Cannabis Supporters Take One Final Shot at Mark Dayton

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Pat McClellan wants to see more medical cannabis

As the television camera lights shine on Pat McLellan's face, he holds up a set of four sheets of paper, each a signed pledge from a gubernatorial candidate saying that they support expanding Minnesota's medical cannabis laws.

He takes a breath, then spreads the papers out across the podium in front of him. They're all here, he says. GOP candidate Jeff Johnson. The Independence Party's Hannah Nicollet. Libertarian Chris Holbrook and Grassroots Party candidate Chris Wright. But one's missing: incumbent Mark Dayton.

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Marijuana Policy Project PAC Throws Gov. Dayton Under Bus

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-- Update at bottom with comment from Rep. Branden Petersen --

In a press release sent our way by an MNGOP-affiliated source, the D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project PAC pledges to make a maximum financial contribution of $4,000 to Jeff Johnson's gubernatorial campaign.

But lest you think the nation's largest marijuana policy organization is some sort of surprisingly right-leaning group, the release also notes that the PAC plans to give a matching contribution to the Senate DFL PAC. Take that, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton!

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Minneapolis Cops, Once Pawlenty Fans, Endorse Governor Dayton

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Dayton, pictured here with John Delmonico directly to his right, has the endorsement of the Minneapolis cop union.
The Minneapolis cop union -- officially known as the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis -- has unanimously endorsed the reelection bid of Gov. Mark Dayton.

In a news release, union president John Delmonico says his organization, which is the largest police union in the state, "endorses people, not parties." That comment is borne out by the fact that the federation endorsed Republican Tim Pawlenty in 2002 and 2006.

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MN Police Order Endorses Republican Candidates for Office ... and Mark Dayton

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The Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police is to cops what the Elks Lodge is to boozehounds. It's a members-only clubhouse, where the brothers and sisters can remove their badges, talk fundraising and good deeds, and -- inevitably -- debate politics.

This summer, the order's members surveyed the upcoming election and endorsed all Republican candidates for national offices -- plus Mark Dayton.

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Franken/McFadden and Dayton/Johnson Debate Today: Watch Them Here

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On the top row (from left to right), IP candidate Hannah Nicollet, Dayton, and Johnson will participate in the gubernatorial debate. On the bottom... well, you know who those guys are.
It's October, which means we're hitting the homestretch of the election season.

Today, in fact, may be one of the biggest days between now and November 4, as debates will be held in the races for the two highest-profile offices up for grabs in Minnesota -- the gubernatorial seat currently held by Mark Dayton, and the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Al Franken.

Thanks to the Uptake, you can watch both of them, streaming and on demand, below the jump.

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Mark Dayton Takes Credit for Historically Low Unemployment Rate... But Should He?

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The Minnesota August jobs report released yesterday is a tale of two stats.

On one hand, the state's unemployment rate, now at 4.3 percent, is at an eight-year low, and in an election year, that should bode well for Gov. Mark Dayton, right? But on the other, the state's workforce participation rate, at 69.8 percent, is at a 30-year low, which suggests the economic situation is sufficiently bleak that some job seekers have simply given up. That's certainly not as promising for Dayton's reelection prospects.

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Mark Dayton: Adrian Peterson's Actions Are "Embarrassment," Vikings Should Suspend Him

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Dayton and Vikings officials disagree about whether AP should play while his child abuse charges are pending.
:::: UPDATE :::: Wilfs Admit They Got It Wrong, Bar Adrian Peterson From Team

Gov. Mark Dayton hasn't been shy about weighing in on controversies involving the Vikings in the past, and today, he shared his thoughts on the organization's handling of the Adrian Peterson mess.

Suffice it to say he's not a fan. In a statement emailed to us by Dayton's press secretary, the governor calls Peterson's actions "a public embarrassment" and says the organization made the wrong call in allowing AP to prepare for this weekend's game in New Orleans.

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Do Dayton, DFL deserve credit for MN's high rank in CNBC's Top States For Business?

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Somewhere, Tim Pawlenty shakes his head...
The Dayton administration is crowing after Minnesota clocked in with a sixth-place finish in CNBC's Top States For Business 2014 list.

Matt Swenson, Dayton's press secretary, drew reporters' attention to the study yesterday, writing in an email, "Members of the Press - I wanted to make sure you saw this news release issued by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) this afternoon. CNBC just named Minnesota the 6th-best place to do business in the United States."

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Mark Dayton backtracks on comments about tipped employees making lower minimum wage [AUDIO]

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Somewhere, Tom Emmer smiles.
In a controversy reminiscent of the one the governor embroiled himself in this spring when he ill-advisedly suggested Minnesotans who want medical marijuana simply buy pot off the street, Mark Dayton is now backing off remarks he made about Minnesota's minimum wage during a meeting with the Rochester Post-Bulletin's editorial board last week.

Asked about Minnesota's new, higher minimum wage, Dayton said, "It may be that we have to fine-tune it. I understand my sons' frustration with the tip credit issue. They make a very articulate case."

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Jeff Johnson is the only Republican candidate for governor who supports medical marijuana

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Medical marijuana activists see the state's new law as only the beginning of broader reform. They've vowed to continue fighting at the Capitol and extend coverage to thousands more Minnesotans.

Success or failure depends not only on the stamina of such activists, but on the outcome of this fall's elections, particularly in the race for governor. Of course, a lot can happen in a year. But it's worth considering where the remaining candidates stand on this single issue to get a better sense of the difficulty of the task ahead.

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