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Cage match: a GOP convention FAQ

One of the few things that organizers and delegates to this weekend’s state Republican convention can agree on: The gubernatorial endorsement battle between Tom Emmer and Marty Seifert won’t drag out as long as the 2002 fight between Tim Pawlenty and Brian Sullivan.

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With Coleman out, eyes turn to Emmer’s challenge

Norm Coleman's surprise announcement that he won't be running for governor, combined with Rep. Marty Seifert's (R-Marshall) self-proclaimed status as the front runner in the contest for the GOP endorsement, mean that the guy in the race to watch right now is Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Delano).

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More on AFSCME’s Mark Dayton endorsement

One of the most intriguing aspects of AFSCME's endorsement of DFLer Mark Dayton for governor is how it went down. About 150 members of the union's screening committee met with all the DFL candidates - and GOP candidate Pat Anderson - for about 3 and a half hours Saturday afternoon. They were done with the candidates about 4 p.m., and they had their decision shortly after 5 p.m.

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