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    Hello, I need some help getting started on this project. It's a slideshow presentation for my PS class. Can someone please help with some bullet points on the following topics regarding MN State politics? I don't need information about all of these topics.

    - Political party structure/make-up
    - State election
    - Campaign process
    - Party politics,
    - Legislative organization
    - Procedure
    Types of primaries:
    - State party organizations
    - State government structure
    - Campaign methods of a state candidate/incumbent
    - Make-up of your state legislature (i.e., gender, age, profession)
    - Apportioning and districting information
    - Legislative institutionalization of your state
    - Party issues in your state

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    No problem at all. I know this material a bit too well. I will give you points that can then be made into slides. It's a good idea to reword what I have, so it sounds more like you than me. I'll probably give more than you need, so you can pick and choose what works.

    Political party structure/make-up:
    In Minnesota, the party is called a Caucus. This refers to the party itself as well as meetings thereof. Like everywhere, there is a Democratic and Republican Caucus. The Republicans have a platform, as do the Democrats, that differ in no way from the federal versions. Since Minnesota is a border state, securing US borders has a specific plank for the republicans. The Democrats are officially the Democratic Farmer-Laborer Party (they are a caucus when in the legislature). Far more detailed than the Republican platform, it is notable that the Democrats spend some time on protecting farmland, while republicans do not mention it at all. Minnesota has a third major party, the Independence party, that acts as a combination of leftist, libertarian and agrarian politics. The Libertarians are the only registered minor party in the state.

    State election: The two chambers of government are permitted to design their own election rules, so long as they do not oppose the constitution. Anyone over 18 who has been a US citizen for three months may vote. The insane and those convicted of a felony may not vote. The latter can have their voting rights restored by the courts.

    Campaign process:
    The Secretary of State is very interested in how candidates get and spend money. Once a candidacy is declared, the candidate has 14 days to submit a financial statement. In fact, there are six required finance reports in all, for each candidate. The state has a "truth" law on the books where a candidate, if she states or writes something knowingly false about her opponent, she is liable for a misdemeanor charge. The information has to be damaging to the reputation of the opponent. All undue influence on voters or candidates is forbidden. For example, it is illegal to offer someone a reward if they run for office. It is illegal, when transporting voters to the polls, to use that time to persuade them to vote in a certain way.

    Party politics:
    Each caucus has local ...

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    A Minnesota legislative structure for a project is determined.