Nationally, the social networking site was the catalyst for the recent Anthony Weiner scandal and his ultimate resignation, after the seven-term Democratic congressman from New York accidentally tweeted a lewd image of himself he had meant to send as a direct message to a woman.
Republican leaders seemed to come out of the negotiating room after the holiday weekend with a renewed sense of vigor. Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and House Speaker Kurt Zellers addressed reporters after an hourlong budget meeting on Tuesday — the first since talks collapsed and government went into shutdown mode — and repeated their caucuses’ “no new taxes” declaration.
When Republicans from around the state flocked to the Ramada Mall of America last Saturday, there appeared to be little question who would win the race to replace Brian Sullivan as Minnesota's man on the Republican National Committee.
Mark Dayton entered the Capitol in January owing its inhabitants very little. The DFL governor spent $3.9 million of his own fortune to win the primary and the narrow election in November, and for the most part conducted his campaign with little help from special interest groups or Democratic legislators.
Political strategist Ben Golnik is dropping his bid to become the next Republican National Committee member, citing a young family and growing new job that kept him from running a "hands on campaign."
GOP political operatives Gregg Peppin and Ben Golnik are forming a strategic partnership to provide grass-roots advocacy and other services at the state Capitol.
Ben Golnik, who oversaw the GOP's successful campaign to win control of the state Senate, will manage recount operations for Tom Emmer's gubernatorial campaign. Golnik also previously served as executive director of the state Republican party.
Facing a contest that has typically been labeled by most election analysts and pollsters as a "toss-up," third-party groups are pulling in millions of dollars from donors, national organizations, unions and corporations looking to tip the scale in their preferred candidate's favor. The groups' advertisements and activities have been some of the most visible of this year's campaign season.
Political action committees and legislative caucuses have already done mailings assailing the opposition. But now that the campaign has entered the final month, the rough-and-tumble race for the Legislature is kicking into high gear.
The cast is set for the governor's race. Mark Dayton's narrow triumph in a three-candidate DFL primary field puts him on the November ballot with Republican Tom Emmer and Independence Party nominee Tom Horner
Political consultant Ben Golnik will join the Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus as an election consultant. He will do the work through Golnik Strategies, the firm he started in 2007. Golnik’s position was needed after chief of staff for the caucus, Culleen Sheehan, left to become campaign manager for Tom Emmer’s gubernatorial bid. Sheehan was responsible for many of the caucus’ election eff[...]
Tom Emmer may be the endorsed candidate for the historically business-friendly Minnesota GOP, but observers say Emmer has work to do if he means to win the broad support of the state’s business community.
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