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Jeff Johnson Complains About Gov Dayton Supporting Unions – Full Press Conference

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Candidate for Minnesota Governor Jeff Johnson holds a news conference to complain about Governor Mark Dayton’s support for unions. Union support helped Dayton win election in 2010. Dayton supported and signed a bill that is allowing child care and home health care workers to unionize. Johnson calls that political payback. Continue Reading →

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DFL Chair Blasts Fellow Democrat Entenza For Trying To “Buy” Election

DFL Party Chair Ken Martin offers a post-primary view of Matt Entenza and Republicans

“You had a guy who spent, you know, 675 thousand dollars to try to buy a auditor’s seat and he went up against the party endorsement and the party won.” — DFL Party Chair Ken Martin on Matt Entenza’s failed bid for State Auditor. Continue Reading →

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Minimum Wage Earners Should Aspire To A Better Job Says MN GOP Gubernatorial Primary Winner

Jeff Johnson talks to press after winning Minnesota's GOP Gubernatorial primary

“The minimum wage should not be what anybody aspires to, they should aspire to a career. They should aspire to a job that allows them to raise a family. The minimum wage won’t do that.” — Jeff Johnson, Republican Candidate For Minnesota Governor. Continue Reading →

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MN GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Double Up On Debates As Primary Nears

Three of the four Republican candidates for Minnesota governor debate at a Twin Cities News Talk radio station

Wednesday was a “doubleheader” for the Minnesota Republican gubernatorial candidates with a noon debate at Minnesota Public Radio and an evening debate at a conservative talk radio station. The UpTake was at both locations and has complete video of the debates. Continue Reading →

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How Obama Helped Dayton

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Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton’s (Democratic-Farm-Labor) recount director Ken Martin spoke to The UpTake about what President Obama’s October visit to Minneapolis on behalf of Dayton meant to the campaign — and how it suggested a tight race, despite certain polls showing Dayton with a nine percentage point lead at the time. Continue Reading →

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Dayton Recount Team Defends Integrity of Minnesota Election, Brings Elias On Board

Marc Elias during Coleman Franken Recount Dec. 23, 2008

A press release today from the Dayton recount team announced that it was filing a brief with the Minnesota Supreme Court to oppose the Republican petition. The Dayton team also announced that election protection attorney Marc Elias was being added to the ticket. Continue Reading →

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Ramsey, Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin Counties Call For Supreme Court To Dismiss GOP Challenge

Recount Central

Ramsey County today urged the Minnesota Supreme Court to dismiss the gubernatorial recount petition filed by the state’s Republican Party earlier this week that sought to correct alleged errors and omissions regarding the number of ballots counted in the Nov. 2 election. Continue Reading →

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Emmer, Republicans Petition State Supreme Court Over Recount

Michael Brodkorb when he was MN GOP Deputy Party Chair

Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Tony Sutton and Deputy Chairman Michael Brodkorb today announced that gubernatorial hopeful Tom Emmer and the state Party have filed a petition with the Minnesota Supreme Court asking the court to ensure that reconciliation has occurred in each of Minnesota’s 4,136 precincts. Continue Reading →

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Pawlenty’s People Leaving Capitol in Droves

Budget Commissioner Tom Hanson

It’s not abnormal for Pawlenty’s brain trust to leave him with only a month and a half remaining before he is scheduled to vacate the governor’s mansion. But this all begs the question, what happens if the gubernatorial recount between Mark Dayton and Tom Emmer drags into 2011, and Pawlenty is forced to remain in St. Paul beyond Jan. 3? Continue Reading →

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Emmer, Minnesota Republicans Sue St. Louis and Pine Counties

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At a Mark Dayton recount team press conference at the State Capitol earlier today, attorney David Lillehaug called the GOP effort “a fishing expedition” and insinuated that the Republicans were “trying to find the ball” in their effort to erase the 8,755-vote gap separating Dayton from Emmer. Continue Reading →

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Election Officials: You Want It Fast Or You Want It Right? Public: Yes

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A panel discussion yesterday at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute led by moderator Larry Jacobs examined a likely 2010 gubernatorial recount through the prism of the 2008 recount. Continue Reading →

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