Minnesota Republicans

Head of MN GOP delegation: Romney represents old ideas

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.

Delegates unlikely to hear from Paul at Republican convention

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.

Pawlenty: no need for MN Republicans to fear Ron Paul supporters

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.

Republicans finalize new tax bill

Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed an earlier version last Friday, but the new bill reportedly addresses his previous concerns. The House is expected to vote Wednesday on the scaled-back proposal that offers several business tax breaks.

Republicans float open-air Vikings stadium proposal

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."

Four major pieces of legislation still uncertain at the State Capitol

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.

Arne Carlson criticizes his Republican colleagues

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.

Republicans deadlock over endorsement for Walz challenger

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.

Santorum's Minnesota supporters having trouble warming up to Romney

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.

Republican state lawmakers want contingency plan for health care law

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.

Dayton vetoes GOP plan to partially reimburse Minnesota schools

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.

Two Republicans drop out of race to challenge Klobuchar

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.

Santorum the choice among Minnesota Republicans

On a big night for Rick Santorum, Minnesotan Republicans gave the former Pennsylvania Senator a key victory in their caucus night poll. Ron Paul turned in a strong showing, with Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich trailing.

GOP faithful elect Shortridge as party chair

Pat Shortridge won the Minnesota GOP party chair election on the first ballot. He was up against Terry McCall and Todd McIntyre. He takes over for former chair Tony Sutton who recently resigned.