The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up


Minnesota Governor News


Minnesota Gubernatorial Headlines


Can Dayton catch lightning in a bottle twice? (smart politics, 12/6/13)
CD 6: Krinkie calls out Emmer campaign (Politics in MN, 12/4/13)
MNSure says first insurance invoices in the mail; a few have ‘potential issues’ (Pioneer Press, 12/4/13)
Opposition tactics to bullying bill gets mixed reaction from GOP seniors group (MinnPost, 12/4/13)
Minn. economic checkup to set stage, expectations for Legislature’s election -year session (AP, 12/4/13)
Jubilant public officials, Viking fans gather for lovefest at stadium groundbreaking (MinnPost, 12/3/13)
Ingebritsen endorses Seifert for governor (Political Animal, 12/3/13)
The Daytonomics-Walkernomis border battle, MNsure and our addiction to instant analysis (MinnPost, 12/3/13)
MoveMN coalition leading a new political drive for better roads, bridges, transit (MinnPost, 12/3/13)
‘Free lunches’ back on menu for Minnesota legislators (Star Tribune, 12/3/13)
SCSU poll shows declining approval numbers for Democratic leaders but no political gain for GOP (MinnPost, 12/2/13)
Minnesota sex crimes task force asks for program overhaul (Star Tribune, 12/2/13)
Fenton stepping down as state GOP deputy chair (Political Animal, 12/2/13)
Fenton leaves GOP post for House run (Hot Dish Politics, 12/2/13)
Minn. eyes Brazil, South Korea for new trade offices as part of expansion OK’d by Legislature (AP, 12/2/13)
Minnesota Tea Party Patriots support repeal of income tax (MinnPost, 12/2/13)


MNsure to double-check 30,000 applications for tax credit qualification (MinnPost, 11/27/13)
AUDIO: Municipalities raising taxes despite boost from state money (MPR, 11/27/13)
New York Times: Pay attention to Minnesota and Wisconsin (The Cap Times, 11/26/13)
It’s not minimum wage, it’s living wage — but don’t amend the constitution (MinnPost, 11/26/13)
Republican Honour earned $1.7M last year (Hot Dish Politics, 11/26/13)
Daudt letter to Dayton accuses DEED of playing politics (Politics in MN, 11/25/13)
DFL, Minnesotans United join forces in key legislative races (MinnPost, 11/25/13)
Scott Walker’s Wisconsin vs. Dayton’s Minnesota: Which is doing better? (MinnPost, 11/25/13)
AUDIO: TakeAction Minnesota draws attention for political victories (MPR, 11/25/13)
Zellers releases (some of) his tax information (Star Tribune, 11/25/13)
State presentation looked like a re-election campaign pitch, GOP leader says (Star Tribune, 11/25/13)
COMMENTARY: Right vs. Left in the Midwest (New York Times, 11/23/13)
Ritchie proposes new election rules on ID, proof of address (Politics in MN, 11/22/13)
Marty 2.0: Seifert joins governor’s race (Politics in MN, 11/22/13)
AUDIO: New state funding could push teacher raises (MPR, 11/22/13)
MNsure enrollment processing concerns GOP (Pioneer Press, 11/22/13)
COMMENTARY: Scott Honour: It’s time for state government to redefine its mission (Rochester Post-Bulletin, 11/22/13)
Dayton likes idea of slot machines at the airport (MinnPost, 11/21/13)
Minnesota Democrats’ support of GOP Obamacare bill reflects politics of the moment (MinnPost, 11/21/13)
National Republicans say Minn’s 8th District is on their radar (Hot Dish Politics, 11/21/13)
GOP poll shows Obamacare unpopular in MN (Political Animal, 11/21/13)
Republican Seifert jumps into crowded race for Minn. governor (Star Tribune, 11/21/13)
Republican Seifert running for governor, but not as a conservative purist (MinnPost, 11/21/13)
It’s official: Marty Seifert launches second bid for governor’s office (Politics in MN, 11/21/13)
New GOP entrant in Minnesota governor race taking 2nd shot (AP, 11/21/13)
AUDIO: Dayton ‘very interested’ in slot machines at MSP airport (MPR, 11/20/13)
Anzelc bill would put $10 minimum wage on MN ballot (MinnPost, 11/21/13)
EDITORIAL: While Obama punts, Dayton makes the right call (Star Tribune, 11/20/13)
Dayton cool to plans for Minnesota Senate building (Star Tribune, 11/20/13)
Anzelc proposes ballot initiative to raise Minnesota’s minimum wage (Politics in MN, 11/20/13)
Challengers begin lining up for House races (Politics in MN, 11/20/13)
Marty Siefert’s political hiatus: Not a problem (smart politics, 11/20/13)
Franken, Dayton endorsed by Minnesota AFL-CIO (Politics in MN, 11/19/13)
AFL-CIO endorses Dayton, Franken (Hot Dish Politics, 11/19/13)
Did Dayton pick ‘winners, loser’ with his health care decision? (MinnPost, 11/19/13)
Gov. Dayton: No extension of existing health coverage (AP, 11/19/13)
Dayton won’t grant extension of existing health insurance plans (Star Tribune, 11/19/13)
GOP targets Franken of shaky rollout of health care overhaul (Star Tribune, 11/19/13)
Dayton backs insurers on discontinued plans (Politics in MN, 11/19/13)
