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Republicans Endorse Emmer for Governor PDF Print E-mail
Written by gop   
Sunday, 02 May 2010 09:19

State Rep. Tom Emmer won the endorsement of delegates to the Republican Party of Minnesota state convention Friday. His chief rival, former GOP House Leader Rep. Marty Seifert conceded after the 2nd ballot in what was universally praised as a classy move.

Emmer jumped out to a first ballot lead with nearly 53 percent of the vote. Seifert had about 43 percent, with other candidates garnering a handful of the remaining votes. The lowest three vote-getters dropped out leaving Emmer and Seifert on the second ballot. Emmer's total increased to 56 percent on the second ballot, but not enough to meet the required 60 percent threshold for endorsement.

While delegates were in the process of voting on the third ballot, Seifert made a request to address the convention. 

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 May 2010 09:39
Democrats Endorse Minneapolis Liberal Kelliher PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 25 April 2010 09:44

Minnesota Democrats - the state DFL party - endorsed House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, a Minneapolis liberal, for governor yesterday. She beat out Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak, another Minneapolis liberal, on each of five ballots cast. Rybak conceded after the fifth ballot results were announced that put Kelliher in the lead with 46.9 percent over Rybak's 32.3 percent. On that ballot, State Representative Paul Thissen, another Minneapolis liberal (anyone detect a theme here?) received 20.1 percent. Thissen had also conceded after the fifth ballot, which left Kelliher the last liberal standing.

Kelliher received a boost when State Representative Tom Rukavina, an iron range socialist (fiinally, a break from the Minneapolis liberal theme!), withdrew from the race after the fourth ballot and threw his support to Kelliher.

State Senator John Marty, a Twin Cities liberal from Roseville, withdrew after the second ballot when he received ten percent of the vote. He announced his support of Kelliher after the fifth ballot.  

The DFL endorsing convention is not the final say on Democrat gubernatorial politics in Minnesota, however.

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 May 2010 09:40
GOP Endorsements Emerging PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 18 April 2010 16:08

Local Republicans in Chisago County endorsed candidates for the House District 17B seat and the Senate District 17 seat over the weekend. Bob Barrett emerged from a field of four candidates to capture the 17B endorsement on the fourth ballot. Barrett, the Executive Director at the Hazeldon Foundation, beat out Wyoming Mayor Sheldon Anderson, former Chisago County Commissioner Russ Goudge, and Chisago City Mayor (and 2008 House candidate) Don Taylor. House District 17B includes most of Chisago County. It is an open seat this year, as DFL Rep. Jeremy Kalin chose not to run for reelection. One of the best quotes of the entire convention was uttered by Mr. Barrett when he was touting his background in Finance during his speech.

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 April 2010 18:30
"Halftime" at the Minnesota Legislature PDF Print E-mail
Written by gop   
Sunday, 04 April 2010 20:24

Members of the Minnesota House and Senate went home last Monday for their Easter/Passover break. They return Tuesday. In terms of legislative days they are more than half done with the 2010 Legislative session. In terms of number of votes and the heaviest lifting of balancing the budget, they are not halfway there. At any rate, this point in the session could be considered "halftime".

In the first half of the 2010 Legislative session, three noteworthy things happened. Each one of them gave House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher (who is a DFL candidate for Governor) a chance to show her leadership skills, and she failed at each opportunity.

Eastlund not Seeking Reelection PDF Print E-mail
Written by gop   
Sunday, 04 April 2010 08:48

State Representative Rob Eastlund (R - Isanti) recently anounced his retirement from the Minnesota House by publicly stating he will not seek reelection in 2010.

Rep. Eastlund was first elected in 2000 and has been relected every two years since. He represents House District 17A which Comprises most of Isanti County, northwest Chisago County and the City of St. Francis in Anoka County. The district leans Republican. Eastlund defeated Jim Godfrey, his DFL opponent in 2008, 53.18% to 43.63%, with an independent candidate taking just over three percent. In 2006, Eastlund beat DFL challenger Melissa Jabas 50.51% to 49.39% (a 195 vote margin out of 17,000 cast).

Rep. Eastlund's retirement leaves both House seats in Senate Disrict 17 without an incumbent running for reelection.

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 April 2010 09:25

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