Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Republicans say they learned their lesson in 2008, when they felt the U.S. Senate race was stolen from them, and plan to monitor today's election closer than ever. St. Louis and Carlton counties in the northeast are especially under the spotlight, Republican state Chairman Tony Sutton said.
ST. PAUL -- Tom Emmer, Mark Dayton and Tom Horner drew their record-setting debate series to a close where it all started in a Sunday governor's forum sounding a lot like their first one just after the Aug. 10 primary election. The three had not changed their tunes in the last three months, but honed their delivery a bit. On Sunday, they reinforced their well-worn key talking points several times as Tuesday's election nears. For Democrat Dayton, a former U.S.
ST. PAUL -- The final day of the 2010 Minnesota governor campaign will feature the three major candidates crossing the state to pick up every last vote. Tom Horner of the Independence Party, Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer all plan busy schedules on Monday. Emmer has the most ambitious agenda with 19 rallies, each in a different city, in 25 hours. It is the only all-night tour of the candidate trio. Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's three major governor candidates show a diverse portfolio to voters, who on Tuesday must decide which man would be best at solving the state's worst-ever budget problem. Over on the far political right is Tom Emmer, a 49-year-old lawyer and state representative from Delano, a Republican who says that state government spending is out of control. He would limit spending in the next Minnesota two-year budget to revenue the state already expects.
ST. PAUL -- The governor's race grabs headlines, but Minnesota voters Tuesday will decide a range of races including other statewide political offices, Supreme Court justice positions and all eight U.S. House seats. The normally placid state auditor's race has plenty of spark this year as incumbent Rebecca Otto, a Democrat, tries to fight off Republican Pat Anderson, the woman she beat four years ago.
ST. PAUL -- Almost everyone knows there are three major candidates for Minnesota governor in Tuesday's election, a few know about four others in the contest and almost no one knows another three are running as write-ins. Candidates waging write-in campaigns need to register with elections officials to have their votes counted.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson puts consumer protection at or near the top of her priority list. Her main challenger, Chris Barden, talks first about suing the federal government over health care reform, followed by election law changes and says that after 40 years of Democrats in the office it is time for a Republican. To say the two have differences certainly is an understatement. Even though he says he is not parroting the party line, Barden's main themes mirror those of other conservative Republican candidates.
ST. PAUL - A coalition of conservative political groups is organizing a program to prevent voter fraud in the November 2 election. Election Integrity Watch is recruiting volunteers to join what it calls "surveillance teams" to observe polling places, organizers from the Tea Party, Minnesota Majority and Minnesota Voters Alliance announced recently.
ST. PAUL -- Politics aside, Tom Emmer, Tom Horner and Mark Dayton say they are ready to run Minnesota. In what was termed a "job interview" in front of about 150 people, each of the three major governor candidates Wednesday night told about their faults and their strengths as they campaign to be the state's chief executive officer. Horner, the Independence Party candidate, admitted to making a mistake as U.S. Sen. David Durenberger's chief of staff when he did not believe a staff member. The staffer was right. "It was a good lesson in ...
ST. PAUL -- State disaster relief is on its way to flood- and tornado-damaged communities, but officials said they may be back for more help next year. Minnesota legislators unanimously approved $80 million in disaster relief during a brief special session Monday, with most heading to southern Minnesota communities hit by floods fed by record September rains. Wadena and other communities affected by a June 17 tornado outbreak will get $6.6 million from the bill. The House quickly approved the measure 131-0 and the Senate 66-0.