32 of Minnesota's 40 delegates to next week's Republican National Convention plan to vote for Ron Paul to be the party's presidential candidate. Marianne Stebbins, who chairs the delegation, says Mitt Romney represents old ideas and is not a strong candidate. Stebbins says Paul supporters are helping the GOP grow and, while there are some growing pains, the party is gradually accommodating them.
Minnesota's delegation to the Republican National Convention may not hear from its preferred candidate on the floor in Tampa. If Ron Paul had carried five states, he would have been guaranteed a chance to be nominated and address the convention. But Paul came up one state short, carrying Minnesota, Iowa, Maine, and Louisiana.
While some Minnesota Republicans are concerned about the prospect of Ron Paul supporters taking over the state convention this week, Tim Pawlenty sees no need for fear. The former governor and presidential candidate says Paul's supporters are an energetic bunch that will be a valuable addition to the Republican coalition that gathers in St. Cloud Friday and Saturday.
The Republican presidential hopeful will be in St. Cloud May 18. Ron Paul is Mitt Romney's only remaining challenger for the GOP nomination. Last month, Paul took 20 of Minnesota's 24 Congressional District delegates.
The latest proposal lowers the state's stadium contribution by eliminating the roof, at least for now. The roof-ready structure would still be in downtown Minneapolis and financing would be added to the bonding bill. Gov. Mark Dayton called the idea an end-of-the-session "gimmick."
Right now, the Vikings stadium bill is dominating the attention in St. Paul. However, lawmakers are also hoping to pass a public works bonding bill, a tax bill and legislation to change teacher tenure rules. Republicans want to wrap up the session by Monday, but they're not required to adjourn until May 21.
Minnesota's former governor spoke out against the Voter Photo ID amendment during an interview with The Uptake. Carlson is also expected to campaign against the Marriage amendment. Voters will see both constitutional amendments on the ballot in November.
The St. Cloud State University College Republicans have invited the controversial pastor to perform and speak at a Tuesday night meeting. Dean has made inflammatory statements about gays and other issues.
After 23 rounds of voting, GOP delegates adjourned the 1st Congressional District endorsing convention without agreeing on a candidate to face U.S. Rep. Tim Walz this fall. Both Allen Quist and Mike Parry are seeking the GOP endorsement, but neither received the 60 percent of delegates needed for the endorsement. Republicans plan to try again at a second convention in the next few weeks.
Allen Quist and Mike Parry are both seeking the GOP endorsement to run against Rep. Walz in November. Republicans will gather for their 1st District Convention in Mankato Saturday. Walz is seeking his fourth term in Washington.
Republicans in three Minnesota Congressional districts elected Ron Paul supporters to be delegates to the party's national convention. So far Paul has claimed ten of the state's delegates and Rick Santorum two. Four more districts and Minnesota's at-large delegates remain to be chosen.
Some of Rick Santorum's Minnesota supporters say they'll vote for Mitt Romney but doubt they'll volunteer time to his campaign. One feels that Romney doesn't need her help the way Santorum did. Soft support from Santorum Republicans may be more damaging to Romney in swing states than in Minnesota, which looks to be headed into the Obama column.
If the new federal law is struck down by the Supreme Court or repealed by Republicans, Minnesota could lose about $2 billion in federal money. MPR reports House Majority Leader Matt Dean has authored a bill calling for the Minnesota human services commissioner to submit a backup plan to the legislature by December 15.
Gov. Mark Dayton called the proposal an irresponsible "raid" on state reserves. The Republican plan would have used $430 million to payback a portion of an IOU to K12 schools. Minnesota owes schools more than $2 billion after it delayed payments to cover the budget deficit.
Former state Rep. Dan Severson, Minnesota Army National Guard Capt. Pete Hegseth and first-term state Rep. Kurt Bills have all entered the race to unseat first-term Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Republicans are expected to endorse a candidate at the state convention in mid-May.
Minnesota's leading Republican donors have contributed more to his rivals than they have to Rick Santorum's presidential campaign. Santorum supporters say it shows their candidate's strength lies in reaching grassroots conservatives, rather than party leaders.
Anthony Hernandez says he will challenge Democratic Congresswoman Betty McCollum rather than Sen. Klobuchar. Joe Arwood says the time and money involved in a campaign were more than he could take on. That still leaves State Rep. Dan Severson and Army Capt. Pete Hegseth as Republicans running against Klobuchar.
Former Minnesota House Speaker Steve Sviggum is the new communications chief for the Senate GOP. Sviggum's folksy style will contrast with his predecessor, the more combative Michael Brodkorb. Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem says the caucus values Sviggum's experience and knowledge of the press.