A political newcomer who calls himself a centrist Democrat has entered the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mark Dayton. Kelly Doran will use some of his personal wealth as he woos moderate Democrats in the race.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty is asking Attorney General Mike Hatch to consider stepping aside in the event a budget impasse requires a court order to keep critical state services running.
Steve Kelley, a suburban Democrat who has become
one of his party's leading voices on technology and education
issues, embarked on a campaign for governor Wednesday.
Senate candidates Mark Kennedy, Amy Klobuchar
and Patty Wetterling each list assets of less than $1 million in
financial disclosure forms while a fourth candidate said his assets
and liabilities both exceed $50 million, according to an Associated
The lineup card for Minnesota's 2006 governor's
race is starting to fill up.
Two more potential challengers to Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty
took steps this week toward running.
Attorney General Mike Hatch has taken another step toward running for governor in 2006. Hatch sent a fundraising letter to DFL contributors, asking them to help him finance a gubernatorial campaign. While the election is still a year and a half away, Hatch isn't the only Democrat considering the governor's race.
A little known real estate developer announced
Monday that he will challenge child-safety advocate Patty
Wetterling and Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar for the
Minnesota DFL's nomination in the 2006 U.S. Senate race.
There's talk among some Republicans that Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty might be a good candidate for president or vice president in 2008. Some say in addition to being in line with the GOP on the issues, Pawlenty could help win votes from Minnesota and other Midwestern battleground states.