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Oct 9, 2013

Minnesota GOP shows signs of resurgence

Sitting in his St. Paul office overlooking the Minnesota state Capitol, Republican Party of Minnesota Chair Keith Downey says there was a point in his life when, in his “wildest dreams,” he never would have imagined sitting at the helm of a state political party.

Jun 14, 2012

Paper Trail: Campaign finance board expected to rule on GOP recount expenses in July

In January, Common Cause Minnesota filed a complaint with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board accusing the state Republican Party of repeatedly failing to properly report expenses and contributions.

Jan 18, 2012

GOP in ’11: Historic triumphs, historic troubles

Minnesota Republicans started the 2011 session having conquered titans. In the Legislature, GOP lawmakers had made a historic 54-seat gain in the House and Senate that fall, a swing that handed them majorities in both chambers for the first time in 38 years.

Jan 11, 2012

Repairing the Republican brand

The Republican Party of Minnesota faces numerous lingering questions about the state of its finances heading into the 2012 election season. Last month GOP officials announced that an internal financial review determined that the party has $2 million in debts. That’s roughly four times more than most party activists had been led to believe just a month earlier.

Jan 4, 2012

State GOP: New day, old troubles

On Saturday, Pat Shortridge was elected as the state party chairman in a statewide gathering of GOP activists in St. Cloud. Afterward the veteran GOP strategist suggested that the party had turned an important corner.

Dec 30, 2011

Sturrock resigns top GOP finance post in wake of debt revelations

David Sturrock has resigned from his post as Secretary-Treasurer of the Republican Party of Minnesota. His departure follows the revelation that the state party is likely facing $2 million in debt ahead of a crucial 2012 election campaign.

Dec 9, 2011

Sutton admits signing recount debt agreement

Amid internal controversies over the Republican Party of Minnesota’s debt after state Chairman Tony Sutton’s resignation, party officers and insiders initially maintained that the state GOP was not legally required to pay the nearly $500,000 in legal fees racked up during the 2010 gubernatorial election recount.

Dec 7, 2011

Sutton admits signing agreement for gov recount legal fees, failing to tell other party officials

On Wednesday one of the GOP attorneys on the recount, Tony Trimble, told PIM that then-RPM Chairman Sutton signed an agreement legally obliging the party to cover the full cost of the recount legal fees, reportedly around $450,000. And late Wednesday afternoon, Sutton confirmed the existence of an agreement that he says he does not recall disclosing to other party officials. But Sutton went on to [...]

Dec 7, 2011

Sutton resignation puts focus on state GOP debt, discord

In late November, a group of roughly two dozen Republican activists gathered at a residence in Edina to discuss the future of the state Republican Party. The meeting included a broad cross-section of the GOP’s notoriously fractious base.

Oct 7, 2011

Challengers lining up for Walz

In 2010 U.S. Rep. Tim Walz survived a Republican wave. Despite representing a quintessential swing district, Walz triumphed over state Rep. Randy Demmer by 5 percentage points.

Jun 15, 2009

Significant updates to our "Who’s on First" 2010 race for governor matrix

Sitting in his St. Paul office overlooking the Minnesota state Capitol, Republican Party of Minnesota Chair Keith Downey says there was a point in his life when, in his “wildest dreams,” he never would have imagined sitting at the helm of a state political party. “I was in business and doing my thing, but now ...

Jun 15, 2009

Significant updates to our "Who’s on First" 2010 race for governor matrix

Sitting in his St. Paul office overlooking the Minnesota state Capitol, Republican Party of Minnesota Chair Keith Downey says there was a point in his life when, in his “wildest dreams,” he never would have imagined sitting at the helm of a state political party. “I was in business and doing my thing, but now ...

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