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Liebling Launches Run for Governor

Former Speaker Paul Thissen is “seriously” considering a bid.

April 3, 2017, 11:05 a.m.

State Rep. Tina Liebling (D) “an­nounced that she would run for gov­ernor” on Sunday.

“On her cam­paign web­site, she lists firm left-of-cen­ter po­s­i­tions on everything from taxes to cam­paign fin­ance to costs of col­lege to marijuana.” (Twin Cit­ies Pi­on­eer Press)

“Liebling said she plans to abide by the DFL nom­in­a­tion pro­cess. She said she may run for her House seat again if she doesn’t earn the DFL nom­in­a­tion.” (Min­neapol­is Star Tribune)

SPEAK(ER) UP. State Rep. Paul This­sen (D), a former state speak­er, said “he is ser­i­ously con­sid­er­ing run­ning for gov­ernor and ex­pects to make a de­cision in the next two months.”

This­sen: “I’m ser­i­ously think­ing about it. … I really want to try to do it in a way that doesn’t fol­low a tra­di­tion­al way your run a cam­paign, be­cause I think how you run your cam­paign does lead to how you gov­ern.”

“He said his cam­paign, if he launches it, would fo­cus on men­tal health treat­ment, work­place justice, gov­ern­ment trans­par­ency and oth­er is­sues.” (Twin Cit­ies Pi­on­eer Press)

BIG PIC­TURE. “The gov­ernor’s race will be of spe­cial in­terest, and a mag­net for in-state and na­tion­al cash, as the DFL at­tempts to deny the GOP uni­fied con­trol of Min­nesota gov­ern­ment. The shad­ow of re­dis­trict­ing looms large on this con­test, too. Chal­lengers are be­gin­ning to crowd the DFL and Re­pub­lic­an sides, en­sur­ing that en­dorse­ment and primary battles will be lengthy, and ex­pens­ive.” (Min­nPost)

“Min­nesota Re­pub­lic­ans are get­ting ser­i­ous, even a year and a half be­fore the next elec­tion for gov­ernor. An email from the state party called Demo­crat­ic gov­ernor hope­fuls … ‘four Demo­crat So­cial­ist can­did­ates.’” (Du­luth News Tribune)

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