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Aug 3, 2012

Money magnets: Some candidates have significant financial advantage over rivals

The Senate District 49 race has resulted in the largest haul so far with more than $100,000 in political contributions. Campaign finance reports have revealed this and a lot more, including some notable financial mismatches as well as challengers bringing in more than incumbents.

Jun 27, 2012

Where the Senate battlegrounds are

Political operatives who have been crunching the numbers and talking to candidates see no shortage of swing districts in this year’s legislative elections. The new redistricting maps have tweaked the partisan complexion of many districts.

May 24, 2012

Eagan Mayor Maguire decides against primary challenge

While former DFL Sen. Jim Carlson won the district DFL's nomination at its convention in March, Maguire had complained about fuzzy math involved during the four ballots it took to settle the contest.

May 23, 2012

Election 2012: You can’t tell the players without a scorecard

A lot changed in Minnesota’s legislative districts thanks to this year’s new redistricting map. Some incumbents were paired in newly drawn legislative territories; others found themselves installed in districts that bore little resemblance to their old electoral stomping grounds.

May 15, 2012

Mike Maguire uncertain about running in primary after losing endorsement appeal

Former state Sen. Jim Carlson is the rightful winner of the DFL endorsement contest in Senate District 51, a party commission ruled on Saturday. Carlson won the endorsement in March, but Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire appealed that determination, citing mistakes in the counting of ballots.

Apr 25, 2012

In CD 2, new map spawns new hope for DFLers

It wasn’t until the redistricting maps were released that DFLers became noticeably interested in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District.

Apr 18, 2012

Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire challenges DFL Senate endorsement math

Maguire filed an official challenge with the DFL Party of Minnesota on Wednesday, arguing that the March 24 endorsement process for newly-drawn Senate District 51 was flawed. Maguire says local party officers recently discovered that some delegate votes cast in favor of Maguire were not counted.

Mar 26, 2012

Carlson, Masin win DFL endorsements in Eagan

Former DFL Sen. Jim Carlson bested Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire after four ballots at the Senate District 51 convention on Saturday. Former DFL Rep. Sandra Masin also took home the DFL endorsement for House District 51A after a one-ballot challenge from Gary Meyer.

Nov 18, 2011

Higgins looks forward to ‘great adventure’

Sen. Linda Higgins doesn’t want her political obituary written just yet. First off, while the five-term Minneapolis senator announced last Monday that she won’t seek re-election in 2012, she plans to serve out her term through the end of next year.

Nov 16, 2011

Carlson faces tough endorsement fight for old Senate seat

On a recent Wednesday evening, DFL activists gathered at Mancini’s Char House & Lounge in St. Paul to raise money for Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire.

Nov 2, 2011

Maguire fundraiser features key DFLers despite looming endorsement battle

A fundraiser for former Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire at Mancini's Char House & Lounge in St. Paul is slated for this evening. Maguire is seeking the DFL nomination to take on freshman GOP Sen. Ted Daley.

Oct 7, 2011

Eagan DFLers already jostling for 2012

Gary Hansen doesn’t currently live in Eagan’s House District 38A, where he recently registered to run for the Legislature in 2012. He’s banking on the district coming to him.

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