Election Campaigns

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2014

    The Revolt of the Third Party Candidates

    Another week, another third-party candidate fighting to debate. Last week, it was the Independence Party's gubernatorial candidate, Hannah Nicollet, who said she was planning to sue Hamline University because it refused to let her into its October 19 debate. This time, the fight's over Green Party ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    John Denney, IP Congressional Candidate, Wants You to Sue Him If He Sells Out

    We've all seen the commercials: Not satisfied with your product or service? Get a refund. Money-back guarantees are a handy tool for marketers -- but could they work in the public arena? John Denney, the Independence Party Sixth District congressional candidate, thinks so. See also:Senators Fra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Mike McFadden doesn't provide health insurance to his campaign staffers

    During a May 22 appearance on Detroit Lakes' KDLM radio, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike McFadden was asked what lessons from his business career he's taking with him on the campaign trail.McFadden, who most recently worked as co-CEO of a Minneapolis-based investment bank, replied, "Well, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    Andy Parrish apologizes for slapping MNGOP activist after allegedly calling him "cream puff"

    Think politics isn't a contact sport? Think again.At the MNGOP convention in Rochester over the weekend, Julianne Ortman's campaign to secure her party's endorsement for the U.S. Senate race against Al Franken crashed and burned quicker than you can say "McFadden." Unsurprisingly, that development w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2014

    Rick Nolan's spokesman denies report Congressman violated federal law

    Congressman Rick Nolan's spokesman denies explosive allegations made in a recent Zenith City Weekly report.NOLAN's 2014 CHALLENGER: Stewart Mills, GOP congressional candidate, hits a beer bong [PHOTOS]The piece, written by Shelly Mategko, alleges that during his campaign to unseat Republican Chip Cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Tom Emmer raises $220k in first three weeks of campaign for Bachmann's seat

    Michele Bachmann has the distinction of being one of the top fundraisers in the U.S. House, and Tom Emmer, the first candidate to jump into the race for her Sixth District seat, is showing that he's no slouch in the money-grubbing department either. See Also: - Tom Emmer first to announce bid for B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Andy Parrish to throw Bachmann under bus, corroborate allegations of unethical conduct

    Andy Parrish served as Bachmann's congressional chief of staff, then moved on to work in the same role during her ill-fated presidential campaign. He played a significant role in engineering the shining achievement of that campaign -- Bachmann's August 2011 Ames straw poll victory.SEE ALSO: Jon Stew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Gary Schiff announcing campaign for Minneapolis mayor

    After months of teasing a mayoral run, Minneapolis City Councilmember Gary Schiff will make it official at a press conference at noon today. SEE ALSO: Gary Schiff files for mayoral run Betsy Hodges files to run for mayor

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    Mitt Romney is Tim Pawlenty's sugar daddy

    About two months after he exited the Republican presidential race, Pawlenty for President announced it had outstanding debts of about $454,000.Those debts are now paid off, thanks in large part to Pawlenty's sugar daddy and the presumptive 2012 GOP presidential nominee, Mitt Romney. USA Today report ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Rick Santorum gives Bemidji Woolen Mills a shoutout, concedes to Romney

    In the moments after Rick Santorum announced he's suspending his presidential campaign, effectively surrendering the GOP nomination to Mitt Romney, a local Twitter personality offered up the following analysis: "I'm devastated that Rick Santorum has suspended his Presidential campaign." -- No one.Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    New poll: Bachmann, Pawlenty unpopular with Minnesotans

    ​The ill-fated presidential campaigns of Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty cost them the support of Minnesotans. That's the conclusion that emerges from recent polling conducted by Public Policy Polling, a respected polling firm based in Raleigh. Sometimes, familiarity really does breed contempt. ... More >>

  • News

    January 4, 2012

    Michele Bachmann falls from grace

    From top GOP contender to bottom of the barrel

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Tim Pawlenty's 10 greatest misses

    Tim Pawlenty: Thanks for the memories.​Tim Pawlenty is not going to be president, and it's all his fault. Over the weekend, T-Paw's campaign ended, as it started, with a whimper. Since he officially declared his candidacy in March, Pawlenty's campaign for president has been a roller coaster ride - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Michele Bachmann will not run for re-election in Minnesota's 6th district

    Bachmann's YouTube announcementMichele Bachmann is out of Minnesota's hair . . . for now.​In last night's Republican debate, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann announced that she has filed paperwork and is now officially running for president in 2012. While none of this is a surprise, it means that w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Michele Bachmann teases presidential run in spam text

    News about the presidential race? Not really. Just begging for cash.​Michele Bachmann wants your money and your attention, and if that means she has to tease you with the prospect of a presidential run, so be it. Here's the latest example. First she sends a text and tweet to registered fans i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Ben Foster, Pawlenty staffer, arrested in Iowa for drunkenness

    facebookBen Foster, the Pawlenty operative arrested for drunkenness this morning in Iowa.​When Tim Pawlenty hired 24-year-old Ben Foster in September, it made headlines: Foster was the first full-time Iowa staffer for any of the nascent 2012 presidential campaigns. Today, Foster's making hea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Michele Bachmann fails again on campaign finance reports

    Who's watching the books?​For a budget hawk and a former tax pro, Rep. Michele Bachmann sure seems to have an issue with math. Maybe it's because she's got more money than she knows what to do with. The Federal Election Commission has informed her--again--that her year-end campaign finance repo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    GOP complaint against Tom Horner nixed by board. (That was fast)

    ​Who says the government isn't efficient? It took the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board just a day to consign a Republican complaint against IP gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner to the "out" box. The complaint alleges that former Republican Horner received an illegal cam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    Recount trial: Coleman blocked the counting of absentee votes too

    Norm Coleman's election recount trial is heavily focused on the "count every properly cast vote" idea. But according to testimony during his trial today, his campaign is also to blame for some votes being thrown out.

