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Tony Sutton

Aug 18, 2011

GOP’s Sutton: ‘We learned a very hard lesson’

The Minnesota GOP has agreed to pay a $170,000 civil fine for failing to report nearly $1 million in debt from the 2006 election cycle. Party officials say they have taken steps to improve reporting.

Aug 4, 2011

GOPers line up for Berglin, Scheid seats

Republicans are lining up for the Oct. 18 special election to fill two Senate seats that have been held by DFLers for the last several decades.

Jun 8, 2011

Capitol party crasher

Will Republican Party’s close ties to GOP majorities make it harder to reach budget deal?

May 27, 2011

Minnesota’s budget fight heads to Main Street

For five months DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and the GOP-controlled Legislature sparred at the Capitol over how to eliminate the state’s $5 billion budget deficit. But with the legislative session concluded and no end to the budget impasse in sight, the debate will now move beyond St. Paul as legislators face constituents in their home districts.

May 27, 2011

Paper Trail: letter from GOP chair urges local leaders to join budget debate

On Wednesday state GOP chair Tony Sutton sent out an email to local Republican leaders across the state imploring them to engage the debate over the budget impasse at the Capitol. The "action plan memo" calls on GOP activists to create a grassroots campaign to counteract the $500,000 to $1 million advertising campaign that Alliance for a Better Minnesota is bankrolling to support DFL Gov. Mark Day[...]

May 26, 2011

DFL chair accuses MN GOP of ‘full-on character assassination’

New DFL Party Chair Ken Martin said on Thursday that the Republican Party of Minnesota is trying to conduct a "full-on character assassination" of Gov. Mark Dayton instead of working to balance the state's still lingering $5 billion budget deficit.

May 26, 2011

GOP introduces web site attacking Dayton for likely government shutdown

The state Republican party has created a new web site criticizing Gov. Mark Dayton for a likely government shutdown. The site references Dayton's decision to shut down his U.S. Senate office in 2004 as evidence of a pattern of unpredictable behavior under pressure.

May 20, 2011

Major legislative initiatives that stalled out in Session ’11

Several high-profile Republican pet projects have faded amid a particularly contentious budget battle, including a repeal of the nuclear construction moratorium, pension reforms, corporate income tax cuts and slots at racetracks.

May 4, 2011

Kriesel an army of one

GOP freshman Rep. John Kriesel came to the Capitol on a promise to act independently. The afternoon following his victory in House District 57A, he stood in front of the Capitol press and alongside the GOP leadership and said he'd be willing to work with the Democratic governor and DFL legislators to do what was best for the state and his district. Compromise, he said, "is what keeps me from sleep[...]

May 2, 2011

MN GOP taps op-ed columnist Craig Westover to lead communications

Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Tony Sutton has tapped former Pioneer Press contributing columnist Craig Westover to lead the party’s communication efforts.

Apr 15, 2011

Republicans gather to elect party leaders

Minnesota Republicans gather this weekend at their State Central Committee meeting at the Ramada Mall of America. Tonight will feature good cheer at a variety of hospitality suites. The frivolity will give way to what's expected to be a long day of intra-party politicking on Saturday.

Feb 1, 2011

Sutton, Brodkorb will seek re-election to RPM

Sutton announced Tuesday his plans to seek re-election alongside current Deputy Party Chair Michael Brodkorb, who is also a Senate communications staffer. The election will be held April 16 in a location that has yet to be determined.

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