Monday, May 13, 2013
The congressman from Minnesota's Third District ruled out running for anything other than re-election.
U.S. Sen. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) said in a statement Monday that he will not run for another office than the one he holds in 2014. With his Facebook posting, Paulsen takes him out of consideration as a Republican challenger to U.S. Sen. Al Franken or Gov. Mark Dayton, both DFL Party members up for re-election that year: "After thinking carefully about how I can best help my fellow Minnesotans, I have decided to not seek election for a different office in 2014. If the people of the Third Congressional District will allow me, I hope to continue my work in the U.S. House of Representatives, where I can be most effective, in the years ahead. The warm encouragement from many people to run for U.S. senator or the governorship was deeply humbling. …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
The Hennepin County Commissioner from Plymouth also served three terms in the Minnesota House and lost a statewide race for attorney general in 2006.
The guessing game is over: Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson is running for governor, the Republican announced Sunday. KSTP reported on his announcement: Johnson, who is also a former three-term state representative will focus on three issues if elected: jobs, education and making government work. “Minnesota is the greatest place to live in America,” Johnson said. “But under the people in charge of our state government right now, we are heading in the wrong direction. If we do not correct our course—soon—I am afraid that the greatness of Minnesota is in serious jeopardy. I am running for governor because I want to leave our state an even better place to live for our kids—and their kids—than our parents left for all of us.” The …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
There's a hashtag full of guesses (and gags) about Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson's announcement on Sunday.
A hashtag game on Twitter has generated dozens of guesses about what Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson will announce on Sunday—almost all from fellow Republicans and almost all tongue and cheek. See the Storify above (use the scroll bar at right) or at Storify.com. Here is the announcement about the announcement, from Johnson's Facebook page: Join Jeff Johson for a special announcement on his future political plans. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson welcomes neighbors, family and friends of all political persuasions to this special event. Sunday, May 5th, 2013, 1:00 p.m. Hamel Community Building, 3200 Mill Drive, Hamel, MN 55340 Johnson is a Plymouth resident whose district includes northwestern Hennepin County cities from …
Friday, May 3, 2013
The Republican Hennepin County Commissioner for Plymouth, Maple Grove, Mound and other cities has set the announcement for Sunday, May 5, 2013.
The west metro could have its second Republican candidate for governor, if speculation is correct about his "special announcement" set for Sunday. See the Storify above (use the scroll bar at right) or at Storify.com. The event announcement posted on Johnson's Facebook page on April 27 reads: Join Jeff Johson for a special announcement on his future political plans. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson welcomes neighbors, family and friends of all political persuasions to this special event. Sunday, May 5th, 2013, 1:00 p.m. Hamel Community Building, 3200 Mill Drive, Hamel, MN 55340 Johnson is a Plymouth resident whose district includes northwestern Hennepin County cities from Mound to Maple Grove and Rogers. Orono resident Scott …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Two Republicans who represent Maple Grove are among the potential challengers, according to the Star Tribune.
Two office-holders who represent Maple Grove are among 10 Republicans who "are getting closer" to running against Gov. Mark Dayton in 2014, according to the Star Tribune's Hot Dish Politics blog: State Rep. Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove - The former House Speaker does not deny that a gubernatorial run is a possibility. “I’m leaving all my options. I’m not making any decisions,” he said recently. He, like [state Sen. Dave] Thompson, said he is focused on the Legislature right now. ... Adding to the list: U.S. Reps. John Kline and Erik Paulsen. Both have left open the possibility the may run for U.S. Senate against Democrat Al Franken (as has U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann) or against Dayton. And Democrats and Republicans both mention Marvin …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Coverage of before and after the 2012 general election ranked in the top 10 posts of 2012 on Maple Grove Patch.
The 2012 general election was a busy one in Maple Grove as voters cast their ballot for local to federal offices as well as amendments and levy requests. The election guide and election results came in as the the sixth and seventh most read posts on Maple Grove Patch for 2012. Click on the headline to read more. Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter
Thursday, December 20, 2012
One of the most read, and commented, posts of the 2012 included news that two levy requests in the Osseo School District were voted down in the general election.
Maple Grove Patch covered a lot of different stories, topics and events throughout 2012, but there were a few that stood out as the most read by Patch users. We’ll be sharing the top 20 posts of the year from Maple Grove Patch in days following up to the end of 2012. Share your thoughts about the stories in comments below. A full ballot during the November 2012 general election included an operational levy and technology levy request by the Osseo School District 279. News the levy requests were voted down prompted more than 70 comments from Patch users and also made it one of the top read stories. The following is the No. 17 post of 2012. Osseo School District 279 Levy Requests Voted Down Nov. 7, 2012 - Voters in the Osseo School District…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
A look at some of the incidents reported to the Maple Grove police during the 2012 election season and what Patch users had to say.
During a busy and ballot-filled 2012 election season, several Maple Grove residents shared stories of stolen political signs. Incidents of theft and vandalism of signs crossed both sides of the aisle, although most of those reported were related to the marriage amendment that was on the ballot. “We live on a quiet Maple Grove cul du sac and discovered our ‘vote no’ to the marriage amendment has been stolen from our front yard this morning,” Ann Turnham wrote in an email to Patch Nov. 5. “My mail box was also filled with vote yes propaganda including several bracelets and brochures. I called the Maple Grove non-emergency police line to report the incident and was told that they have been receiving a lot of reports of stolen ‘vote no’ …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Many precincts in Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Edina, Golden Valley, Greenwood, Minnetonka, Minnetrista, Plymouth and St. Louis Park had turnouts of more than 90 percent.
The following was released by Hennepin County: The Hennepin County Canvassing Board certified the county’s election results on Tuesday – and those results showed high voter turnout – 84 percent. More than 610,000 voted on Election Day, and more than 72,000 voted prior to Election Day. “Minnesota typically leads the country with the highest voter turnout – in 12 of the past 16 elections,” said Rachel Smith, Hennepin County elections manager. “We especially want to thank the more than 5,000 election judges throughout the county who worked to make this election so successful. These election judges are essentially volunteers – they work long hours and put in an incredible amount of effort to make this voting process happen. Together with …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Voters in the mostly suburban cities Patch covers were more opposed to the proposed gay-marriage ban than Minnesota voters generally.
Here's how residents in a selection of Minnesota cities, including Maple Grove, voted on the ballot measure that would have added a definition of marriage as only between one man and one woman to the state Constitution. Statewide, the ballot measure failed to exceed the 50 percent level of support it needed in the Nov. 6, 2012 general election. It got 47.53 percent, according to unofficial results from all but two of Minnesota's 4,102 precincts' results. Taken together, people in cities served by Patch—mostly in the Twin Cities suburbs—rejected the marriage amendment in greater proportion (61.21 percent) than Minnesotans taken as a whole (52.47 percent). Support for the amendment in places covered by Patch ranged from 14.51 percent in …