Governor ’14

Balls & Strikes: Is Thompson the Republican Candidate Democrats “Fear” or “Cheer”?

Balls & Strikes: Is Thompson the Republican Candidate Democrats “Fear” or “Cheer”?

Today, the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA) will be voted on in the Minnesota Senate. Earlier this year, Rep. Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing) introduced the WESA in the Minnesota House and the bill passed the Minnesota House of Representatives 106 -24 on April 9, 2014.  In a statement about the bill passaged, Melin […]

The Buzz: Timing of Endorsement May Help GOP Find Candidate for Attorney General

The Buzz: Timing of Endorsement May Help GOP Find Candidate for Attorney General

The 2014 Republican Party of Minnesota State Convention is next month and Republicans in Minnesota have yet to find a candidate to run for attorney general against incumbent Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson. This isn’t a new problem for Republicans. The last Republican in Minnesota elected attorney general was Doug […]

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 […]

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 […]