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Here comes the flood: political ad tsunami rolling in

Political groups are preparing to dump political ads on Twin Cities TV screens beginning next week. More than $2 million worth of ad time has been reserved so far between now and the Nov. 6 election, and Democrats and Republicans are expected to buy even more, the Associated Press reports.

Thompson wins GOP primary battle for US Senate in Wisconsin

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson won a four-way Republican primary for an open U.S. Senate seat in Wisconsin. Thompson will face Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin in the general election this fall. Democratic incumbent Sen. Herb Kohl is not running for his fifth-term.

Kurt Bills' Senate campaign coffers nearly empty

GOP U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills is in apparent need of dollar bills. The Federal Election Commission reports that the Republican challenger to Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar has just $5,841 in the bank -- approximately 900 times less than Klobuchar's campaign, which has nearly $5.4 million.

Paul delegates go for cheap digs at GOP convention

Most Minnesota Republicans who are headed to this year's national Republican convention in Tampa, Fla., are first-time delegates. Many are Ron Paul supporters, and true to form, they have an independent streak. They're seeking out cheap hotels away from the celebrity politicians and making arrangements for an unconventional convention experience.

Top donor to Minnesota GOP stops giving

Bob Cummins, who has donated more than $3.5 million to Minnesota Republican causes, is telling allies he has had it with Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature and will not give their campaigns any cash this year, according to multiple sources, the Star Tribune reports. Cummins, CEO of Plymouth-based Primera Technology, is reportedly frustrated over legislators' failure to approve a "right-to-work" constitutional amendment that would limit union power.

Tim Pawlenty says he's not sending mixed messages about VP prospects

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has said he's not interested in being Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's running mate, yet at the same time he said he "would be honored to serve if asked." After delivering an address at the North Carolina Republican Convention, Pawlenty tried to explain his feelings on the matter.

Koch stepping down as Senate majority leader

Amy Koch issued a surprise announcement that she's stepping down as Majority Leader of the Minnesota Senate. Koch's letter to fellow Republicans did not specify a reason, but called the past year challenging, exciting, and exhausting.

Bachmann declines Donald Trump-moderated debate

The Minnesota Congresswoman questioned the impartiality of the Donald and she's not alone. Five of the seven Republican presidential candidates invited declined. Only Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum agreed.