Analyzing the Primary Results By Congressional District

When you look at the Governor Primary Election results by the eight Congressional Districts a few clear points emerge. On the DFL side, Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN01) carried five Congressional Districts, all in Greater MN, but he was competitive in all. He finished 2nd in each of the other three. Rep Erin Murphy (DFL-64A, St Paul) did carry the…

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Fall-off Down the 2018 Primary Ballot

The first race on the ballot generally sets the highwater mark for votes cast on a ballot. Except for this year, where more DFLers voted for Governor than did for the first line on the ballot US Senator and more Republicans voted for the 2nd US Senate race down the ballot than they did for the first race. 10,803 more Republicans voted in the US Senate Special Election Primary than did in the US Senate Primary. The uptick in far from tradition since it is normal to see a fall-off of total votes as you progress down the ballot. On the DFL side, 17,217 fewer DFL voters cast their ballot in the US Senate Special Election Primary than did up the ballot in the US Senate Primary which is expected.

The total votes cast on the DFL side for Governor were greater than those for US Senate. As we look at the next line down the ballot, 3.465 fewer DFLers voted in the Attorney General race and 9.23% fewer Republicans did as well.

US Senator
Republican Candidate Totals % Total Votes Change +/- Change%
 Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente 16974 5.88%
 Rae Hart Anderson 25806 8.94%
 Jim Newberger 200589 69.49%
 Merrill Anderson 45286 15.69% 288655
Democratic-Farmer-Labor Candidate Totals % Total Votes
 Steve Carlson 9900 1.71%
 Stephen A. Emery 7046 1.21%
 Amy Klobuchar 555358 95.69%
 David Robert Groves 4511 0.78%
 Leonard J. Richards 3557 0.61% 580372
US Senate (Special Election)
Republican Candidate Totals % Total Votes
 Nikolay Nikolayevich Bey 7332 2.45%
 Bob Anderson 106538 35.58%
 Karin Housley 185588 61.97% 299458 10803 3.61%
Democratic-Farmer-Labor Candidate Totals % Total Votes
 Christopher Lovell Seymore Sr 5033 0.89%
 Gregg A. Iverson 17753 3.15%
 Tina Smith 432074 76.72%
 Nick Leonard 16484 2.93%
 Richard W. Painter 77971 13.85%
 Ali Chehem Ali 18873 3.35% 563155 -17217 -2.97%

 

Governor & Lt Governor
Republican Candidate Totals Pct Vote Totals US Senate # Change +/- Change %
Mathew (Matt) Kruse and Theresa Loeffler 11289 3.53%
Jeff Johnson and Donna Bergstrom 168303 52.61%
Tim Pawlenty and Michelle Fischbach 140344 43.87% 319936 299458 +20478 +6.40%
Democratic-Farmer-Labor Candidate Totals Pct Vote Totals US Senate # Change +/- Change %
Erin Murphy and Erin Maye-Quade 186620 32.04%
Lori Swanson and Rick Nolan 142952 24.54%
Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan 242485 41.63%
Tim Holden and James P. Mellin II 6384 1.10%
Olé Savior and Chris Edman 4024 0.69% 582465 580372 +2093 +0.36%

Impacts of Different Primary Strategies

Attorney General Lori Swanson (DFL-MN) deployed no visible ground game during this Primary Election. Her efforts were direct mail and media ads. Congressman TIm Walz (D-MN01) and Rep Erin Murphy (DFL-64A, St Paul) applied the whole gamut, in addition to mailing, television ads, last night involve “Midnight Madness” which entails placing GOTV flyers on cars in urban areas.

In CD05, the former House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher (D-MN05) clearly sent out the most mail, and also did their own Midnight Madness. many have been surprised at the small about of mail from the DFL Endorsed Candidate Rep Ilhan Omar (DFL-60B, Minneapolis), but they may believe her star power and appeal to the millennials may be enough, but since Fall classes have not yet started at the University of MN, Augsburg University or MCTC there isn’t going to be a large student vote, unless they are in residence at the same location from last school year.

