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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 Tea Party tour of Minnesota

Johnson’s Tea Party tour of Minnesota

Jeff Johnson, the Republican endorsed candidate for governor, has been attempting to distance himself from his association with numerous Tea Party groups in Minnesota. Johnson told Minnesota Public Radio last week that “I am not a tea party extremist.” I was surprised by Johnson’s comments, as he proudly attended Tea Party […]

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 […]

Quote of the Day: Downey boosts “four” GOP candidates in primary

Quote of the Day: Downey boosts “four” GOP candidates in primary

“‘We have four, I think, really strong candidates, all of whom would be a very welcome change from Mark Dayton,’ said Keith Downey, chairman of the Minnesota Republican Party.” Source: Star Tribune, August 10, 2014

Applebaum falsely claims endorsement from Ramstad

Applebaum falsely claims endorsement from Ramstad

Contrary to the campaign advertisements and promotions, former Congressman Jim Ramstad (R-MN) has not endorsed Jon Applebaum, a DFL candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives in 44B. Applebaum has listed Ramstad as a supporter of his campaign on both his literature and website. In an e-mail to politics.mn, Ramstad was very clear: […]

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 […]

Quote of the Day: McFadden vs. Franken a “top ten target” race

Quote of the Day: McFadden vs. Franken a “top ten target” race

“This race is a top ten target for the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, so goes Minnesota, so goes the United States Senate as you look at issues that matter to our membership.” Source: Rob Engstrom, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, MPR, August 4, 2014