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


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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

Brief Analyzes Political Impact of Projected Eligible 2016 Voters of Color in Key Battleground States

Photo by John Morton, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license.

The political implications of the nation’s changing demographics are already being felt in many states across the country.

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Outreach director brings diversity to Generation Next team

(Photo courtesy of Generation Next) Jerimiah Ellis

After meeting with Generation Next staff, it was obvious to me that while everyone had a significant role in the program’s success, the role of Jeremiah Ellis, director of outreach and partnerships, was most essential. As stated in a previous article (“Five big steps across the achievement gap,” MSR, Dec. 11, 2014), Victor Cedeño, director of networks and education policy for Generation Next, attributed a huge portion of their success to “a powerful table of people who are coming together saying, ‘We want to be responsible for this. We want to do whatever it takes.’”

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Navell Gordon, smeared face of #Pointergate, tells his story

(Still from video below) Navell Gordon

Navell Gordon became famous when KSTP-TV blurred his face in a photo where he was standing next to Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and broadcast it because police said the two were flashing gang signs by pointing at each other. Social media dubbed the story #Pointergate. Gordon says he is not a member of the kind of gang KSTP-TV insinuated he belonged to. “I’m a member of the NOC gang,” he says with a laugh. “Knocking on doors, and organizing and getting more people involved.”

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Under high pressure, Minneapolis City Council reverses #Lattelevy vote

(Photos by Katie G. Nelson)

Local activists obtained a rare victory Wednesday evening after the Minneapolis City Council voted to reverse their decision to cut $225,000 from a racial equity program and a clean energy initiative — a cut deemed #Lattelevy.

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Experts, officials consider criminal policy reform

(Photo by Bala Sivakumar published under Creative Commons License)

Lawmakers and University of Minnesota experts are eyeing criminal policy reform at the state and federal level.

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Election 2014: My sloppy, half-baked assessment

It was indeed a bummer, nationally. I thought we’d end with 48-49 in the Senate, not 46, and that we’d certainly at least boot Tea Party governors in Maine and Florida. But it did take Minnesotans – enough Minnesotans, that is, not all, by any means – two terms of Gov. Pawlenty to realize that it’s really better to have a superior quality of politician, and human being, in the governor’s office. And if 2011 is any guide, the left blogosphere will continue to be dominated by over-the-top doom and gloom at least into the middle of next year. I’m not here to be part of that. We’re nowhere near high enough yet, in collective political IQ in this country, to where Democrats, much less progressives, can reasonably expect to win ‘em all. Note that important long-term trends, potentially positive for progressives though it will take a while yet, didn’t change.

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Minnesota looking more like the rest of the country

Minnesota has been something of an outlier compared to almost every other state. Most states have Democratic cities, Republican rural areas, and competitive suburbs. We have long flipped those last two. This last election though, the state house election looked pretty typical of what might be expected in almost any randomly chosen state.

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Special report: Ranked choice voting – The Minneapolis experiment

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Minneapolis is the largest city between Chicago and Seattle, the coldest big city in America and it used to be one of the most Nordic places in the U.S. – a hotbed of Scandinavian and German cultures. Only one African-American had ever been elected mayor of Minneapolis: Sharon Sayles Belton who served from 1994 until 2001.

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Was it political cowardice or bad strategy?

UPDATE: Heard from the Speaker of the Minnesota House, sadly shortly to be minority leader (replaced by this guy), and looks like some state-specific comments of mine might not hold up. Details here.

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