In CD08, we are interested to see if the mailing and Grassroots strategy of the Rep Jason Metsa (DFL-06B, Virginia) prevails over the media-savvy effort from former Rep Joe Radinovich (D-MN08). We understand a lot of the outside money supporting Radinovich materialized because a wealthy person from Colorado wrote a big check to Progress Tomorrow, Inc. As we have heard it was nearly impossible for a full half hour of broadcast television to run without a reference to Radinovich. We haven’t heard of any appearance by his new finance’ former Rep Carly Melin (DFL-Chisholm), but it would definitely be a benefit in a General Election because the two look like the figures atop a wedding cake.

 

Historic Election Turnout Numbers

The numbers from the most recent multi-candidate DFL Primaries are listed below. It is important to note, these numbers are from somewhat different districts because of 2012 redistricting, but they are valid ballpark figures. We have broken out the Seven Metro Counties (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties). In 1998, 494,069 voted with the percentages of 51.32% in the Seven County Metro area and 48.67% in Greater MN. In 2010, the numbers changed. In this Primary Contest, 3.91% voted in the Seven County Metro area and 56.09% in Greater MN. in the last eight years the demographics have changed even more and the weight of the Seven County Metro area is expected to again increase, but this time the difference will be stratified between the urban and suburban portions of the area.

Since turnout will be the primary factor in this election. We thought the being able to compare past elections might help access where specific pockets of voter strength is located. Granted, every election is different and different factors drive turnout.

We expect gender, geographic location, and Donald J Trump (R) will play a significant role in this election.

If you look at the state by Congressional District you see a major difference between DFL and Republican turnouts. We only can draw from the last major contested Primary in 2010. In both parties, the 8th Congressional District had the highest turnout, but on the DFL had over 43,000 more votes in that district.

2010 DFL Primary
Governor CD01 48941
11.07%
CD02 44066
9.97%
CD03 53947
12.20%
CD04 61098
13.82%
CD05 67263
15.21%
CD06 51094
11.56%
CD07 44127
9.98%
CD08 71601
16.19%

 

2010 Republican Primary
Governor CD01 21317
16.35%
CD02 14724
11.29%
CD03 14486
11.11%
CD04 9225
7.07%
CD05 4895
3.75%
CD06 19444
14.91%
CD07 18570
14.24%
CD08 27747
21.28%

 

