Minnesota

GOP seeks jolt to Senate race against Dem Franken

STORDEN, Minn. (AP) — Mike McFadden leaned his sturdy frame over the front counter of the Shady Drive Inn as the owner aired the same frustrations……

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Bill banning gun possession by those convicted of domestic abuse heads to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota is on the verge of restricting gun possession rights for people convicted of domestic abuse…

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Medical marijuana heads for vote by full MN Senate

The proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Minnesota is headed for a vote by the full state Senate.
The proposal…

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Franken’s opponent raises $780K

The Republican front-runner to face Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has kept up his strong fundraising pace, pulling in $780,000 in the last three months of 2013.
Businessman Mike McFadden (R) has $1.7 million in the…

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Franken Challenger Says Minnesota GOP ‘Starting to Unify’

State Sen. Julianne Ortman, a Republican, described her recent straw poll victory as proof her party is starting to coalesce around a challenger to Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., in 2014.
“It’s encouragement that we’re starting…

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Son of Former Congressman to Challenge Tim Walz in Minnesota

Jim Hagedorn, son of former Rep. Tom Hagedorn, R-Minn., will formally announce this afternoon that he will challenge four-term Democratic Rep. Tim Walz this cycle.
Hagedorn, a former staffer to then-Rep. Arlan Stangeland, R-Minn., lost…

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The 7 Most Dysfunctional State Parties

In the past two years, one state party chairman was investigated by the local bar association. Elsewhere, an about-to-be-ousted party leader changed the locks at the headquarters. Two more state parties were threatened with eviction.…

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Rep. Tim Walz Has First Republican Challenger

Democratic Rep. Tim Walz officially has a Republican opponent in Minnesota’s 1st District.
Republican state Rep. Mike Benson announced on Monday that he will run against Walz in 2014, according to a local report.
Benson’s…

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Second Republican Announces Bid for Bachmann Seat

Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah announced on Wednesday that she is running for Minnesota’s 6th District seat.
Sivarajah is the second GOP candidate in the primary to replace GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann, who announced last…

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Bachmann won’t seek reelection in 2014

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) announced on Wednesday that she would not seek reelection to Congress in 2014.
“After a great deal of thought and deliberation, I have decided next year I will not seek a…

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Bachmann Seeks Redemption at Home

Once one of the tea party’s loudest voices on Capitol Hill, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann now shuns the national spotlight for Saturday morning coffees in St. Cloud.
These are the political consequences when a former…

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Florida Rep. Radel rips Minnesota governor’s ‘snowbird’ tax plan, welcomes refugees

A Florida Republican congressman is welcoming to his home state Minnesota residents who migrate south to escape the Midwest’s notoriously cold, harsh winters — now that their governor is trying to impose a so-called “snowbird…

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Minnesota GOP Faces Rocky Path to Recovery in 2014

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the Republican Party of Minnesota hit rock bottom.
It’s even more difficult to determine its path to recovery this cycle, if one even exists.
The state party kicked off…

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