Final Debate Summarizes Governor Race

By Don Davis Minnesota governor candidates who often deliver long campaign speeches neatly summarized their differences during their final debate “Minnesota is moving forward,” Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said Friday night, pointing to the fact that more people are employed now than when he took office nearly four years ago and that education has received…
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Election Notebook: DFL, GOP Trade Jabs Over Late-campaign Mailings

By Don Davis It is the time of a campaign when things get a little rough, as shown Thursday when Minnesota Democrats and Republicans criticized each other for mailing inaccurate and inappropriate literature in state House races. Democrats, led by House Speaker Paul Thissen, complained that the Republican Party sent out mailings critical of a…
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Democrats’ Goal: Get Members To Vote

By Don Davis Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party leaders are on a 30-city pre-election tour with one overriding goal: Get party members to the polls Tuesday. “When we show up, we win,” Democratic Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges told dozens of party loyalists gathered on a chilly Wednesday morning. After the rally, featuring 14 speakers, DFL leaders boarded…
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Election Notebook: Dayton Says He Was Not Part Of MNsure Rates

By Don Davis Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he was not involved in a request for an insurance company to lower its rates. Dayton said that it would not have been appropriate for him to be part of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman’s request last year to PreferredOne to lower rates for 2014 health insurance policies…
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Republicans Count On Election To Gain Voice In House

By Charley Shaw Republicans have been shut out of power in the Minnesota state Capitol for two years, and in next week’s elections are seeking to regain some of their lost clout by winning back control of the state House. All 134 seats in the currently Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party-controlled House will be on Tuesday’s ballot, while…
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