Politics is a family affair for a father and daughter running for office in western Minnesota.
Brent and Randee Waddell are seeking legislative seats in the district that includes Morris and other towns that border North Dakota and South Dakota.
Brent is running for Senate and Randee is running for the House. Both are members of the Independence Party, whose top officeholder is Gov. Jesse Ventura.
Brent, 55, ran as a Democrat in 1996 and lost to then-independent Sen. Charlie Berg by 193 votes. Berg is running as a Republican this year.
Randee, 22, was too young to seek office then, but she got a first-hand look at politics stumping for dad.
''She was my best campaign worker,'' he said.
Randee will try to unseat Rep. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake.
A spokesman for the secretary of state said no one in the office can recall a father-daughter tagteam for the Legislature.
U.S. Sen. Rod Grams says although he believes the information contained in four mystery e-mails is accurate about DFL challenger Mike Ciresi, he doesn't know who sent them out.
''We have no idea where they came from,'' he said during an interview on Minnesota Public Radio.
A day earlier, he had refused to answer questions about whether he knew anything about the e-mails that accused Ciresi of being too moderate and gave examples of corporate wrongdoers his law firm defended. They also said he hasn't donated enough money to DFL causes.
Electronic fingerprints in attachments to the e-mails pointed to three of Grams' campaign aides as authors of the documents, he said.
''We've done some research, everybody does,'' Grams said, quickly adding that his staff had ''no responsibility'' for the distribution of the information.
Ciresi has asked the Anoka County attorney to investigate whether the e-mails would violate state laws if they were sent by Grams' campaign.
Under criticism of the free excursions as possibly illegal vote-buying, Dayton said he is sending bills out to cover the cost of chartered buses that took senior citizens to Canada to buy medication more cheaply.
The cost was $30 apiece for the 32 people who rode from St. Cloud, $17.50 for the 17 who rode from Duluth.
''I'm not going to have that become the focal point,'' Dayton said, maintaining that there was nothing illegal in the original arrangement. ''The seniors still saved an average of $200 on their drugs.''
Given a choice, Dayton said he would pay for the trips and also set up a revolving loan program for seniors who wanted to buy more than one month's supply of drugs.
Dayton's spokeswoman said they wouldn't ''send any collectors out'' to recover the bus trip money.
The four DFLers vying for the chance to help the party retain the seat of retiring U.S. Rep. Bruce Vento worked to distinguish themselves at a candidate forum, though they acknowledge they agree on most issues.
Party nominee Rep. Betty McCollum of North St. Paul, St. Paul City Councilman Chris Coleman and state Sen. Steve Novak of New Brighton each vowed to focus on education, health care and campaign reform during a lunch with members of the Hemenway Forum, a group of DFL activists who worked during the 1950s and 1960s.
The newest candidate for the 4th Congressional District seat, St. Paul business owner Cathie Hartnett, suggested a number of reforms, including shortening the campaign season, to try to keep voters interested.
''People are bored to death with us,'' Hartnett told the group. She said the election of Gov. Jesse Ventura proves her point. ''Let's make politics fun. We know that works.''
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