Democratic Governor Candidates Agree On Many Issues

Minnesota’s Democratic governor candidates generally agree on policies affecting greater Minnesota, ranging from spending more money for affordable housing to making it more enticing for young people to obtain two-year degrees. On many issues, they differ only to a matter of degree. Differences and similarities became clear Friday, Jan. 26, as members of the Minnesota…
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Republican Governor Hopefuls Lean Right

There was no confusing Minnesota Republican governor candidates for Democrats in a forum at the Minnesota Newspaper Association convention on Friday, Jan. 26. GOP candidates at the forum, also sponsored by the Center for Rural Policy and Development,, generally stayed close to Republican lower-tax and lower-spending concepts. Jeff Johnson, a Hennepin County commissioner who grew…
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Chatter: Caucuses Important Step In Political Process

The 2018 election remains more than nine months away, but a Feb. 6 event likely will give birth to some political campaign favorites. That will be caucus night, when Democrats and Republicans gather across Minnesota conduct party business. They will elect local party leaders, pick delegates for future conventions and pick their favorite candidates in…
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Dayton Buys $6,000 Super Bowl Ticket, But Who Gets His Cheers?

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is transparent about how much his Super Bowl ticket cost — $6,000 — but not so much about which team may earn his cheers. As he was ending an unrelated news conference Wednesday, Jan. 24, reporters began asking Dayton about the Super Bowl, to be played in Minneapolis Feb. 4. The…
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General To Take Command Of Troubled IT Agency

The governor brought in an Army general to lead the Minnesota information technology department, which is struggling to fix a $93-million computer system for vehicle licenses and titles. Gov. Mark Dayton announced on Wednesday, Jan. 24, that he appointed Johanna Clyborne to lead MIN.IT, the state’s information technology department. He said she is taking the…
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