Jon Stewart guest stars with Minnesota Republicans
October 26, 2013 — 4:20pm
Minnesota Republicans on Saturday met to do the party's business and plot their way forward.
They picked a new Republican National Committeeman -- Chris Tiedeman, a longtime activist -- and were slated to cast straw poll votes on their early 2014 preferences for U.S. Senate and governor.
The party is still $1.3 million in debt but that's down nearly $640,000 from a December 2011 high and chairman Keith Downey said Republicans are at a crossroads but promised better times are ahead.
"We lost our focus on the people. We have spent more time arguing among ourselves than boldly proposing our ideals and our solutions. And we let the demonizing rhetoric of the left define us," Downey said. "I'm here today to tell you: No more."
The Republicans, who had a more diverse cast of speakers than some recent party functions, also laughed along with a Jon Stewart video from the "Daily Show" -- perhaps a sign of the change in the party.
Amid reports that Donald Trump was in danger of not getting on Minnesota's presidential ballot, the Trump campaign says everything is in order and voters will have a chance to cast their ballot for him in November.
Interest groups spent less slightly money lobbying state government in 2015 than in the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.
A $400 million cash delivery to Iran to repay a decades-old arbitration claim may be unprecedented in recent U.S. history, according to legal experts and diplomatic historians, raising further questions about a payment timed to help free four American prisoners in Iran.
From a spartan 16th-floor office they've rented just blocks from this week's preliminary meetings of the Republican National Convention, some of the GOP rebels trying to head off Donald Trump are laying the groundwork for revolt.
Bernie Sanders won Oregon's presidential primary and battled Hillary Clinton to a razor-thin margin in Kentucky, vowing to stay in the race until the end as Clinton aimed to blunt his momentum and prepare for a fall campaign against Republican Donald Trump.