1998 DFL Primary

COUNTY DAYTON AND JANSEN FREEMAN AND JOHNSON HUMPHREY III AND MOE JOHNSON AND FOLEY MONDALE AND WIENER SAVIOR AND MOSENG Total
AITKIN 810 386 1132 747 215 10 3300
ANOKA 5530 4708 7437 4611 1492 83 23861
BECKER 166 176 1205 414 122 7 2090
BELTRAMI 508 628 1643 733 204 13 3729
BENTON 513 390 1151 952 196 12 3214
BIG STONE 123 252 479 127 52 2 1035
BLUE EARTH 558 607 1645 449 202 17 3478
BROWN 311 243 713 378 116 3 1764
CARLTON 681 856 1613 1432 206 7 4795
CARVER 1269 943 1793 1017 434 22 5478
CASS 534 397 971 400 135 11 2448
CHIPPEWA 350 250 899 247 106 15 1867
CHISAGO 914 783 1418 836 310 21 4282
CLAY 105 253 2088 510 137 11 3104
CLEARWATER 55 61 436 173 22 5 752
COOK 173 169 379 609 70 4 1404
COTTONWOOD 279 226 896 270 155 6 1832
CROW WING 1016 825 1792 1245 279 17 5174
DAKOTA 5667 5279 9046 4329 2564 87 26972
DODGE 112 115 379 167 127 4 904
DOUGLAS 466 457 1265 446 174 5 2813
FARIBAULT 200 170 774 224 164 5 1537
FILLMORE 158 205 951 188 317 18 1837
FREEBORN 237 321 1179 227 341 5 2310
GOODHUE 730 595 1237 497 458 16 3533
GRANT 107 107 480 110 63 5 872
HENNEPIN 23955 28798 42615 11866 8827 338 116399
HOUSTON 47 109 435 178 79 5 853
HUBBARD 494 342 1163 480 179 5 2663
ISANTI 474 551 783 400 134 14 2356
ITASCA 1135 1337 2331 2258 291 34 7386
JACKSON 113 104 357 141 55 6 776
KANABEC 541 303 817 402 170 15 2248
KANDIYOHI 892 894 2166 775 258 16 5001
KITTSON 28 34 378 137 27 2 606
KOOCHICHING 358 260 611 1116 85 5 2435
LAC QUI PARLE 271 170 893 188 118 9 1649
LAKE 406 435 803 1485 97 5 3231
LAKE OF THE WOODS 59 60 352 123 52 6 652
LE SUEUR 481 445 1068 463 173 8 2638
LINCOLN 94 101 388 155 57 3 798
LYON 345 307 917 347 146 10 2072
MCLEOD 790 549 1494 698 253 15 3799
MAHNOMEN 35 49 224 177 51 3 539
MARSHALL 39 67 516 459 46 0 1127
MARTIN 253 177 619 194 127 5 1375
MEEKER 487 350 964 613 187 5 2606
MILLE LACS 516 289 635 427 130 14 2011
MORRISON 532 284 898 1979 147 5 3845
MOWER 416 774 1917 346 618 16 4087
MURRAY 183 201 811 260 121 4 1580
NICOLLET 308 585 801 280 119 6 2099
NOBLES 193 172 1038 219 137 9 1768
NORMAN 44 70 870 195 64 4 1247
OLMSTED 1036 1035 4063 986 1159 37 8316
OTTER TAIL 609 548 2257 971 270 21 4676
PENNINGTON 104 124 905 613 116 8 1870
PINE 701 549 1311 765 281 8 3615
PIPESTONE 169 86 522 136 76 11 1000
POLK 109 129 1703 546 117 9 2613
POPE 275 167 628 218 88 6 1382
RAMSEY 11029 13330 21839 6690 5249 153 58290
RED LAKE 29 42 470 363 37 3 944
REDWOOD 271 156 485 285 126 2 1325
RENVILLE 883 318 913 307 134 5 2560
RICE 1060 928 2339 681 463 32 5503
ROCK 36 55 242 58 25 1 417
ROSEAU 82 77 363 389 85 1 997
SAINT LOUIS 4563 7951 9439 17381 1151 61 40546
SCOTT 966 870 1333 911 309 25 4414
SHERBURNE 781 708 1264 816 223 16 3808
SIBLEY 358 188 647 332 128 6 1659
STEARNS 1607 1479 3640 3629 615 33 11003
STEELE 270 311 793 379 204 5 1962
STEVENS 116 118 393 232 68 4 931
SWIFT 260 215 872 333 124 4 1808
TODD 611 365 1084 940 215 9 3224
TRAVERSE 75 57 191 113 33 1 470
WABASHA 321 275 812 330 264 10 2012
WADENA 253 211 590 395 89 11 1549
WASECA 419 331 991 383 206 13 2343
WASHINGTON 3765 3693 6410 2435 1791 71 18165
WATONWAN 316 226 812 259 150 7 1770
WILKIN 15 20 194 88 27 1 345
WINONA 501 698 2576 533 586 21 4915
WRIGHT 1179 1048 2047 1502 347 19 6142
YELLOW MEDICINE 240 187 569 190 72 6 1264
Totals 88070 93714 182562 91888 36237 1598
% 17.83% 18.97% 36.95% 18.60% 7.33% 0.32%
Total Votes Cast 494069
Seven County 253575
51.32%
Greater MN 240,494
48.67%

 