Dayton: Minn. Board of Nursing ‘asleep at the switch’ (Star Tribune, 11/19/13)
Jurist tells legislators that reform for sex-offender program is urgent (Star Tribune, 11/18/13)
Campaign finance database errors prompt legislative hearing (Star Tribune, 11/18/13)
Johnson, candidate for governor, joins in releasing tax returns (Star Tribune, 11/18/13)
Update: Dayton says Minn. will not adopt Obamacare ‘fix’ (MinnPost, 11/18/13)
Controversial GOP posts prompt party to draft social-media guidelines (MinnPost, 11/18/13)
Education Minnesota gives early endorsement of Gov. Dayton’s re-election bid (MinnPost, 11/18/13)
Next act for Gov. Mark Dayton centers on reform (Star Tribune, 11/17/13)
Dayton announces $300M in highway construction (MinnPost, 11/15/13)
Gay marriage backlash quiets — for now (Politics in MN, 11/15/13)
Deputy RPM chair Kelly Fenton launches bid for state House (Politics in MN, 11/15/13)
Teachers union gives Dayton early 2014 endorsement (AP, 11/15/13)
Dayton unveils plans for $300 million in highway projects (Star Tribune, 11/14/13)
AUDIO: Some Minnesota Democrats ‘jittery’ over health care woes (MPR, 11/14/13)
Sex offenders vex a state (Wall Street Journal, 11/14/13)
Republicans say Legislature alone can’t deal with key insurance complaint (MinnPost, 11/14/13)
Dayton ashamed of the drop in his charitable giving (Star Tribune, 11/14/13)
VIDEO: Obamacare changes, MNsure effects unclear (MyFox9, 11/14/13)
Another Republican group’s Facebook post offends, says DFL (Hot Dish Politics, 11/14/13)
Dayton suspends sex offender discharges (Star Tribune, 11/14/13)
Despite revenue report, it’s too early to assume your property-tax bill will rise (MinnPost, 11/14/13)
Seifert, likely candidate for governor, says circle Nov. 21 (Hot Dish Politics, 11/13/13)
Dayton wants to temporarily suspend provisional release of sex offenders (Politics in MN, 11/13/13)
Nearly 4,300 Minnesotans have used MNsure to select health coverage (Pioneer Press, 11/13/13)
GOP fires back at Dayton in MSOP debate (Star Tribune, 11/13/13)
Property taxes likely to climb around Minnesota (MinnPost, 11/13/13)
Dayton wants sex offender releases halted for now (AP, 11/13/13)
In reversal, Minn. governor won’t support release of sex offenders (St. Peter Herald, 11/13/13)
No sign of drop in Minnesota property tax rates…yet (Hot Dish Politics, 11/12/13)
Dayton, Thompson release tax returns; Johnson to soon follow (Hot Dish Politics, 11/12/13)
Dayton and a GOP challenger release tax returns (Star Tribune, 11/12/13)
Gov. Dayton releases tax returns (Pioneer Press, 11/12/13)
Hodges wins Mpls. mayor’s race, but slow count brings backlash (Star Tribune, 11/8/13)
Zellers joins the ranks calling for block of sex offender’s release (Hot Dish Politics, 11/8/13)
Minn. sex offender dispute gets political (AP, 11/8/13)
Dayton’s administration issues terse response to Zellers’ criticism (Hot Dish Politics, 11/8/13)
Legislative auditor: MNsure data leak was not malicious but procedures were flawed (MinnPost, 11/8/13)
Minnesota scores bragging rights on Obamacare (Green Bay Press Gazette, 11/7/13)
Ingebrigtsen decides not to run for Minn. governor (INFORUM, 11/7/13)
First wave on MNsure flocks to public plans (Star Tribune, 11/7/13)
Election seems to signal the ascension of a new Minneapolis DFL (MinnPost, 11/7/13)
Minneapolis vote-count process based on faulty logic and bad arithmetic (MinnPost, 11/7/13)
Even with smaller grant, MNsure finances deemed adequate for 2014 (MinnPost, 11/7/13)
2013 election: In Minneapolis, a game changer; in St. Paul, the status quo (MinnPost, 11/7/13)
Long day of counting keeps 4 Minneapolis races on hold (Star Tribune, 11/7/13)
Presumptive mayoral winner Betsy Hodges offers resolute style, progressive values (MinnPost, 11/7/13)
Dayton already backing Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 (Hot Dish Politics, 11/7/13)
Audit finds MNsure data leak was accidental (Politics in MN, 11/7/13)
Minn. biz groups spent big on lobbying in 2012 (Politics in MN, 11/6/13)
Minnesota voters sign off on school levies at record rate (Star Tribune, 11/6/13)
Hey, big spenders: Minn. reports on 2012 spending on lobbying (Star Tribune, 11/6/13)
10,940 have enrolled in Minn health exchange since Oct. 1 (Star Tribune, 11/6/13)
Lawsuit: Shelve online voter registration (Politics in MN, 11/6/13)
Outstate debate held in Owatonna for GOP candidates (Owatonna People’s Press, 11/5/13)
Republican legislators sue to suspend online voter registration (Politics in MN, 11/4/13)
Zellers letter criticize Dayton for planned sex offender release (Politics in MN, 11/4/13)
If you buy a health plan on MNsure, will it cost you more? (Capitol View, 11/4/13)
