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Drama not on the agenda for Minnesota Democratic convention

Added 05-19-22 04:03:01pm EST - “When Minnesota Democrats open their state convention in Rochester, drama won't be on the agenda.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Drama not on the agenda for Minnesota Democratic convention”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When Minnesota Democrats open their state convention in Rochester, drama won’t be on the agenda.

The 1,200 delegates will endorse Gov. Tim Walz, Attorney General Keith Ellison, Secretary of State Steve Simon and State Auditor Julie Blaha for reelection. They’re all running unopposed for the party’s backing. So the convention, which starts Friday, will be mostly a pep rally to fire up activists for the midterm election season and a campaign training session to help overcome the headwinds the party is facing .

It’s likely to contrast with last weekend’s wild Republican state convention in the same building, the Mayo Civic Center. It took GOP delegates nine ballots to endorse Scott Jensen for governor in an acrimonious contest in which the lead changed hands three times.

‘While we won’t have as many fireworks as the Republicans did at their convention, there’s certainly going to be a lot of excitement,” Ken Martin, chairman of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, said in an interview.

Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan will speak to delegates Friday, when they’ll be endorsed for a second term. The governor said he’ll emphasize their successes in managing Minnesota through the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting challenges.

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