Today is the pre-primary fundraising deadline for candidates for statewide office, political committees and other funds. It's also the last day for candidates to raise contributions to qualify for the public subsidy. The reports are due next week.
The corporate community is effectively backing Republican Tom Emmer in the race for governor. The group, MN Forward, starts running an ad this week backing Emmer's campaign. MN Forward has received contributions from Hubbard Broadcasting, Target Corporation, Davisco Foods and Polaris.
The Minnesota Chapter of the National Organization of Women announced it's backing Democrat Matt Entenza in the race for governor.
Entenza and the other Democrats in the race, Mark Dayton and Margaret Anderson Kelliher, will square off on MPR's Midmorning on Tuesday.
Kelliher released her second TV ad on Sunday.
On Friday, Kelliher says she'll consider tax breaks for veterans only after the budget is balanced.
Kelliher also pushed her $2 billion in borrowing over the next two years proposal again at a Friday news conference.
Forum Communications says the GOP most fears Dayton in November.
The Pi Press profiles IP candidate Tom Horner.
The campaigns are gearing up for a low turnout in the August primary.
2010 Race for the Legislature
Here's a look at the House and Senate primary contests.
2010 Race for Congress
Lobbyist and former Congressman Vin Weber joins the Randy Demmer campaign.
Protesters urge the DNC to take the convention to some other city.
Under the Dome
The changes to the GAMC program is leaving at least one man scrambling to find out whether he has cancer. The Star Tribune story is a signal in the shortcomings of GAMC and could put the program's supporters, mainly Governor Pawlenty, in the political hot seat.
Construction is beginning on the Essar Steel plant.
After an extensive examination of data requested from Otto's office, GOP Chairman Tony Sutton held a news conference today to show off hotel and meal receipts that he described as lavish and inappropriate. Sutton said Otto attended four conferences and spent a total of $2172.56 for eight nights of lodging. Her meal receipts ranged from $24.90 to $44.52
"I'm not saying you shouldn't go on trips," Sutton said. "But when you go, you might want to be a little frugal, especially in light when back home we're facing billions of dollars in budget deficits.
Sutton said Otto routinely exceeded the state maximum reimbursement on meals. He says the auditor owes an apology to taxpayers.
Otto countered by accusing Republicans of conducting a fishing expedition. She also poked a significant hole in the GOP claims about her meals. Otto said no matter how much she spent on any given meal, her reimbursement was never more than the state maximum of $31. She said she stayed in the same hotels where the conferences were held, and paid conference rates.
"Tony Sutton has had a problem with numbers for a while," Otto said. They're trying to create a story."
Otto is running for re-election against Republican Pat Anderson, who she defeated in 2006. Sutton worked for Anderson during her term as auditor.