Commentary

Unwinding The SPIN: Jeff Johnson complicates a cup of coffee

Unwinding The SPIN: Jeff Johnson complicates a cup of coffee

This post is not just about coffee, but it will start out with a discussion on coffee. Let me begin by telling you that I do not currently drink coffee. Three years ago, I tried it for a week. I liked the first few cups, but then stopped. I try […]

Balls & Strikes: Great move by McFadden’s campaign to replay debate

Balls & Strikes: Great move by McFadden’s campaign to replay debate

Balls & Strikes is a continued featured on politics.mn which focuses on examining the tactics and strategies of Minnesota politics, politicians and candidates. I’ve complemented and offered constructive criticism to both Republicans and Democrats. As a Republican, the opportunities to compliment the strategy and tactics of Republican campaigns in 2014 have […]

Balls & Strikes: McFadden’s campaign rebounds after poll

Balls & Strikes: McFadden’s campaign rebounds after poll

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden’s campaign staff started their day knowing a poll had been released the night before which showed McFadden trailing U.S. Senator Al Franken by 18 points. Having worked on more than one campaign that was behind in public polling by double-digits, I know how tough it […]

Balls & Strikes: McFadden is the “scrappy fighter” in ’14

Balls & Strikes: McFadden is the “scrappy fighter” in ’14

Yesterday’s U.S. Senate debate between U.S. Senator Al Franken and Republican Mike McFadden was a much different debate than Governor Mark Dayton’s debate with Republican Jeff Johnson and Independence Party candidate Hannah Nicollet. The performance of the Republican candidates and their campaigns yesterday provided political observers of both races with a […]

No “scrappy fighter” in first debate between Dayton & Johnson

No “scrappy fighter” in first debate between Dayton & Johnson

Governor Mark Dayton, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, and Independence Party candidate Hannah Nicollet all participated in the first of five gubernatorial debate last evening. The debate in Rochester was Johnson’s first opportunity to directly contrast his vision for Minnesota with Dayton’s record over the last four years. After Mike […]

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.