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Mary Sawatzky

Nov 3, 2016

House District 17B is close, cash-rich and contentious

Candidates trade barbs, make pitches as election nears

Apr 16, 2014

Spring break is campaign time in greater Minnesota

DFLers hit swing districts to push accomplishments.

Jun 5, 2013

MN Jobs Coalition seeks to bolster GOP prospects in 2014

In recent election cycles, Alliance for a Better Minnesota has galvanized support for DFL candidates and causes. The Minnesota Jobs Coalition is hoping to play a similar role on behalf of Republicans.

May 9, 2013

House passes gay marriage bill 75-59

On Thursday afternoon the Minnesota House passed its long-watched bill to legalize same-sex marriage by a 75-59 vote that followed roughly three hours of floor debate.

Nov 23, 2012

Meet the freshmen: House DFL (part 2)

In with the new (and old) as Capitol Report continues to profile all 65 of the newly elected members of the Minnesota Legislature.

Oct 31, 2012

Democrats dominate in spending by party units

When it comes to spending by Minnesota’s political parties, the state DFL has emerged as the No. 1 player in the 2012 battle for control of Legislature.

Oct 10, 2012

Willmar again a House battleground

GOP freshman Vogel contends with local teacher, union head Sawatzky

Aug 15, 2012

Primary turnout even lower than expected — with exceptions

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie predicted a low voter turnout for Tuesday's primary election, putting his estimate at around 15 percent participation from eligible voters. As it turns out, the state didn't even reach that number.

Aug 15, 2012

Osmek, Pugh, Metsa, Hawj win high-profile contests amid low voter turnout

The fields in all 201 Minnesota legislative contests this fall are now set after more than 40 primary races across the state were settled on Tuesday. In some instances, DFLers and Republicans won contests in partisan strongholds and have almost assuredly secured their place in the Legislature next session.

Aug 8, 2012

DFLers compete for safe seats in Twin Cities and on Iron Range

As the state’s late-summer primary date approaches next week, more DFL candidates find themselves in the midst of competitive intra-party contests than Republicans.

Jun 29, 2012

Election strategists sort out House swing races

The last two election cycles have witnessed wave elections for both parties that tilted the Minnesota House of Representatives in polar opposite directions.

May 30, 2012

Both parties figure to see a handful of consequential legislative primaries

A handful of August primary elections are heating up across the state thanks to the new redistricting map, an uptick in legislative retirements and widespread dissatisfaction with the job lawmakers are doing in St. Paul.

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