Alliance for a Better Minnesota helped defeat Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Emmer after spending more than $5 million on advertising. Now ABM and similar groups, which have good connections and deep pockets but no official affiliation with any candidate, are setting their sights on the Legislature. Minnesota Public Radio takes a look at the players that are changing the political game.
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Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, January 26
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Brutal battle raging for control of Minnesota Legislature
The war over political control of the Minnesota Legislature has gotten far less media attention than the higher-profile races for president, congressional seats and the two controversial ballot measures in the state. But Democrats are battling to retake control of the Statehouse, which they lost two years ago.
Dayton's approval rating dominates Legislature
A KSTP/Survey USA poll shows only 17 percent of Minnesotans surveyed approved of the GOP-controlled Legislature, while 65 percent disapprove the job of lawmakers at the state Capitol. The same poll gives Dayton an approval rating of 50 percent, while 33 percent don't approve of the governor.
Legislature poised for big turnover
Forty-seven state legislators have retired or decided to run for other offices since a court panel ordered a new redistricting map on Feb. 21. That means at least one-fourth of the 201 seats in the Legislature will change hands this fall, which would mark the largest turnover since 2002, the last redistricting year.
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