Bennet picks up presidential backing of ex-Sen. Gary Hart
DENVER (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bennet picked up the endorsement Friday of onetime White House hopeful Gary Hart, a party elder statesman hoping to boost Bennet's longshot...
Proposal to rename state park after Mondale dropped
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A proposal to rename a state park on the St. Croix River after former Vice President Walter Mondale has been dropped after strong opposition from local...
Trump using Tax Day visit to Minnesota to tout 2017 tax cuts
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — President Donald Trump will use Tax Day on Monday to visit Minnesota, an erstwhile Democratic stronghold he hopes to flip in 2020 after nearly winning it in 2016. Questions...
Klobuchar to meet with Carter, Abrams in Georgia
Sen. Amy Klobuchar will meet with former President Jimmy Carter and Democrat Stacey Abrams on Friday as she brings her presidential campaign to Georgia.
Dayton’s proudest accomplishments came late in his career
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton says his proudest accomplishments in his 40 years of politics came late in his career: restoring state government to financial health and funding all-day kindergarten.
"Being governor is where I've have accomplished the greatest good for Minnesota," Dayton said in an interview with The Associated Press.
Former Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland dies at 90
ROSEAU, Minn. (AP) — Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland, a farmer from northern Minnesota who was tasked with selling President Jimmy Carter's unpopular Soviet Union grain embargo to other farmers, died Sunday. He was 90.
Bergland died at a nursing home in his hometown of Roseau, near the U.S.-Canadian border, his daughter Linda Vatnsdal said.
Interesting facts about Nov. 6 presidential elections
Date has surfaced 7 times
The United States has held a presidential election on Nov. 6 (today’s date) seven times during its history. Those years include 1860, 1888, 1900, 1928, 1956, 1984...
Today in History for July 12
Day in History: Draft call in 1969 may be 297,000
1993 – 25 years ago
• The book, “The Last Full Measure: The Life and Death of the First Minnesota Volunteers” written by Richard Moe has been released. The author Richard Moe was former chief of staff for Vice President Walter Mondale.
• Stewartville’s Scott Boettcher pitched a no-hitter as the Tigers beat Winona Cotter 5-1 in high school baseball.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota first lady Jane Freeman, a founder of the modern Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, has died. She was 96.
Freeman died Friday morning at her apartment in Minneapolis, according to a spokesman for her son, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.
William E. Bill” Mullin, lawyer and political activist, dies at 83
Whether he was working for Hubert Humphreys presidential campaign or advising a first-time politician, Minneapolis attorney Bill Mullin could be counted on to deliver for the Democratic Party.
Mullin, 83, died March 10 after a 10-year battle with apraxia, a motor disorder that left him unable to speak for the past three years.
Downtown Minneapolis barber calls it quits after 50 years
John Vreeman was just out of barber school, barely 20 years old, when Vice President Hubert Humphrey sat down in his swivel chair.
Walter Mondale at 90 talks about sexual harassment, climate change, nuclear war
The former vice president of the United States worries about nuclear war and rising sea levels brought on by global warming.
Hed back U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar if she runs for president, thinks U.S. Rep Tim Walz is a good candidate for governor, is outraged by President Trump, and calls sexual harassment a real problem but says the accused deserve due process.
The Latest: Former VPs at swearing-in of 2 Senate Democrats
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the swearing in of two new Senate Democrats (all times local):
Two former vice presidents stood beside the Senate's newest senators on the Senate floor as the two Democrats took their oaths of office.
Former Vice President Joseph Biden was next to Alabama Democrat Doug Jones as he was sworn in Wednesday. Former Vice President Walter Mondale — himself a former Minnesota senator — stood next to Tina Smith.
Minnesota Lt. Gov. Smith to join Senate, dive into campaign
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith is vowing to "hit the ground running" as she joins the U.S. Senate this week while preparing to run in November.
Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Smith, his second-in-command, to replace Democratic Sen. Al Franken, who announced his resignation after a string of sexual misconduct allegations. The resignation takes effect Tuesday; Smith will be sworn in by former Vice President Walter Mondale on Wednesday.