2010 DFL Primary County MARGARET ANDERSON KELLIHER AND JOHN GUNYOU PETER IDUSOGIE AND LADY JAYNE FONTAINE MATT ENTENZA AND ROBYNE ROBINSON MARK DAYTON AND YVONNE PRETTNER SOLON Total
AITKIN 605 12 348 1003 1968
ANOKA 8126 208 4104 10796 23234
BECKER 805 32 337 932 2106
BELTRAMI 1386 59 745 1505 3695
BENTON 597 15 408 914 1934
BIG STONE 183 9 104 287 583
BLUE EARTH 1851 13 771 1362 3997
BROWN 452 8 268 562 1290
CARLTON 1257 47 627 2260 4191
CARVER 1794 29 850 1719 4392
CASS 1098 46 671 1642 3457
CHIPPEWA 325 6 196 522 1049
CHISAGO 1309 26 730 1787 3852
CLAY 1081 11 328 856 2276
CLEARWATER 246 12 142 353 753
COOK 475 22 201 506 1204
COTTONWOOD 153 2 185 241 581
CROW WING 1515 29 618 2031 4193
DAKOTA 10876 150 5079 10556 26661
DODGE 237 3 139 332 711
DOUGLAS 1008 10 493 1395 2906
FARIBAULT 479 8 375 623 1485
FILLMORE 454 14 157 536 1161
FREEBORN 1324 32 720 1746 3822
GOODHUE 1641 33 897 1979 4550
GRANT 180 2 90 296 568
HENNEPIN 55725 527 16599 39493 112344
HOUSTON 598 26 163 500 1287
HUBBARD 680 16 325 923 1944
ISANTI 827 11 500 1430 2768
ITASCA 2187 95 1436 3316 7034
JACKSON 137 11 204 223 575
KANABEC 405 9 319 903 1636
KANDIYOHI 1275 27 607 1588 3497
KITTSON 123 2 88 290 503
KOOCHICHING 464 21 178 827 1490
LAC QUI PARLE 384 17 260 585 1246
LAKE 764 23 331 1202 2320
LAKE OF THE WOODS 126 9 96 296 527
LE SUEUR 676 15 481 993 2165
LINCOLN 85 2 52 108 247
LYON 496 9 659 579 1743
MAHNOMEN 185 15 145 304 1189
MARSHALL 233 6 251 699 2615
MARTIN 653 27 825 1110 1805
MCLEOD 599 11 374 821 649
MEEKER 608 14 442 987 2051
MILLE LACS 108 512 13 276 789
MORRISON 624 25 412 1092 2153
MOWER 903 20 371 1489 2783
MURRAY 221 7 136 229 593
NICOLLET 1181 6 421 854 2462
NOBLES 191 9 392 167 759
NORMAN 182 3 95 317 597
OLMSTED 3454 55 1640 3293 8442
OTTER TAIL 1085 33 426 1278 2822
PENNINGTON 236 9 81 387 713
PINE 756 25 443 1223 2447
PIPESTONE 115 6 42 114 277
POLK 712 24 375 1121 2232
POPE 601 22 424 935 1982
RAMSEY 25339 392 12988 19813 58532
RED LAKE 68 2 65 195 330
REDWOOD 331 6 185 318 840
RENVILLE 325 7 195 430 957
RICE 1848 19 905 1826 4598
ROCK 108 3 47 102 260
ROSEAU 457 31 292 1283 2063
SAINT LOUIS 7922 254 3756 15252 27184
SCOTT 2144 42 1143 2613 5942
SHERBURNE 1400 30 791 1870 4091
SIBLEY 340 8 322 552 1222
STEARNS 2771 83 1803 3492 8149
STEELE 1020 38 1036 1709 3803
STEVENS 304 5 145 390 844
SWIFT 433 13 368 911 1725
TODD 480 16 272 832 1600
TRAVERSE 87 0 62 204 353
WABASHA 581 18 406 860 1865
WADENA 342 17 213 549 1121
WASECA 355 4 282 554 1195
WASHINGTON 7669 86 3719 6962 18436
WATONWAN 276 6 342 392 1016
WILKIN 80 3 40 86 209
WINONA 1466 27 522 1397 3412
WRIGHT 1905 23 1016 2637 5581
YELLOW MEDICINE 256 2 142 303 703
Totals 175363 3622 80246 182225 441336
% 39.72% 0.82% 18.18% 41.28% 99.97%
Total Votes Cast 441456
Seven County 193,841 43.91%
Great MN 247,615 56.09%

 

 

Questions Ellison Needs to Answer

Since we first published the Huffington Post has run a story. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/keith-ellison-denies-abuse-allegations_us_5b708128e4b0ae32af990d26

During the week we have been asked about a number of allegations of abuse by Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN05) but were not able to dig up a verifiable source. A person with the Twitter account @KarenMonahan01 is putting forward a number of allegations about “an alleged relationship with a narcissistic Politician” The bevy of her tweets are focused on Narcissism and the State Attorney General’s race. She has regularly put up articles and supportive items for Attorney General candidate Deb Hilstrom (DFL-40B, Brooklyn Center). We believe she is also a person who has had a relationship with Ellison. Ellison has tweeted about her and her son Austin Aslim Monahan in his Twitter account. There has been a constant whisper about a pending #MeToo problem for Ellison, but no one has come forward. The attacks from the left seem more forceful and defensive when they are protecting one of their own.

