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Independent-spending groups have trumped gubernatorial campaigns in money and media firepower

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.

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Golnik joins MN Senate Republican Caucus as election consultant

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 efforts, which Golnik will now fill in his absence.

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Sensible Energy Solutions sings

Rare is the newly formed interest group lobbying the legislature that starts out with a politically savvy bang. Such was the case just before Thanksgiving when Sensible Energy Solutions for Minnesota (SESM) held a press conference with U.S. Reps. Erik Paulsen (R-MN 3) and Tim Walz (D-MN1) asking legislators to repeal the moratorium that prevents the Public Utilities Commission from authorizing construction of new nuclear facilities.

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