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Wed, 08 Nov 2006 17:44:21 -0600A Democratic wave sweeps Republicans out of power on Capitol Hill, a DFL Senate candidate obliterates her opposition, and the DFL rolls to a majority in the Minnesota House. Why wasn't Mike Hatch included in the pro-Democrat wave?
Wed, 08 Nov 2006 03:00:00 -0600Democrat Amy Klobuchar sailed to an easy victory in the U.S. Senate race Tuesday, capitalizing on voter anger over the Iraq war to become Minnesota's first elected female senator.
Tue, 07 Nov 2006 20:43:55 -0600Democrat Keith Ellison was elected as the nation's first Muslim member of Congress on Tuesday, easily winning a Minneapolis-area district Republicans had not carried since 1962. He is also Minnesota's first nonwhite representative in Washington.
Wed, 08 Nov 2006 04:51:29 -0600Democrats picked up 19 seats in the Minnesota House to take a large majority over Republicans. In the Senate, Majority Leader Dean Johnson, the top DFLer, lost his seat by a narrow margin.
Thu, 09 Nov 2006 00:01:00 -0600Minnesota 8th District Congressman Jim Oberstar is about to become really important in the transportation world. As the ranking Democrat, Oberstar is expected to become chair of the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in January.
Wed, 08 Nov 2006 16:00:00 -0600School districts asking for more money from residents didn't fare well last night. Operating levy referendums passed in only 29 school districts but 69 districts were looking to increase taxes to generate more money.
Wed, 08 Nov 2006 12:00:00 -0600Republicans have lost control of the U.S. House and could lose the Senate, too, if Democrats win races still pending in Virginia and Montana. President Bush holds a news conference Wednesday to explain how the radically different political landscape will affect his last two years in office.
Wed, 08 Nov 2006 11:00:00 -0600DFLers won Minnesota's open U.S. Senate seat, but came up short in the governor's race. Democrats picked off 1st District U.S. Rep. Gil Gutknecht, took the Minnesota House and made gains in the state Senate. But DFL Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson narrowly lost his seat in the Legislature.
Wed, 08 Nov 2006 10:21:57 -0600Democrats did well in Minnesota on Election Day, but Republicans held on to the governor's office and a high profile congressional district. Political scientist Chris Gilbert of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter analyzes the results.
Wed, 08 Nov 2006 10:13:56 -0600As a result of the Democrats' taking control of the U.S. House, Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson, a DFLer from the 7th District, is in line to become chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer.
Wed, 08 Nov 2006 10:06:43 -0600Several races in Minnesota came down to the wire, and were settled by a relative handful of votes. It's possible some will be subject to a recount. Minnesota Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer talks about the recount process.
Wed, 08 Nov 2006 04:06:29 -0600In a vote that attracted national attention, South Dakotans rejected a state law that banned nearly all abortions. 56 percent of the voters rejected the ban.
Wed, 08 Nov 2006 04:03:55 -0600Minnesota voters locked state government into spending more money on roads and public transit, approving an amendment to the state constitution that's expected to funnel an extra $300 million a year into transportation projects.
Wed, 08 Nov 2006 03:04:57 -0600Bachmann defeated Democrat Patty Wetterling in a hard-fought contest that will go down as the state's most expensive U.S. House race.
Wed, 08 Nov 2006 02:57:31 -0600In one of the state's biggest election upsets, Minnesota's 1st Congressional District has gone democratic. First-time candidate Tim Walz won the race with 53 percent of the vote, defeating Republican six-term incumbent Gil Gutknecht.
Wed, 08 Nov 2006 02:44:05 -0600Democrat Keith Ellison campaigned heavily against the war in Iraq, and has put environmental and health care issues at the top of his list of priorities.
Wed, 08 Nov 2006 02:00:14 -0600Tim Pawlenty survived a scare and claimed a second term as Minnesota governor in come-from-behind fashion. His DFL opponent, Mike Hatch, conceded the race this morning.
Wed, 08 Nov 2006 00:57:20 -0600A protege of outgoing Attorney General Mike Hatch defeated a tough-on-crime state legislator in Minnesota's race for the state's top lawyer Tuesday, and Democrats swept Republicans out of the secretary of state and auditor's offices.
