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Gov.-elect Tim Walz's success hinges on whether the vigorous approach and penchant for pragmatism he brought to the campaign trail can win over the Republican lawmakers whose votes he needs.
The Walzs, who have a 17-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son, said they are considering moving into the governor's residence in St. Paul but are unsure of the timing.
Ken Martin has been the chairman since 2011.
The victory gives Democrats four more years in the governor's office following two terms by Gov. Mark Dayton.
Midterm victories could turn on reactivating passions that drove president's win in 2016.
Turnout will be the key factor in so many ways on Election Day.
In days, Minnesotans will choose one of the two to replace DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, who is retiring after two terms.
A long, contentious regulatory review ends with permits for the huge copper-nickel mine.
Issues like taxes, health care, education and roads are at the top of the to-do list for Minnesota’s next governor. But whoever wins the race…
Pete Stauber once used his St. Louis County e-mail to seek damaging information about Rep. Rick Nolan's voting history and forwarded damaging information about another potential opponent to a GOP operative in Washington, according to e-mails released by the county.
Campaign 2018: Business groups focus resources on retaining GOP control of Legislature.
Blame the outside money flowing in for the four competitive House districts, all of which require TV ads in the expensive metro Twin Cities market.
Democratic politicians got some help in the closing days of the campaign from national gun control advocates.
GOP candidate is in a tight U.S. House race with Joe Radinovich.
DFL candidate for governor supports minimum wage increases by cities, while GOP opponent Jeff Johnson calls local wage floors a burden on business.
Both major-party gubernatorial hopefuls say they support Enbridge, but politics could prove dicey.
Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio among GOP stars visiting to boost House candidates.
Although the Johnson and Walz households both earn incomes higher than average, the two families are mostly wage earners, and neither uses unusual maneuvers to avoid paying taxes.
Democrat Keith Ellison, Republican Doug Wardlow unleash vitriol as other candidates debate health care, taxes.
With just over two weeks until Election Day, governor's race has tightened, with sharp divides across gender and age.
Recent public polling by NBC News and the Star Tribune/MPR News suggests Democrats are going into the stretch run of the election season in relatively…
Against a state agency’s recommendation, St. Louis County again refused on Wednesday to release e-mails sought by the Star Tribune between Pete Stauber, a St.…
The candidates for Minnesota governor sparred over taxes, ag and health care as each tried to prove he would be a champion of areas felt ignored.
The county had confirmed the existence of the e-mails, sent to and from Stauber's county e-mail address, but declined to provide the e-mails.
Democrat Tim Walz says his experience crossing cultural and political fault lines positions him to rise above the partisanship that has stunted progress at the State Capitol.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar had lunch with about 30 CEOs of the largest Minnesota companies last week. According to an executive who was there but…
Accuracy of allegations called into question.
The new TV ad from GOP's Paulsen hits DFL challenger Dean Phillips over harassment lawsuit, but lawyer for claimants says Phillips had 'no involvement.'
Dayton heading to Mayo Clinic for another spinal procedure, similar to two previous surgeries meant to decrease leg pain and improve balance.
With Affordable Care Act still jarring U.S. politics, access to health care and how to pay for it a major issue dividing Tim Walz, Jeff Johnson.
Democratic pushback on Kavanaugh seems to have revved up GOP enthusiasm, which had been flagging.
It's not even close, according to Google Trends.
Jeff Johnson, the surprise winner of the Republican primary against former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, has seen a surge in fundraising since late July.
The Republican candidate for Minnesota governor wants broad relief, but schools, social programs would likely take hit.
Because politics has become so nationalized, an unpopular president portends bad things for his party.
In a statement, the St. Cloud Republican denied the allegations but said he needs to work toward healing his family.
DFL, GOP candidates for governor agree on need to address workforce shortage, highlight differences at forum.
Sen. Scott Newman, Republican from Hutchinson, writes off sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee.
Minnesotans are evenly split on the U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh in a new Star Tribune-MPR News Minnesota Poll taken before an allegation of sexual assault against him surfaced.
DFLer Tim Walz holds a 9-point advantage over Republican Jeff Johnson in the race for governor with less than two months to the election. The poll finds about one in six voters still undecided in the race.
Recent union endorsements provide clues about the direction of both organized labor and the two parties. The carpenters and their 11,000 Minnesota members endorsed…
Minnesota's airwaves will be increasingly filled with political appeals and attacks.
The GOP gubernatorial candidate fired back, calling the ads "blatant lies."
Housley remains unknown to many Minnesotans and will have to distinguish herself from generic Republicans.
The Stauber campaign declined to make him available or provide access to the e-mails, which appear to violate a St. Louis County policy.
Tim Walz backs tuition-free college plan, public health insurance and rural broadband access. Can he deliver?
Republicans hope that domestic abuse allegations against U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, who is running for Minnesota attorney general, will bring down the rest of his…
Whole-hog participation is unwritten prerequisite for statewide elected office.
Family business had been source of pride for GOP's Benson; now it may force her to step back.
But if 2016 is a guide, running against Trump also has risks.
Dueling statements from Karin Housley and Tina Smith highlight the power of immigration as a campaign issue this year.
Historic voting dynamic is upended with an outstate DFLer, metro Republican.
Tim Walz and Jeff Johnson offered very different visions for leading the state a day after their primary victories.
Jeff Johnson shocked the Minnesota political world when he built an insurmountable lead over former Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Meanwhile, Tim Walz defeated Erin Murphy and Lori Swanson on the DFL side.
The alleged incident between Keith Ellison and Karen Monahan came to light Saturday night after her son posted about it on Facebook. Ellison responded Sunday in a statement.
The DFL gubernatorial candidate's campaign says the accusers are politically motivated.
And we'll have some answers soon.
In a remarkable sequence of events days before the DFL primary for governor, Swanson released the criminal record of a critical former aide via emails from the attorney general's office. And the ex-staffer sought a restraining order against her.
They spar over immigration, gun laws, negative ad.
The forum was the only joint appearance for the five major hopefuls ahead of next week's primary election.
While Republicans and DFLers clearly disagree on guns, candidates in the same party don't see eye to eye either.
If Republicans hold the current legislative majorities, a conservative chief executive with an allied House and Senate could finally act on long-standing GOP vows to lower taxes and shrink government.
The consequences for whoever wins Aug. 14 are huge: Whether Minnesota stays on a path set by eight years of a Democratic governor or joins neighboring states in choosing Republican rule.
It's pointless to prognosticate because all scenarios seem possible.
GOP's Johnson, Pawlenty argued over credibility as true conservatives.
Now they have a good idea of how every voter is likely to behave — whether they are going to vote and for whom.
Looking at turnout, the candidate favored by the metro is going to be tough to beat.
In a late interview, the attorney general and one of the three DFL candidates for governor defends her running mate against the accusations that he didn't react strongly enough to harassment situation.
Comments he made on his provocative show are getting a wider airing.
The immigration debate has emerged as a polarizing cultural fracas in recent years, but Pawlenty said it's not a new issue for him.
The muddled DFL field for governor has created a challenge for Republican ad makers who would like to go on the attack now.
The ad is a sharply negative attack on the Hennepin County commissioner, who is his Republican primary opponent for governor.
The August primary will be a big test of the salience of name ID.
Democrats worry that a growing metro bent could leave the DFL's rural constituencies increasingly endangered. Even if DFLers can continue to win statewide races with big vote margins in the Twin Cities, a loss of rural support makes it tough to restore legislative majorities.
The Republican-endorsed candidate for state House in a western Hennepin County district declared bankruptcy in 2010 with more than $1 million in liabilities and a…