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

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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MN Jobs Coalition received $355,000 from the RSLC; where'd that money trickle down from?

In a report about Minnesota Jobs Coalition chair Ben Golnik's new job as executive director of the Minnesota House Republican caucus, Minnesota Public Radio's Catherine Richert reported in Monday's article, Golnik to direct House Republican Caucus:

Golnik is leaving his post as chairman of the Minnesota Jobs Coalition, an independent political group that spent hundreds of thousands of dollars ushering in the Republican majority to the Minnesota House. Republicans won in nearly every district the group invested in. . . .

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Crushed, humiliated Minnesota conservatives face their political doom

So they took the Minnesota House back by 5 seats, on the “strength” of about 51% turnout, the lowest since 1986. In an election where, nationwide, old people, and hardly anyone else, turned out as if it meant something. (Which it does, but, convincing our voters of that…well that’s our #1 problem. Has been, for a long time, now.) In Minnesota, we could well end up with supermajorities, or close to it, in both chambers, after 2016. In particular, Al Franken’s romp over Mike McFadden – who was supposed to be a strong candidate, you know, a Romney-esque “centrist uniter,” – makes clear just where the MN GOP is as far as legitimate, long-term competitiveness. That would be “nowhere.” Their only chance to come back from nowhere is for sane Republicans to take back the party from the Tea Partiers, theocrats, and Paulbots, and convince voters outside of their base that, having done that, it just might be safe to vote Republican again. Assuming, on the basis of absolutely no evidence, that that process has even started, how many election cycles will it take? Three? Five? Ten? And their base voters heading for the pearly gates, and not being replaced, all the while.

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Getting it wrong: The myth of massive ticket-splitting in the 2014 Minnesota elections

I am not sure if it is bad math or bad journalism, but contrary to popular accounts, it is highly unlikely that 450,000 voters in Minnesota split their votes between Dayton or Franken at the top of the ticket and a Republican legislator further down the ballot.

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Daudt is Republican choice for speaker; Peppin majority leader

(Photo by Paul Battaglia) House Speaker-designate Kurt Daudt and House Majority Leader-elect Joyce Peppin are surrounded by members of the Republican caucus at a Nov. 7 news conference after their leadership elections.

Rep. Kurt Daudt is expected to be the next speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

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BEHIND THE STORY | #Pointergate: A learning opportunity about disenfranchisement

Everybody’s talking about #Pointergate, the absurd KSTP story of Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, where she is supposedly flashing a gang sign with a 22-year-old man from north Minneapolis who is working to get out the vote.

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Where are new Minnesota House members on extending state's medical cannabis law to more patients?

Last session, Minnesota passed one of the most restrictive restrictive medical cannabis laws in the country, with medical marijuana advocates and some lawmakers vowing to revisit the issue.

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Don't blame us! The excuses are already being tallied up.

Two days after a near GOP sweep of the mid-term elections (Minnesota was one of the few to escape the massacre, though even here the GOP flipped the House of Representatives), apologists for the Party of Hope are toking up and blowing smoke in efforts to cast blame anywhere but where it belongs.

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The days ahead, the aftermath of the 2014 election

Questions only you can answer: did you vote in the 2014 election? If not, why not? If you voted, did you vote for all the candidates on the ballot? How well did you know the candidates running for the offices?

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Thissen to continue leading DFL in minority

House Minority Leader-elect Paul Thissen

House DFL members on Thursday elected outgoing speaker Paul Thissen (DFL-Mpls.) to continue leading the caucus when it assumes the minority in the House early next year.

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