Governor ’14

Balls & Strikes: Johnson’s tongue-tied about Tea Party support

Balls & Strikes: Johnson’s tongue-tied about Tea Party support

Balls & Strikes is a feature on politics.mn focused on examining the tactics and strategies of Minnesota politics, politicians and candidates.  

Johnson’s Tea Party tour of Minnesota

Johnson’s Tea Party tour of Minnesota

Jeff Johnson, the Republican endorsed candidate for governor, has been attempting to distance himself from his association with numerous Tea Party groups in Minnesota. Johnson told Minnesota Public Radio last week that “I am not a tea party extremist.” I was surprised by Johnson’s comments, as he proudly attended Tea Party […]

Horner endorses Johnson

Horner endorses Johnson

Tom Horner, the 2010 Independence Party candidate for governor against Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer, endorsed Jeff Johnson’s candidacy today. Horner received 12 percent of the vote in 2010, with Dayton defeating Emmer by approximately 9,000 votes. In a press release from Johnson’s campaign, Horner said: As an […]

Johnson’s campaign say no to any LG debates

Johnson’s campaign say no to any LG debates

Governor Mark Dayton’s campaign has requested two lieutenant governor debates between Dayton’s candidate for LG, Tina Smith, and Jeff Johnson’s LG candidate, Bill Kuisle. Johnson’s campaign is declining the offer from Dayton’s campaign for any lieutenant governor debates. Dayton’s campaign will continue to press for debates between Smith and Kuisle. […]

Johnson no longer supporting MacDonald

Johnson no longer supporting MacDonald

Jeff Johnson, the Republican endorsed candidate for governor, announced yesterday that he is no longer supporting Michelle MacDonald’s candidacy for the Minnesota Supreme Court. In a statement release by his campaign, Johnson said: As the leader of the Republican ticket, I tried hard to remain patient with Michelle MacDonald during […]

Quote of the Day: Johnson on Minnesota’s strong economy

Quote of the Day: Johnson on Minnesota’s strong economy

“There’s no question it would be easier for me as a challenger if everything appeared to be in shambles, that’s clear. But it’s not.” Source: Republican candidate for governor Jeff Johnson, Star Tribune, “With an economy on the upswing, Dayton is tough target”, August 24, 2014

Johnson’s campaign downplays fundraising expectations

Johnson’s campaign downplays fundraising expectations

Fresh off his win in the Republican primary for governor, Jeff Johnson’s campaign is downplaying fundraising raising expectations as Johnson begins his general election battle with Governor Mark Dayton. The most recent fundraising figures available ($861,815.04 and Johnson with $133,886.49Pre-Primary Report of Receipts and Expenditures + 24 Hour Notices) shows Dayton […]

Unwinding The SPIN: Warning signs ahead for GOP

Unwinding The SPIN: Warning signs ahead for GOP

The 2014 primary election is over, but the vote totals in the primary show clear warning signs for the Republicans in Minnesota. The final vote totals are not in yet for the primary, but it is clear more Democrats voted in the primary than did Republicans. It is a trend that […]