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Joan Cummins

Dec 30, 2013

The Capitol Note: MNsure board to hold final pre-launch meeting

The MNsure Board will hold a final pre-launch meeting, which is scheduled to include a progress update from interim CEO Scott Leitz.

Jul 17, 2013

Emmer’s out of the gate with big haul

Tom Emmer has established himself as the clear front-runner to replace U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in the 6th Congressional District by raising far more money than his opponents for the GOP nomination.

Jan 4, 2013

Politician of the Year: ‘Vote No’ campaigns defied the odds in constitutional referendums

On the night that House Republicans voted to place an amendment prohibiting gay marriage on the ballot in 2012, Sen. Scott Dibble stood outside the chamber and vowed that Minnesota would become the first state in the country to defeat such a proposal.

Nov 14, 2012

Defeat of voter ID was team effort

Broad coalition led by TakeAction Minnesota won by making the most of modestly funded drive.

Nov 7, 2012

Amendments: From anxiety to elation at ‘Vote No’ parties

Frenetic early-morning celebrations capped an historic Election Day in which Minnesota voters defeated two ballot initiatives that were a hallmark of the GOP-controlled Legislature that swarmed to victory two years ago on a national wave.

Sep 26, 2012

Anti-Voter ID amendment group trails in polls but leads in cash, the outside spending organization dedicated to passing the Voter ID amendment, has been consistently ahead in the polls, but consistently behind in fundraising compared to its opposition.

Sep 7, 2012

Voter ID ballot campaigns struggle

As adversaries in the battle over a proposed same-sex marriage ban continue to raise and move around six-figure sums on a regular basis, the forces arrayed on both sides of the voter photo ID ballot question are going begging.

Aug 1, 2012

Amendment groups sit on cash, bide their time

Despite the continuing legal drama surrounding the two constitutional amendments headed for this fall’s ballot, the groups formed to support or defeat the amendments to outlaw gay marriage and mandate voter ID are in something of a holding pattern

Jul 20, 2012

DFL third-party and anti-amendment groups still winning the fundraising wars

A trio of DFL third-party groups -- comprised of Alliance for a Better Minnesota, Win Minnesota and the 2012 Fund -- are still significantly out-raising a slew of independent expenditures groups on the right. And in the battle of the anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment -- the most high profile fight this cycle and drawing the most donations -- groups opposing the amendment are still pullin[...]

Jul 13, 2012

The top 25 Minnesota political donors of the past decade

Matt Entenza and his wife, Lois Quam, aren’t exactly the first names that pop up when Minnesota politicos talk about heavy-hitter political donors.

Jul 13, 2012

Minnesota’s top donors skew DFL

DFL candidates and causes have received a disproportionate share of contributions from the state’s biggest political givers over the last decade

Aug 18, 2010

VOICES of Conservative Women wants a counterbalance to left-leaning political funds

In May 2009 Jennifer DeJournett, Lisa Belak and a handful of other Republican women from Minnesota attended a seminar in Washington, D.C. focused on the role of women in politics. What they learned was distressing: Virtually all of the advances made by female politicians over the last two decades had occurred on the Democratic side of the aisle.

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