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State GOP campaign ops: Just the basics

Leaders and activists in the Republican Party of Minnesota haven’t had much time to think about elections lately. In a whirlwind series of events, the party lost its chairman, deputy chairman and secretary/treasurer in the span of three months amid mounting questions about the party’s finances.

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State’s pols rally around presidential challengers

Supporting Michele Bachmann’s presidential bid wasn’t necessarily an easy decision for David FitzSimmons. While the three-term Republican congresswoman would seem a natural choice for FitzSimmons, who chairs the Republican Party in her home 6th District, he was squarely in the Ron Paul camp during the 2008 election and worked for his campaign.

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Pawlenty’s legacy: Beyond dollars and cents

During this, his last full week in office, Tim Pawlenty officially turned over some of the relics of his eight years as governor to the Minnesota Historical Society. Among them were an oversized, ersatz "veto pen" and the veto stamps he used to consign DFL-passed bills to oblivion.

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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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