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


MN 2009 Archives


Minnesota Governor’s Race 2009 Headlines

Coleman has advice for remaining DFL candidates (w/video) (Twin Cities Planet, 10/10/09)
Rybak: Coleman’s decision doesn’t affect Rybak’s plans (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 10/9/09)
Coleman’s exit creates awkward situation for Rybak (Minnesota Independent, 10/9/09)
DFL gubernatorial candidates gather in Duluth for debate (Northlands NewsCenter, 10/9/09)
Entenza plans to spend millions on race (Minnesota Public Radio, 10/9/09)
Coleman won’t run for governor (Minnesota Public Radio, 10/8/09)
Are the Twin City mayors running for gov? (Pioneer Press, 10/6/09)
MN GOP convention covered tweet by tweet (, 10/6/09)
Kelliher running to make government more accountable (Minnesota Daily, 10/5/09)
Editorial: GOP field absent moderate candidate (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 10/5/09)
Would-be govs gather campaign teams (St. Paul Legal Ledger, 10/5/09)
Gaertner interview about gubernatorial race (VIDEO) (WCCO, 10/4/09)
GOP candidates push all the right rhetorical buttons in speeches (, 10/4/09)
Seifert wins straw poll at GOP convo (Pioneer Press, 10/3/09)
GOP candidates race to the right (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 10/3/09)
Seifert mobilizes after win at GOP convention (Minnesota Public Radio, 10/3/09)
Straw poll not a reliable predictor of victory (Pioneer Press, 10/3/09)
Twin City mayors test waters – and friendship (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 10/3/09)
GOP: same song, very conservative voices (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 10/2/09)
Gaertner makes run official (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 10/2/09)
Emmer jumps the shark on health care reform (Minnesota Progressive Project, 10/1/09)
Editorial: Emmer’s “state’s rights” constitutional amendment “Hail Mary” (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 10/1/09)
Kelliher launches panel on job creation (St. Paul Legal Ledger, 10/1/09)
DFL candidates call for higher taxes to fund education (Pioneer Press, 10/1/09)
What if one of the mayors becomes governor? (, 9/30/09)
Gov candidates billing taxpayers for campaigning? (Minnesota Public Radio, 9/29/09)
“Draft Rybak” group presses on, despite lack of announcement (Politics in MN, 9/29/09)
Straw poll could pave way for top GOP candidates (Minnesota Public Radio, 9/29/09)
Minnesota’s polarized partisanship may open path for independent in governor’s race (, 9/28/09)
State GOP complains about mayors’ campaigning (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 9/28/09)
Emmer: Democrats not “freedom-loving” Americans (Minnesota Independent, 9/28/09)
Unions ready to rock governor’s race (Politics in MN, 9/28/09)
DFL moves up convention dates (, 9/26/09)
Emmer: It’s time to reduce the size of govt (Marshall Independent, 9/26/09)
Teamsters unit backs Rybak for governor (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 9/26/09)
Gov race is on (St. Cloud Times, 9/25/09)

