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Marty Seifert

Nov 22, 2013

The Capitol Note: Seifert declares bid for governor’s office

Seifert's roll-out was accompanied by perhaps the most comprehensive and ambitious gubernatorial platform yet seen in the race.

Nov 21, 2013

It’s official: Marty Seifert launches second bid for governor’s office

Seifert, who lost the GOP endorsement to run for governor in 2010, announced his campaign for the office in his hometown of Marshall Thursday morning before starting on a 13-city tour that included stops in St. Paul and Mankato. He highlighted his work with the Avera Marshall Foundation in the years since he left the Legislature, while at the same time rolling out a detailed five-point plan to cut[...]

Nov 19, 2013

The Capitol Note: Seifert to kick off campaign for governor Thursday

1.) Former House minority leader Marty Seifert debuted his gubernatorial campaign with a statewide swing yesterday, kicking off his campaign in his own town of Marshall before appearing at a press conference in the State Office Building. Despite spending more than a decade in the Legislature, Seifert touted his experience as a “private sector citizen,” ...

Nov 14, 2013

The Capitol Note: Dayton, GOP battle over sex offenders continues

Rep. Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, one of the GOP candidates hoping to challenge Dayton next year, has led the charge on the issue.

Oct 31, 2013

PPP: Dayton, Franken lead GOP opponents head-to-head

Among Republican gubernatorial candidates, Rep. Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, had the greatest name recognition.

Oct 30, 2013

Johnson gubernatorial bid tries to unite disparate factions of GOP base

At the GOP’s state central meeting in Blaine last Saturday Saturday, Johnson proved himself the most popular candidate among roughly 400 Republican Party activists in an early, nonbinding straw poll for the governor’s race. But Johnson’s appeal among activists has been building for years, most recently through his position as RNC committeeman and as one of the lead players in an audit of the[...]

Oct 22, 2013

‘Write in Marty’ campaign to push Seifert for governor’s race

The push is meant to encourage Republican activists to list the former lawmaker and House minority leader as their choice in a straw-poll vote.

Aug 16, 2013

Sivarajah builds her bona fides in CD 6 race

Rhonda Sivarajah isn’t typically regarded as the conservative lightning rod in the GOP race to succeed U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann. But Sivarajah, who entered the race in June, has used her role as as chair of the Anoka County Board of Commissioners to push through a series of measures that could burnish her image among activists in the state’s most conservative congressional district.

Jul 2, 2013

GOP Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen considering a run for governor

Ingebrigtsen, first elected to his Alexandria-area Senate seat in 2006, says he's been getting encouragement from supporters to run for the state's highest office and plans to make his decision final in "a month or a month and a half." He would join a growing field of GOP candidates seeking the office, including Rep. Kurt Zellers, Sen. Dave Thompson, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson and O[...]

Jun 24, 2013

Dave Thompson registers gubernatorial campaign committee

State Sen. Dave Thompson registered a campaign committee to run for governor on Monday. Thompson becomes the fourth GOP candidate seeking to take on DFL Gov. Mark Dayton.

Jun 12, 2013

Rhonda Sivarajah enters 6th CD contest

Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah has joined the field of GOP contenders seeking to replace U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in the 6th Congressional District. Sivarajah announced her plan to seek the seat at an event in Ham Lake on Wednesday morning.

Dec 19, 2012

Session ’13 politics: Let the games begin

The last time DFLers controlled all the levers of power at the Capitol, during the 1989-90 legislative session, Duane Benson was the Republican Senate minority leader. Benson recalls making a floor speech at the time comparing the dynamic to a basketball contest between the Harlem Globetrotters and the Washington Generals.

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