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Kevin Dahle

Nov 7, 2011

Former DFL Sen. Kevin Dahle plans 2012 Senate bid

Dahle, a high school teacher from Northfield, announced his intentions to run for the Senate District 25 seat on his campaign website on Sunday.

Dec 29, 2010

Senate DFL: Goodbye to all that

In 1972, the state Senate's Liberal Caucus won the majority in the general election. When they took office, both chambers switched to a partisan affiliation footing, and and Senate DFLers started a run in the driver's seat that would last nearly 40 years. As Republicans prepare to end their 38-year drought by taking control of the Senate next week, Capitol Report sifted through the archives to gle[...]

Nov 17, 2010

GOP leaders talk about how they flipped a veto-proof majority in Senate

Late last week, three of the principal architects of the Republicans' Minnesota Senate takeover gathered in Sen. Amy Koch's office for one last time to talk about how they'd pulled it off.

Oct 6, 2010

Getting Bly in a swing district

David Bly was first elected in 2006 by a razor-thin, 60-vote majority after two previous unsuccessful runs for the state House. Two years later, with the political winds strongly favoring Democrats, the Northfield DFLer won re-election by the slightly more comfortable margin of 1,500-plus votes in House District 25B.

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.

Jul 23, 2010

Tea Party agitation brings political novices into legislative race mix

Traditionally, there have been a number of more or less well-worn paths to the Minnesota Legislature. They include backgrounds in local government, business, and partisan political activism. Each, in its own way, has tended to breed familiarity with the levers of government and how they operate.

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.

Apr 2, 2010

March Madness recap (conventions edition)

The month of March witnessed several interesting endorsing conventions for state legislative seats. In many instances, the conventions sorted out who will carry their party’s banner in November. In other cases, the endorsed candidates are being challenged in a primary. Here’s a rundown of what occurred at some of the notable conventions from the month past.

Mar 29, 2010

Rybak adds legislative support

R.T. Rybak called a Capitol press conference this afternoon to announce support from seven state legislators for his gubernatorial campaign. The only problem: the House and Senate members were still stuck trying to complete their work before the Easter break.

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 22, 2010

Republicans line up to challenge incumbent DFL lawmakers

Minnesota Republicans, buoyed by national congressional gains and an increasing tide of conservative sentiment, are queueing up to challenge incumbent DFL state legislators this year.

Jan 11, 2010

Republicans have fared poorly in recent special elections

On January 26 a special election will be held to fill the Senate seat vacated by Republican Dick Day. The contest has attracted three challengers: Republican Mike Parry, Democrat Jason Engbrecht and Independence Party candidate Roy Srp.

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