AUDIO: GOP lawmakers’ lawsuit aims to stop online voter registration (Capitol View, 11/4/13)
Big contributors have much at stake in Minneapolis mayoral race (Star Tribune, 11/1/13)


PPP: Dayton, Franken lead GOP opponents head-to-head (Politics in MN, 10/31/13)
140,000 Minnesotans required to get new health insurance (MinnPost, 10/31/13)
Rybak’s passion for gap-closing efforts has ed community applauding his job choice (MinnPost, 10/31/13)
Way early polls show Franken, Dayton in pretty good shape for reelection (MinnPost, 10/31/13)
Group calls GOP candidate ‘evil’ and apologizes for doing so (Hot Dish Politics, 10/31/13)
Poll: Dayton, Franken could be vulnerable but not to the Republicans running (Hot Dish Politics, 10/31/13)
Legal challenge filed against new Minnesota Senate building (Hot Dish Politics, 10/31/13)
MNsure working better, but two missing features are still slowing sign-ups (MinnPost, 10/31/13)
Franken, Dayton lead by double digits (Public Policy Polling, 10/31/13)
Rybak nixes idea of running as Dayton’s lieutenant governor (MinnPost, 10/31/13)
GOP candidate for governor  introduces the ‘Honour System’ to Bemidji (Bemidji Pioneer, 10/30/13)
Minn. Lottery’s expansion of sales via gas pumps, Internet unnerves some state legislators (AP, 10/30/13)
Local Republican group’s Facebook post sparks firestorm (Hot Dish Politics, 10/30/13)
Rybak’s next challenge: Improving education (Star Tribune, 10/30/13)
MNsure: More health choices for southeastern Minnesota (Star Tribune, 10/30/13)
At least 140,000 Minnesotans will lose current health policies (Star Tribune, 10/30/13)
Johnson gubernatorial bid tries to unite disparate factions of GOP base (Politics in MN, 10/30/13)
COMMENTARY: ‘Purple Caucus’ will help find more common ground at Legislature (Politics in MN, 10/30/13)
In bid for governor, 2 speak with Central Minnesota tea party (St. Cloud Times, 10/29/13)
2 candidates for governor at St. Cloud tea party forum tonight (St. Cloud Times, 10/29/13)
Jon Stewart guest stars with Minnesota Republicans (Hot Dish Politics, 10/26/13)
There’s a rare forecast for top Republican primaries: Competitive (Star Tribune, 10/26/13)
Johnson, Ortman win GOP straw polls for governor and US Senate (Politics in MN, 10/26/13)
Vikes stadium planners looking at $45 million shortfall (MinnPost, 10/25/13)
COMMENTARY: Likely early front-runners in GOP race for governor, US Senate (MinnPost, 10/25/13)
COMMENTARY: Taking pride in Minnesota’s performance (MinnPost, 10/25/13)
Five more questions: GOP Sen. Roger Chamberlain: We got ‘rolled’ by the Vikings (MinnPost, 10/25/13)
Dayton girds for re-election bid (Politics in MN, 10/25/13)
Democratic polling finds Kline trailing Obermueller in 2nd District (Politics in MN, 10/24/13)
Wellstone’s Revenge: How Minnesota Democrats took their state back (Mother Jones, 10/24/13)
UnitedHealth Group unit says it fixed its exchange flaws (Star Tribune, 10/24/13)
MNsure gets more federal funding (Star Tribune, 10/24/13)
MN Sec of State Ritchie defends online voter registration (Star Tribune, 10/24/13)
MNsure gets $41M federal grant for improvements and operations (MinnPost, 10/24/13)
Ritchie tells GOP lawmakers: Online voter registration will continue (Hot Dish Politics, 10/24/13)
Dayton doing well after injection in his hip (Hot Dish Politics, 10/23/13)
Dayton says hip won’t hobble his re-election bid: ‘Last I read, brain cells were located in the head not the hip’ (Hot Dish Politics, 10/22/13)
Dayton says MNsure rollout not perfect, but has performed well (Hot Dish Politics, 10/22/13)
Honour big name supporters say his lack of political experience a plus (Hot Dish Politics, 10/21/13)
Dayton to have work done on his injured hip (Hot Dish Politics, 10/21/13)
Study tests ‘customer experience’ on MNsure health insurance exchange (Hot Dish Politics, 10/18/13)
Emmer No. 1 for now, in wide-open 6th Congressional district race (Star Tribune, 10/16/13)
MNsure reports over 12,000 accounts created (Star Tribune, 10/16/13)
Franken adds $2.1M in third quarter (Politics in MN, 10/15/13)
Gov. Dayton embraces Southwest light-rail line delay (Star Tribune, 10/15/13)
Minnesota Tea Party gaining supporters, but has little political clout (MinnPost, 10/15/13)
Democrats say their polling shows GOP Rep. Paulsen in trouble (Capitol View, 10/15/13)
Minnesota’s congressional incumbents have big financial edges (Star Tribune, 10/15/13)
Emmer raised $150,000 in 3rd quarter (Politics in MN, 10/14/13)
Minnesota lawmakers crafting construction bill on tour (AP, 10/14/13)
Minnesota Majority mulls legal action against Ritchie’s online voter-registration tool (MinnPost, 10/11/13)
Minnesota’s online voter registration raises questions from GOP legislators (Pioneer Press, 10/11/13)
Small-business owners unsure about MNsure (Pioneer Press, 10/11/13)
