Miami (CNN) - Rick Santorum's campaign announced late Sunday night what its candidate had been hinting at for more than a week: he has canceled all remaining events in Florida and instead will begin a push towards the western primaries and caucuses to be held in early February.
In an email sent out just minutes after Santorum finished participating in a tele-town hall with Florida voters, the campaign announced events in Missouri and Minnesota on Monday, followed by trips to Colorado and Nevada on Tuesday.
(CNN) – U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman who dropped a bid for the GOP presidential nomination in January, will run for re-election to Congress in 2012, her campaign said Wednesday.
Bachmann's political future had been in question ever since she announced she was suspending her presidential campaign on January 4, the day after finishing sixth in the Iowa caucuses. Bachmann has represented Minnesota's sixth district since 2007, but gained an outsized profile in the last three years for her vocal support of the tea party movement and her presidential bid.
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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - The Minnesota shutdown is over.
Governor Mark Dayton signed a $35.7 billion budget on Wednesday, ending the longest state shutdown in recent history.
The signing came shortly after lawmakers approved a two-year spending plan in the wee hours of the morning. It ended a impasse that shuttered much of the state government for the past 19 days.FULL STORY
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - It's almost over.
Minnesota lawmakers will take up the state budget Tuesday afternoon, the latest step in ending the nation's longest government shutdown in recent years.
Lawmakers will vote on 12 bills that were drawn up in accordance with the budget deal that Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders reached last Thursday.FULL STORY
St. Paul, Minn., (CNNMoney) – Democratic governor Mark Dayton and leaders of the Republican-controlled legislature have reach a deal that will close the Minnesota's budget gap end the state's government shutdown "within days."
"It is my understanding that we have reached an agreement," Dayton said, as the visibly tired legislators emerged from a three hour meeting at the Capitol to speak to press.FULL STORY
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - There won't be any happy hours at The Independent in Minneapolis during the government shutdown.
The restaurant's liquor license expired just as a budget impasse in Minnesota put most state operations on hold. So both the state licensing bureau and the eatery had to shut their doors Friday.FULL STORY
St. Paul, Minnesota (CNN) - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said he thinks he and legislators are out of "good" options in the battle to bring Minnesota's government out of a shutdown that's been in place since Friday morning, though he remains "committed."
Dayton, a Democrat, and the leaders of the Republican-controlled legislature, Sen. Amy Koch and Rep. Kurt Zellers, met for just over an hour Tuesday - the first time the three had met since their eleventh-hour attempts to avoid a shutdown Thursday night.FULL STORY
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - A budget stalemate forced a virtual full shut down of the Minnesota government on Friday and left only a limited array of state services in operation over the busy holiday weekend.
Visitors won't be able to go to the state parks or the zoo, and travelers will find the highway rest stops shuttered. Road construction projects will cease, as will licensing for teachers and businesses.FULL STORY
(CNN)-Democratic House Majority PAC will take a crack at GOP Minnesota Rep. Chip Cravaack Friday with the release of a new ad criticizing the congressman for endorsing a Republican House proposal to dramatically alter Medicare.
The independent expenditure group's main beef with Cravaack is his support of House Budget Chair Paul Ryan's proposal that would require changes to Medicare as a method of battling the budget deficit.
Washington (CNN) – Outgoing Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said this week that he regrets not seeking a third term in St. Paul, now that the state legislature is controlled by Republicans instead of the Democrat-Farmer-Labor party that fought much of his agenda.