Governor ’14

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 […]

Primary election results live-blog – COMPLETED

Primary election results live-blog – COMPLETED

Live Blog Primary Results Live Blog – August 12, 2014 Welcome to a live-blog primary election results in Minnesota. The polls close at 8:00 PM and I’ll be live-blogging until the winners have been declared in the top races. Please check back to politics.mn for immediate analysis and information on […]

Weaver continues to give Dayton rave reviews

Weaver continues to give Dayton rave reviews

Charlie Weaver, the Executive Director of the Minnesota Business Partnership continues to give Governor Mark dayton rave reviews in public comments about Dayton’s work with Minnesota economy. Last year I wrote that Dayton appeared at the annual dinner of the Minnesota Business Partnership and the reaction to Gov. Dayton’s speech by […]

Campaigns target voters with GOTV messages

Campaigns target voters with GOTV messages

The primary election is tomorrow and the campaigns are using these final hours to leave GOTV messages to turn out as many of their supporters as possible. Below are two voice mails I received today. I’ll update this post with any additional calls I receive. Below is a voice-mail with […]

Balls & Strikes: Primary election a big test for Downey & Civis

Balls & Strikes: Primary election a big test for Downey & Civis

Since Keith Downey became the chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota, Civis Communications, which is owned by Bob Cummins, has become one of the primary vendors for the party. The Freedom Club, whose executive director is Mike Scholl, has provided signifcant financial support to the state party, most recently […]

Quote of the Day: Coleman on no debates at MN State Fair

Quote of the Day: Coleman on no debates at MN State Fair

“Franken and Dayton made a calculated decision to give Minnesotans the big middle corn dog.” Source: Former U.S. Senator Norm Coleman about U.S. Senator Al Franken and Governor Mark Dayton not participating in Minnesota Public Radio’s debate at the Minnesota State Fair. Source: Notes from Norm, August 1, 2014.