Minnesota’s new online voter registration system challenged (Star Tribune, 10/11/13)
Republican US Senate candidate Mike McFadden reports $700,000 raised in quarter (MinnPost, 10/10/13)
MNsure looks to address lengthy call center wait times (Pioneer Press, 10/10/13)
State legislator concerned gun shows not welcome at new stadium (Hot Dish Politics, 10/10/13)
Dynamics of Minneapolis mayoral race unprecedented on many levels (MinnPost, 10/10/13)
Paper trail: House Research questions legality of new online voter registration tool (Politics in MN, 10/10/13)
At $4 billion, Minnesota tax revenue just shy of quarterly projections (Hot Dish Politics, 10/10/13)
Vikings fins $975M isn’t enough for everything in new stadium (Star Tribune, 10/10/13)
Minn. collects $4.1B in revenues since July (Politics in MN, 10/10/13)
US Senate candidate McFadden raises $700K in Q3, $1.2M cash on hand (Politics in MN, 10/10/13)
Gov. Dayton to discuss International Falls paper-plant job issues (MinnPost, 10/9/13)
Minnesota GOP shows signs of resurgence (Politics in MN, 10/9/13)
Major glitches fixed in MNsure website, officials say (Star Tribune, 10/9/13)
MNGOP brand destroyed, Sue Jeffers tells Rochester Tea Party, demands party RINO purge(Bluestem Prairie, 10/6/13)
Three-fourth of new Vikings stadium seats to carry one-time fees (Star Tribune, 10/4/13)
MNsure issues tied in part to federal system (Star Tribune, 10/4/13)
Why Minnesota DFLers failed the gun-violence test (MinnPost, 10/4/13)
MNsure has a jittery start, but it is here to stay (MinnPost, 10/3/13)
MNsure health insurance exchange busy, but still bumpy (Star Tribune, 10/3/13)
Who’s ‘winning’ Orchestra fight? Both sides, weak as they are, claim key support (MinnPost, 10/3/13)
Conservative activists occupy Paulsen’s office over shutdown remarks (Politics in MN, 10/3/13)
Vikings, Stadium Authority ink deal (Politics in MN, 10/3/13)
Shift payback news a boon to DFL House (MinnPost, 10/2/13)
Obama supporters demonstrate outside shuttered federal office (MPR, 10/2/13)
Minnesota officials scramble to head off ‘bad things’ (Star Tribune, 10/2/13)
Vikings, stadium authority close to completing agreements (Star Tribune, 10/2/13)
State officials still assessing shutdown impact on Minnesota (MinnPost, 10/2/13)
OPINION: Do Republicans get credit for state’s biz rank (Duluth News Tribune, 10/1/13)


Some MNsure problems appear worse, but officials say they’re set to launch Tuesday (MinnPost, 9/27/13)
Brodkorb settles $500,000 Senate suit for … $30,000 (MinnPost, 9/27/13)
Online voter registration now available in Minnesota (MinnPost, 9/27/13)
Brodkorb settles lawsuit against Minnesota Senate for $30,000 (Star Tribune, 9/27/13)
Doubts, controversy persist over $975M Vikings stadium deal (Star Tribune, 9/27/13)
Brodkorb settles lawsuit for small amount, big relief (MinnPost, 9/27/13)
Both GOP and DFL are happy — and quick — to claim credit for Minnesota’s lofty business meeting(MinnPost, 9/27/13)
MN Senate settles Brodkorb lawsuit (Politics in MN, 9/26/13)
Actress Jessica Lange to Gov. Dayton: Suspend the wolf hunt (MinnPost, 9/26/13)
Minnesota’s top health insurance ranking didn’t include all factors (MinnPost, 9/26/13)
House GOP members respond to Dayton’s child-care union critique (Hot Dish Politics, 9/26/13)
Dayton strikes cordial tone with business (Politics in MN, 9/25/13)
GOP legislators ask Gov. Dayton’s help in combating ‘MNsure secrecy’ (MinnPost, 9/25/13)
Next week’s MNsure launch depends on passing security test (MinnPost, 9/25/13)
Dayton tells union council he’d ’settle for’ $9.50 minimum wage (AP, 9/25/13)
Central Minnesota Tea Party welcomes 2 gubernatorial hopefuls (St. Cloud Times, 9/24/13)
MNsure shows growing pains, fewer than two weeks to launch (Star Tribune, 9/22/13)
Political divide emerges on plan to overhaul Minnesota judicial elections (Star Tribune, 9/22/13)
Minnesotans face higher taxes with gap between state, federal codes (Star Tribune, 9/21/13)
Minnesota GOP party backing isn’t what it used to be (Pioneer Press, 9/21/13)
Minn. lawmakers endorse new state worker contracts (AP, 9/20/13)
Rybak interested in another run for governor ‘if the governorship is open’ (MinnPost, 9/20/13)
Reports find potentially serious problems, but MNSure director says health exchange is a go(MinnPost, 9/19/13)
Day care unionizataion drive put on hold by court ruling (Pioneer Press, 9/19/13)
Federal court halts vote to unionize home child-care providers (Star Tribune, 9/19/13)
Dayton, Rybak to Minnesota Orchestra: Talk until you settle (Star Tribune, 9/19/13)
Dayton won’t be Vikings season ticketholder (Hot Dish Politics, 9/19/13)
Top GOP donors pitch coordinated campaign in 2014 (Politics in MN, 9/18/13)
