Election 2020

Thompson says he won’t resign as Trump supporter wreaks havoc at presser

BY: - July 26, 2021

Rep. John Thompson won't resign as Trump supporter disrupts press conference.

Minnesota DFL files campaign finance board complaint against Shakopee GOP lawmaker, nonprofit organization

BY: - March 30, 2021

The Minnesota Democratric-Farmer-Labor Party has filed a campaign finance board complaint against state Rep. Erik Mortensen, R-Shakopee, alleging he is illegally coordinating with a nonprofit political group to attack his opponents.  According to the complaint, the North Star Liberty Alliance has failed to register as a political committee with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public […]

Resolution to condemn Jan. 6 insurrection, affirm 2020 election results stalls in Minnesota Senate

BY: - February 8, 2021

Democratic-Farmer-Labor lawmakers in the Minnesota Senate are urging their Republican colleagues to approve a resolution that condemns the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and affirms “support for democracy, rule of law, and the certified results of Minnesota’s election.” Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury, on Monday criticized Republicans for resisting efforts to bring […]

Minnesota DFL, progressive allies vastly outspent Republicans but lost ground in the Legislature

BY: - February 2, 2021

Minnesota Democrats failed to reclaim a majority in the Minnesota Senate and lost ground in the House, despite massively outspending Republicans, according to newly published campaign finance reports.  The state Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, Senate DFL caucus and House DFL caucus spent a combined $25 million last year while the Minnesota Republican Party and Republicans in the […]

Minnesota Republicans divided over certifying presidential election results 

BY: - January 7, 2021

Once the violent pro-Trump mob was cleared from the nation’s Capitol Wednesday, Minnesota’s Republican members of Congress ended up divided over whether to certify Arizona and Pennsylvania’s electors. U.S. Reps. Jim Hagedorn and Michelle Fischbach objected to the certification, while Reps. Tom Emmer and Pete Stauber voted to accept them, as lawmakers worked deep into […]

Democrats poised to take control of U.S. Senate after Georgia runoff; counting still underway

BY: - January 6, 2021

Via Georgia Recorder.  A steady trickle of Georgians mostly breezed in and out of polling places across the state for the final day of voting in the state’s high-stakes U.S. Senate runoffs, adding more than 1 million votes to the already 3 million cast before Tuesday. The nation watched as voters here narrowly elected Democrat […]

Dozens of GOP lawmakers to reject certifying Biden as president

BY: and - January 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — The final step in a turmoil-filled 2020 presidential election is set for Wednesday, when Congress will certify election results showing that Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump. But a series of objections from GOP legislators is expected to stretch that routine process into a much lengthier one — and one that is dividing […]

President Donald Trump and Pete Stauber, then a Republican candiate for the US House

Minnesota Republicans mum on objecting to Wednesday’s Electoral College results

BY: - January 4, 2021

Some 140 House Republicans are expected to object Wednesday to Electoral College results showing Joe Biden won the presidential election.  Thus far, Minnesota’s GOP House members are staying mum on the subject. Congress officially counts Electoral College votes on Wednesday, a date many view as Trump’s last chance to try to change the outcome. Biden […]

The real winner in the 5th Congressional District? D.C. political consultants

BY: - December 17, 2020

WASHINGTON — Journalists and campaign finance experts this month questioned how Lacy Johnson — the Republican who raised a record-shattering $12.1 million for his longshot campaign against U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar — could have spent one-third of that total on credit card fees. Turns out he didn’t. Johnson and his campaign manager acknowledged in separate […]

Simon on claims of election fraud: ‘I will not at this hearing amplify or dignify conspiracy theories’

BY: - December 8, 2020

Secretary of State Steve Simon on Tuesday blasted questions from Republicans at the Legislature he said are bolstering dangerous conspiracy theories intended to discredit the administration of elections systems in Minnesota and across the country.  “This hearing is not taking place in a vacuum. It is taking place in the middle of a national tidal […]

How state parties have become the latest vehicles for big money in presidential campaigns

BY: - December 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — State parties played an unprecedented role in financing the presidential election this year, making it possible for the national political parties to raise eye-popping sums from individual donors — and keep more money than they might otherwise be allowed. That’s all thanks to a 2014 Supreme Court decision that eliminated the overall limit on […]

U.S. Senate runoffs: Was Biden win a fluke or has Georgia flipped to blue?

BY: - November 27, 2020

Democrat Joe Biden flipped Georgia with a slim 13,000 vote lead, buoying the spirit of Democrats who have dubbed the state “Joe’gia” and angering President Donald Trump who continues to pursue legal challenges meant to overturn the results. But whether Biden’s win here represents anything more than a fluke fueled by Trump-weary voters is one […]