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May 7, 2012

State GOP report finds no illegal activity related to party debt

A financial report released by the Republican Party of Minnesota on Monday afternoon found that there was no theft or illegal activity by former party officers or former state Chairman Tony Sutton, but did point to a pattern of fiscal mismanagement and “questionable decision-making” that has left the party more than $1 million in debt.

Apr 30, 2012

State GOP reaches rent agreement with landlord

In a statement released Monday evening, GOP Party Chairman Pat Shortridge says they have reached an agreement with Massachusetts-based HUB Properties, which filed eviction paperwork last week after the party failed to pay nearly $100,000 since last year.

Apr 23, 2012

State GOP served with eviction papers for its St. Paul office space

Massachusetts-based Hub Properties Trust filed paperwork in Ramsey County on Wednesday to evict the debt-ridden Republican Party for failing to pay more than $96,000 in rent over the last year.

Jan 18, 2012

GOP in ’11: Historic triumphs, historic troubles

Minnesota Republicans started the 2011 session having conquered titans. In the Legislature, GOP lawmakers had made a historic 54-seat gain in the House and Senate that fall, a swing that handed them majorities in both chambers for the first time in 38 years.

Jan 12, 2012

Shortridge appoints activists to lead 2012 election efforts

In one of his first moves as chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota, Pat Shortridge has appointed a slew of activists to lead efforts like photo ID, finances and fundraising ahead of the 2012 election.

Jan 11, 2012

State GOP campaign ops: Just the basics

Leaders and activists in the Republican Party of Minnesota haven’t had much time to think about elections lately. In a whirlwind series of events, the party lost its chairman, deputy chairman and secretary/treasurer in the span of three months amid mounting questions about the party’s finances.

Jan 11, 2012

Repairing the Republican brand

The Republican Party of Minnesota faces numerous lingering questions about the state of its finances heading into the 2012 election season. Last month GOP officials announced that an internal financial review determined that the party has $2 million in debts. That’s roughly four times more than most party activists had been led to believe just a month earlier.

Jan 9, 2012

Common Cause: Campaign finance board will investigate MN GOP

Campaign Finance Board Chairman Gary Goldsmith said, per state law, he could not confirm or deny the existence of an investigation.

Jan 5, 2012

MN GOP faces state, federal complaints over finances

Minnesota's chapter of Common Cause and Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington have brought complaints over the GOP finances

Jan 4, 2012

State GOP: New day, old troubles

On Saturday, Pat Shortridge was elected as the state party chairman in a statewide gathering of GOP activists in St. Cloud. Afterward the veteran GOP strategist suggested that the party had turned an important corner.

Dec 31, 2011

Pat Shortridge elected as MN GOP party chair

Minnesota Republican activists have elected longtime operative Pat Shortridge to lead the GOP Party out of more than $2 million in debt and into the 2012 election season.

Dec 28, 2011

Limmer will not run for MN GOP chair

Sen. Warren Limmer is not running for chair of the state Republican Party. On Tuesday the Judiciary Committee chair told reporters that he was weighing a bid for the party's top post, but has now decided to focus on his duties in the Senate.

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