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Dec 12, 2012

MNGOP debt shrinks, but turmoil persists

The wounds had started to heal by the time Minnesota Republicans faced each other at an annual activist gathering in Blaine over the weekend. Many Republicans had already come to terms with the drubbing that took place on Nov. 6, when both Republican legislative majorities and two GOP-led constitutional amendments were rejected by voters.

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 29, 2012

Bill Clinton to campaign for Obama in Minneapolis, Duluth

Clinton's visit follows poll numbers that show Mitt Romney gaining on President Barack Obama in Minnesota.

Oct 25, 2012

Republicans tussle over judicial contests

Last week veteran GOP activist Bonn Clayton sent out an email to all the delegates and alternates to this year's state Republican convention announcing the creation of a "voter's guide" for judicial contests. It directed GOP activists to a web site where it stated that challengers Tim Tingelstad, Dean Barkley and Dan Griffith were the party's "recommended" candidates for the Minnesota Supreme Cour[...]

Oct 23, 2012

State GOP chair makes late pitch to adequately fund election efforts

State GOP chair Pat Shortridge sent out an email to donors last week imploring them to contribute additional money to the cash-strapped party. In the memo Shortridge details plans for roughly $380,000 in campaign spending, but notes that the party only has financial commitments for $115,000.

Oct 2, 2012

Justice Stras recused himself from Duluth ballot case argued by his campaign co-chair

One peculiarity of the Minnesota Supreme Court’s decision to remove Rep. Kerry Gauthier’s name from next month’s general election ballot was that Justice David Stras opted not to participate in the case.

Sep 14, 2012

DFLers petition MN SupCo to get Gauthier off the ballot

DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin, teaming up with the House DFL caucus and Erik Simonson's campaign, said Friday that they are petitioning the Minnesota Supreme Court to challenge the St. Louis County Auditor's move to deny a withdrawal affidavit from Kerry Gauthier and a certificate of nomination for Simonson.

Aug 22, 2012

Paltry turnout rekindles June primary talk

This month’s meager primary voter turnout has caused Gov. Mark Dayton and leaders from both parties to once again mull moving the primary to June. Just 9 percent of registered Minnesota voters turned out for the August 14 primary.

Aug 22, 2012

Gauthier still running; DFL reeling

Embattled DFL Rep. Kerry Gauthier shocked nearly everyone in the Minnesota political firmament on Wednesday morning when he announced that he plans to seek reelection to his seat in the state House of Representatives. The announcement came one week after it was publicly reported that Gauthier had been investigated by Duluth police following an incident in which he used a Craigslist ad to meet and [...]

Jul 13, 2012

MN GOP on the hook for recount debts, Sutton and party fined

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure board has found that the Republican Party of Minnesota is responsible for nearly $600,000 in debts accrued during the 2010 gubernatorial recount and has fined the party $27,000 and former party Chairman Tony Sutton $3,000 for failure to properly report to the board.

May 16, 2012

Gaming politics drive tight RNC race

The race for Republican National Committeewoman at the state Republican Party convention this weekend is not exactly the most-watched political contest of the year.

May 9, 2012

State GOP financial report finds no illegal activity

A financial report released by the Republican Party of Minnesota on Monday found that there was no theft or illegal activity by former party officers but did point to a pattern of fiscal mismanagement that has left the party about $2 million in debt.

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