Normal In 8th: Battleground District

In the chilly curling hall-turned-community center, hundreds of iron miners gathered on a September afternoon to celebrate five decades of feeding America’s thirst for steel. Some on walkers, some still wearing hardhats, they listened and cheered as a procession of speakers recounted stories of mining’s trials and victories through the years until one — state Rep. Jason Metsa — cleared his throat and stepped back to the microphone.

09/27/2014

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GOP Senators Probe Democrat’s Role At Nonprofit

State Senate Republicans are questioning a powerful Democrat’s involvement with a Minneapolis nonprofit that spent more than $800,000 in taxpayer dollars on trips and personal expenses. Minneapolis Sen. Jeff Hayden sat on the board of Community Action Minneapolis, which was found in an audit to have misused state grants to help low income people.

09/24/2014

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In NW Minnesota, Plucky Challenger For Peterson

The man Republicans are banking on to give longtime Rep. Collin Peterson a legitimate challenge in Minnesota’s massive 7th congressional district can’t see his constituents from across the room, but they can sure see him.

09/20/2014

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Jeff Johnson Switches Campaign Managers

There’s a change at the top of Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson’s campaign with six weeks to go in the race. Johnson announced Friday that he was switching campaign managers.

09/19/2014

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Johnson Makes MNsure Woes Central To Campaign

Republican Jeff Johnson moved Thursday to make health insurance problems a bigger part of his campaign against Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, saying Minnesota’s plan for complying with the Affordable Care Act is causing sticker shock as well as logistical headaches.

09/18/2014

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Bill Maher’s ‘Flip A District’ Targets Rep. John Kline

Bill Maher, host of the HBO series “Real Time with Bill Maher,” announced that Rep. John Kline (R-MN) of Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district is who he plans to target for his “Flip a District” campaign.

09/15/2014

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Reality Check: Jeff Johnson And The Tea Party

Independent Minnesota political groups are spending a fortune on television ads this campaign season. They’re branding GOP gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson as a “tea party Republican.” The ads are relentless, and ominous.

09/12/2014

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Wisconsin Shortfall Projected At $1.8 Billion

Wisconsin’s state budget will be nearly $1.8 billion in the red by mid-2017 based on a new estimate Monday, providing Democrats with more fodder to argue that Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans in control of the Legislature have mismanaged the state’s finances.

09/08/2014

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Key Moments Give Fuel To Minnesota Campaign Themes

Several upcoming events on the calendar could help energize campaigns for Minnesota governor and legislative offices. They’ll drive the messages voters will hear from candidates and their allies over the next two months.

09/01/2014

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Joe Perske On 6th District Odds: ‘People Want A Change’

The seat in Minnesota’s 6th congressional district is completely up for grabs, with Rep. Michele Bachmann opting not to run for re-election. While the District is heavily Republican, two years ago businessman and Democrat Jim Graves came within one percentage point of beating Bachmann.

08/31/2014

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Dayton, Johnson Get Big Public Money For Race

Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican challenger Jeff Johnson are getting big infusions of public money for their campaigns. Dayton received $534,000 in public subsidies in his bid for a second term, while Johnson took in about $389,000.

08/26/2014

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Reality Check: Ad Slams Franken’s Record Voting In Line With Obama

A new television ad from Minnesota Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden accuses Democratic Sen. Al Franken of voting almost 100 percent of the time with President Obama. The ad, with a humorous tone, ties Franken to Obama with a very Minnesotan insult: a Franken look-alike struggling to back his boat into the water.

08/25/2014

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High Court Tosses GOP Lawmaker Residency Dispute

Minnesota’s Supreme Court has dismissed a voter’s call to have Rep. Bob Barrett removed from the November ballot over his residency. Valerie Mondor had petitioned the court to toss Barrett from the election.

08/18/2014

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Johnson Set To Face Off Against Dayton In Gubernatorial Race

Republicans closed ranks Wednesday behind the winner of Tuesday’s primary election for governor. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson won a decisive primary victory over three opponents. He’ll face incumbent Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. Johnson promises a campaign of ideas, not smears.

08/13/2014

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Endorsements See-Saw In Republican Senate Primary

The two-man race to decide which Republican will challenge Sen. Al Franken has split the party’s former leaders. Businessman and political newcomer Mike McFadden has the backing of former Republican Sens. Norm Coleman and Rudy Boschwitz.

07/30/2014

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Residency Case Targets GOP Legislator

A residency dispute involving a Minnesota legislator has landed in court and could put a Republican-held seat in contention at a time when the party is fighting to wrest chamber control from Democrats.

07/28/2014

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