Pawlenty Delivers Last Convention Speech

Mary, Tim Pawlenty Gov. Tim Pawlenty said good-bye to Minnesota Republicans Friday in his last speech to his party’s convention, saying that that he is the first governor in three decades to drop Minnesota out of the 10 biggest taxing states. That comment brought one of the biggest cheers of the day from 2,000 delegates…
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Candidate Filing Begins Early

Candidates running for public office need to file paperwork between May 18 and June 1. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said this is earlier than normal because the primary election was moved up a month, to Aug. 10. "The secretary of state’s office will be open at 8 a.m. on May 18 to accept federal,…
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GOP Picks Statewide Candidates

Anderson Pat Anderson won Republican Party backing early today to return to her old job as Minnesota state auditor. "Right now, every penny counts," Anderson told party convention delegates at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Anderson beat two other opponents after three ballots, when the convention unanimously voted to support her. In the first ballot, Anderson…
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Byberg Hires Thompson

Just as congressional candidate Lee Byberg heads for the Republican convention, he picked long-time Twin Cities radio host Dave Thompson to be his communications director. The Lakeville, Minn., resident is an East Grand Forks, Minn., high school graduate. He received economi0c and political science degrees from the University of North Dakota in 1984 and earned…
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Delegates Mull Palin Endorsement

Emmer Sarah Palin added excitement to the Minnesota Republican convention Thursday night by endorsing Tom Emmer for governor. "A patriotic fiscally conservative ‘hockey dad’ who got his start in politics by serving on his local city councils is running for governor of the great state of Minnesota," Palin wrote on her Facebook page Thursday afternoon.…
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