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.

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Congress—Eighth District

Minneapolis School Board

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Hennepin County

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Minneapolis City Council—Ward 8
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Minneapolis City Council—Ward 11
Minneapolis City Council—Ward 12
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Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

St. Paul Mayor
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St. Paul School Board

U.S. President

Marriage amendment

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Minneapolis—All elections

Special legislative elections - January 2012
St. Paul 2011


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

Clever coldblooded strategy in Minneapolis school board race

I could be wrong. If I’m right, then I have to admire the cleverness of a certain group of Don Samuels’ supporters, even if, as the title implies, there’s something coldblooded about it.

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Minnesota House candidate Yolandita Colón hopes to bridge party divide

(Photo courtesy of vote4colon.com)

Yolandita Colón is a bit of an anomaly. On the one hand, she seems to stand for progressive causes like educational equality, meaningful immigration reform, improved housing for all, and human rights and social justice. On the other, she favors lowering taxes for businesses and business owners, and has very conservative stances on social issues such as abortion and same sex marriage.

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Vote absentee, then track status of your ballot online

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Voters still have time to request an absentee ballot for the Nov. 4 elections and can track the status of their ballot online, the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State reports.

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VIDEO: Perske attacks Emmer for "Threatening" divisive record, Emmer has no response

(Still from debate video by The Uptake) Full video clip below.

During Monday’s 6th Congressional District debate in St. Cloud, Minnesota DFL candidate Joe Perske chose to spend his final remarks calling GOP runner Tom Emmer bullying, divisive and uncooperative. When Emmer was asked to rebuttal, he declined to answer. The candidate elected will take over Michele Bachmann's seat.

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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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VIDEO: 6th Congressional District candidates debate - Emmer, Perske and Denney

(Screen cap from Tuesday's 6th Congressional District candidates debate) Scroll down for the full video.

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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