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Column: Scandals hiding in plain sight

August 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON — The laboratories of democracy are blowing up.
A rash of relatively convoluted, thoroughly unsexy political scandals involving governors is moving through the country. So many of them involve Republican presidential hopefuls that consp…continue reading on dglobe.com

Republicans fall in behind Johnson

August 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

ST. PAUL — It is one thing for defeated politicians to back their conqueror, but quite another for rank-and-file supporters to do the same.

As Jeff Johnson was edging his way toward victory in Tuesday’s Republican governor primary election, ba…continue reading on dglobe.com

Johnson leads four-way GOP governor race

August 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Republicans awaited primary election returns Tuesday night, unable to guess who might emerge from a four-candidate race for governor to challenge Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton in November.

It has been decades since Republicans…continue reading on dglobe.com

Column: Caught between a Rolex and a hard place

August 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

RICHMOND, Va. — There is a prominent flaw in the legal strategy of Bob McDonnell: Even if the disgraced former Virginia governor wins in court, he loses.
In December, during McDonnell’s final days in office, prosecutors offered him a deal that w…continue reading on dglobe.com

GOP candidates play up rural differences

August 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

REDWOOD FALLS — Four Republican candidates for Minnesota governor struggled to point out differences among themselves to more than 1,000 farmers and agribusiness workers at a Farmfest forum Tuesday, but had no problem criticizing Democratic Gov. Ma…continue reading on dglobe.com

GOP candidates spar at debate

July 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

ST. PAUL — Republican candidates for Minnesota governor came out swinging in a broadcast debate Wednesday, arguing over idealistic visions versus the practical realities of running a divided state government.

First-time candidate Scott Honour sa…continue reading on dglobe.com

GOP candidates spar at debate

July 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

ST. PAUL — Republican candidates for Minnesota governor came out swinging in a broadcast debate Wednesday, arguing over idealistic visions versus the practical realities of running a divided state government.

First-time candidate Scott Honour sa…continue reading on dglobe.com

Iowa Governor and Lt. Governor visit Hawkeye Point

June 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

SIBLEY, Iowa — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds visited Hawkeye Point Thursday as part of their 99-county tour of the state. 

Branstad had committed to visiting the state’s highest elevation following a presentation by m…continue reading on dglobe.com

Governor race activity picks up as GOP convention nears

May 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Republican convention is a week and a half away, so governor candidates are doing everything they can to get delegate support.

For Jeff Johnson, that means picking a popular southeast Minnesota politician to be his runni…continue reading on dglobe.com

Bonding bill ‘inadequate,” author says

April 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

ST. PAUL — A nearly $1 billion proposal to fund state construction projects, ranging from trails to transit, launched Tuesday with its author calling it “inadequate” and a Republican who usually supports public works projects saying he could no…continue reading on dglobe.com