DFL’s mishandling of 1976 Senate appointment led to party’s ‘Minnesota Massacre’
The last time an elected U.S. senator from Minnesota resigned, DFLers botched the resulting appointment so badly that they were swept out of power in the state for years.
It became known as the 1978 “Minnesota Massacre,” when DFLers lost both U.S. Senate seats, the governor’s office and dozens of seats in the Legislature.
“It was probably the worst defeat the DFL ever suffered, certainly in modern political times, in Minnesota,” said Roger Moe, who was a DFL state senator at the time.
Ex-Minnesota Attorney General Warren Spannaus dies at 86
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Attorney General Warren Spannaus, who ran for governor in 1982, has died. He was 86.
Spannaus died Monday at a Minneapolis area hospital of complications of cancer, his family told the Dorsey & Whitney law firm, where he was a retired partner.
Spannaus was known for promoting Minnesota's landmark gun-control law and his longtime friendship and professional partnership with former Vice President Walter Mondale.
Warren Spannaus, former Minn. attorney general, dies at 86
Former Minnesota attorney general and one-time DFL gubernatorial contender Warren Spannaus has died.
Spannaus was born in St. Paul and grew up on Rice Street. He served in the Navy in the 1950s, and then attended the University of Minnesota and the law school there. He joined the staff of then-Attorney General Walter Mondale in 1963 and later joined Mondale's U.S. Senate staff, the former vice president said.
Today in History for July 12
Day in History: Community college tution to jump 5.63%
1992 – 25 years ago
• College tuition at Rochester Community College will jump 5.63 percent this fall. The price per credit will jump from $35.50 to $37.50.
• Valedictorian at Pine Island High School is Klaine Kerfhoff and Dewey Brownback is salutatorian. Commencement for seniors will be held May 30 in the school gymnasium.
Federal judge whose reputation ranged beyond Minnesota dies
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Miles Lord, a onetime federal judge in Minnesota who presided over a number of groundbreaking cases and spoke out against corporate abuses, has died.
Lord's daughter, Virginia Lord, said her father died Saturday in Eden Prairie. He was 97.
Trump first Republican since Reagan to win Cayuga County by double digits
It's been more than three decades since a Republican presidential candidate won Cayuga County by such a large margin.
GOP nominee Donald Trump won Cayuga County Tuesday by 13 points, 53 to 40 percent, over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. The margin of victory in the county was the largest since Ronald Reagan defeated Walter Mondale here by 28 points, 64 to 36 percent, in 1984.
Most-watched presidential debates on television
The most-viewed presidential debates, since they began regularly in 1976.
1. Hillary Clinton (D) vs. Donald Trump (R), first debate, 2016 — 84 million viewers.
2. Ronald Reagan (R) vs. Jimmy Carter (D), only debate, 1980 — 80.6 million viewers.
3. Bill Clinton (D) vs. George Bush (R) vs. Ross Perot (I), second debate, 1992 — 69.9 million viewers.
4. Jimmy Carter (D) vs. Gerald Ford (R), first debate, 1976 — 69.7 million viewers.
Kaine chats with university students, meets with Mondale
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine paid a visit to Minnesota while running mate Hillary Clinton stayed off the campaign trail with a bout of pneumonia.
Kaine chatted with students at the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus Tuesday and later met with a man who once held the job he hopes to land — former Vice President Walter Mondale.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wendell Anderson loved being Minnesota's governor so much that he couldn't wait to get to work in the morning. But when he abandoned the Capitol in a slippery move to get to Washington, voters never forgave the youthful Democrat who just three years earlier won statewide accolades for embodying Minnesota's strengths on an iconic Time magazine cover.
Anderson, a handsome Olympic silver medalist in hockey, gave up the job he loved in 1976, resigning...
Berkshire County Voters Aren’t Likely to Go for Trump
If the past is any indication, should Donald Trump be elected president in November, it won't be because of Massachusetts voters.
Since 1972, Massachusetts has only voted in favor of Republican Party presidential candidates twice, and one of those instances was decided by a razor-thin margin, according to historical voting data from the Secretary of State's office.
What were those contests? In 1980, Ronald Reagan claimed electoral victory in Massachusetts by a...