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Sec Of State Candidate Severson Apparently Confused On Absentee Ballot Law

Dan Severson

Minnesota Republican endorsed secretary of state candidate Dan Severson claims the new “no-excuse” absentee ballot legislation which allows any registered voter to absentee vote without an excuse specifically excludes military personnel from this privilege, requiring them to provide an excuse. The secretary of state office says Severson is wrong. Continue Reading →

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Democrats Turn Up Heat On McFadden Cheaper Chinese Steel Comment

Reps Jason Metsa and Carly Melin hold news conference in Duluth denouncing Mike McFadden's support of using cheaper Chinese steel to build the Keystone pipeline

Minnesota Democrats are trying to turn a comment about steel from Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike McFadden into a major campaign issue to unite Iron Range residents against him — something that could help the DFL in other races as well. 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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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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Today’s UpTake: Working Families Day at State Capitol

Gov. Mark Dayton thanks Minnesota unions for helping him win the election

Today at the State Capitol, organized labor takes center stage. The Minnesota AFL-CIO, together with Education Minnesota, AFSCME Council 5, MNA, IAFF and the Pipefitters will rally at 11:30 a.m. in the Rotunda to oppose the so-called “Right to Work” legislation, which uses Orwellian language while scaling back labor rights. Continue Reading →

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Today’s UpTake: Dayton Releases Budget, Iron Range Special Election

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's Official Photo

Governor Mark Dayton takes center stage again today, as he releases his state budget at 10:30 at the Minnesota Department of Revenue, together with Commissioner Jim Schowalter, members of his Cabinet, and officials from Minnesota Management and Budget. 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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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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Today’s UpTake: Frivolous Challenges Mount in Hennepin County

Hennepin County Elections Manager Rachel Smith Talks About Recount

Hennepin County Elections Manager Rachel Smith says that the nearly 1,000 “frivolous” challenges made by Republican Tom Emmer’s campaign have been “a bit unnecessary”, and perhaps evoke comparisons to the mountain of “frivolous challenges” made in 2008 by the Norm Coleman campaign. 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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Today’s UpTake: Recount Training Presentation, FBI Raids and Judicial Elections

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The Office of the Secretary of State has invited media today to view a live Recount Training Presentation for election officials at 1:30 p.m. at the State Office Building. Then at 4 p.m. at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, we’ll broadcast a panel discussion led by moderator Larry Jacobs about the state of judicial elections in Minnesota. Continue Reading →

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