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May 31, 2012

Caucus campaign teams gear up

It was supposed to be a show of electoral force, and it was: After filing for office en masse on Thursday morning, several dozen GOP lawmakers and candidates lined the back wall and spilled out the doors of a press room in the State Office Building.

Nov 2, 2011

Candidates line up for Minneapolis Senate seat

At least three strong DFL challengers — Jacob Frey, Cordelia Pierson and Peter Wagenius — are seeking the Minneapolis Senate seek vacated by Larry Pogemiller. The three-decade veteran legislator announced last week that he was resigning to serve as director of the state’s Office of Higher Education.

Sep 21, 2011

20 years later, state-tribal gaming compacts still produce friction

The compacts that regulate Indian-run gambling in the state never came up for a vote in the Minnesota Legislature. In fact, the whole affair happened rather quietly.

Jan 12, 2011

Jesson to lead DHS through perilous budgetary times

Gov. Mark Dayton has picked Lucinda Jesson to be the next commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Jesson, a Hamline University law professor, will oversee an agency that is likely to be at the epicenter of the battle to close the state's $6.2 billion deficit.

Sep 17, 2010

Poll-axed: Horner creeps up on gov field

Independence Party gubernatorial nominee Tom Horner started the week gone by looking like a candidate destined to fulfill his party's customary spoiler role in the Minnesota governor's race. By Thursday, however, Horner had:

Aug 11, 2010

Horner party invokes ghost of Jesse Ventura

Breaking with the election night tradition that compels candidates to remain cloistered until glory or defeat is confirmed, Independence Party gubernatorial hopeful Tom Horner strolled into his campaign headquarters at precisely 7:55 last night and began to press the flesh.

Mar 24, 2010

Murphy: a new force in the House

If there’s anything to the notion that all politics is personal, then it’s not hard to see how Erin Murphy wound up in the Minnesota Legislature. Murphy, the DFL state representative from St. Paul, is a nurse by profession. She comes from what she describes as a “big Irish Catholic family” that lionized John F. Kennedy.

Oct 28, 2009

Corrected: More on AFSCME’s Dayton endorsement (and fact-checking Eliot Seide)

One of the most intriguing aspects of AFSCME's endorsement of DFLer Mark Dayton for governor is how it went down.

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