Tue, 07 Nov 2006 19:19:38 -0600Resurgent Democrats toppled Republican senators in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Rhode Island and gained ground in the House Tuesday, challenging for control of Congress in midterm elections shaped by an unpopular war in Iraq and scandal at home.
Tue, 07 Nov 2006 16:30:00 -0600Despite reports of a few problems at some polling places today, it appeared Election Day is running smoothly, with estimates indicating high turnout for a mid-term election.
Tue, 07 Nov 2006 10:00:00 -0600Federal law requires every precinct in the country to make accommodations for voters with disabilities. Minnesota's answer to that requirement is the Automark, a talking, touch-screen ballot-marking device.
Tue, 07 Nov 2006 08:00:01 -0600As voters across the region head to the polls on Election Day, they'll see ballots filled with the names of people eager to serve in public office. But in some of Minnesota's rural communities it's getting harder to find folks who want to run for office.
Mon, 06 Nov 2006 16:03:03 -0600Election Day is upon us... but there are still those who are holding out to the last possible moment before making a choice. Witness these voters in the last moments before a tight Minnesota gubernatorial election.
Mon, 06 Nov 2006 14:01:35 -0600With the final debate behind them, the candidates for governor hit the road Monday with a series of campaign stops to energize their voters and search out those who are still undecided.
Mon, 06 Nov 2006 14:00:00 -0600Most Minnesota voters will cast their ballots at a polling place on election day. But more than 43,000 registered voters live in precincts that vote by mail. Some like the convenience. Others miss the communal voting experience.
Mon, 06 Nov 2006 12:00:00 -0600Minnesota Public Radio's Nov. 5 gubernatorial debate between DFLer Mike Hatch, Independence Party candidate Peter Hutchinson and Republican incumbent Tim Pawlenty.
Mon, 06 Nov 2006 09:57:34 -0600Election judges are preparing to help voters cast their ballots and deal with any potential promlems at the polls.
Mon, 06 Nov 2006 00:00:01 -0600From call girls to congressional scandals, candidates have been ramping up the attacks in their campaign ads. Midmorning looks at the techniques used in campaign ads and what kind of impact they really have on viewers.
Mon, 06 Nov 2006 00:00:00 -0600Would rolling back income tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans cause small businesses to cut jobs?
Sun, 05 Nov 2006 22:02:11 -0600Tax topics took top billing Sunday night as the debate season closed in Minnesota's tight race for governor.
Sun, 05 Nov 2006 21:31:15 -0600Amy Klobuchar continues to hold a major leads in all of the independent polls, but Mark Kennedy believes he's closing the gap in the final days of the election.
Sun, 05 Nov 2006 15:00:00 -0600South Dakota lawmakers approved an abortion ban earlier this year. A group opposed to the ban referred the law to a public vote.
Sat, 04 Nov 2006 10:32:02 -0600Democratic candidate Mike Hatch, the frontrunner in the race for Minnesota governor, took heat Friday from two rivals over a temper he displayed in the campaign's stretch run.
Sat, 04 Nov 2006 07:00:00 -0600For more than a year, we've heard plenty of pundits talk about what the voters think. Now it's time to hear from the voters. MPR News talked with several voters in the region to find out whom they intend to vote for in various races and why.
Fri, 03 Nov 2006 14:01:44 -0600Mike Hatchlashed out at KSTP-TV by suggesting the station has an agenda because the station's owner, Stanley Hubbard, has contributed to a special interest group that is running TV ads that criticize him.
Fri, 03 Nov 2006 12:00:00 -0600A recent Minnesota Public Radio/Pioneer Press poll suggests that only 7 percent of Minnesota voters haven't decided who they want to put in the governor's office for the next four years. That means 93 percent have made up their minds. Eight of those decided voters explain their decisions.
Fri, 03 Nov 2006 11:00:00 -0600Campaigns are about candidates, issues, fundraising and strategy. But in the end, it's the voters who will decide the election. Eight voters who have made up their minds about the U.S. Senate race explain who they are supporting and why.
Fri, 03 Nov 2006 09:00:00 -0600All politics is local. Most observers don't argue with that. But some local issues on the November ballot are hotter than others. Here's a sampling.
Fri, 03 Nov 2006 07:49:37 -0600Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been seen as a rising star in the Republican Party, but he's locked in a close race with DFL candidate Mike Hatch.
