In the days leading up to a contentious Republican primary contest last year between Connie Doepke and Dave Osmek for a Senate seat in the western suburbs, Americans for Prosperity Minnesota circulated a mailing. Doepke went on to lose the election by just 107 votes.
by Charley Shaw
Published: October 31, 2012
Tags: Alliance for a Better Minnesota, Bob Cummins, Brita Sailer, Carolyn McElfatrick, Charlie Weaver, Chris Gerlach, Coalition of MN Business, Connie Doepke, David Hann, David Olson, Deb Kiel, Freedom Club, Greg Johnson, John Hoffman, Keith Langseth, Mark Dayton, MN Business Partnership, Phil Hansen, Pro Jobs Majority, RSLC, Steve Green, Steve Smith
GOP-aligned independent groups have rushed to fill the campaign spending gap that Republicans face in their battle for continued control of the Minnesota Legislature.
Conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity Minnesota is seeking volunteers to make phone calls and knock on doors in the western suburbs. The group has sent out mailers and placed newspaper advertisements seeking recruits for "Freedom Action Centers."
by Charley Shaw
Published: October 3, 2012
Tags: Alliance for a Better Minnesota, Andy Welti, Benjamin Kruse, Breanna Bly, campaign finance, Chamber of Commerce, Connie Doepke, Dave Bishop, Dave Hancock, Dave Osmek, David Bly, Diane Anderson, Doug Wardlow, Freedom Club, Jack Krage, Jeremy Miller, Jim Carlson, John Hoffman, Kathy Saltzman, Kevin Dahle, Kirk Stensrud, Maria Ruud, Michael Dudley, Mike Benson, NFIB, Pam Wolf, Pat Stallman, Pro Jobs Majority, Roger Erickson, Sandy Masin, Susan Kent, Ted Daley, Ted Lillie, Tina Liebling, Yvonne Selcer
The campaign finance reports released last week show that political action committees large and small have been funneling lots of money into legislative races.
by Charley Shaw and Briana Bierschbach
Published: September 28, 2012
Tags: 2012 fund, Alliance for a Better Minnesota, Bob Cummins, campaign finance, Chris Tiedeman, Connie Doepke, Dave Osmek, David Frauenshuh, Gen Olson, Hubbard Broadcasting, Jeff Larson, Laura Bordelon, Mark Dayton, MN Business Partnership, MN Chamber of Commerce, Paul Rosenthal, Pro Job Majority, Weber Johnson, Win MN
No fewer than half a dozen major players have emerged among the ranks of pro-Republican business PACs in this election cycle. But while their 42-day pre-general election campaign finance reports are now available for all to see, they continue to play it close with respect to their big-picture plans.
by Paul Demko
Published: September 26, 2012
Tags: Americans for Prosperity, Connie Doepke, Dave Osmek, David Osmek, Freedom Club, Freedom Club State PAC, Gen Olson, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Pro Jobs Majority PAC, Twin West Chamber of Commerce PAC
The tightly contested Senate District 33 GOP primary contest between state Rep. Connie Doepke and David Osmek was an expensive affair. Osmek prevailed by just 107 votes in the race to replace retiring Sen. Gen Olson in a solidly GOP district.
David Osmek narrowly prevailed in the state’s most contentious legislative contest.
by Mike Mullen
Published: August 15, 2012
Tags: Ben Wiener, Bill McGaughey, Bob Hill, Bruce Schwichtenberg, Bruce Vogel, Cindy Pugh, Connie Doepke, Craig Brenden, Dan Darbo, Dave Meyer, Dave Osmek, Denise Bader, Gary Mazzotta, ian alexander, Jason Metsa, Jesse Colangelo, Jessica Rohloff, Jim Weygand, Joe Gimse, John Petersburg, Judy Rogosheske, Julianne Ortman, Larry Johnson, Larry Rice, Lorrie Janatopoulos, Lyle Koenen, Mary Sawatzky, Mitch Pangerl, nathan johnson, Peter Fischer, Raymond Dehn, Stacey Stout, Steve Smith, Terra Cole, Tim Faust, Zachary Liebl
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie predicted a low voter turnout for Tuesday's primary election, putting his estimate at around 15 percent participation from eligible voters. As it turns out, the state didn't even reach that number.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: August 15, 2012
Tags: 2012 primaries, Ben Wiener, Bobby Joe Champion, Cindy Pugh, Connie Doepke, Dave Meyer, Dave Osmek, Dick Cohen, Erik Paulsen, Foung Hawj, ian alexander, Jason Metsa, Jessica Rohloff, Lorrie Janatopoulos, Lyle Koenen, Mary Sawatzky, Mitch Pangerl, nathan johnson, Steve Smith, Terra Cole, Tim Faust, Tom Dimond, Tom Rukavina
The fields in all 201 Minnesota legislative contests this fall are now set after more than 40 primary races across the state were settled on Tuesday. In some instances, DFLers and Republicans won contests in partisan strongholds and have almost assuredly secured their place in the Legislature next session.
The shape of all 201 Minnesota legislative contests this fall is now set after more than 40 primary races across the state were settled on Tuesday. In some instances, DFLers and Republicans won contests in partisan strongholds and have almost assuredly secured their place in the Legislature next session. In others, incumbent lawmakers were ousted by intra-party challengers.