Long after Hubert H. Humphrey gave up the pointer and lectern of the classroom, he remained a teacher. Bob Meek should know - Humphrey taught Meek how to write.
Tom Horner took a bigger risk than most when he embarked on his run for governor of Minnesota. The former Republican pundit and strategist turned Independence Party candidate alienated many of his old political allies when he switched party affiliation to challenge to GOP candidate Tom Emmer and DFLer Mark Dayton.
Tom Horner alienated many of his old political allies in the Republican Party when he switched to the Independence Party to run for the governor's office. His estrangement from the Republican Party was made even clearer over the weekend, when GOP delegates voted for a ban on 18 high-profile Republicans who supported him. Horner says move reflects a party that is polarized and extreme.
On a 59 to 55 vote, delegates at the Republican Party State Central Committee Saturday approved a 2-year party ban on 18 prominent Republicans who publicly supported Horner in the election. The vote stops the Republicans from being delegates or attending the Republican National Convention.
One theory as to why Emmer failed to catch a GOP wave that swept the nation is that he never recovered from a bruising month of July.
Mark Dayton became the first DFL governor-elect in 24 years under the unlikeliest of circumstances on Tuesday night, beating Republican Tom Emmer by a final margin of fewer than 10,000 votes out of more than 2 million cast. The exceedingly slim margin - less than half of one percent - will trigger an automatic recount.
The Independence Party's Tom Horner arrived at the Sheraton Ridgedale to a welcome fit for a frontrunner. Supporters mobbed the entrance, jockeying for photos and chanting "Horner, Horner, Horner." The candidate greeted many of them each personally, often by name.
The 2010 Minnesota election is one that will undeniably be marked by the influence of third-party groups, which have put millions of dollars - some more than any of the governor candidates - to influence the outcome. In addition to the more than $5 million funneled into DFL candidate coffers via labor-backed group Alliance for a Better Minnesota, tribal political action committees have put nearly [...]
Several hundred people gathered in the Capitol rotunda on Saturday to watch Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's "Rally to Restore Sanity" taking place in Washington, D.C. With folks sprawled out on the floor and watching TV, it felt less like a political rally than a sleepover for hipsters.
We are in the final stretch in the 2010 election season, and it's doubtful any of the three gubernatorial candidates are going to get much rest this Halloween weekend. They will be holding rallies across Minnesota.
In many ways, the closing statements being made via 30-second TV spot in the race for governor echo the tone of the whole campaign since around Labor Day. Ahead of Tuesday's vote, the campaigns of Republican Tom Emmer and Democrat Mark Dayton are doubling down on their respective messages - and seeking to convince skeptics that each is a swell guy to boot.
As returns come in, here are some of the key factors campaign vets will be watching in the governor's race.
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