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Thao Charges Racism And Politics Were Motivation In Finance Boards Investigation

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Thursday February 4th, 2010
By Marty Owings

Thao guilty of campaign finance misdeeds (update)

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State Rep. Cy Thao In Happier Times

State Capitol - February 3, 2010
By Tanner Curl

DFL state Rep. Cy Thao's has some explaining to do. Today, the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board fined the St. Paul legislator $3,000 and ordered him to repay the state $1,721 in public subsidies. The investigation was initiated after Nathan Haase filed a complaint in October 2009. Thao paid his family $2,000 in 2008 to rent a campaign office that he apparently never used. Additionally, the CFB determined Thao grossly overpaid friends and neighbors for lawn sign distribution. In 2008, the legislator also paid for the design of campaign literature that was never printed.

Read excerpts from the report after the jump.

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."

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