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Jul 3, 2012

Departing legislators jump into county races

An unusually large number of legislators and prominent Minnesota politicos are opting to run in county commissioner races across the state.

Mar 28, 2012

Key matchups include pairings of Dean/McFarlane and Jungbauer/Benson

On Saturday Reps. Glenn Gruenhagen and Ron Shimanski squared off in Hutchinson for the GOP endorsement in House District 18B. On the second ballot Gruenhagen pulled within half a percentage point of crossing the 60 percent threshold required for endorsement.

Nov 12, 2010

Senate committee buzz: GOP signals right turn

The restructuring of the caucus and its chairs by a new leadership team is widely expected to produce a decidedly conservative shift on the part of Senate Republicans, who in recent years have built a more centrist track record than their increasingly conservative House colleagues.

Sep 24, 2010

Independent spending on lege races heats up

While the governor's race may be the marquee feature in this year's campaign season, the large number of swing districts in play at the Minnesota Legislature are the object of lower-profile but no less intense campaign spending machinations by a number of groups.

Aug 16, 2010

VOICES of Conservative Women honors eight legislators

VOICES of Conservative Women, a new political advocacy group, is honoring eight legislators for their work at the Capitol. The "Voices of Fiscal Conservatism" award winners, all Republicans, are state Reps. Laura Brod (New Prague), Mary Kiffmeyer (Big Lake), Mary Liz Hoiberg (Lakeville), Joyce Peppin (Rogers) and Peggy Scott (Andover), and state Sen. Debbie Johnson (Ham Lake), Amy Koch (Buffalo)[...]

Jul 9, 2010

13 could be lucky number for Senate GOP

Around convention time in the spring, Senate Minority Leader Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, boasted that his caucus would retake the chamber’s majority in November. Considering Senate Republicans’ 38-year stranglehold on minority status, and the 13 seats that his troops will need to gain to make good on the pledge, it amounts to a tall order.

Jun 30, 2010

Conservative women’s PAC endorses 8 lege candidates

The Voices of Conservative Women political action committee (VOICESPAC), based in Maple Grove, has endorsed eight candidates for the Minnesota state Legislature, three in the Senate and five in the House.

Mar 17, 2010

Lege races starting to come into focus

If it’s possible to judge a legislator’s re-election vulnerability solely on the number of challengers that he or she attracts, then Lisa Fobbe, Jim Carlson and Kevin Dahle should probably watch their backs.

Feb 24, 2010

Seifert, Emmer pick up additional legislative backers

The contest for legislative endorsements in the GOP gubernatorial contest remains almost a dead heat. State Rep. Marty Seifert currently claims 16 members of the legislature as supporters, while Rep. Tom Emmer boasts 18 state House and Senate backers.

Feb 22, 2010

8 legislative incumbents facing intra-party challenges

Eight Minnesota legislative incumbents -- five DFLers and three Republicans -- are facing challenges from members of their own parties this year, not counting six incumbents who have said that they aren't seeking re-election and have fellow party members lining up to succeed them.

Feb 15, 2010

SD49 Republicans dump Johnson on second ballot

Republicans in Senate District 49 on Saturday endorsed incumbent GOP Sen. Debbie Johnson's intra-party challenger. Michelle Benson of Ham Lake received the party's endorsement.

Aug 24, 2009

Other candidates who have filed as of last week

Gerlach, Higgins among retirees seeking county board post When five-term DFL Sen. Linda Higgins decided to retire from the Minnesota Legislature last winter, she had no idea she would be facing her most competitive race yet the following fall. The longtime north Minneapolis senator is vying for a spot as Hennepin County Commissioner in District ...

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