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Minnesota

Gov. Mark Dayton now says he supports releasing new MNsure rates before the November election. (MPR News)

Former Gov. Jesse Ventura’s defamation claim is now in the hands of a federal jury. (AP via MPR News)

A peptic ulcer led to Republican endorsed gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson’s stomach surgery. (Star Tribune)

A Republican PAC will help defend state Rep. Jennifer Loon from a primary challenger. (MPR News)

A U.S. Senate panel looked at the tax and budget implications of “corporate inversions” — what Medtronic is currently trying to use to merge with the Irish firm, Covidien. (MPR News)

Minnesota’s Attorney General is suing for-profit Globe University for deceptive marketing practices. (Pioneer Press)

DFL U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s campaign has declined an MPR News invitation to debate his Republican and Independence Party opponents at the Minnesota State Fair. (MPR News)

Michele Bachmann, who came in 6th in the 2012 Iowa Caucus, says she may run for President again when she leaves Congress at the end of this term. (Real Clear Politics)

National Politics

Two federal appellate courts handed down contradictory rulings Tuesday on the legality of a central part of the Affordable Care Act that provides insurance subsidies to millions of Americans in three dozen states. (Washington Post)

The world of big-spending political donors is dominated by men. Why don’t women give more? (Politico)

Speaking of big money in politics, President Obama is headed to the West Coast to raise campaign cash for Congressional Democrats. (New York Times)

Democrats are using conservative talk of impeaching Obama to rev up their supporters and raise money. (Washington Post)

House Republican Jenifer Loon of Eden Prairie will be getting a boost from a GOP-backed political fund.

Freedom Minnesota PAC says it will raise and spend money on behalf of Loon, who is facing a primary challenge from Sheila Kihne.

Kihne’s primary criticism of Loon is that she voted to legalize same-sex marriage – a criticism that has earned her the backing of Minnesota Family Council, a group that opposes same-sex marriage.

Freedom Minnesota PAC treasurer and long-time GOP operative Brian McClung said Loon has a solidly conservative record.

“She’s voted against every tax increase, fought against Obamacare’s implementation in Minnesota and voted against the DFL’s $90 million office building for politicians,” McClung wrote in an email. “Rep. Loon is a common sense conservative leader – she has a 100% record with the Minnesota Chamber, an ‘A’ rating from the National Rifle Association, a 100% voting record with Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, and a 92% rating from the Taxpayers League of Minnesota.”

So far, there’s no word on how much money the group has raised.

Freedom Minnesota PAC lists Republican businessman Wheelock Whitney as its chair. Whitney was a high-profile advocate for legalizing same-sex marriage in 2013 and opposing a constitutional amendment to ban the practice in 2012.

Loon is one of two House GOP lawmakers who faced a primary challenge over their views on same-sex marriage. In House district 30B, Rep. David FitzSimmons conceded the GOP endorsement to Eric Lucero in February after Lucero made FitzSimmons’ vote for same-sex marriage a key issue in his campaign for the endorsement.

The primary is Aug. 12.

 

 

 

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann at the State Capitol on July 30, 2013 (Tom Scheck/MPR news)

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann said Tuesday that she may consider taking another run at the presidency in 2016.

In an interview with conservative-leaning RealClearPolitics, Bachmann was asked whether any Republican women would jump into the race.

“The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it’s going to be various men that are running,” she said. “They haven’t speculated, for instance, that I’m going to run. What if I decide to run? And there’s a chance I could run.” 

Bachmann previously ran for president in the 2012 election. Although she came in first in the Ames Straw Poll, she floundered in the Iowa Caucuses and announced the next day that she was suspending her campaign. She told RealClearPolitics that her previous experience running for president would be a plus.

“Practice makes perfect,” she told the website. “If a person has gone through the process — for instance, I had gone through 15 presidential debates — it’s easy to see a person’s improvement going through that.”

Bachmann is set to retire from Congress at the end of the year. If she does decide to run for president, she said she’ll focus on building a strong campaign infrastructure.