Dayton calls MNSure breach ‘an honest mistake’ (Hot Dish Politics, 9/18/13)
‘Zellers team has never lost an election’ except… (Hot Dish Politics, 9/18/13)
Tea party group to host two GOP candidates for governor (St. Cloud Times, 9/18/13)
E-pulltab haul for new Vikings stadium is zero in first year (Star Tribune, 9/18/13)
Gov. Dayton names Edward Cleary chief judge of state Appeals Court (Hot Dish Politics, 9/18/13)
Dayton defends MNSure rollout, calls driver’s license data breach ‘outrageous’ (Politics in MN, 9/18/13)
Minnesota vs. Wisconsin: Which state is better for business? (The Cap Times, 9/17/13)
Kline, GOP leaders take sides in school voucher fight (Hot Dish Politics, 9/17/13)
Minnesota retains one of nation’s lowest uninsured rates (Pioneer Press, 9/17/13)
Dispatch from the SD41 GOP picnic: The state of the party (MinnPost, 9/17/13)
DCCC targets two MN Republicans on Obamacare shutdown threat (Politics in MN, 9/17/13)
Dayton wants Vikings to put up more equity in stadium deal (Star Tribune, 9/16/13)
Minnesota’s child-care union debate hitting home (Star Tribune, 9/16/13)
Dayton urges stadium authority to limit Wilfs’ PSL fees (Politics in MN, 9/16/13)
MNSure rates vary by region. Here’s why. (Pioneer Press, 9/14/13)
AUDIO: Vikings stadium: Why electronic pulltab gambling flopped (MPR, 9/13/13)
Legislative Auditor to probe MNSure data security breach (MPR, 9/13/13)
VIDEO: GOP candidates for governor tout reform plans at forum (KARE , 9/13/13)
Politicians frustrated, too, as Orchestra dispute approaches do-or-die weekend (MinnPost, 9/13/13)
Vikings stadium: Final report adds little info to conclusion Wilfs can pay their share (MinnPost, 9/13/13)
Errant email creates security breach at MNSure (Star Tribune, 9/13/13)
Advocates of Sunday alcohol sales gird for renewed fight with powerful liquor lobby (Politics in MN, 9/13/13)
Legal fight over drivers’ license snooping turns political (Star Tribune, 9/13/13)
MNSure adds outreach grants after heavy criticism (Star Tribune, 9/12/13)
Minnesota Chamber calls for repeal of B2B taxes early in next session (MinnPost, 9/12/13)
Minnesota faces bumpy road in trying to fund transportation needs (MinnPost, 9/12/13)
SUSA/KSTP poll: Dayton approval rating dips to 47% (Politics in MN, 9/12/13)
Minn Gov Race: During forum 4 Republicans mostly share views (Pioneer Press, 9/12/13)
Alliance for a Better Minnesota money mismatch? (Star Tribune, 9/12/13)
By the numbers: The dip in Dayton’s approval ratings (Hot Dish Politics, 9/12/13)
Dayton calls for review of Wayzata  Investment Partners’ labor policies (Hot Dish Politics, 9/11/13)
Should Legacy fund invasives fight? (Politics in MN, 9/11/13)
Dayton sets sights on simpler state tax policies — but first things first (Pioneer Press, 9/11/13)
Lawmakers blast health exchange for not funding outreach to communities of color (MinnPost, 9/11/13)
Disaster-relief special session gives GOP chance to tax ‘disasters’ too (MinnPost, 9/10/13)
KSTP Poll: 51% want state officials to rework Vikings stadium deal (MinnPost,  9/10/13)
Legislators agree on disaster relief but disagree on tax-repeal measures (MinnPost, 9/9/13)
Former state chair Pat Shortridge says GOP turned into a ‘hunt for heretics’ (MinnPost, 9/9/13)
Vikings stadium secrecy target of one of the ‘message’ bills of special session (Hot Dish Politics, 9/9/13)
Back into session, lawmakers begin process of disaster funds approval (Hot Dish Politics, 9/9/13)
MNSure preview shows ‘lowest average rates’ in the nation (MinnPost, 9/6/13)
MNSure outreach grants stir backlash (Politics in MN, 9/6/13)
MNSure unveils costs of health plans (MPR, 9/6/13)
New analysis digs into a decade worth of spending on Minnesota legislative races (Star Tribune,9/1/13)


DFL legislative leaders lay out session agenda (Star Tribune, 8/31/13)
Sports Facilities Authority responds to first suit involving Vikings stadium land (MinnPost, 8/30/13)
Minnesota’s insurance plan of last resort nears end of line (Star Tribune, 8/30/13)
Legislators challenge Wisconsin’s business-climate claims (Hot Dish Politics, 8/29/13)
Zellers offers unsession suggestion to Dayton (Political Animal, 8/29/13)
GOP candidate for governor: Let’s fill the ‘un’ suggestion box (Hot Dish Politics, 8/29/13)
Pension panel reviews investment returns as it prepares for 2014 session (Pioneer Press, 8/29/13)
Fate of Brodkorb lawsuit in hands of federal judge (AP, 8/28/13)
Minnesota lawmakers take first step toward disaster bill (AP, 8/28/13)
Minimum-wage increase: Coalition pushing Legislature to try again (MinnPost, 8/28/13)
House committee compares Minnesota, Wisconsin economies (Politics in MN, 8/27/13)
VIDEO: Minnesota GOP members gather in Austin (KIMT, 8/27/13)