Pawlenty downplays budget deficit (Minnesota Public Radio, 9/24/09)
Emmer’s candidacy excites GOP activists (St. Paul Legal Ledger, 9/24/09)
Seifert, Kohls outline plans (Rochester Post Bulletin, 9/23/09)
GOP field likely to shrink soon (WCCO, 9/23/09)
Kohls goes beyond “no new taxes” and advocates cutting $2billion (, 9/22/09)
Dayton hopes voters judge him fairly in run for gov (, 9/21/09)
Having perfected the backpedal, Pawlenty works on the knee-jerk (Minnesota Independent, 9/17/09)
Only one GOP gov candidate believes climate change is real (Minnesota Independent, 9/17/09)
Doctors rally for single-payer health care at capitol (, 9/17/09)
GOP candidates reject global warming science (Minnesota Public Radio, 9/16/09)
Can DFL end it’s long losing streak in MN governor’s races? (, 9/16/09)
Kelliher joins crowded DFL field (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 9/16/09)
Minneapolis DFL practices rank choice voting (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 9/15/09)
Emmer becoming front-man for GOP’s anti-govt message (, 9/15/09)
Pawlenty backs off, but GOP wants constitutional showdown (Huffington Post, 9/15/09)
State GOPers want to put healthcare in Constitution (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 9/15/09)
Predictable “non-answers” emerge from leadership summit (St. Paul Legal Ledger, 9/14/09)
Rukavina joins DFL field (, 9/8/09)
Leadership Summit takes future seriously (St. Paul Pioneer Press, 9/8/09)
Budget diagnosis: Dire straits (St. Paul Legal Ledger, 9/8/09)
GOP gov candidates debate healthcare at State Fair (Minnesota Public Radio, 9/6/09)
Why are MN conservatives against transportation spending? (Twin Cities Daily Planet, 9/5/09)
Rybak, Coleman campaign at Fair (Minnesota Public Radio, 9/4/09)
Anderson Kelliher: budget instability means broken campaign promises (mnpACT! 9/4/09)
A profile of MN’s swing and stronghold senate districts (SmartPolitics, 9/3/09)
Molnau still undecided about political future (St. Paul Pioneer Press, 9/3/09)
Leadership summit to be private affair (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 9/3/09)
DFLers try to get attention at State Fair (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 9/1/09)
Is Dayton really on target? (David Trinh, 9/1/09)
Will tradition of MN Sept primaries end in 2010? (MinnPost, 9/1/09)
Gaertner reflects on RNC one year later (Twin Cities Daily Planet, 9/1/09)
DFL rankings – August 2009 (mnpACT!, 8/31/09)
Marty’s lonely quest for a MN health plan (, 8/31/09)
What are the odds of a GOP takeover of MN House? (SmartPolitics, 8/31/09)
DFL candidates seek leg up in 2010 race (St. Paul Legal Ledger, 8/31/09)
RNC anniversary haunts DFL candidate forum (Minnesota Independent, 8/28/09)
State fair magnet for candidates (KARE-TV, 8/28/09)
C. Coleman adds to political team, but for what race? (Minnesota Independent, 8/28/09)
Seifert seeks to stand out from crowd at State Fair (Minnesota Independent, 8/25/09)
Marty is the Wellstone liberal in DFL guv race (David Trinh, 8/25/09)
Thissen impressing DFL activists in rural MN (David Trinh, 8/24/09)
Bring on the challengers (St. Paul Ledger Report, 8/24/09)
Twin City mayors raise property taxes, no revolt on horizon? (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 8/22/09)
Large gubernatorial cast; GOPers will have tough task navigating Pawlenty (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 8/21/09)
Sviggum abandons campaign due to Hatch restrictions (St. Paul Pioneer Press, 8/19/09)
Gaertner role in RNC 8 case upsets progressives (MN Progressive Project, 8/18/09)
Kelley: MN kids are being neglected by Pawlenty policies (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 8/17/09)
Emmer is the outsider who wants smaller govt (Brainerd Dispatch, 8/15/09)
Pawlenty’s refusal to join summit irresponsible (Bemidji Pioneer, 8/14/09)
Rybak’s 2010 budget: cuts and reform (, 8/14/09)
Does Kelliher move to front of DFL pack? (City Pages, 8/14/09)
Budget war of words, Pawlenty v Rybak (Minnesota Public Radio, 8/14/09)
Kelliher says she will join DFL gov field (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 8/14/09)
MN GOPers intramural infighting getting dirty (Change We Must Fight For, 8/13/09)
Koering won’t run as GOPer, blames it on being gay (, 8/12/09)
Pawlenty rejects invite to MN leadership summit (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 8/11/09)
Coleman proposes tax hike, city layoffs (Minnesota Public Radio, 8/11/09)
Report outlines campaign cash for 17 potential govs (St. Paul Ledger, 8/10/09)
Slouching toward St. Paul (Politics in Minnesota, 8/10/09)
Jungbauer: this campaign is about “more than about just me” (Coon Rapids ECM, 8/9/09)
Sviggum still awaiting decision (Politics in Minnesota, 8/7/09)
GOP candidates gather in Rochester (ABC6 News, 8/6/09)
Could Lt. Gov Molnau make GOP bid? (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 8/6/09)
Republicans get first look at gubernatorial candidates (Austin Post Bulletin, 8/7/09)
Kelley picks teacher to run his guv campaign (Pioneer Press, 8/3/09)
JULY 2009
Rybak: Tells supporters about guv run: “Me Too!” (Politics in Minnesota, 7/31/09)
Gaertner: an outsider is needed to clean up budget mess (Politics in Minnesota, 7/30/09)
Haas: Job One is bringing jobs back to Minnesota (Politics in Minnesota, 7/29/09)
Why RT Rybak should run for guv (DailyKos, 7/29/09)
Dayton: focus on budget crisis, schools, jobs (Politics in Minnesota, 7/28/09)
Ten DFL guv hopefuls jump on haywagon (, 7/27/09)
Rukavina brings populist message to DFL guv contest (Minnesota Independent, 7/27/09)
Coleman won’t announce guv plans until next spring (Pioneer Press, 7/27/09)
Kohls: Fighting for limited government (Politics in Minnesota, 7/27/09)
Pumpkin Patch Politics (Austin Daily Herald, 7/27/09)
Thissen joins Democratic guv field (Pioneer Press, 7/23/09)
Dayton: public option needed in healthcare reform (, 7/23/09)
Rukavina files for guv race (KTTC-TV, 7/23/09)
Marty: state is “absolutely heading in the wrong direction” (Politics in Minnesota, 7/23/09)
Thissen: more vision needed in St. Paul (Marshall Independent, 7/22/09)
Hann: key economic issue is education (Politics in Minnesota, 7/22/09)
Entenza wants MN to become national policy leader again (Politics in Minnesota, 7/21/09)
Sviggum puts guv run on hold (Rochester Post Bulletin, 7/21/09)
uburban legislator Hann wants to be governor (Pioneer Press, 7/16/09)
What makes them run – Paul Thissen (Politics in Minnesota, 7/17/09)
Seifert makes GOP bid official (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 7/7/09)
JUNE 2009
Kohls becomes second GOPer to officially enter race (CQ Politics, 6/19/09)
Openly gay GOP state sen considering run (, 6/5/09)
Seifert gives up GOP leadership post, mulling run for Gov. (Minn Pub Radio, 6/3/09)
With a jolt, governor’s race opens up (Star Tribune, 6/2/09)