Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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ST. PAUL -- Mark Dayton says Republican workers who videotape almost his every move are getting so close that they intimidate voters trying to talk to the DFL governor candidate.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's three major governor candidates say they want privately funded negative advertisements to end, but television viewers should not get their hopes up. On the day that Republicans began airing statewide a commercial calling DFL candidate Mark Dayton "erratic" and "too risky for Minnesota," Dayton called for a "political cease fire" on such ads. While he said the current GOP ad could run its course, he asked that groups putting up the spots to stick with positive ads. Dayton's suggestion mirrors a 2008 one by Republican Norm Coleman, then seeking re-election to the U.S.
ST. PAUL -- Now that Minnesota Democrats agree on their governor nominee, voters can concentrate on a race that shows huge differences among candidates. "There are clear, distinct choices," said candidate Tom Horner of the Independence Party. "It is a pretty stark contrast," added state Republican Chairman Tony Sutton. Democrats on Wednesday rallied behind department store heir Mark Dayton, on the political left, as their candidate. Lawyer Tom Emmer stands on the far right for Republicans.
ST. PAUL -- Mark Dayton is the Democratic-Farmer-Labor governor candidate. Opponent Margaret Anderson Kelliher made it official late this morning when she conceded. "I just spoke with Mark Dayton and congratulated him on winning the DFL primary," Kelliher said in a statement. "I offered him my full support. He will make an excellent governor." Kelliher said that she delayed conceding because "in Minnesota we value every person's voice and count every person's vote.
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ST. PAUL - State Rep. Tom Emmer has coasted to victory in Minnesota's Republican primary for governor. Emmer's win Tuesday never was in doubt.
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ST. PAUL -- The highlight race in today's primary election features one major question: How rich does a Minnesotan need to be before the state raises taxes? Former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton, who leads recent polls for today's Democratic-Farmer-Laborite governor race, would increase income taxes for individuals making more than $130,000 annually and couples who earn more than $150,000.