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 -- The official campaign season started with bipartisan smiles Tuesday, even if no one expects it to end that way. The first four Minnesotans to file paperwork to officially become candidates were lined up at the secretary of state's counter Tuesday, three of them filling out the forms. But Rick Nolan, Democratic candidate in the 8th Congressional District, had not started. "It's embarrassing," Nolan said. "I left my reading glasses in the car." State Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's campaign season officially began today. As she has for five elections, Rep. Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, stayed overnight on her lawn chair in a hallway outside the secretary of state's office to be first in line to file candidate paperwork. Before the office opened at 8 a.m., three others also were in line, the first of many throughout Minnesota to file for federal, state, local and judicial offices by 5 p.m. June 5. Peppin and other candidates said that being early shows voters how deeply they care about their races. Being first is a tradition for Peppin.
ST. CLOUD -- Ron Paul supporters will dominate the Republican National Convention Minnesota delegation. Delegates to the state convention on Saturday voted in 12 Paul delegates. When they are added to previously selected delegates, Paulites will have at least 32 of 40 Minnesota delegates to the Tampa, Fla., convention in August. The only non-Paulite elected Saturday is U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.
ST. CLOUD -- Their party faces a $1.3 million debt, ideological differences and lingering questions about a sex scandal, and Republicans leaving their state convention Saturday both acknowledged the problems and kept their chins up. "We don't really have a lot of unity within the party," convention delegate Ken Zylstra of Worthington said. "They would just as soon shoot each other down," the long-time Republican and first-time convention delegate said of the party's factions. On the other hand, freshman U.S. Rep.
Kurt Bills is ready to teach economics to Washington. Backing his theme of "taking economics 101 to Washington," Minnesota Republicans Friday handed Bills a second-ballot endorsement for U.S. Senate to run against Democrat U.S. Sen.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Republicans opened their state convention today bickering about rules such as whether people in the River's Edge Convention Center aisles may vote. The main event comes this afternoon when about 2,000 delegates are to pick a Republican challenger for Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Delegates came to St.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Republicans gather in St. Cloud this morning, with the official main event picking a candidate to face Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. But the main undercurrent may be how Ron Paul supporters do at the two-day state convention. How strong presidential candidate Paul is among delegates likely will affect the Senate race. Estimates of the number of Minnesota Paul delegates range from a third to nearly a half of the 2,000-some Republicans at the River's Edge Convention Center. "Ron Paul is a big factor in this race," Minnesota U.S. Senate hopeful Pete Hegseth said.
ST. PAUL -- Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Rep. Morrie Lanning knows how to win elections and football championships, and says getting a new Vikings stadium is much the same. "I'm a former football player who had an extraordinary team," the 1964 Concordia College of Moorhead center said Monday after Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill to build a Vikings stadium.
ST. PAUL -- Rep. Morrie Lanning summed up a stadium bill signing in three words: "We did it." That pretty much was the attitude of a couple hundred cheering Minnesotans, many wearing Vikings' purple, in the Capitol rotunda today as Gov.