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Nov 10, 2011

Common Cause files to participate in redistricting suit (updated)

A day after Common Cause's motion to participate in the suit, Republicans registered their own complaints, objecting to the move.

Sep 30, 2011

Marriage amendment brings campaign disclosure battle to Minnesota

The news that state campaign finance officials had released a long-awaited statement on donor disclosure rules barely made a ripple in the political news cycle, but the opinion figures to make Minnesota a critical battleground in the national, post-Citizens United legal war over transparency, privacy and campaign money.

Sep 30, 2011

DFLers join redistricting tussle

Democrats in Minnesota have been slow to rise to the redistricting fight this time around. During session, DFL caucuses in the Minnesota House and Senate passed on the chance to produce maps to counter a GOP majority proposal that pitted 26 incumbents against one another, the vast majority of them DFLers.

Aug 17, 2011

Campaign disclosure board dismisses two complaints against anti-gay marriage groups

In a ruling issued Wednesday, the Campaign Finance board dismissed the complaints brought by nonprofit Common Cause Minnesota, which alleged that the Minnesota Family Council (MFC) and the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) teamed up on a $200,000 ad buy last fall to push for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and both failed to properly report their activities.

Aug 12, 2011

The cast of players that will put together Minnesota’s new electoral maps is taking shape

In the absence of any sign that the GOP Legislature and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton will be able to agree on a plan for the state’s 2012 redistricting, a five-judge panel is preparing to redraw the state’s political map for the coming decade.

Dec 10, 2010

Ritchie successfully concludes another election recount

Al Franken had been officially sworn in as the newest senator from Minnesota in Washington for nine days. That's how little time passed last year before the Minnesota GOP took aim at the man some still hold responsible for sending Franken to Washington in the first place: Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

Nov 2, 2010

Poll watchers reporting some aggressive challengers, but few other problems

Poll watchers of all political stripes are reporting few substantial problems at voting locations across the state. But some observers are concerned about overly aggressive party-affiliated challengers operating at some polling sites.

Sep 30, 2010

Common Cause files campaign finance complaint against Minnesota’s Future

Minnesota's Future, a conservative political organization, violated Minnesota's campaign finance rules by failing to properly disclose the names of its donors, according to a complaint filed by Common Cause Minnesota.

Jul 21, 2010

Minnesota case could further change corporate political spending landscape

The next salvo in the legal battle over corporate money in politics is scheduled to take place in federal court in St. Paul on Aug. 20.

Apr 30, 2010

Campaign finance disclosure rules generate opposition from GOP, business groups

Last Wednesday morning, state Reps. Ryan Winkler and Steve Simon held a press conference to unveil a proposal to overhaul the state’s campaign finance rules. They were joined by representatives from Common Cause Minnesota and the League of Women Voters of Minnesota.

Apr 28, 2010

Democrats detail campaign finance proposal

DFL legislators unveiled a proposal to overhaul the state's campaign finance rules this morning in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that threw out limits on corporate political expenditures. The four-pronged proposal is sponsored by state Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley.

Mar 10, 2010

State webmaster bill draws Microsoft attention

A bill for the innocuous-sounding purpose of establishing the position of state webmaster is reportedly attracting the nervous interest of high-tech lobbying interests, most notably Microsoft.

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