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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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Johnson Stakes Out Lead In GOP Governor Primary

Endorsed Republican Jeff Johnson has an early edge as votes are counted in the Republican primary for Minnesota governor. The Hennepin County commissioner was ahead as one-fifth of the vote was tabulated Tuesday. His closest competitor was former House Speaker Kurt Zellers followed by businessman Scott Honour and former House Minority Leader Marty Seifert.

08/12/2014

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Republicans Pick Johnson, McFadden For Top Offices

The voting is over and the counting has begun in Minnesota, where the top prizes in the primary were the Republican nominations to take on Democrats Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sen. Al Franken in November. Dayton and Franken had little-known Democratic challengers as each sought a second term. But four major Republican rivals jockeyed for the party’s nod to take on Dayton, with no sign of a clear front-runner. Businessman Mike McFadden was favored to challenge Franken in the fall.

08/12/2014

Voter Turnout

A Quick Look At Minn. Primary Races

There’s close attention being paid to the Republican governor’s race. The four-way race is the most hotly contested primary in 20 years. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson has the official party endorsement, and on Tuesday night, we’ll see how much that matters.

08/12/2014

Governor's Race Candidates

Top Prize In Minnesota Primary: GOP Governor Nod

Minnesota Republicans were picking candidates for governor and Senate in primaries Tuesday to finalize nominations for a party trying to climb back into power after years of Democratic dominance.

08/12/2014

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Decision Day For Minnesota’s GOP Governor Hopefuls

Republicans hoping to deny Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton a second term first must settle on a nominee in a primary Tuesday without a runaway favorite. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson had the party’s endorsement that he hopes will pay off amid an expectedly light turnout.

08/12/2014

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5 Things To Know About Minnesota’s Primary

Minnesotans — at least a few of them, anyway — will take a short break from summer to tend to Tuesday’s primary election. Here are 5 things to know about the election

08/11/2014

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Primary Eve Brings Frenzied Final Push For Votes

The Republican candidates hoping to unseat Gov. Mark Dayton later this fall are in a last-minute scramble to lock up votes. The four major candidates worked cafe counters, manned phone banks and surfed talk radio Monday in a primary that has no breakaway favorite.

08/11/2014

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Podcast Page: 8-7-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Miss something from Thursday’s show? Click the link above to listen back to highlights from the show on Dave’s Podcast Page.

08/07/2014

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5 Candidates For Governor Woo Farmers At FarmFest

Five Minnesota candidates for governor have gathered at the annual FarmFest trade show, where they say they’d help farmers by promoting trade and easing environmental regulations. The candidates Tuesday included four Republicans who square off in a primary next week.

08/05/2014

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Honour: Freeze Minimum Wage, Cut Minnesota Taxes

Four days after Minnesota’s minimum wage rose to $8 an hour, a top Republican candidate for Minnesota governor proposed freezing the wage at its current level, and abolishing future automatic increases.

08/04/2014

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Talking Points: Aug. 12 Primary Elections In Minnesota

You may not be thinking politics right now, but in just eight days Minnesota votes will go the polls to cast ballots in the Aug. 12 primary. Turnout is expected to be very low and that has candidates scrambling for support.

08/03/2014

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GOP Gov. Debate Turns On Ideal Vs. Practical

The candidates pursuing the Republican nomination for Minnesota governor are divided over whose vision for the state would be achievable while presiding over a government split between parties. The notion of what is ideal versus what is practical to promise voters was an undercurrent of Wednesday’s four-way debate on Minnesota Public Radio.

07/30/2014

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GOP Hopefuls Differ On How To Rein In State Budget

On its current trajectory, Minnesota’s next two-year state budget will top the $40 billion mark. The Republicans seeking to defeat Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton say they would slam the brakes on spending if they’re put in charge.

07/19/2014

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Minnesota Governor’s Race Eases Into TV Ad Phase

Republican candidate Scott Honour has put up a round of television ads ahead of next month’s primary election to determine his party’s nominee for governor. Honour adviser Pat Shortridge says the ads are airing statewide on cable television, specifically the Fox News Channel.

07/16/2014

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Republican Shots At Dayton Shift With Headlines

The Republicans running for Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s job are employing new lines of criticism against the incumbent each day as they attempt to elevate their own standing ahead of the August primary that will determine his fall foe.

06/18/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 6-18-14

Miss something from today? Click the link above to go to Dave’s PODCAST PAGE.

06/18/2014

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Cash Dash: Dayton Still Out Front In 2014 Money

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton is proving an advantage of incumbency with a sizable cash-on-hand edge over the Minnesota Republicans looking to topple him. Dayton entered June with more than $753,000 in the bank, according to finance reports made public Tuesday.

06/17/2014

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Talking Points: Challenges Of Running In An August Primary

Republicans may have already had their nominating convention, but four candidates remain in the race for Minnesota Governor. The four will face off in an Aug. 12 primary that is expected to have a turnout of only 10 percent of eligible voters.

06/08/2014

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Reality Check: The Importance Of Endorsement In Governor’s Race

Four of the last five Minnesota governors ran for office without the endorsement of the major Republican or Democratic parties. Including Mark Dayton In 2010, the Democrats partied inside their convention, and banned Mark Dayton from going inside.

06/07/2014

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Gov. Dayton Accused Of ‘Pandering’ At Breakfast With School Kids

Republican candidates for governor Wednesday piled on Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton for “pandering” after he served breakfast to children.

06/04/2014

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Republicans Seek To Differentiate Themselves Ahead Of Primary

Four Republicans say they will run in the August primary for Minnesota governor. That’s after the GOP convention last weekend endorsed Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson for governor, and Mike McFadden for the U.S. Senate.

06/02/2014

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10-Week Scramble Opens For GOP Governor Nomination

A scramble began Monday among four Republicans angling to be Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s fall opponent as the GOP headed for its first competitive gubernatorial primary in two decades. Party leaders are hopeful the 10-week race doesn’t turn nasty and hobble the eventual nominee. What the voter pool looks like come August is anyone’s guess.

06/02/2014

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Talking Points: Governor’s Race Appears To Be Wide Open

While Mike McFadden may face very limited opposition in an August primary, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson will face three other Republicans in what promises to be a hotly contested primary in August.

06/01/2014

DFL

DFL Party’s Face Voter Turnout Challenge

Minnesota Democrats face a major challenge as they seek to keep Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sen. Al Franken in office — getting their supporters to show up at the polls. Republicans face the challenges of uniting the party after a fractured state convention and a potentially divisive primary campaign ahead.

06/01/2014

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