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Apr 22, 2015

The corruption of Minnesota politics

The state’s reputation as a vanguard in political ethics is largely dead, producing problems such as the budget impasses and shutdowns we have seen in the last few years, and which again loom larger and larger this year.

Jul 18, 2012

Common Cause files criminal complaint against Sutton, state GOP

Common Cause Executive Director Mike Dean said Wednesday that he has filed a complaint with the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) arguing that the Republican Party, Sutton and several others created for-profit corporation Count Them All Properly (CTAP) to hide contributions directed to pay off bills related to the recount. Dean is asking OAH to find probable cause for the Ramsey County attor[...]

Jun 20, 2012

Predicting 2012

n the four months since legislative maps were released, political strategists and journalists have been scrutinizing the new House and Senate districts to determine which ones favor Republicans or Democrats and where the key battlegrounds will be in 2012.

Jun 13, 2012

Lawsuit tries to knock voter ID off November ballot

The national push to require voters to present photo identification at the polls is shaping up to be as much a windfall for lawyers in Minnesota as it has been elsewhere.

May 9, 2012

State GOP financial report finds no illegal activity

A financial report released by the Republican Party of Minnesota on Monday found that there was no theft or illegal activity by former party officers but did point to a pattern of fiscal mismanagement that has left the party about $2 million in debt.

Jan 18, 2012

Common Cause report links ALEC to MN legislation

The report is the latest salvo in a continuing effort to expose and tarnish what liberals and some Democrats see as the unseemly influence of ALEC in statehouses around the country.

Jan 9, 2012

Common Cause: Campaign finance board will investigate MN GOP

Campaign Finance Board Chairman Gary Goldsmith said, per state law, he could not confirm or deny the existence of an investigation.

Jan 5, 2012

MN GOP faces state, federal complaints over finances

Minnesota's chapter of Common Cause and Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington have brought complaints over the GOP finances

Nov 29, 2011

Redistricting panel denies Common Cause petition

Common Cause had sought to participate in the litigation and file briefs as a friend of the court.

Nov 10, 2011

Common Cause files to participate in redistricting suit (updated)

A day after Common Cause's motion to participate in the suit, Republicans registered their own complaints, objecting to the move.

Sep 30, 2011

Marriage amendment brings campaign disclosure battle to Minnesota

The news that state campaign finance officials had released a long-awaited statement on donor disclosure rules barely made a ripple in the political news cycle, but the opinion figures to make Minnesota a critical battleground in the national, post-Citizens United legal war over transparency, privacy and campaign money.

Sep 30, 2011

DFLers join redistricting tussle

Democrats in Minnesota have been slow to rise to the redistricting fight this time around. During session, DFL caucuses in the Minnesota House and Senate passed on the chance to produce maps to counter a GOP majority proposal that pitted 26 incumbents against one another, the vast majority of them DFLers.

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