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Balls & Strikes: Hypocrisy, thy name is Keith Downey

Balls & Strikes: Hypocrisy, thy name is Keith Downey

After the 2014 Republican Party of Minnesota State Convention in Rochester, Republican Party of Minnesota chairman Keith Downey made it clear it was the obligation of Republicans to support the endorsed candidates. In his now infamous memorandum sent to Republican activists, Downey called on party leaders “at all levels” to […]

Unwinding The SPIN: Johnson’s scrappy fighter image is knocked out

Unwinding The SPIN: Johnson’s scrappy fighter image is knocked out

Since Jeff Johnson announced his campaign for governor, Johnson and his supporters have attempted to cultivate an image of Johnson as a fighter. Johnson has referred to himself as a “scrappy fighter” in speeches and his presentation at the 2014 Republican State Convention in Rochester, included a video of a […]

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 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 $133,886.49 = Pre-Primary Report of Receipts and Expenditures + 24 Hour Notices) […]

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 […]