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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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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