Commentary

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 […]

Must See TV: The Reporters on FOX 9

Must See TV: The Reporters on FOX 9

It was great to be on FOX 9 on Sunday morning to talk politics and social media. Please click on the video below to watch the broadcast. I want to extend a big thank you to Tom Lyden, Cyndy Brucato, David Schultz and everyone at FOX 9 for the opportunity to be […]

Balls & Strikes: Days after primary, the GOP is explaining, DFL gaining

Balls & Strikes: Days after primary, the GOP is explaining, DFL gaining

In the days following the primary election on August 12, I repeatedly wondered if Republicans were working off a different calendar than Democrats in Minnesota. After a sleepy primary, I expected Republicans would be well-rested. Post-primary, the Republicans would hit the ground running with the final candidates being selected for the top races […]

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 […]

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: Perske on filing FEC paperwork late

Quote of the Day: Perske on filing FEC paperwork late

“The Federal Election Commission on Friday issued a warning letter to Perske’s campaign treasurer, advising the campaign to file the report within four business days. Perske said he wasn’t aware of the warning letter either. ‘You caught me off guard,’ Perske said in a phone interview Tuesday. ‘This is our […]

It’s all about Sheila – Part II

It’s all about Sheila – Part II

As I noted in a previous post, the side-show in Minnesota politics this year is the House District 48B GOP primary, where Sheila Kihne, a Republican activist & author from Eden Prairie, is challenging Representative Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie). Loon has won by wide-margins since being elected to the Minnesota […]

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.