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Paul Rosenthal

Aug 3, 2012

Money magnets: Some candidates have significant financial advantage over rivals

The Senate District 49 race has resulted in the largest haul so far with more than $100,000 in political contributions. Campaign finance reports have revealed this and a lot more, including some notable financial mismatches as well as challengers bringing in more than incumbents.

Mar 21, 2012

Endorsement battles bring March madness to Capitol

Last Saturday GOP activists gathered in Burnsville to determine who would be the endorsed candidate in House District 56A. No incumbent is running for re-election in the district, which leans heavily Republican.

Mar 19, 2012

Michel, Mazorol retirements delay GOP endorsing convention

In recent weeks, two GOP legislators in Senate District 49 -- Sen. Geoff Michel and Rep. Pat Mazorol -- have announced that they won't be running for re-election this year. That news caught Republicans in the district -- which includes Edina, and parts of Minnetonka and Bloomington -- off guard.

Mar 14, 2012

Pat Mazorol will retire after one term in the House

In 2010 Republicans often touted the recruitment of Securian executive Pat Mazorol as evidence of the strength of their recruiting class. But after just one term in the House, Mazorol is not running for re-election.

Oct 5, 2011

Geo-targeting will play big role in 2012 elections

As some Minnesota State Fair-goers stood in line for a Pronto Pup last year, an advertisement came across their smartphones accusing then-DFL 6th Congressional District candidate Tarryl Clark of voting to raise taxes on fried foods.

Feb 1, 2011

2010 campaign finance reports: State lege races

Today's 2010 campaign finance reports indicate some state legislative races were spendy affairs. We survey some of the marquee races.

Nov 10, 2010

Meet the freshmen: Minnesota House edition

When the 87th Minnesota Legislature convenes in January, it will seat 60 new members - the third-highest total of the past 40 years. Fifty-four of those new faces will be Republicans.

Nov 3, 2010

Legislature sees a DFL drubbing for the ages

Republicans pummeled DFLers in the suburbs and greater Minnesota on Tuesday night to take control of both chambers of the Legislature for the first time since the modern partisan era started in the early 1970s.

Oct 28, 2010

House fundraising numbers show peril for some DFL legislators

Fundraising numbers are by no means the end all-be all indicator of a candidate's electoral success, but some recently released campaign finance reports reveal startling numbers that could point to several GOP takeovers in the state House.

Sep 24, 2010

Independent spending on lege races heats up

While the governor's race may be the marquee feature in this year's campaign season, the large number of swing districts in play at the Minnesota Legislature are the object of lower-profile but no less intense campaign spending machinations by a number of groups.

Jul 2, 2010

House GOP looks to make up ground in districts they lost narrowly in ‘08

The power divide between DFLers and Republicans in the Minnesota House may look daunting on its face, but not so long ago the GOP held a similarly imposing majority.

Jun 2, 2010

IP sees chance at legislative inroads

As Minnesota’s Republican Party was giddily tweeting the news that the party had fielded candidates for all 201 seats in the state Legislature for the first time in 30 years, the Independence Party of Minnesota was quietly celebrating its own milestone: 16 candidates for the Legislature in 2010, seven in Senate districts and nine in House districts.

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