Twist On Fair Politics: GOP Vs. GOP

Political challengers proposed debating incumbents. Incumbents pared down the challengers’ lists. The governor sat motionless as two buckets of ice were dumped on him. It was a typical opening day at Minnesota’s Great (Political) Get-Together, except, that is, that the State Fair also featured Republican officials banning their endorsed Supreme Court candidate from the party’s…
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‘Give Bees A Chance’

Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson promises to plant more flowers. It is part of a new program his department launched at the State Fair on Thursday to encourage Minnesotans to provide good homes to bees, wasps, butterflies and other insects that pollinate plants. Pollinators’ numbers are falling and scientists do not know all the causes,…
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Analysis: Sharp Contrasts Separate Johnson And Dayton

Jeff Johnson was 8 years old when Mark Dayton got involved in government, working for then-U.S. Sen. Walter Mondale. Since then, Dayton has traveled the state for 39 years, getting to know issues that most Minnesotans may not even realize exist. He did that as state economic development commissioner, state auditor, U.S. senator and governor,…
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Political Chatter: Politicians Fake News Sites

Some political organizations are setting up websites that look like they are run by news organizations, but instead of objective news they deliver heavy doses of partisan propaganda. The National Republican Congressional Committee is one such group, and it is targeting U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, who has represented western Minnesota for two dozen years, and…
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Governor Race Could Be ‘Minnesota Nice’

By Bill Salisbury, St. Paul Pioneer Press, and and Don Davis, Forum News Service Election campaigns often do not follow the “Minnesota nice” philosophy, but political insiders wonder if that might be different this year after Jeff Johnson won the Republican nomination to run against Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. Johnson, the GOP-endorsed candidate who defeated…
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