GOP Hopefuls Differ On How To Rein In State BudgetOn 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.
The Process Has Begun To Release Civilly-Committed Sex OffendersA federal court proceeding has cleared the way for what will likely be the release of one, and likely more, dangerous sex offenders. The offenders are civilly committed and housed at state facilities in Moose Lake and St. Peter.
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.
Zellers Says Gov. Dayton Mismanaged Sex Offender ProgramA leading Republican candidate for governor is calling for an investigation into how important documents were destroyed in the case of a high-profile sex offender. Thomas Duvall, 58, has a history of violent sexual crimes dating back to the 1970s.
Republican Shots At Dayton Shift With HeadlinesThe 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.
Cash Dash: Dayton Still Out Front In 2014 MoneyDemocratic 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.
Talking Points: Challenges Of Running In An August PrimaryRepublicans 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.
Reality Check: The Importance Of Endorsement In Governor’s RaceFour 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.
Gov. Dayton Accused Of ‘Pandering’ At Breakfast With School KidsRepublican candidates for governor Wednesday piled on Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton for "pandering" after he served breakfast to children.
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.
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.
Talking Points: Governor's Race Appears To Be Wide OpenWhile 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.
DFL Party's Face Voter Turnout ChallengeMinnesota 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.
Zellers Taps Former Rep. Simpson As His No. 2Republican 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.
Dayton's GOP Rivals Pan State Of State SpeechMinnesota 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.