2012 Elections

Republicans expressed a certain mystification over the thumping they took last night. “Nobody saw it coming,” said Rep. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, a 14-year veteran of the House, of Republicans losing the legislature, a congressman, two amendments. “I was surprised,” said Jeff Johnson, Minnesota Republican National committeeman and Hennepin County Commissioner. “Honestly, I don’t know (what [...]

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By Tim Hennagir ECM Publishers/Monticello Times Rep. Michele Bachmann won’t face a recount challenge from former DFL opponent Jim Graves. The Sixth District race officially ended Wednesday morning after Graves issued a concession statement and both candidates spoke briefly via telephone. “It’s hovering right now around a 4,000-vote difference, and that’s too much,” said campaign [...]

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Minnesota Democrats have regained control of the House and Senate after losing control of both houses two years ago. Because of redistricting all 201 of Minnesota’s legislative seats were up for grabs. Prior to the election, Republicans controlled both the house and senate. In the House, the GOP controlled 72 seats to the DFL’s 62 [...]

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As if placing exclamations mark on a disastrous election day for Minnesota Republicans, voters rejected two amendments the Republican-controlled legislature placed on the ballot. The high-profile marriage amendment, aimed at defining marriage in the state constitution as union of man and woman, with 97 percent of state precincts reporting was short of the 50 percent [...]

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