Fri, 03 Nov 2006 04:29:00 -0600Independence Party candidate Peter Hutchinson faces long odds in his race for Minnesota governor. But the public policy consultant is undaunted, because he says Minnesota voters want a change from politics as usual.
Fri, 03 Nov 2006 04:00:00 -0600This year, a new voter turnout system is helping Democrats and Republicans find eligible voters -- one by one.
Thu, 02 Nov 2006 16:00:00 -0600Democrat Mike Hatch sought to reassure voters of his expertise on ethanol on Thursday, a day after his running mate drew a blank when she was questioned in farm country about E-85.
Thu, 02 Nov 2006 15:53:31 -0600Judi Dutcher's flub was just the latest in a long line of campaign blunders that range from turning the late Sen. Paul Wellstone's memorial service into a plea for Democratic votes in 2002 to DFL gubernatorial candidate Hubert "Skip" Humphrey III's insistence in 1998 that third-party candidate Jesse Ventura be included in debates.
Thu, 02 Nov 2006 14:47:00 -0600The race for Minneapolis school board takes place against the backdrop of recent miss-steps over the hiring, then removal, of a controversial superintendent and the abrupt decision to close more than a dozen schools.
Thu, 02 Nov 2006 11:00:00 -0600Right now, DFLers control the Minnesota Senate. Republicans control the House. But all 201 seats in the Legislature are up for re-election. What will happen to the balance of power on Nov. 7?
Thu, 02 Nov 2006 06:36:51 -0600A new Minnesota Public Radio/Pioneer Press poll shows DFLer Lori Swanson with an increasing lead in the race for attorney general.
Thu, 02 Nov 2006 00:00:01 -0600It's not easy for Democrats to be elected governor in South Dakota. In the history of the state, only four Democrats have sat in the executive chair and recent polls show it's not likely to happen this year.
Wed, 01 Nov 2006 20:21:28 -0600The congressional candidate made the comments during tough questioning at a free-for-all forum in Andover, in the wake of an appearance at a church service last month in which she said "God called me to run for the United States Congress."
Wed, 01 Nov 2006 15:30:19 -0600In less than a week, voters in Minnesota's 5th District will elect a new representative to Congress for the first time in nearly three decades.
Wed, 01 Nov 2006 13:00:00 -0600Mike Hatch is well-known to Minnesotans as a scrappy -- sometimes confrontational -- politician, and he's embracing his bulldog image in his third run for the governor's office.
Wed, 01 Nov 2006 11:32:00 -0600The candidates for Congress in Minnesota's 2nd District -- incumbent Republican John Kline and his DFL challenger Colleen Rowley -- discuss the issues as part of Midday's "Meet the Candidates" series.
Wed, 01 Nov 2006 10:08:37 -0600The races for governor, Senate and open seats in Congress have been getting most of the pre-election attention in Minnesota. But all 201 seats in the Legislature are up for grabs too.
Wed, 01 Nov 2006 03:00:00 -0600A new Minnesota Public Radio/St. Paul Pioneer Press poll shows the governor's race remains locked in a dead heat with just six days until the election.
Wed, 01 Nov 2006 00:01:00 -0600Wisconsin's gubernatorial race is as heated as Minnesota's. But in this race the governor is a Democrat.
Tue, 31 Oct 2006 16:00:00 -0600South Dakota's lawmakers will be called into a first-of-its-kind special session in late November to investigate allegations that a state senator acted inappropriately with a legislative page.
Tue, 31 Oct 2006 12:00:00 -0600MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with the three campaign managers for the major party candidates for Minnesota governor.
Tue, 31 Oct 2006 11:06:48 -0600The poll shows Democrat Mike Hatch with 6-point lead over Republican Tim Pawlenty in the race for governor.
Tue, 31 Oct 2006 11:00:00 -0600There are three major party candidates vying to be Minnesota's top election official. They discuss their visions for the secretary of state's office as part of Midday's "Meet the Candidates" series.
Tue, 31 Oct 2006 11:00:00 -0600The race between U.S. Rep. Gil Gutknecht, R-Minn., and his DFL challenger Tim Walz has been attracting national attention and money. Gutknecht and Walz sparred in a recent debate.