3 GOP gubernatorial candidates vow to scrap MNsure (MinnPost, 8/26/13)
Stadium official says probe of Vikings finances must continue (Hot Dish Politics, 8/26/13)
GOP candidates for governor tackle Dayton, heat at State Fair forum (MinnPost, 8/26/13)
GOP hopefuls for governor: Scrap health exchange (Pioneer Press, 8/25/13)
COMMENTARY: Dayton still expects stadium to be built (Star Tribune, 8/25/13)
Vikings’ stadium could be delayed by dispute (Star Tribune, 8/24/13)
Dayton feels heat as environmentalists, labor allies clash on mining (Star Tribune, 8/24/13)
Dayton sees ‘last window’ for Minnesota Orchestra labor dispute (Star Tribune, 8/23/13)
GOP fields for governor, US Senate grow (Politics in MN, 8/23/13)
Special session: The imperfect storm (Politics in MN, 8/23/13)
Minnesota State Fair politics: Pols go to prove they’re just like everybody else (Star Tribune,8/23/13)
Secret list was released in error, Brodkorb’s lawyers say (Star Tribune, 8/22/13)
Minnesota cities adjust to losing the hammer of eminent domain (Star Tribune, 8/22/13)
Governor, senate races get new GOP entrants (Politics in MN, 8/22/13)
Special session of Minn. Legislature set for Sept. 9 (Star Tribune, 8/22/13)
Twin Cities leaders balk at Southwest light-rail price tag (Star Tribune, 8/22/13)
DFL politicians hold daily State Fair issues panels (MinnPost, 8/22/13)
Dayton to state employees: What should we ‘un’? (Hot Dish Politics, 8/22/13)
Hibbing teacher enters  GOP for governor (MinnPost, 8/22/13)
Gov. Dayton to make several State Fair appearances on opening day (MinnPost, 8/22/13)
Hibbing special education teacher Rob Farnsworth enters GOP race for governor in ‘14 (AP, 8/21/13)
Dayton: Make audit of Vikings stadium financing public (Star Tribune, 8/21/13)
MNSure board assumes control of health exchange (Politics in MN, 8/21/13)
Honour brings his business success, outsider perspective (Politics in MN, 8/21/13)
GOP gov candidate forum at State Fair will be missing one voice (MinnPost, 8/21/13)
Special-session agreement reached: Sept. 9 for disaster relief only (MinnPost, 8/21/13)
Rob Farnsworth joins GOP gubernatorial field (Politics in MN, 8/21/13)
One-time tobacco tax money in the bank for new Vikings stadium (Star Tribune, 8/21/13)
Lt. Gov Prettner Solon hasn’t decided about 2014 (Capitol View, 8/20/13)
Dayton: Special session workaround won’t work (Capitol View, 8/20/13)
AUDIO: DFLer Kellliher aligns with state Republicans on tax repeal push (MPR, 8/20/13)
Committee makes no recommendations on guns at the Capitol (Politics in MN, 8/20/13)
Dayton and Lt. Gov. Prettner Solon may not be long-term team (Star Tribune, 8/20/13)
Minnesota’s ‘Dream Act’ law makes college possible for immigrant students (Star Tribune, 8/20/13)
Hearing highlights deep divide over allowing citizens to carry guns inside Minnesota Capitol (AP, 8/20/13)
Dayton: Paul Bunyan ads are doing their job (Hot Dish Politics, 8/20/13)
Lt. Gov. will ‘look and see’ whether to stay on for a second term (Hot Dish Politics, 8/20/13)
VIDEO: Capitol debate triggers show of weapons (Star Tribune, 8/20/13)
Minnesota governments are hiring again after a long drought (Star Tribune, 8/19/13)
Minnesota health insurance exchange aims for a big ad splash (Star Tribune, 8/19/13)
AUDIO: Future remains cloudy for public pensions and those who depend on them (MPR, 8/19/13)
Southern Minnesota could be poised for economic transformation (Star Tribune, 8/18/13)
Ingebrigtsen receives CGMC Legislator of Distinction award (Morris Sun Tribune, 8/16/13)
Sen. Ingebrigtsen wins award (Perham Focus, 8/16/13)
Thompson, Zellers push Dayton on warehouse tax repeal (Politics in MN, 8/15/13)
Politicians head to Steele County Free Fair (Owatonna People’s Press, 8/15/13)
Thompson, Zellers want warehousing tax repeal on session agenda (Hot Dish Politics, 8/15/13)
Warehousing tax is rallying point for Minn. GOP (AP, 8/15/13)
After moving to MN in 2010, Scott Honour now wanders state telling editors how awful we are(Bluestem Prairie, 8/10/13)
Dayton questions business dealings of Vikings owners (Star Tribune, 8/10/13)
COMMENTARY: Minnesota candidates: Class identity a factor (Star Tribune, 8/10/13)
Dayton kicks off Destination Medical Center work (MPR, 8/9/13)
Honour want to bring his business perspective to governor’s post (Brainerd Dispatch, 8/8/13)
Dayton reverses course on immediate repeal of equipment repair tax (Capitol View, 8/8/13)
Kline decries Democratic efforts against him (Capitol View, 8/8/13)
AUDIO: Examining Dayton’s criticism of Wilfs in fraud case (MPR, 8/8/13)
Dayton ‘deeply concerned’ about Wilf’s legal problems in New Jersey (MinnPost, 8/8/13)
Dayton ‘deeply concerned’ about NJ case against Vikings owners (MPR, 8/8/13)
Gov. Dayton gives keynote speech at Farmfest, highlights ag opportunities (MinnPost, 8/8/13)