Karen Monahan’s claims are a bit opaque she doesn’t spell things out clearly, but she may be having a hard time fully embracing the ultimate outcome. She has to decide does she want to come forward now and affect the Primary outcome, or come forward later, when more attention is applied and affect the General Election outcome. The first choice which is less impactful because it doesn’t take the person out when they are on their upward trajectory maybe less satisfying, but the other choice, if the target wins the Primary, will result in a Republican holding the office for the first time in over 30 years.

Yesterday, Austin put forward a bold claim on Facebook alleging he has video evidence of Ellison forcibly pulling his mother off of a bed by her feet. There is also supposedly communication from Ellison threatening Karen Monahan if she comes forward. https://www.facebook.com/Aslimsed/posts/2319161644777680

At this time no statement has been made by Ellison, but if true then it could have a significant impact on the DFL Primary and Attorney General’s race in general.

Pawlenty and Swanson Train in on Walz

At Farmfest former Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) virtually ignored his Primary opponent Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson (R-MN) and made most of his critical comments toward Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN01). Similarly, Attorney General Lori Swanson (DFL-MN) began running television ads criticizing Walz for missing votes in Washington DC while running for Governor. With this clear attention shift, it appears both the Pawlenty and Swanson campaigns see Walz as the frontrunner. When asked her opinion on these issues DFL endorsed candidate Rep Erin Murphy (DFL-64A, St Paul) says this is what Minnesotans dislike about politics.

As Pawlenty takes tough hits from the Alliance for a Better Minnesota he is taking body blows which will have their full impact in the General Election. Likewise, Swanson taking her own shots from The  Intercept, which declares her to be the DFL frontrunner along with the #MeToo problem in the office of her running mate Congressman Rick Nolan (D-MN08).

This morning on At Issue the three DFL Candidates answered questions posed by Tom Hauser. At the end of the program, Hauser asked questions about the perceived negatives. With Murphy, he asked about the metrocentric campaign and its ability to appeal statewide. She spoke about knitting the state back together and opening eight regional offices. With Walz, he asked about the Swanson commercial to which he expressed disappointment of Swanson going down the low road and spoke of running an aggressive statewide campaign. To Swanson Hauser asked about the allegations of staff working on behalf of her campaign of which she explained they did so on their own time, by their own choice.

As we move into the last two days of this Primary Election, it Is hard to distinguish which issues will have an impact on the electorate. Last minute claims are expected, but the question is which candidate can shake off the effects of these late-stage attacks and survive.

If the opposing camp on the other side of the aisle is already sharpening their knives and the other candidate you are seen to be jockeying for the lead with is attacking you, then likely you are in the lead.

Why Are Republicans So Fired Up About Omar?

Rep Ilhan Omar (DFL-60B, Minneapolis) is a constant target for Republican attacks, maybe this is why she spent money from her campaign account for “crisis management.” Recently, there were the charges of inappropriate use of campaign contributions by Re Steve Drazkowski (R-28B, Mazeppa).

https://checksandbalances.com/drazkowski-continues-to-raise-ethical-issues-regarding-omar/ 

https://checksandbalances.com/drazkowski-v-omar/

During her original campaign for her House seat, allegations existed that Omar had children with Ahmed Hirsi but married her brother Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in order for him to get into the country, but then she went back to Hirsi.

Powerline https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2016/08/ilhan-omar-her-back-pages.php

Alpha News http://alphanewsmn.com/evidence-confirms-rumors-candidates-marriages/

PJ News https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/state-rep-ilhan-omar-d-mn-swore-to-apparent-falsehoods-in-court-while-divorcing-her-alleged-brother/

Now there are numerous postings, mostly from Rightwing sources questioning Omar validity as a candidate.

We just ask again why are they so incensed?

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Speaker MAK on the Attack

We found it interesting to see former House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher (D-MN05) mounting a That Was Then This Is Now effort. In her literature, she states how she led the State House in taking on Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) and will do the same in Washington DC with Donald J Trump (R) which is exactly what people want from their member of Congress.

