In dozens of cities around Minnesota, no one has stepped up to run for mayor, city council or other offices on November's ballot. That puts power in the write-in vote or leaves the choice up to appointments by the remaining members of municipal leadership.
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/30/2016 9:04:49 AM
Trump plans major ad buy after weeks of being outspent
Donald Trump's campaign is making its biggest ad buy to date, with plans to spend upward of $10 million on commercials airing over the next week or so.
The campaign is expecting to air a new ad focused on the economy as soon as Monday in nine states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida, where the campaign has already been on the air, along with New Hampshire, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada — all battleground states.
Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, has so far been badly outspent by his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, and groups supporting her. Since clinching her party's nomination in early June, Clinton has spent more than $77 million on television and radio advertising, largely targeting voters in battleground states, according to Kantar Media's political ad tracker.
Trump finally hit the airwaves earlier this month with an ad focused on immigration, and so far has only spent about $5 million.
Clinton has reserved about $9.2 million in airtime this week.
The new investment comes amid signs that Trump's lagging poll numbers may be improving against Clinton's following a campaign reboot.
Trump senior communications adviser Jason Miller said in a statement that the billionaire businessman's "positive message of economic opportunity is working and we see the national and battleground state polls all moving in the right direction."
"With Hillary Clinton off the campaign trail yet again this week and continuing to take many communities' votes for granted, we see this as the right time to show voters the benefits of an American economy under the leadership of Mr. Trump," he added.
Clinton will be spending much of the week in private fundraisers in the Hamptons, the wealthy enclaves of eastern Long Island, New York.
Trump is also expected to unveil on Monday his second ad of the general election. It will focus on his economic message, contrasting his approach with Clinton's.
"In Hillary Clinton's America, the middle class get crushed. Spending goes up, taxes go up. Hundreds of thousands of jobs disappear. It's more of the same, but worse," says a narrator.
The narrator continues that, in "Donald Trump's America, working families get tax relief. Millions of new jobs created, wages go up. Small businesses thrive."
In fact, neither Trump nor Clinton's tax plans would have any major impact on how much the middle class pays, analysts say.
— Associated Press
by Sara Porter, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/29/2016 3:06:55 PM
In a move that would not ordinarily qualify as news, the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office on Thursday listed Donald Trump and Mike Pence on the November ballot as the Republican candidates for president and vice president.
The only reason it’s worth noting is that former Republican state senate staffer Michael Brodkorb raised an alert on Twitter Wednesday night about whether the Republican Party of Minnesota followed the proper procedure in electing alternate electors back at congressional district conventions — a necessary step to get Trump on the ballot.
— Tim Pugmire, MPR News
by Sara Porter, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/25/2016 6:57:55 PM
Donald Trump's new Wisconsin women coalition includes some of the most powerful politicians in the state, and two who were caught up in a highly publicized investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's county office.
The unveiling of the statewide group Wednesday comes as polls show Trump trailing Democrat Hillary Clinton overall in Wisconsin and among women.
Former Lt. Gov. Margaret Farrow, state Senate President Mary Lazich and Sen. Alberta Darling, co-chair of the Legislature's budget committee, top the coalition.
Also part of the group is Darlene Wink, who was convicted of two misdemeanors for doing work on Walker's gubernatorial campaign while at work in his Milwaukee County executive's office.
Another coalition member, Rose Ann Dieck, was granted immunity to testify as part of that probe.
— Associated Press
by Sara Porter, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/24/2016 3:37:15 PM
"I think there's a very jaded feeling among this generation," author David Cahn tells MPR News. What's keeping millennials out of voting booths and what changes are needed to shift their voting habits?
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/23/2016 6:55:18 PM
According to a review of their social media postings by The Associated Press, Donald Trump's paid campaign staffers have declared Muslims are unfit to be American citizens and they are ready for a possible civil war.
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/23/2016 4:38:24 PM
A federal judge on Friday ordered Hillary Clinton to answer questions in writing from a conservative legal advocacy group about her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/19/2016 11:03:20 PM
As Donald Trump arrives for a fundraiser Friday, Democrats believe his presence atop the GOP ticket may swing two Minnesota U.S. House seats their way. But not everyone agrees Trump will figure in state-level races.
by Michael Olson, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/19/2016 3:26:14 PM
Donald Trump has arrived Baton Rouge Louisiana for a hastily planned tour of the flood-damaged city.
The Republican presidential candidate's plane landed Friday morning at a private facility at the Baton Rouge airport. He was joined by his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who was seen chatting on the tarmac with Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and Attorney General Jeff Landry.
The officials are the highest-ranking Republicans in the state. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, says he won't be involved in Trump's visit.
The governor spokesman says Trump was welcome but not for a "photo-op."
Trump is expected to get a look at some of the neighborhoods devastated by flooding.
— Associated Press
by Sara Porter, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/19/2016 1:48:57 PM