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Under a plan approved by a key panel of the Democratic National Committee Friday, Dec. 2, South Carolina will hold the first primary on Feb. 3. Of the states vying for the early primary spots, Michigan, another diverse Upper Midwest state, was seen as Minnesota’s strongest competitor. Michigan's primary will be on Feb. 27,
DFL Gov. Tim Walz, House Speaker Melissa Hortman and incoming Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic sent a letter to the Democratic National Committee this week pledging to pass legislation to move the primary to an earlier date if national leadership picks the state.
A crowd of around 100 braved the cold, snow and wind on Sunday to welcome Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidates to Bemidji during a Get out the Vote tour stop.
Scott Jensen, GOP nominee for Minnesota governor, took in more money than his opponent over the last month's reporting period, but his spending still trailed significantly.

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Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Michelle Fischbach is seeking her second term in a district considered a stronghold for her party. Opponents Jill Abahsain of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and Travis "Bull" Johnson of the Legal Marijuana Now Party say discontent with the incumbent and their positions on issues important to the district give them a fighting chance.
The office has yard signs and information for Jason Satter, candidate for Minnesota House 9B; Jeremy Vinar, candidate for Minnesota House 12B; Cornel Walker, candidate for State Senate 9; and Kari Dorry, candidate for State Senate 12.
Minnesota’s 2024 presidential primary is scheduled to take place on March 5, but that could change after a key body of the Democratic National Committee meets in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday and Thursday. A decision could come as early as this summer, but Minnesota Republicans would have to agree to a change.
At one point, the DFL party had announced candidates for the 7th District seat, but those individuals are no longer eligible to run in the district after the redrawing of Congressional districts in Minnesota.
A set of Republican-introduced bills would establish carjacking as a specific criminal offense, increase sentences for repeat offenders and require electronic home monitoring for people released from custody without bail.
A Tuesday hearing for a bill aimed at attracting new officers to relieve shortages was canceled after apparent disagreement among DFL lawmakers.

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Minnesota Senate Republicans opposed to the bill said it increases taxes on employers for benefits they may already offer or that workers might not need.
While police reform activists testifying Friday, Feb. 4, at the House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Committee expressed overall support for the DFL’s public safety bill, they told representatives that a week is too long of a wait for grieving families.
Jeremy Vinar of Alexandria, who has announced that he is running against Republican incumbent Mary Franson in House District 8B, drew some of the evening’s loudest applause.

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