In the last press release, the Anderson Kelliher campaign announced solid fundraising numbers and we understand they are prepared to advertise on television for the last two weeks of the campaign.

Margaret Anderson Kelliher Raises $215,000 in July

Candidate Has Raised Nearly $350,000 for Campaign and has $250,000 Cash on Hand

(Minneapolis, MN – July 26, 2018) – For the pre-primary filing deadline, Margaret Anderson Kelliher, candidate for Minnesota’s open 5th Congressional District seat, raised more than $215,000, without taking a single dime of corporate PAC money.

Anderson Kelliher has now raised nearly $350,000 since jumping in the race for the unexpected open seat on June 4.  She has more than $250,000 cash on hand to spend before the primary election on August 14.

“Our support continues to grow across the district. Minnesotans in the 5th Congressional District want to send a fighter to Washington with the leadership and experience to take on the Trump Administration,” said Anderson Kelliher. “As a community organizer who learned from the late-Senator Paul Wellstone, I know this primary will be won one voter at a time. We will have the resources we need to run a strong voter outreach campaign and grassroots GOTV operation over the next 20 days.”

This strong fundraising report comes on the heels of additional endorsements including Richfield’s Mayor Pat Elliott, Former Secretary of State Joan Growe, Ambassador Sam Kaplan, and Hennepin County Commissioners Mike Opat and Linda Higgins. Anderson Kelliher has gained the broadest support of currently-serving 5th Congressional District mayors, legislators, and county commissioners.

The question is who will be the most effective in doing so, we think experience and past activity are a good indicator of future performance.

Here are a few pieces of literature showing up at homes in the 5th Congressional District.

 

 

MAK Reports Campaign Finance Numbers Early

In an attempt to show some reality in the hype associated with the race for the MN05 Congressional District seat the former House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher (D-MN05) campaign released their fundraising totals, which, we know are ahead of the goal set for the first three weeks of $150,000.

DFL Candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher Builds Momentum

Announces Strong Fundraising, Key Political Support, and Experienced Campaign Team

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN—July 10, 2018) Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL candidate for Congress in MN-05, announced today that she has raised $200,000 in her first month as a candidate. The fundraising success demonstrates that voters are excited by the opportunity to send Margaret to Washington to fight against the Trump Administration and serve the residents of the Fifth Congressional District.

“I am honored by the strong support my campaign has received from across the district, said Kelliher. “As I meet with voters, they want someone to stand up to Donald Trump to protect seniors and the most vulnerable, fight against the Administration’s cruel immigration policy, and ensure Medicare-for-All. In Congress, I will do just that.”

The campaign has gained broad support from elected officials throughout the district, including the recent endorsements by Fifth Congressional District mayors including James Hovland of Edina, Shep Harris of Golden Valley, Molly Cummings of Hopkins, and Kathi Hemken of New Hope. See Margaret’s many other endorsements here.

“Margaret is a proven, experienced leader who has fought to improve the lives of Minnesotans during her time in the legislature and most recently in the private sector. Her awareness of and tenacity on key issues will have the greatest impact for working families all across the district.  Residents of Golden Valley believe in Margaret, and I do too,” said Mayor Shep Harris.

The campaign has also announced veteran consultants Alex Zwerdling and Donna Victoria have joined the team. They have extensive experience winning tough races across the 5th Congressional District and Minnesota.

 

We are interested in the figures for Rep Ilhan Omar (DFL-60B, Minneapolis) and Sen Patricia Torres Ray (DFL-63, Minneapolis) and the other candidates in the field.

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The NPR show 1A ran a program on Ranked Choice Voting today, and Checks & Balances Publisher Shawn Towle sought a spot on the panel. When called back by producer Andi McDaniel he was informed the panel was full but could submit a comment through the voicemail which...

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Drazkowski v. Omar

It was surprising to see State Rep Steve Drazkowski (R-21B, Mazeppa) calling out an ethical lapse against State Rep Ilhan Omar (DFL-60B, Minneapolis) yesterday. Fellow legislator accuses Ilhan Omar of using campaign funds for divorce lawyer His line of attack seems to...

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