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At Issue - June 8: Matt Entenza Shakes Up State Auditor Race

Updated: 06/09/2014 4:46 PM
Created: 06/09/2014 12:12 PM KSTP.com
By: McKenzie Gernes

Just when it seemed the DFL party would head into the fall elections with complete unity and few primary battles, in steps Matt Entenza. At the last minute he filed to run against incumbent state auditor and fellow DFLer Rebecca Otto.  The move is shaking up a race that is usually low-profile and fairly sleepy.

Matt Entenza is no stranger to DFL politics or controversy, in 2010 he ran for governor in a DFL primary and finished third.  In 2006, he had the DFL endorsement for attorney general, but dropped out after it was revealed he had paid for opposition research about Attorney General Mike Hatch, who was running for governor.

Now, he's running to challenge Otto. Some in the DFL are going to say one should always follow the endorsement process, reality is Gov. Dayton didn't and now they're supporting him. 

Entenza and Otto will square off in an Aug. 12 primary. Congressman Keith Ellison says he is backing Entenza. U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken say they are backing Otto.

Bonding Money

St. Cloud is celebrating new funding for an expansion of the convention center, the governor signed a bonding bill that included $11.5 million for the project.

NCAA Final Four

State lawmakers are hoping to bring the NCAA men's basketball final four to Minneapolis.  Governor Dayton, and many others made their pitch last week.  The game would be at the new Vikings stadium in either 2019 or 2020.

70/30 Rule

Minneapolis voters will decide if dozens of restaurants need to abide by the 70/30 rule, entailing that 70 percent of the sales are from food and only 30 percent from alcohol. The rule also prohibits serving alcohol to customers who haven't ordered food. Both issues came before the charter commission this week.

Independence Party

Chairman of the Independence party of Minnesota, Mark Jenkins, talks about how the party is still fighting for more reasonable civil discussion, instead of the partisanship that is always seen from a party in support position. "The challenge is getting voters to be brave enough to muster the confidence to vote for the best candidate," said Jenkins.

GOP Primary

Ben Golnik, a Republican Strategist and Ember Reichgott Junge, a former DFL State Senator, talk with Tom about the first competitive primary for Republicans in a statewide race in many years. "Politics is all about opportunity, and I think Matt Entenza, I tip my hate to him. If I were a DFLer, I would cast my ballot for Matt Entenza," said Ben Golnik.


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