1) Republican candidates for governor are unified in disliking MNsure, but each candidate has taken a different tack in criticizing the exchange, the St. Cloud Times reports.
Former House Speaker Kurt Zellers said he’ll try to repeal MNsure, while former Rep. Marty Seifert has said he would take a more pragmatic approach in trying to change the health insurance exchange. Former businessman Scott Honour would remove MNsure from the books and transfer Minnesota onto the federal exchange. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, the party’s endorsee, would seek exceptions from the feds as well.
2) The National Football League had an extensive list of pricey confidential asks for the host city of a 2018 Superbowl, according to a document outlining the requests that the Star Tribune obtained.
Minneapolis city officials have said they don’t know what was included in the bid. The NFL and the team of high-profile Minnesota leaders that courted the event declined to share details of what it took to lure the questionably beneficial event to the city. Some requests included a free police presence, “clean zones” around the event and comped billboards.
3) Republicans in the Eighth Congressional District shrugged off a memo from state GOP Chair Keith Downey calling for Republican activists to support endorsed candidates and for party officials to resign their positions if they support party opponents in primary contests, Politics.mn reports.
According to the resolution: “Your letter aspires to deprive the party of the only consistent good that can come from a primary campaign and election—free market correction of frequent errors made by Minnesota’s imperfect endorsement process.”
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