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Marty Seifert

Feb 13, 2014

The Capitol Note: MNsure budget questioned as enrollment lags

1.) The state health insurance exchange has about one month to present a 2015 budget to the Legislature, but probably won’t know its full financial picture until several weeks past that point. Lawmakers, especially Republicans, peppered interim MNsure CEO Scott Leitz and board chair Brian Beutner with questions about the exchange’s budget scenario during a ...

Feb 5, 2014

The Capitol Note: GOP activists pick Seifert, Ortman in straw polls

The statewide straw poll contest gave the most enthusiastic party members just their second opportunity to voice an opinion in either contest.

Feb 5, 2014

Seifert, Ortman win GOP straw poll for governor, U.S. Senate

Seifert, who joined the gubernatorial contest in late November, nabbed 28 percent of the precinct vote to lead all comers.

Feb 4, 2014

Dayton taps chief of staff Tina Smith as re-election running mate

In a statement that accompanied the announcement, Dayton described Smith as "the best administrator with whom I have ever worked."

Jan 29, 2014

DFL Party, candidates have financial edge over GOP

DFL Party chair Ken Martin said the current financial state puts the party in one of its strongest positions ever.

Jan 29, 2014

The Capitol Note: Dayton raised $1.1 million for re-election during 2013

The total collection gives him a significant advantage over the Republican field.

Jan 20, 2014

The Capitol Note: GOP gubernatorial hopefuls play nice during debate

Marty Seifert said activists are judging candidates on their electability in a statewide race.

Jan 17, 2014

Honour leads GOP governor fundraising

Candidate fundraising disclosures in the gubernatorial race are not due until the end of this month, but some entrants just couldn’t wait to tell the public how much they received. Three Republican candidates have released their totals so far, and Gov. Mark Dayton has preemptively hinted at his own total, giving some indication of the shape of the race at the onset of the election year.

Jan 14, 2014

The Capitol Note: GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Honour raised $500,000 in 2013

Honour pointed out that he had collected that total despite his status as a "political outsider."

Nov 27, 2013

The Capitol Note: Capitol gun ban voted down in committee

The committee did approve proposals that would nearly double the amount dedicated to security resources for the Capitol Area Complex.

Nov 26, 2013

The Capitol Note: State releases details on foreign steel for Vikings stadium

The decision to import steel has been the subject of criticism, not least from former legislator and Iron Range DFL stalwart Tom Rukavina.

Nov 22, 2013

Marty 2.0: Seifert joins governor’s race

For his encore, Marty Seifert doesn’t want to talk as much about politics. The former Republican House minority leader launched his second bid for the governor’s office on Thursday, more than three years after activists denied him endorsement in the 2010 race. At kickoff events, he highlighted his work with the Avera Marshall Foundation and selling real estate in the years since that failed ca[...]

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