Dayton pitches farmers a tax break (MPR, 8/8/13)
Vikings respond to Dayton: Don’t worry about stadium deal (MPR, 8/8/13)
Dayton willing to consider repeal of farm equipment tax during special session (Star Tribune,8/8/13)
Dayton, DFL leaders want to repeal farm machinery tax during special session (Politics in MN, 8/8/13)
Minn. health insurance exchange board of directors addresses possible conflicts of interest (Star Tribune, 8/7/13)
MNsure to ask feds for $55M for operations (MPR, 8/7/13)
EDITORIAL: State incentives need more transparency (Mankato Free Press, 8/7/13)
Minnesota group that pushed for voter ID pleads for cash (Star Tribune, 8/6/13)
Rising tax revenue eases pressure for budget cuts (AP, 8/6/13)
Dayton puts emphasis on graduation rates, reading proficiency (AP, 8/6/13)
Mark Dayton presses lawmakers on special session (AP, 8/6/13)
Minnesota Majority says it needs cash infusion or it will close (MinnPost, 8/6/13)
Minnesota Majority will close if it doesn’t raise $20,000 this week (Politics in MN, 8/6/13)
Dayton decries psych facility ‘blunder’ (Star Tribune, 8/6/13)
AUDIO: Dayton tells school officials he wants to lift financial burdens (Capitol View, 8/6/13)
Minnesota Republican US Senate primaries by the numbers (Smart Politics, 8/6/13)
Warmly received by MN school leaders, Dayton asks them to suggest ways to reduce dropouts (AP, 8/6/13)
DFL legislative leaders to rally with striking workers at Shakopee plant (MinnPost, 8/5/13)
Anticipating special session, Thompson drafting bill to repeal warehouse tax (MinnPost, 8/5/13)
COMMENTARY: Minnesota’s weak disclosure laws hinder public oversight (MinnPost, 8/5/13)
GOP’s four gubernatorial candidates agree on just about everything at first forum (MinnPost, 8/2/13)
GOP gubernatorial candidates begin to sketch their profiles (Hot Dish Politics, 8/2/13)
Health plans signal cooperation on September MNsure info release – with caveats (Politics in MN, 8/2/13)
VIDEO: At first forum, Republicans running for MN governor agree to agree (Patch, 8/2/13)
GOP candidates for governor meet for their first joint forum (Hot Dish Politics, 8/2/13)
Rumblings begin on possible special session for storm damage relief (MinnPost, 8/2/13)
Governor candidates test campaign themes in first GOP debate (Politics in MN, 8/1/13)
Dayton, legislators discussing possible storm-related special session (Politics in MN, 8/1/13)
Minn. gay marriage opponents to target state House races (Hot Dish Politics, 8/1/13)
Brodkorb attorney withdraws from case in wake of list’s release (Star Tribune, 8/1/13)
Ready to take on Dayton, 4 Republicans make their cases at first forum (Pioneer Press, 8/1/13)
Weddings start a new day for gay marriage in Minnesota (Star Tribune, 8/1/13)
Minnesota for Marriage to target state House races in 2014 (Politics in MN, 8/1/13)

JULY 2013

With Bachmann out, Democrats eye Kline seat (Politics in MN, 7/31/13)

Mayo Clinic employees must marry to keep getting same-sex partner benefits (Rochester Post-Bulletin, 7/31/13)
Some Minnesotans are more sad than bitter over gay marriage (Star Tribune, 7/31/13)
Dayton, on a mystery trip out of state, was in San Francisco on Wed (Hot Dish Politics, 7/31/13)
VIDEO: Former GOP Senate candidate Kurt Bills endorses Scott Honour for governor (MinnPost, 7/31/13)
Honour campaign headquarters opens and, briefly, so does his Twitter account (MinnPost, 7/31/13)
VIDEO: Gubernatorial candidate Honour cites working-class roots, experience with ‘American Dream’ (St. Cloud Times, 7/31/13)
Dayton: Local property taxes will dip by $120M (Politics in MN, 7/30/13)
Moody’s revises Minnesota state bond outlook from ‘negative’ to ’stable’ (MinnPost, 7/30/13)
Child care unionization lawsuits dismissed by federal judge (Politics in MN, 7/29/13)
Dave Thompson: Repeal ‘harmful’ child-care-provider union law (Patch, 7/29/13)
Court refuses bids to halt drive to unionize some child care and health workers in Minnesota (AP, 7/29/13)
Minnesota counties split over road-use taxes (AP, 7/29/13)
Minnesota gay and lesbian couples in wedding countdown (Star Tribune, 7/28/13)
Federal judge rules child care union drive can go on (Capitol View, 7/28/13)
New technology to be tested at Minnesota electoral polls (Star Tribune, 7/27/13)
Gov. candidate pushes for business friendliness (Austin Daily Herald, 7/27/13)
COMMENTARY: Minnesota sees the outcome of a grass-roots effort (Star Tribune, 7/27/13)
DFLers are going all in on business subsidies (Politics in MN, 7/26/13)
Minn. tells insurers to speed up health exchange policy premium details (Pioneer Press, 7/26/13)
Ex-WCCO anchor Don Shelby looks at challenging Rep. Paulsen (Star Tribune, 7/25/13)
