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The Capitol Note: GOP Sen. Torrey Westrom to run for Congress

DFL U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson finally has a strong Republican challenger in the 1st Congressional District. Today, state Sen. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, will make his candidacy official, following months of rumors about Westrom's interest in challenging the Democratic incumbent. Westrom is in his first term in the Senate, and won election to the upper chamber in 2012 following seven terms in the House.

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MAPE endorses Dayton, Otto and Swanson for re-election

The union endorsed the three Democratic constitutional officers on Wednesday, almost one year ahead of election day. Currently six Republicans are vying to take on Dayton in his bid for a second term, and Otto has a Republican challenger in businessman Randy Gilbert. There are no announced candidates yet to challenge Swanson in 2014.

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Dayton wants to temporarily suspend provisional release of sex offenders

Dayton has asked Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson to suspend any provisional releases from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program until a special task force and legislators can address concerns about the constitutionality of potentially locking up offenders for life.

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Ortman Senate run is official at last

State Sen. Julianne Ortman is no stranger to tough electoral fights with other Republicans. She began her political career in 2000, when she was elected Carver County Commissioner, facing a five-way primary initially to get on the ballot. After the 2002 redistricting maps dropped, Ortman saw an opportunity for a newly open Senate seat, ultimately winning a GOP primary by a scant 2 points.

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