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Minnesota Caucus Results Bring Surprises And A Few Twists

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February 2, 2010
State Capitol
By Marty Owings

With close to 75% of the precincts reporting in Minnesota, it looks like at least one Candidate may have surprised his competitors. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is leading with 20.88% in the DFL. Rybak who started his campaign late, because of his Mayoral race, has made up lot's of ground on front-runner Margaret Anderson Kelliher and others. Rybak's strong showing will bring more focus on he and Kelliher from their competition in the campaign.

Emmer Dials Down Caucus Expectations

February 2, 2010
State Capitol
By Tanner Curl

Republican Rep. Tom Emmer's gubernatorial candidate sent out an e-mail this afternoon lowering expectations for tonight's straw poll results.

Check out an excerpt after the jump.

Money In The Race

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February 2, 2010
State Capitol
By Marty Owings

Some of the Candidates for Governor released campaign finance reports yesterday. It should be no surprise that DFL Candidate and former US Senator Mark Dayton leads in the money race, after all he spent $12 million on his 2000 campaign. Dayton has stated in the past that spending his own money, keeps him more independent.

KFAI Announces Governor's Forum

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February 1, 2009
State Capitol
By Marty Owings

KFAI Radio has announced that it will be broadcasting the first in a series of Gubernatorial forums on Monday February 8th, 2010 at 6:00 p.m

State Lawmakers Press Washington For Clean Energy Jobs

February 1, 2010
State Capitol
By Marty Owings

State Legislators Sen. Ellen Anderson, Rep. Jeremy Kalin, and Rep. Kate Knuth announced today that they will be pushing Congress for, "immediate action on pending clean energy jobs and climate change legislation." The resolution will be introduced this week as the Minnesota Legislative session kicks off. In the press release, Sen. Anderson stated that, "it is important that Minnesota – a national leader in clean energy jobs and climate change reform – speaks as one unified voice calling for needed federal action."

Emmer Campaign Announces Grams Endorsement

February 1, 2010
Minnesota State Capitol
By Marty Owings

The Emmer campaign picked up another high profile endorsement today with the announcement that Former US Senator Rod Grams was backing Emmer for Governor.

The campaign was in Duluth for the announcement where Grams stated, "With today's economic situation, it is important for our party to nominate someone with the strength to make the tough choices regarding the state's budget," said Grams. "I know the families in Greater Minnesota will connect with Tom and his message because he shares our conservative values."

Your Guide To A Raucous Caucus

January 31, 2010
State Capitol
By Marty Owings

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Okay, so unless your a hardcore politico, you're probably thinking to yourself that going to the Tuesday caucus sounds like it would be about as much fun as a trip to the dentist!

Seifert Campaign Turns Attention Toward Emmer

January 30, 2009
Minnesota State Capitol
by Marty Owings
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It was probably just a matter of time until the Seifert campaign had to face the idea that Tom Emmer has become a very realistic contender in the race for Governor. Emmer has been gaining momentum since he entered the race and has been polling well among the GOP base.

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