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Jun 1, 2011

New DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin tries to pull party out of financial hole

Ken Martin describes his reaction as “shocked” when he began going through the DFL Party’s finances after becoming state chairman in February. The most unnerving discovery: The party was roughly $700,000 in debt.

Dec 15, 2010

Ken Martin sets his sights on being state DFL chair

Martin has officially announced he is seeking the top post in the state's DFL Party.

Dec 13, 2010

Martin announces run for DFL Party chair

Following an announcement Friday that current DFL Chair Brian Melendez will not seek another term, longtime DFL operative Ken Martin announced he is seeking the post.

Dec 8, 2010

Overheard at the Capitol: Messinger’s money won’t back a Melendez-led DFL

Most of the criticism of DFL state party chair Brian Melendez in the wake of Election Day has been confined to the liberal blogosphere. The three-term incumbent could likely survive those barbs. But now a critical DFL donor is apparently making her opposition to Melendez known.

Dec 6, 2010

MN GOP bans 18 Republicans who supported Horner

On a 59 to 55 vote, delegates at the Republican Party State Central Committee Saturday approved a 2-year party ban on 18 prominent Republicans who publicly supported Horner in the election. The vote stops the Republicans from being delegates or attending the Republican National Convention.

Dec 3, 2010

Melendez under fire after DFL election debacle

It didn't take long after the election night DFL bloodletting for the pot to begin stirring in the liberal blogosphere.

Oct 7, 2010

DFL will run pro-Dayton TV ads starting tomorrow

DFL Party Chair Brian Melendez told reporters today that the party would be launching a television ad campaign tomorrow in favor of their nominee for governor, Mark Dayton. The metro area ad buy will send a positive message in favor of Dayton, Melendez said, and wouldn't mention GOP opponent Tom Emmer.

Sep 9, 2010

Melendez: MN GOP needs to settle on a budget solution

State DFL Chair Brian Melendez says Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and would-be GOP governor Tom Emmer have different accounts of the state’s budget issues, and the Republican Party of Minnesota needs to straighten it out.

Aug 5, 2010

Entenza goes after Kelliher in new television spot

Matt Entenza, a DFLer running for Minnesota governor, released a new television advertisement that goes after DFL-endorsed candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher with just a few days to go before the primary election.

Jul 16, 2010

Can the DFL endorsement — for once — spell election?

Among the many reasons the DFL party establishment wants Margaret Anderson Kelliher to triumph in both next month’s primary and in the November general election is to finally halt the notorious string of ballot box failures wrought by its endorsed candidates for governor. The last time the DFL endorsement process lined up behind a gubernatorial winner was in the case of Rudy Perpich back in 1986[...]

Jul 14, 2010

Kelliher is counting on her campaign’s formidable organizing talent

In the days leading up to the DFL state convention in Duluth, the widespread belief was that Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak had established crucial momentum. Of course, that’s not exactly how it played out. Kelliher led on all six ballots and exited the convention center with the party’s backing. Rybak went back to Minneapolis City Hall. In the end, organization trumped charisma. Kelliher earned[...]

May 5, 2010

Updated: GOP asks, ‘What now, Margaret?’

Minnesota Republican Party Chair Tony Sutton this afternoon blamed House Speaker (and DFL gubernatorial candidate) Margaret Anderson Kelliher and her party for the potentially disastrous consequences of today's state Supreme Court ruling that Gov. Tim Pawlenty overstepped his unallotment authority last year.

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