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Cheat sheet: Minnesota House races to watch — The candidates for Minnesota House will be spending the weekend before Election Day knocking on doors, making phone calls and handing out campaign flyers. Officials with both parties say the race for control of the House is a toss-up. Democrats currently control the House and are working to build a firewall around about 20 seats.

Severson says his campaign website was hacked — Republican secretary of state candidate Dan Severson says his campaign website was hacked on Wednesday night. He said technology experts told him the problem came from an outside group that they have not yet identified. But Severson says the timing of the incident raises questions about whether there was a political motivation behind the crash.

Johnson details plan for state audit if elected governor — Republican candidate for governor Jeff Johnson is adding a few more specifics to his plan to hire an outside auditor to examine the effectiveness of state programs. Election 2014: Full coverage | Select a Candidate | Find your polling place | Daily politics newsletter | Capitol View An auditor should be able to go through each state program and determine whether it's fulfilling the task it was created to do, said Johnson, adding the audit would likely cost several million dollars in taxpayer money.

GOP mailer on drunk driving law draws criticism — Safe driving advocates and Democrats are denouncing a Republican campaign mailing that criticizes Democrats for passing a law related to drunk driving. Republicans sent the flyers to people in several legislative districts where DFL-ers, such as Rep. Jay McNamar of Elbow Lake and Rep. Will Morgan of Burnsville, are in competitive races.

As the campaigns end, Democrats and Republicans focus on turnout — With just five days before most of Minnesota's voters go to the polls, candidates for major statewide offices are shifting the focus of their campaigns. Topping the agenda late in the game are efforts to make sure core supporters cast ballots.

Johnson opposes resolution on D.C. team name — Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson voted today against a resolution that called on the owner of the Washington NFL team to change its name. The Hennepin County Board considered the resolution at today's meeting. After a brief discussion, the board voted 6-1 in favor of the resolution.

As Republicans question response to Ebola, Democrats try to avoid politics — As Minnesota officials keep watch for any cases of Ebola in the state, many will also have their eyes on politics. This year's October surprise in the race for governor and the U.S. Senate may be Ebola.

Dayton defends MNsure rate hike math as GOP criticism mounts — GOP challenger Jeff Johnson isn't letting up on his criticism that Dayton's people low-balled the health exchange's 2015 increases and that the governor was "lying" about the size of the hikes.

Dayton turns his attention to helping DFL House candidates — Gov. Mark Dayton has been campaigning this week for Legislative candidates, a sign that he is comfortable enough about his own re-election prospects to begin to help Democrats keep control of the Minnesota House.

Sharp focus, few votes for Cannabis, Libertarian governor hopefuls — When you're the Grassroots/Legalize Cannabis Party's candidate for governor, your priorities are pretty clear. Chris Wright backs a single-payer health care system and cuts in greenhouse gases, but legalizing marijuana is his main concern. He turned up recently a distant fourth on a KSTP poll with 1 percent of the vote.
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Oct 31, 2014

RT @johnmoe: Hey middle school trick-or-treaters in ill-conceived costumes wondering why the fun things now feel awkward: that's what adulthood is like.

Oct 31, 2014

RT @Stowydad: Dayton, Johnson show fire in final governor debate (from @AP)…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @APkrawczynski: Wolves give Ricky Rubio 4-year, $56M deal, including 1M in incentives.

Oct 31, 2014

RT @JimmyVielkind: Poll: Michael Grimm has 19-point lead, faces 20 count indictment. Never change, Staten Island. Never change. #ny11…

Oct 31, 2014

@5hauser @Stowydad @AJillSimons Good luck with that. Self funders nearly always lose (just like your argument).…

Oct 31, 2014

Follow @timpugmire for updates on #mngov debate. I'll be stomping around the neighborhood with a T-Rex. - A man has got to have a code.

Oct 31, 2014

FYI - The final gubernatorial debate is on TPT's Almanac tonight at 7pm.

Oct 31, 2014

@Tom_Freeman I'm fine after that delicious lunch. FYI - I'm taking the under as well but it's gonna be close.

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