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State Sen. Torrey Westrom, who is running against 7th Congressional District Rep. Collin Peterson, has been named a ‘contender’ in the NRCC’s Young Guns program. (MPR News)
State Sen. Julianne Ortman, who is seeking the GOP endorsement to challenge Sen. Al Franken, says she raised $375,000 in the first quarter of the year. We still don’t know how much money Ortman actually has in the bank. (MPR News)
Former Republican state Sen. Nancy Brataas of Rochester has died at 86. (Star Tribune)
Some businesses are worried about the pending minimum wage hike. (MPR News)
After protests, Condoleeza Rice defends Bush administration during her speech at the U of M. (Star Tribune)
Health care plan enrollment hit 8 million, with 35 percent of people signing up for care under the age of 35. (NPR via MPR News)
President Barack Obama’s latest budget proposal would raise taxes by $1.4 trillion over the next decade according to the CBO. (AP via Star Tribune)
Obama wants Democrats to defend his signature law during the midterms. (Politico)
Outside political groups, which typically run negative ads, are going positive. (The New York Times)
Where’s the snow?
The Minnesota tourism board launched a $3.7 million ad campaign yesterday featuring several television spot meant to lure people to the state. Those commercials look really nice. But I want to know: where’s the snow?