Steven Schier: Filibuster changes may erode majority rule
The filibuster in the U.S. Senate may soon go the way of the horse-drawn carriage. Recently the majority Democrats eliminated the 60 vote requirement for passage of cloture motions that end debate on federal judicial and executive branch appointments. Now a simple majority of Senators can end debate and move them forward. What is the likely outcome? Surprisingly, ending the filibuster may facilitate minority rule of the American public.
CD 6: Krinkie calls out Emmer campaign
The politeness that has prevailed in the early stages of the CD 6 GOP race may have come to an end this week, when candidate Phil Krinkie fired the first volley aimed directly at a fellow Republican: frontrunner Tom Emmer.
Former GOP Rep. Knoblach sues over Minnesota Senate building
The former Republican House Ways and Means chair has filed a lawsuit alleging the funding for a new Senate building and Capitol parking facility in the 2013 omnibus tax bill is unconstitutional. The building is currently scheduled to break ground in February or March.
U of M seeks bonding for building upgrades
The U of M is requesting $100 million for higher education asset preservation and replacement projects, which are designed to improve efficiency and extend the life of university buildings and infrastructure.
Lessard-Sams recommends $102 million in habitat projects for 2014
The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council last week wrapped up a hard-fought round of hearings on Legacy funding by making $102 million in recommendations for the 2014 Legislature. There are three items in particular that hung on to receive funding despite staunch opposition from some of the 12 members on the citizen/legislator panel.
Conservative activists occupy Paulsen’s office over shutdown remarks
A dozen conservative activists, including state Rep. Cindy Pugh, showed up at U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen’s Eden Prairie office Thursday morning in an effort to speak with the third-term GOP congressman about Obamacare and the federal government shutdown.