Governor ’14

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 today 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 […]

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

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

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 […]

Quote of the Day: Seifert On Republicans in 2010

Quote of the Day: Seifert On Republicans in 2010

“In 2010…the mood of the party was ‘Let’s burn the capitol down,’ and that’s not me.” Source: Marty Seifert, talking about temperament of Republicans in Minnesota when he ran for governor in 2010. March 30, 2014

On the Campaign Trail…3rd & 7th GOP CD Conventions

On the Campaign Trail…3rd & 7th GOP CD Conventions

Today was the start of Republican congressional district conventions. Congressman Erik Paulsen was unanimously endorsed for re-election by Republicans in the 3rd Congressional District and State Senator Torrey Westrom was unanimously endorsed by Republicans in the 7th Congressional District. Westrom will face-off against Congressman Collin Peterson, who announced last week that […]

Balls & Strikes: Team Thompson Needs to Explain Missed Votes

Balls & Strikes: Team Thompson Needs to Explain Missed Votes

State Senator Dave Thompson (R-Lakeville), who is one of the top Republican candidates for governor, missed a big vote last week in the Minnesota Senate on the tax bill. Missing votes is an issue that won’t go unnoticed, especially if you’re running for re-election or higher office. I wrote about […]

On the Campaign Trail…The Last Big Saturday of Local Conventions

On the Campaign Trail…The Last Big Saturday of Local Conventions

Tomorrow is the last big Saturday of local Republican conventions. 126 of the 127 local Republican BPOU conventions have been held, with only one remaining, SD 61 in Minneapolis on March 29. Aside from elected delegates, conventions will also endorse candidates for the Minnesota House of Representatives. The biggest endorsement contest […]