Monday, May 13, 2013
The congressman from Minnesota's Third District ruled out running for anything other than re-election.
U.S. Sen. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) said in a statement Monday that he will not run for another office than the one he holds in 2014. With his Facebook posting, Paulsen takes him out of consideration as a Republican challenger to U.S. Sen. Al Franken or Gov. Mark Dayton, both DFL Party members up for re-election that year: "After thinking carefully about how I can best help my fellow Minnesotans, I have decided to not seek election for a different office in 2014. If the people of the Third Congressional District will allow me, I hope to continue my work in the U.S. House of Representatives, where I can be most effective, in the years ahead. The warm encouragement from many people to run for U.S. senator or the governorship was deeply humbling. …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
The Hennepin County Commissioner from Plymouth also served three terms in the Minnesota House and lost a statewide race for attorney general in 2006.
The guessing game is over: Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson is running for governor, the Republican announced Sunday. KSTP reported on his announcement: Johnson, who is also a former three-term state representative will focus on three issues if elected: jobs, education and making government work. “Minnesota is the greatest place to live in America,” Johnson said. “But under the people in charge of our state government right now, we are heading in the wrong direction. If we do not correct our course—soon—I am afraid that the greatness of Minnesota is in serious jeopardy. I am running for governor because I want to leave our state an even better place to live for our kids—and their kids—than our parents left for all of us.” The …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
There's a hashtag full of guesses (and gags) about Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson's announcement on Sunday.
A hashtag game on Twitter has generated dozens of guesses about what Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson will announce on Sunday—almost all from fellow Republicans and almost all tongue and cheek. See the Storify above (use the scroll bar at right) or at Storify.com. Here is the announcement about the announcement, from Johnson's Facebook page: Join Jeff Johson for a special announcement on his future political plans. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson welcomes neighbors, family and friends of all political persuasions to this special event. Sunday, May 5th, 2013, 1:00 p.m. Hamel Community Building, 3200 Mill Drive, Hamel, MN 55340 Johnson is a Plymouth resident whose district includes northwestern Hennepin County cities from …
Friday, May 3, 2013
The Republican Hennepin County Commissioner for Plymouth, Maple Grove, Mound and other cities has set the announcement for Sunday, May 5, 2013.
The west metro could have its second Republican candidate for governor, if speculation is correct about his "special announcement" set for Sunday. See the Storify above (use the scroll bar at right) or at Storify.com. The event announcement posted on Johnson's Facebook page on April 27 reads: Join Jeff Johson for a special announcement on his future political plans. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson welcomes neighbors, family and friends of all political persuasions to this special event. Sunday, May 5th, 2013, 1:00 p.m. Hamel Community Building, 3200 Mill Drive, Hamel, MN 55340 Johnson is a Plymouth resident whose district includes northwestern Hennepin County cities from Mound to Maple Grove and Rogers. Orono resident Scott …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
He is first major GOP challenger to emerge to DFL Gov. Mark Dayton.
An Orono man has set his sights on the Minnesota Governor's mansion. Scott Honour announced his candidacy for the 2014 race Wednesday, making his pitch at a new campaign website: As a career businessman, I am running to bring a conservative, results-driven approach to St. Paul. I know what it’s like to start with nothing and build a successful business and a strong family. I want to help others do the same. I have a vision for OUR Minnesota. One where jobs are readily available to those who work hard. One where our elected officials are held accountable and look for real solutions to our state’s problems, instead of worrying about how to get re-elected. And one where the role of government is to find ways to better our lives, not run them…
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Many precincts in Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Edina, Golden Valley, Greenwood, Minnetonka, Minnetrista, Plymouth and St. Louis Park had turnouts of more than 90 percent.
The following was released by Hennepin County: The Hennepin County Canvassing Board certified the county’s election results on Tuesday – and those results showed high voter turnout – 84 percent. More than 610,000 voted on Election Day, and more than 72,000 voted prior to Election Day. “Minnesota typically leads the country with the highest voter turnout – in 12 of the past 16 elections,” said Rachel Smith, Hennepin County elections manager. “We especially want to thank the more than 5,000 election judges throughout the county who worked to make this election so successful. These election judges are essentially volunteers – they work long hours and put in an incredible amount of effort to make this voting process happen. Together with …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
This week's selection includes a new gallery/gift shop, a levy rejected, school boundaries issue, DFL wins and good news for Southwest Light Rail Transit.
Editor’s Note: Every week we will bring you a sampling of stories from Patch sites in the west metro: Eden Prairie, Edina, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Lake Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Richfield, Southwest Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, and St. Michael. District 281 Bus Driver Asks Student to Pick Up Gun A Robbinsdale Area Schools spokesperson said a bus driver asked a seventh-grade boy to pick up a gun he spotted along the road. The district is shocked by the incident and has communicated with parents and students. Bus Driver Fired After Asking ISD 281 Student to Pick Up Gun The incident occurred on Nov. 8 around 8 a.m. The district immediately took action after the driver notified school employees about the weapon. A Hillary-…
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Erik Paulsen was re-elected to another term as U.S. Congressman on Election Day 2012.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
To the editor, My most heartfelt thanks goes out to all my neighbors for entrusting me with representing you in the United States House of Representatives. Serving as your voice in Washington is a responsibility, honor and privilege I take very seriously. There are significant challenges facing our country—challenges that we must address together as a community, state and nation. I will continue to work on rebuilding our economy, creating jobs, tackling our budget challenges and addressing the concerns of Minnesota families and small businesses. I will continue my outreach and listen to you. I value the advice and feedback I have received from the 350 small businesses I've toured and 115 classrooms I've visited and remain energized and …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
How did your city vote on the constitutional amendment to require photo ID to vote?
Here's how residents in a selection of Minnesota cities voted on the proposed Voter ID amendment to the state Constitution, which would have required photo ID at polling places. Statewide, the ballot measure failed to pass the 50 percent level of support it needed (46.34 percent with all but three Minnesota precincts' results). But if citizens in 14 of these Patch communities had their way, the state Constitution would have a new amendment. Support for the amendment in these cities covered by Patch ranged from 19.30 percent in Southwest Minneapolis to 61.23 percent in St. Michael.* "No" in the table below includes ballots on which voter left "Yes" and "No" blank. NOTE: These are unofficial figures until local canvassing boards verify them…
While the DFL made surprising gains in the Minnesota State House and State Senate, Lake Minnetonka continued its tradition as a Republican strong hold.
- Jay Corn
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Beginner's luck or the birth of a GOP star? Cindy Pugh had never run for public office before declaring her intentions to seek the party's nomination for Minnesota State House District 33B earlier this year. Now she's making plans for a swearing in ceremony in St. Paul. A self-described Tea Party candidate (and among the leaders of Minnesota's Tea Party conservatives), Pugh was targeting a district thrust into vacancy due to redistricting and retirements. Pugh won the GOP nomination back in August by defeating Steve Smith in the primary election. Smith had been the longest-tenured Republican in the State House. Pugh's race was one party leaders (rightfully so) had felt confident about since early fall. A quick look at the numbers from …