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Franken up 225 votes, Canvassing Board expected to certify vote count today

    Ivoted.jpegThe state Canvassing Board is expected to certify Franken's 225-vote lead today at their meeting. Will Stuart Smalley be our new sen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    Coleman: Let's just count 133 rejected absentee ballots

    Al Franken has asked that the state Canvassing Board count all 1,346 ballots deemed wrongly rejected by election officials. Norm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Coleman leads Franken by 2 votes

    After the first day of the state Canvassing Board counting Norm Coleman's ballot challenges, his lead against Al Franken has qui ... More >>

  • Feature

    May 28, 2008

    Jeff Larson

    The Quiet Giant

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2008
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    January 9, 2008

    A raucous Iowa caucus

    The Wizard of Odds: Iowa begins the road to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2006

    Bush backlash: the Rowley upswing

    The FBI-whistle-blower-turned-congressional-candidate inches closer to John Kline in the latest poll. But it likely has nothing to do with her.

  • News

    September 6, 2006

    Courting Trouble

    Judicial candidates in Minnesota can now be endorsed by a political party. The money hasn't flowed yet, but some races have already been politicized.

  • News

    August 9, 2006

    Junge at Heart

    Ember Reichgott Junge: When does a compromiser become compromised?

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2006

    Convention Wisdom

    A D.C.-based money-in-politics watchdog group has just released a comparison of the five metro areas vying to host the '08 national political conventions. Minneapolis/St. Paul is one.

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2006

    4/28: Morning Communique

    Wikipedia shenanigans cost campaign worker his job, many British women prefer house cleaning to sex, the theme to Hawaii 5-O played with hands, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • News

    January 11, 2006

    United He Stands

    In the past seven years the Minnesota attorney general's office has earned a rep as one of the country's toughest HMO watchdogs. So does it matter that Matt Entenza, the DFL's heir apparent to the job, is married to one of the most powerful executives in

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2005

    Fake presidential debate = ratings bonanza! Huh?

    When did you stop watching "The West Wing?" Was it when the earnest Sam Seaborn headed to the West Coast? Was it when series creator/producer/writ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2005

    McLaughlin's Carville: I'm still here

    Campaign mastermind stays onboard, divides duties Little more than six weeks ago, Minneapolis mayoral candidate Peter McLaughlin pulled off a minor upset when he blocked the DFL endorsement of incumbent R.T. Rybak at the party's citywide convention. During the wild 10-hour Saturday session, it be ... More >>

  • News

    May 4, 2005

    The Other White Meat

    Peter McLaughlin explains why he's running for mayor

  • News

    January 5, 2005

    The Comeback Kid

    A political outcast rises again on the Leech Lake Reservation

  • News

    July 23, 2003

    Secrets and lies

    Why Telegate matters

  • News

    July 10, 2002
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    January 23, 2002
  • Books

    November 14, 2001
  • Books

    September 5, 2001

    Poor's Standard

    Laying down the law on campaign signs

  • Books

    June 13, 2001

    Party Crashers

    The DFL in disarray, three mayoral candidates make a play for the Green Party endorsement

  • Books

    April 11, 2001

    Gold Rush

    Record profits from political ads have critics crying foul

  • News

    November 1, 2000

    Bjorn To Run

    In ten years, only one man has had the blind faith to try to unseat Anoka Mayor Pete Beberg. Meet Bjorn Skogquist, new kid in town.

  • News

    October 11, 2000

    The Party Crasher

    No one's giving much thought to Ralph Nader's running mate. But it has never been a good idea to underestimate Winona LaDuke.

  • News

    March 3, 1999

    See You In Court

    Five years ago Mike Hatch was just another failed politician. Then a dying woman walked into his office, and a crusade was born.

  • News

    August 20, 1997

    Switch Hitting

    Even as she paints Sharon Sayles Belton as an opportunist, mayoral candidate Barbara Carlson has changed her position on a new, publicly funded Twins stadium.

  • News

    July 30, 1997

    The Friends of Alan Page

    John Derus, still smarting from his 1996 primary defeat and his misplaced election-day photo in the Star Tribune, claims state Supreme Court Justice Alan Page's ties to the Strib biased the outcome of Derus's case against the paper.

  • Feature

    October 30, 1996
  • News

    November 22, 1995
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    October 10, 1990

    Don't Count Him Out

    Faith & Loathing: On the Campaign Trail With Paul Wellstone

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