Mayo Clinic deal draws scrutiny from The New Republic (Politics in MN, 7/25/13)
VIDEO: Gubernatorial candidate seeks to overhaul public-sector unions (St. Cloud Times, 7/25/13)
State misses federal spending reporting deadline (Hot Dish Politics, 7/25/13)
Secrecy is Job 1 on this jobs trip by Gov. Mark Dayton (Star Tribune, 7/25/13)
MNSure exchange keeps marketing plans quiet (Star Tribune, 7/25/13)
Tax increase prods smokers to quit (Pioneer Press, 7/24/13)
Pace of MNSure ramp-up quickens (Politics in MN, 7/24/13)
Held hostage by a hospital: The Mayo Clinic is making Rochester, MN, double in size- and billing residents for it (The New Republic, 7/24/13)
Legislative panel reviews MNsure operations (MPR, 7/21/13)
Three Republican candidates for governor to debate on Almanac (MinnPost, 7/19/13)
Bitter allegations over bonding by state Sen. Senjem strongly refuted by Dayton’s office (MinnPost, 7/19/13)
Minn’s child care union battle moves into federal court (Star Tribune, 7/19/13)
Dayton’s raised $250,000 for his re-election campaign this year (Hot Dish Politics, 7/19/13)
Dayton calls for Congress to pass immigration reform (Politics in MN, 7/18/13)
AUDIO: Judge considers challenge to day care union law (MPR, 7/18/13)
Dayton says Trayvon Martin cases strengthens his opposition to ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws (Hot Dish Politics, 7/17/13)
MN communities spent $7.8M on state lobbying in 2012 (Star Tribune, 7/17/13)
Mayo Civic Center expansion, high-speed rail among state bonding requests (Rochester Post-Bulletin,7/17/13)
MNsure buyers could get early look at rates (MPR, 7/17/13)
Dayton says state working to improve accounting system criticized by Legislative Auditor (Hot Dish Politics, 7/17/13)
Economy’s strength poses message challenge for GOP governor candidates (MinnPost, 7/16/13)
US education secretary lauds Minnesota’s pre-K efforts (Star Tribune, 7/16/13)
Immigration reform a test for suburban Republicans in Minn. (Star Tribune, 7/15/13)
State agencies, local governments request $2.8B for bonding projects (Politics in MN, 7/15/13)
Washington state’s gay marriage journey offers lessons for Minnesota (Star Tribune, 7/13/13)
Washington, Minnesota marriage forces move to next causes (Star Tribune, 7/13/13)
List of Minnesota lawmakers who Brodkorb believes had affairs surfaces briefly (Star Tribune,7/12/13)
State revenues up $463M for 2013 fiscal year (Politics in MN, 7/11/13)
Audit: Dept of Human Services must better scrutinize federal programs (Star Tribune, 7/11/13)
Minnesota Republicans say extra state revenue shows no tax increase was needed (MinnPost, 7/11/13)
Strong state economy leaves nearly $500M for school repayment (Hot Dish Politics, 7/10/13)
State tax revenues up $463M (Capitol View, 7/10/13)
Gov. Dayton joins Dakota governors in urging Congress to pass farm bill (MinnPost, 7/10/13)
AUDIO: Voter ID debate could resurface with task force study (MPR, 7/9/13)
GOP makes a second call for special session (Politics in MN, 7/8/13)
Both parties unite to give ex-felons a second chance (Star Tribune, 7/8/13)
Hann cites personal, professional reasons for staying out of governor’s race (MinnPost, 7/8/13)
Dayton says no to Republicans’ call for special session to repeal new warehouse tax (MinnPost, 7/8/13)
Deal points to $850M bonding bill (Politics in MN, 7/5/13)
Hann rules out run for governor (Star Tribune, 7/5/13)
Hann announces he won’t run for Minnesota governor (Capitol View, 7/5/13)
Dave Thompson steps down from GOP Senate leadership (Politics in MN, 7/5/13)
David Hann won’t run for governor in 2014 (Politics in MN, 7/5/13)
Minn. gov hopeful Thompson giving up his state Senate leadership post due to campaign (Star Tribune, 7/3/13)
Minnesota’s political contribution refund returns after four-year blackout (Politics in MN, 7/2/13)
Ingebrigtsen considering run for governor (Capitol View, 7/2/13)
AUDIO: DFL control drove big union wins in Legislature (MPR, 7/2/13)
DisHonourable: Misrepresenting the size of Minnesota’s government (MinnPost, 7/2/13)
Underdog: Kurt Zellers wants to tell you about a hardscrabble farm, not his stepdad’s $1,763,823.07 farm subsidy payments (Twin Cities Daily Planet, 7/2/13)
GOP Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen considering a run for governor (Politics in MN, 7/2/13)
COMMENTARY: An outsider looks at Minnesota’s culture and politics (Politics in MN, 7/2/13)
Brodkorb tape recordings could add pressure for settlement (MinnPost, 7/1/13)
GOP leaders mark start of budget year by bashing tax hikes (Capitol View, 7/1/13)
Dayton names new Racing Commission chairman (Star Tribune, 7/1/13)
GOP, DFL squabble over impact of new Minnesota budget (Hot Dish Politics, 7/1/13)

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