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Sandra Masin

Apr 16, 2014

Spring break is campaign time in greater Minnesota

DFLers hit swing districts to push accomplishments.

Apr 15, 2014

The Capitol Note: Dayton campaign has $733,000 in the bank

It's unclear how Dayton's Republican challengers -- the governor faced a tough recount in 2010 -- stand compared to Dayton.

Jan 8, 2014

Challengers get to work in House swing districts

In 2014 as in 2010, it appears that conservative reaction to President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act is helping to drive GOP challengers into politics and to shape the main themes of their campaigns.

Nov 30, 2012

Meet the Freshmen: House DFL (part 4)

JoAnn Ward decided to run when Rep. Nora Slawik, DFL-Maplewood, decided to retire. Redistricting pushed the new House District 53A farther to the east and across I-494 into Washington County. Even though partisan voter indices still pegged the new district as DFL-leaning, the race caught the attention of Republicans.

Nov 7, 2012

DFLers exult over reclaiming legislative majorities

Before closing his victory speech after winning back the DFL majority in the Minnesota Senate, a teary-eyed DFL Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk grabbed the arm of one of his first-time candidates and lifted it high. “I want to introduce you to Senator-elect Melisa Franzen,” Bakk shouted to an exuberant crowd of DFLers gathered in downtown St. Paul at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. “They didn’t lo[...]

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.

May 23, 2012

Election 2012: You can’t tell the players without a scorecard

A lot changed in Minnesota’s legislative districts thanks to this year’s new redistricting map. Some incumbents were paired in newly drawn legislative territories; others found themselves installed in districts that bore little resemblance to their old electoral stomping grounds.

Mar 26, 2012

Carlson, Masin win DFL endorsements in Eagan

Former DFL Sen. Jim Carlson bested Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire after four ballots at the Senate District 51 convention on Saturday. Former DFL Rep. Sandra Masin also took home the DFL endorsement for House District 51A after a one-ballot challenge from Gary Meyer.

Jan 6, 2012

Third DFLer registers to run in HD38A

Corporate executive Gary Meyer has filed to in the Eagan House district currently held by GOP Rep. Diane Anderson.

Nov 16, 2011

Carlson faces tough endorsement fight for old Senate seat

On a recent Wednesday evening, DFL activists gathered at Mancini’s Char House & Lounge in St. Paul to raise money for Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire.

Oct 7, 2011

Eagan DFLers already jostling for 2012

Gary Hansen doesn’t currently live in Eagan’s House District 38A, where he recently registered to run for the Legislature in 2012. He’s banking on the district coming to him.

Oct 4, 2011

Gary Hansen files for Eagan’s 38A House seat

Gary Hansen, an attorney and two-term Eagan City Council member, has filed to run for the Minnesota House 38A seat. He will be challenging former Rep. Sandra Masin for the DFL endorsement.

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