Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Honour has announced a team of GOP operatives for his recently announced campaign. The Wayzata businessman has hired several well-known Minnesota Republicans to work on his 2014 bid.
Former state Rep. Keith Downey easily won a four-way contest for Republican Party chair on Saturday. Downey took 228 votes on the first ballot -- or two thirds of the total cast.
by Paul Demko
Published: March 27, 2013
Tags: Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar, Ben Golnik, Bill Guidera, Dave Thompson, Jesse Ventura, Keith Downey, Kurt Bills, Laura Brod, Mark Dayton, Norm Coleman, Pat Shortridge, Pete Hegseth, Tim Pawlenty, Tom Erickson
Republicans are mired in an extended losing streak in statewide political contests. Since 2006, when Gov. Tim Pawlenty won re-election with 47 percent of the vote, Republicans have been shut out. That dubious streak reached a nadir of sorts last year, when U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar won re-election by nearly 35 percentage points over GOP challenger Kurt Bills.
Veteran GOP activist Bonn Clayton knowingly disseminated false information about the state Republican Party's stance on judicial elections in 2012, a three judge panel has ruled. Clayton was issued a $1,200 fine for violating state campaign finance laws.
Downey announced his plan in an email blast to activists on Thursday morning, calling for a "redesign" of the debt-plagued state GOP party. Current GOP Party Chairman Pat Shortridge has said he will step down from the position when his term ends in the spring.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: December 12, 2012
Tags: Andy Brehm, Ben Golnik, Bill Guidera, Brandon Sawalich, Brian Sullivan, Bron Scherer, Dan Severson, Keith Downey, Kurt Bills, Marianne Stebbins, MN GOP, Pat Shortridge, Pete Hegseth, Tony Sutton
The wounds had started to heal by the time Minnesota Republicans faced each other at an annual activist gathering in Blaine over the weekend. Many Republicans had already come to terms with the drubbing that took place on Nov. 6, when both Republican legislative majorities and two GOP-led constitutional amendments were rejected by voters.
by Paul Demko and Briana Bierschbach
Published: October 31, 2012
Tags: Ben Lien, Bruce Vogel, David Hann, DFL, Freedom Club, HRCC, Jay McNamar, Joe Radinovich, John Howe, John Persell, Kathy Lohmer, Keith Downey, Ken Martin, Larry Howes, Laurie McKendry, Mary Franson, Mary Liz Holberg, Mary Sawatzky, matt schmit, Melisa Franzen, Minnesota's Future, Pat Shortridge, Roz Peterson, RPM, Shannon Savick, Tim Faust, Tom DeGree
When it comes to spending by Minnesota’s political parties, the state DFL has emerged as the No. 1 player in the 2012 battle for control of Legislature.
Clinton's visit follows poll numbers that show Mitt Romney gaining on President Barack Obama in Minnesota.
Last week veteran GOP activist Bonn Clayton sent out an email to all the delegates and alternates to this year's state Republican convention announcing the creation of a "voter's guide" for judicial contests. It directed GOP activists to a web site where it stated that challengers Tim Tingelstad, Dean Barkley and Dan Griffith were the party's "recommended" candidates for the Minnesota Supreme Court.
State GOP chair Pat Shortridge sent out an email to donors last week imploring them to contribute additional money to the cash-strapped party. In the memo Shortridge details plans for roughly $380,000 in campaign spending, but notes that the party only has financial commitments for $115,000.