DFL Gubernatorial Primary Looms Despite Swanson Not Running

“There will be a primary and I’ll defend my endorsement in it,” said Rep. Tim Walz after former St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said he hadn’t decided yet if he would abide by the DFL gubernatorial endorsement process.

Loring Park vigil for Orlando shooting victims

Hundreds Stand Against Hatred In Wake Of Orlando Shootings

More than a thousand people streamed into Minneaplis’ Loring Park – driven by a need to be with others after such a senseless massive tragedy, a need to offer prayers, and a need to find an answer to the nation’s mounting gun violence problem.

Rolling Gun Violence Prevention Campaign Hits Minneapolis

Political figures, faith leaders, community members and prominent survivors of gun violence came together in Minneapolis Wednesday morning to campaign for tighter gun laws, including background checks for all gun sales. The rally was part of “No More Names: The National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence,” a 100-day bus stop campaign that is visiting 25 states.

Mayors Critical Of Pawlenty’s Federal Fund Rejection, Support Dayton For Governor

At a Mark Dayton press conference in front of Minneapolis City Hall Twin City Mayors R.T. Rybak and Chris Coleman joined former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, now Chair of the Democratic National Committee in support of Dayton. Citing Dayton’s state government experience and his recent endorsements by police and fire unions, they held that Dayton is better qualified and ready to serve the needs of local governments as well as all Minnesotans. All were critical of Governor Pawlenty’s turning down federal aid to curry right wing favor in Iowa and New Hampshire in his run for the Republican presidential nomination.

Franken On Kelliher: “Very Rational, Very Strong Leader”

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US Senator Al Franken (DFL-MN) is flying around Minnesota today supporting DFL-endorsed candidate for Governor Margaret Anderson Kelliher. Last night, Franken was among a crowd of Margaret Anderson Kelliher supporters that rallied on front of the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul just before the final debate between Kelliher and her two opponents in Tuesday’s Primary — Mark Dayton and Matt Entenza. Franken told others waiting for the debate to begin that Kelliher is “a very rational and very strong leader. She was able to override the Governor’s veto on transportation.”

Mayor Coleman announces new small business initiatives

Minneapolis Mayor Rybak & St. Paul Mayor Coleman held a press conference today in front of a St. Paul grocery store in on University Ave. They announced new initiatives to support University Ave small businesses during the building of the Central Corridor Light Rail Train. The new initiatives, including a $1.5 million loan for small businesses, are part of a support system for small businesses in St.