Minnesota GOP looks to regroup after election losses

Minnesota Republicans are preparing for their new role as the minority party at the state Capitol. As they position themselves for the 2014 elections, GOP leaders are considering how aggressive the party should be in trying to block DFL initiatives. Meanwhile, calls for revisiting the candidate selection process are growing after U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills was buried in Amy Klobuchar's re-election landslide.
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Minnesota's Republican party is considering how best to reposition itself in the Legislature as it aims for a 2014 bounce back from this year's election losses. When a DFL majority is sworn in in January, it will mark the first time since 1990 that the same party has controlled both legislative houses and the governor's office. The Associated Press reports GOP leaders are debating how obstructionist they should be at the Capitol, as they settle in to their role as the minority party.

Republicans are also looking at what can be learned from a U.S. Senate race that saw their candidate, Kurt Bills, on the wrong end of a landslide. Politico noticed a Star Tribune opinion piece by a former executive director of the state party, Ben Golnik. He called for changes in the candidate endorsement process that selected Bills.

Bills got little financial help from a state party organization that's grappling with money problems of its own.

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