The DFL candidates for attorney general include DFL state Senator Steve Kelley, former DFL Congressman Bill Luther, Minnesota Solicitor General Lori Swanson, St. Paul attorney Jennifer Mattson and Patrick Cotter of St. Paul. DFL Party Chair Brian Melendez says the DFL Party’s Central Committee will endorse a candidate in mid August.

Capitolbrewhaha reported it first and Kelley’s aide confirmed it (although he hasn’t filed the official paperwork and the clock is ticking). The aide also said DFL Rep. Ron Latz will run for Kelley’s now open seat and there are several DFLers who will run for the now open house seat. My how the dominoes fall!

Amy Klobuchar will face a DFL challenge after all. Darryl Stanton has filed to run against her. Stanton lost to Republican Congressman Jim Ramstad in 2002. Charles Aldrich also filed for the U.S. Senate as a member of the Libertarian Party. In Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District, there are three DFL candidates who have filed to Read more

Matt Entenza just ended his campaign for AG. “While I’m confident that I could win the race for attorney general, obviously in this environment staying in the race would hurt the Democratic Party,” Entenza said at a news conference on the Capitol steps. It’s unclear whether the DFL will endorse another candidate. Party chair Brian Read more

The filings close today at 4:30. We’ll be watching for any shenanigans, late challengers, etc. Mike Hatch, the DFL endorsed candidate for governor, and Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty get some primary opponents. MPR’s Tim Pugmire has a story focusing on that race. Matt Entenza also gets a challenger for Minnesota Attorney General. The strib, the Read more