VAN drives six-figure haul into state DFL coffers Depending on your perspective, the Minnesota DFL State Central Committee's Voter Activation Network database is a cash cow, a valuable communication tool or a massive headache - or some combination of the three.
DFL tells Pawlenty: Don’t let the door hit you The Minnesota DFL Party was quick in reacting to Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s official announcement this afternoon that he won’t seek a third term as governor. "While we thank Gov. Pawlenty for his service to our state, his retirement as governor is an opportunity to move Minnesota forward," a statement from DFL chair Brian Melendez said. [...]
Minnesota’s political contribution refund returns after four-year blackout Republicans have traditionally opposed Minnesota’s political contribution refund program, which was reinstated on Monday when the state’s new biennial budget took effect. In fact, it was GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty who successfully proposed scrapping the program four years ago. But despite their dislike for state-subsidized political contributions, Republican candidates and party units disproportionately benefited from the program during the two decades that it was in place.
Phil Krinkie: Head ’em up, move ’em out With just three weeks before the scheduled adjournment of the 2013 legislative session, the intent of the DFL lawmakers’ actions is clear. They are doing everything imaginable in their power to drive entrepreneurs and job creators out of Minnesota.
DFLers can expect a low-drama convention Democratic-Farmer-Labor activists, candidates and leaders will head to Rochester for the party's convention this weekend, facing a non-controversial agenda and touting a theme of party unity. DFLers will take up the U.S. Senate endorsement and elect four members to the Democratic National Committee.
Steven Schier: DFL tax plans: How liberal is too liberal? It was widely expected that Gov. Mark Dayton would govern as a liberal. It is somewhat surprising that he finds himself besieged by a DFL-dominated state House and Senate that each is pushing budget plans more liberal than the governor says he will accept.
Federal shutdown brings heat on Paulsen Tea Party activists are reacting with alarm to Rep. Erik Paulsen’s comments suggesting that he would be willing to break with GOP House leadership in order to end the federal government shutdown.