Tue, 31 Oct 2006 02:00:00 -0600Rep. Collin Peterson won the 7th Congressional District seat for the first time in 1990. In the past 16 years, the Democrat has solidified his bond with voters in the conservative district. This year he's challenged by Republican Michael Barrett.
Tue, 31 Oct 2006 02:00:00 -0600A candidate for the District 2B House seat in northern Minnesota is turning the Red Lake Indian Reservation into a campaign issue. Some say the strategy is divisive and risky.
Mon, 30 Oct 2006 16:29:00 -0600Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, one of the biggest names in the Democratic Party, spent Monday in Minnesota -- campaigning for Democrats and signing copies of his new book. The atmosphere at the book signing was worthy of a rock star.
Mon, 30 Oct 2006 12:00:00 -0600Political candidates seem to have commandeered the airwaves. Neighborhoods are thick with lawn signs. And television ads extol the virtues of voting. What's an anarchist to do?
Mon, 30 Oct 2006 11:30:00 -0600Should Minnesota constitutionally dedicate its motor vehicle sales tax to fund roads and transit? Voters will decide that question on Nov. 7, and the University of Minnesota, Duluth sponsored a debate on the merits of the MVST amendment.
Mon, 30 Oct 2006 00:00:00 -0600The St. Paul Schools' current levy referendum is expiring next summer. So the district board is asking taxpayers to pay more than $20 million dollars a year for six years to avoid cutting school programs.
Sun, 29 Oct 2006 21:27:59 -0600Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kennedy questioned the honesty of his Democratic opponent Amy Klobuchar during a debate Sunday night, scaling up his rhetoric against her with 10 days to go until the election.
Sun, 29 Oct 2006 20:20:37 -0600Minnesota's candidates for governor sparred Sunday night in their first televised debate of the campaign. Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, DFL candidate Mike Hatch and the Independence Party's Peter Hutchinson disagreed on issues such as transportation, immigration and property taxes.
Fri, 27 Oct 2006 17:23:47 -0500Television commercial breaks are flooded with political ads, but more money could be flowing to local stations.
Fri, 27 Oct 2006 15:08:40 -0500Voters in Minnesota's 6th District are poised to elect a woman to Congress this year. But which woman?
Fri, 27 Oct 2006 10:25:28 -0500With less than two weeks to go until the election, GOP candidates are running ads on immigration. One reason is that the issue is important to GOP voters.
Fri, 27 Oct 2006 09:14:02 -0500With less than two weeks to go before election day, candidates around Minnesota and interested parties are producing new political ads and buying air time at a feverish pace.
Thu, 26 Oct 2006 12:00:00 -0500The two major parties are both asking voters to give them control of Congress in this year's election. But, on an individual level, what qualities make a good lawmaker?
Thu, 26 Oct 2006 11:59:07 -0500A proposed constitutional amendment to dedicate tax dollars to state transportation needs will remain on the Nov. 7 ballot, despite arguments that its wording is confusing, the state Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.
Thu, 26 Oct 2006 11:00:00 -0500A collection of recent Minnesota Public Radio reports examining some of the issues in the races for the U.S. Senate and the governor's office.
Thu, 26 Oct 2006 08:12:00 -0500Minnesota's major party U.S. Senate candidates each offer a different approach to dealing with the war in Iraq.
Wed, 25 Oct 2006 15:10:01 -0500Like he did in the stretch run four years ago, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty began airing an immigration-themed ad. Meanwhile, Democratic challenger Mike Hatch expressed a willingness to approve a gas tax increase despite his personal opposition to it.
Wed, 25 Oct 2006 14:38:05 -0500Behind the argument over the amendment is an increasingly fractious tug of war over how to increase funding for a Minnesota transportation system that is slowly crumbling.
Wed, 25 Oct 2006 13:04:43 -0500Mrs. Bush was in Minnetonka Wednesday morning for a $500-a-plate breakfast for Bachmann and the Republican Party.
Wed, 25 Oct 2006 07:07:57 -0500The race for Congress in Minnesota's 1st District has become competitive with a political newcomer running as a DFLer posing a serious challenger to six-term Republican incumbent Gil Gutknecht.
Tue, 24 Oct 2006 18:28:00 -0500If you're not sick of political ads on TV by now you probably will be by Election Day.
