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After Loss to Bachmann, Tarryl Clark Runs Again for Congress


Tarryl Clark lost to Michele Bachmann last year in the race for Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District. But she’s not throwing in the towel. Redistricting will allow Clark to challenge Republican Chip Cravaack next year in the state’s 8th Congressional District. Continue Reading →

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DFL: Pawlenty Left Minnesota Holding The Bag

Iowa Democratic Party Chair Talks About Tim Pawlenty's record

As Minnesota’s legislature struggles to solve the biggest deficit in the state’s history, its former Governor, Tim Pawlenty is in neighboring Iowa to announce he is running for President. Minnesota’s Democratic Farmer Labor Party Chair Ken Martin traveled to Des Moines today to answer questions about Pawlenty’s record. Martin had a lot to tell.
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Thissen Accuses MN GOP of Throwing Local Government Under De-funded Bus


DFL House Minority Leader Paul Thissen (Richfield) spoke to the media this morning in advance of today’s House floor session. He read the following statement in opposition to GOP proposed budget cuts to Local Government Aid and transportation funds, and took questions afterward. Continue Reading →

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St. Cloud Mayor Kleis Emphasizes Importance of LGA


Yesterday, following Dayton’s speech at the Legislative Conference for Minnesota Cities, Counties, School Boards, Townships, The UpTake spoke to Kleis about the importance of Local Government Aid that St. Cloud receives from the state. Continue Reading →

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Bridging Politics: Gov Dayton & Rep Bachmann On Stillwater Bridge

Governor Mark Dayton and Representative Michele Bachmann Talk Stillwater Bridge Replacement

Politically they are about as far apart as the St. Croix river is wide. Representative Michele Bachmann and Governor Mark Dayton are trying to find a solution to the inadequate and aging bridge that goes from the Twin Cities metro area to the fast growing western Wisconsin region. Continue Reading →

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Ken Martin to Run for DFL Party Chair

Dayton Recount Director Ken Martin

Ken Martin, who served as Minnesota Governor-elect Mark Dayton’s recount director, announced today that he will run for the Democratic-Farm-Labor chairmanship. Current DFL chair Brian Melendez announced last week that he will not seek a fourth two-year term, following the party’s loss of the state house and senate in the Nov. 2 election. Continue Reading →

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