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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.

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.
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Oct 24, 2014

@billglahn I don't think @msommerhauser or me make decisions for other news outlets!

Oct 24, 2014

RT @Stowydad: Just saw the @mngop #mngov ad and can confirm the mention/photo of abused boy is gone

Oct 24, 2014

@TylerVerry Brutal I got in a huge argument w/ them bc they wanted me to write I was leaving bc I didn't use it when it was poor management

Oct 24, 2014

Gov. Dayton defends MNsure rate hike math as GOP criticism mounts #mngov…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @CatRichert: PolyMet pushes back on @Jeff4Gov ad, says claim Dayton reelect means "PolyMet is dead" "simply not true"… via @mprnews

Oct 24, 2014

RT @MPRnews: Four Minnesota hospitals agree to take any state Ebola patients:

Oct 24, 2014

@StribLopez @MyLittleBloggie @Stowydad golf isn't dead but country club is. No sane person pays $10k fee, 2.5k/year & $200/month for food

Oct 23, 2014

Franken's campaign staff say nearly 2,000 people are at the rally for Hillary Clinton.

Oct 23, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is speaking at a GOTV rally for Dems at Macalester College in St. Paul.

Oct 23, 2014

RT @AJillSimons: .@mngop news release in advance of speech calls Hillary Clinton "The driving force of the failed Obama Franken foreign policy agenda."

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