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Hillary Clinton to raise money for Dayton — Hillary Clinton is holding a fundraiser for Gov. Mark Dayton next Thursday in St. Paul. Clinton has scheduled an event for DFLer Dayton's reelection campaign at the St. Paul RiverCentre on Thursday evening. Donors are being asked to give between $150 to $2,500 to attend the event.

Health officials: Minn. tested 1 person for Ebola, results negative — No one in Minnesota now is suspected of having Ebola, but officials are working to create a hospital facility to isolate and treat future cases.

Business group backs Johnson — The Minnesota Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses announced today it's backing Republican Jeff Johnson's campaign for governor. Johnson understands the needs of small business owners better than Gov. Mark Dayton, the group's executive director Mike Hickey said at a news conference to announce the endorsement.

Republicans try to portray DFL as ignoring rural Minnesota — The Republican Party's strategy to win the governor's race and control of the Minnesota House in next month's election is on full display in western Minnesota, where a competitive race is receiving lots of attention. State Rep.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stumps for Jeff Johnson — Republican candidate for governor Jeff Johnson turned to an established star of his party on Monday to pump some energy into his campaign. Johnson, a Hennepin County commissioner who trails Gov. Mark Dayton by 10 points in the polls, received an attention boost when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie campaigned with him.

Nicollet wants in on Duluth debate — The Independence Party candidate for governor is criticizing the organizers of a debate Tuesday in Duluth for excluding her from the event. Hannah Nicollet said the head of the Duluth Chamber of Commerce told her that they "didn't want to break precedent" by including her in the debate, even though IP candidate Tom Horner was invited to the same event four years ago.

Biden to campaign for Nolan — Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to campaign for DFL Congressman Rick Nolan later this month. According to several people with knowledge of the event, Biden will campaign with Nolan on Oct. 23. They say Biden is expected to be on Minnesota's Iron Range with Nolan but that could change based on logistics.

State tax collections $46 million lower than expected — State finance officials say tax collections from July through September were $46 million less than projected. Minnesota Management and Budget said in its quarterly report that income, sales and cigarette taxes all came in lower than expected. Corporate taxes were $56 million higher than projected.

McFadden disputes poll showing big lead for Franken — Interested Parties FROM: Carl Kuhl, Tom Erickson - McFadden for Senate RE: One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other - Recent MN Senate Polling DATE: October 7, 2014 Last night's KSTP/SurveyUSA poll on the Minnesota Senate race will undoubtedly be the talk of the state's political scene over the next few days, and for good reason - it conflicts with the other polls conducted over the same time period.

Moorhead debate will now include IP’s Nicollet — The sponsors of Wednesday's gubernatorial debate have reversed course and are now including Independence Party candidate Hannah Nicollet in the event. Forum Communications, which is hosting the debate, initially said Nicollet would not participate because she did not meet their standard of receiving at least 10 percent support in a public poll.
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Oct 19, 2014

RT @5hauser: KSTP/SurveyUSA: Mark Dayton leads Jeff Johnson 50% to 40%. The race tightened slightly in last 2 weeks. Dayton led Johnson by 12 on Oct. 3

Oct 19, 2014

RT @Stowydad: Both candidates doing more to pivot off questions to take a jab at the opponent's policies or proposals than in prior debates #mngov

Oct 19, 2014

RT @Stowydad: . @nicollet4gov says no emergency petition planned to get her on #mngov debate stage today, but IP may take legal action in future

Oct 19, 2014

@zdsellie fox9 set the criteria. She didn't meet polling threshold.

Oct 19, 2014

RT @KSTP: IP Candidate for Gov. Hannah Nicollet to File Lawsuit over Debate Exclusion:

Oct 19, 2014

I'm a panelist at today's @MyFOX9 /Hamline U #mgov debate with @RachelSB and @bsalisbury. Debate is live at 9am.

Oct 18, 2014

I am proud to be a @SyracuseU grad. But this is ridiculous: Newhouse dean cancels photog visit out of Ebola fears.…

Oct 17, 2014

Hillary Clinton to raise money for DFL Gov. Mark Dayton next week.…

Oct 17, 2014

Hillary Clinton to hold a fundraiser for DFL Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday night at the St. Paul RiverCentre.…

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