2014 Elections

Franken’s Voting Record the Target of McFadden’s 1st Ad “Miss”

Franken’s Voting Record the Target of McFadden’s 1st Ad “Miss”

U.S. Senator Al Franken’s voting record is the focus of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden’s first television ad. McFadden’s campaign said the hockey-themed ad from hits Franken “…for record Washington spending, over 40 votes for higher taxes, and voting for Obamacare.” Below is McFadden’s new ad “Miss”: In a […]

Unwinding the SPIN: Fundraising Reports for Governor Should Clear the Field

Unwinding the SPIN: Fundraising Reports for Governor Should Clear the Field

The first quarterly fundraising reports for statewide campaigns in Minnesota were released yesterday and the news should be a wake-up call to Republicans in Minnesota. Governor Mark Dayton’s re-election campaign continues to have a big financial lead over his Republican rivals. Dayton’s campaign reported receipts of $195,868.36 in the first […]

Benson’s Endorsement of Emmer Conflicts with Thompson’s Campaign’s “Strict Policy” of No Endorsements

Benson’s Endorsement of Emmer Conflicts with Thompson’s Campaign’s “Strict Policy” of No Endorsements

Last summer, when Rhonda Sivarajah announced her campaign for Congress in the 6th Congressional District at an auto repair shop in Ham Lake, State Senator Michelle Benson (R-Ham Lake) was there to support Sivarajah’s campaign. As Sivarajah spoke at the podium about her campaign, Benson stood behind Sivarajah, along with […]

Emmer Wins GOP Endorsement in 6th; Sivarajah to Run in Primary

Emmer Wins GOP Endorsement in 6th; Sivarajah to Run in Primary

Tom Emmer won the endorsement from Republicans in the 6th Congressional District on the first ballot on Saturday with 76 percent of the vote over Anoka County commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah. Emmer was the heavy favorite to win the endorsement. In February, Emmer won the 6th CD straw ballot with 67 percent […]

Live Blog: On the Campaign Trail…April 12, 2014

Live Blog: On the Campaign Trail…April 12, 2014

politics.mn’s 60 Second Interview™: David FitzSimmons, Tom Emmer for Congress

politics.mn’s 60 Second Interview™: David FitzSimmons, Tom Emmer for Congress

In the age of Twitter and text messages, the attention span of people has been greatly reduced. politics.mn’s 60 Second Interview™ will be quick interviews with Minnesota politicos. Below is an interview I did today with David FitzSimmons, with Tom Emmer’s congressional campaign, previewing this weekend’s convention. Listen to the audio below […]

Balls & Strikes: Republicans Should Welcome Krinkie’s Exit

Balls & Strikes: Republicans Should Welcome Krinkie’s Exit

6th Congressional District candidate Phil Krinkie announced yesterday that he would not be attending Saturday’s Republican endorsing convention and he may run in the Republican primary, or he may run as a third-party candidate. Krinkie bolting the Republican Party and running as a third-party candidate is a thought that would […]

Exposé on MNSure Chaos Provides GOP with a Golden Opportunity…Will They Take it?

Exposé on MNSure Chaos Provides GOP with a Golden Opportunity…Will They Take it?

A few times each election cycle, the dynamics of a particular race can be altered for one of numerous reasons. The political environment is influenced by many factors and it can change very quickly. The revelations in the Star Tribune’s article, “MNsure defects were no surprise“, could have a dramatic impact […]