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Dec 30, 2013

The Capitol Note: MNsure board to hold final pre-launch meeting

The MNsure Board will hold a final pre-launch meeting, which is scheduled to include a progress update from interim CEO Scott Leitz.

Sep 18, 2013

Top GOP donors pitch coordinated campaign in 2014

Longtime Republican donors Stanley Hubbard and Tom Rosen are mounting a campaign of their own this year. The broadcasting magnate and beef processing CEO are trying to get a vast and complicated web of GOP donors, operatives and activists to march in step when it comes to the 2014 elections.

Jun 25, 2013

Michael Snow named top federal-level Minnesota political donor of 2012

Michael Snow, a Minneapolis attorney and investor, gave $1.16 million to federal political candidates and causes last year.

May 15, 2013

Dayton signs marriage bill

With a quick swipe of his pen, Gov. Mark Dayton made Minnesota the 12th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriages as a crowd of more than a thousand watched on the front steps of the Capitol Tuesday.

May 14, 2013

Dayton signs historic bill to legalize same-sex marriage

The ceremony marked a dramatic shift in Minnesota, where two years ago lawmakers voted to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to ban gay marriages. Six months ago, voters rejected that amendment by a more than 5 point margin. Come August 1, same-sex couples in the state will be able to apply for wedding licenses and couples married in other states will have their union recognized in Minne[...]

Oct 19, 2012

In swing races, ground battle intensifies

For better or worse, Michael Brodkorb was back on the campaign trail last week. This time, however, the former GOP attack dog, deputy Republican Party chair and Senate communications guru who helped mastermind the 2010 GOP takeover of the chamber has materialized in a glossy pink and blue mailer that’s being used to attack Republicans.

Sep 28, 2012

Unions boost efforts of pro-DFL troika

On Tuesday afternoon, officials from the United Food and Commercial Workers union met at the DFL headquarters in St. Paul with Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk and House Minority Leader Paul Thissen.

Sep 12, 2012

Lillie/Kent matchup targeted by both parties

It’s not hard to see why campaign operatives from both political parties have had Minnesota’s newly drawn Senate District 53 on their radar since day one.

Aug 1, 2012

Democratic caucuses: exultant about cash haul, wary of conservative indy spenders

Despite their minority status in both the state House and Senate, the DFL caucuses significantly outperformed Republicans in fundraising from the beginning of January until the end of July.

Aug 1, 2012

Republican Party units losing cash race so far this year

Republican legislative leaders face challenges in amassing a suitable war chest due to both a well-fortified traditional DFL donor base and a state Republican Party that is financially imperiled.

Jul 13, 2012

The top 25 Minnesota political donors of the past decade

Matt Entenza and his wife, Lois Quam, aren’t exactly the first names that pop up when Minnesota politicos talk about heavy-hitter political donors.

Jul 13, 2012

Minnesota’s top donors skew DFL

DFL candidates and causes have received a disproportionate share of contributions from the state’s biggest political givers over the last decade

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