Tue, 24 Oct 2006 17:40:41 -0500As his fellow Republicans around the country try to distance themselves from the increasingly unpopular war in Iraq, Minnesota Senate candidate Mark Kennedy is trying to turn the issue on its head.
Tue, 24 Oct 2006 01:00:00 -0500You won't find anything about social issues such as abortion and same sex marriage on the gubernatorial candidates' Web sites, but they're important to many voters.
Mon, 23 Oct 2006 11:07:56 -0500Health care and public safety have become the top issues in the race for Minnesota governor. Incumbent Republican Tim Pawlenty and DFL challenger Mike Hatch are battling with each other from the stump, and on TV ads on the two issues.
Sun, 22 Oct 2006 17:43:05 -0500In a battle of spreadsheets and bar graphs, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Democratic challenger Mike Hatch traded accusations Sunday over crime-fighting.
Fri, 20 Oct 2006 18:07:49 -0500The voices on campaign ads can make even Santa Claus sound evil. Just ask Gary Groomes and Susan Fuller. They're the voices.
Fri, 20 Oct 2006 15:00:00 -0500Negative campaign ads have been blamed for low voter turnout and political apathy. But some say they actually play an important role in the democratic process.
Fri, 20 Oct 2006 11:00:00 -0500U.S. Rep. Martin Sabo's retirement this year created something of a rarity: an open seat in Congress. With less than three weeks unil the election, Midday listeners get a chance to meet the candidates hoping to take Sabo's place.
Fri, 20 Oct 2006 05:00:00 -0500This November, the largest political party won't be the Republicans or the Democrats. As in years past, it'll be the non-voters.
Fri, 20 Oct 2006 00:06:00 -0500The candidates in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District face off as part of Midday's Meet the Candidates series.
Thu, 19 Oct 2006 23:44:36 -0500GOP Rep. Gil Gutknecht offered an optimistic message about America's direction. Democratic challenger Tim Walz spoke of an America that's desperate for change.
Thu, 19 Oct 2006 14:58:31 -0500DFL gubernatorial candidate Mike Hatch says he won't make any promises about education spending until it's clear that Minnesota has a budget surplus.
Thu, 19 Oct 2006 13:29:00 -0500Theory: our politicians can behave an awful lot like seventh graders. Fact: Seventh grade is a great place to break into politics.
Thu, 19 Oct 2006 06:40:29 -0500Democratic congressional candidate Keith Ellison is accusing a St. Louis Park woman of working with a Minneapolis writer to blackmail his campaign.
Wed, 18 Oct 2006 18:00:00 -0500Political campaigns are employing campaign trackers to videotape the candidates anywhere they make a public appearance. It's becoming a common practice especially after a senator from Virginia came under fire for making some controversial remarks.
Wed, 18 Oct 2006 12:00:00 -0500Rep. Jim Oberstar, D Minn., who has represented Minnesota's 8th District for almost 32 years, is facing a well-known challeger this year: former Sen. Rod Grams, R-Minn. Midday presents their Oct. 17 debate in Grand Rapids.
Wed, 18 Oct 2006 08:00:43 -0500The three major party candidates for the 5th Congressional District seat met for a debate Tuesday evening at a St. Louis Park synagogue. DFLer Keith Ellison, Republican Alan Fine and Independence Party candidate Tammy Lee were asked their views on health care, the war in Iraq and the United States' relationship with Israel.
Tue, 17 Oct 2006 16:06:47 -0500A watchdog group filed a complaint with the IRS Tuesday against a Minnesota church, claiming the pastor violated the church's tax-exempt status by endorsing GOP congressional candidate Michele Bachmann Saturday night.
Tue, 17 Oct 2006 14:33:17 -0500Minnesota lost nearly 13,000 jobs in September, the third largest monthly job loss in more than 50 years.
Tue, 17 Oct 2006 14:26:06 -0500A new poll shows Patty Wetterling is the frontrunner in the 6th District race. But Republicans say the poll isn't credible.
Tue, 17 Oct 2006 12:00:00 -0500Former U.S. Reps. Tim Penny, D-Minn., and Vin Weber, R-Minn., have seen their share of elections. Penny and Weber discussed the issues that will decide this year's election Oct. 9 at the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute.