Every November, somebody's running for something. In 2014, we're looking at statewide elections for Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Auditor and U.S. Senator. All Congressional seats are also up for election, as are all seats in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Local races include county commissioners and some seats on the Minneapolis school board. Judicial races are also on the ballot.  

The Daily Planet has spreadsheets showing who's running for what, as well as coverage of metro-area and statewide races.

Governor

Minnesota statewide offices

U.S. Senator for Minnesota

Congress—First District

Congress—Second District

Congress—Third District

Congress—Fourth District

Congress—Fifth District

Congress—Sixth District

Congress—Seventh District

Congress—Eighth District

Minneapolis School Board

Ramsey County 

Hennepin County

Legislature— Minneapolis  St. Paul  Greater Minnesota  Suburban

Minnesota judicial elections


Previous election cycles:

Minneapolis mayor

Minneapolis City Council—Ward 1

Minneapolis City Council—Ward 2
Minneapolis City Council—Ward 3
Minneapolis City Council—Ward 4
Minneapolis City Council—Ward 5
Minneapolis City Council—Ward 6
Minneapolis City Council—Ward 7
Minneapolis City Council—Ward 8
Minneapolis City Council—Ward 9
Minneapolis City Council—Ward 10
Minneapolis City Council—Ward 11
Minneapolis City Council—Ward 12
Minneapolis City Council—Ward 13

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

St. Paul Mayor
St. Paul First Ward City Council 
St. Paul School Board

U.S. President

Marriage amendment

Voter ID amendment

Minneapolis—All elections

Special legislative elections - January 2012
St. Paul 2011


Minneapolis/Hennepin County
St. Paul
Minneapolis Board of Education - 2010

VIDEO: Minnesota Secretary of State candidates forum at University of Minnesota

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is stepping down after two terms that have been filled with battles over voters rights — from recounting absentee ballots in the very close U.S. Senate race between Al Franken and Norm Coleman, to fighting back against a voter suppression “voter photo ID” constitutional amendment, to making Minnesota’s absentee balloting easier and “excuse free.” The lines that were drawn in those battles between Ritchie (a Democrat) and Republicans remain in place as Democrat Steve Simon takes on Republican Dan Severson. Simon promises to carry on and expand Ritchie’s work. Severson would like more restrictions on voting in the name of preventing “voter fraud.”

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Why the DFL will lose the Minnesota House

The DFL are going to lose the Minnesota House. There are many reasons for this but the main one is arrogance–both a refusal to recognize a bad strategy and an unwillingness to admit mistakes.

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The Fox 9 Hamline gubernatorial debate: Cautious, controlled, and scripted

Cautious, controlled, and scripted. This is how I would describe the Sunday morning Minnesota gubernatorial debate between Jeff Johnson and Mark Dayton.

I attended MN gubernatorial debate at Hamline and did post-debate analysis with Jeff Passolt of Fox 9.

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LIVE: 6th Congressional District candidates debate - Emmer v. Perske, Oct. 21 at noon

(Screen cap from last night's MN Secretary of State Forum) Scroll down for live video of the house representatives debate.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) has decided to retire from congress after barely winning her last election against DFL candidate Jim Graves. So you might think this race would attract media attention. It isn’t. Graves wasn’t popular so much as Bachmann had grown unpopular. Her failed 2010 presidential bid, where she emphasized her Iowa roots, may have been part of the reason. A bigger reason may be her constant exposure on Fox News as a spokesperson for the Tea Party. Minnesota’s sixth congressional district is conservative, but even it has its limits.

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VIDEO: Gubernatorial candidates Dayton and Johnson debate at Hamline, Nicollet supporters protest her exclusion

Governor Mark Dayton had his second one-on-one debate with Republican challenger Jeff Johnson at Hamline University. Dayton and Johnson have also debated two other times with Independence Party candidate Hannah Nicollet. Debate organizers KMSP-TV and Hamline University did not invite her.

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Four reasons why "liberal" conspiracy theories about ed reform (and Don Samuels) sound so much like Fox News

Sarah Lahm's conspiracy piece about "billionaire and TFA"  money flooding in to support Don Samuels in the Minneapolis School Board race went national last week. Washington Post columnist Valerie Strauss (a staunch opponent of ed reform) reprinted Lahm's original piece from "In These Times." 

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Don Samuels calls cops over hotdog giveaway

(Photo courtesty of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change) A Minneapolis police officer shows up at NOC's office on West Broadway. Video below.

With less than three weeks to go until the Nov. 4 election, Minneapolis school board candidate Don Samuels may have gotten himself in some hot water with a local Northside philanthropic nonprofit.

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Democratic Visions videos - Republican targets

Representatives Yvonne Selcer and Ron Erhardt and community organizer Joan Howe-Pullis face stiff right wing opponents in the trending-blue southwest suburbs.

Three DFL endorsed candidates in three politically purple southwest suburbs define their positions and records on the pre-election edition of Democratic Visions.

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The importance of local races

Before she was in Congress, Michele Bachmann was a state senator, and before that, pertinent to the title of this post, she was on her local school board. The fact I don’t have to explain who she is might demonstrate the importance of that one school board race.

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Some non-partisan notes on 2014 votes

Have you ever found yourself alone and clueless in the voting booth, suddenly aware that there are whole columns of unknown candidates vying for positions you never knew existed? There’s an app for that!

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