The Senate's legal bills stemming from Michael Brodkorb's wrongful termination lawsuit have now reached $226,000. The latest billings from the Larkin Hoffman firm add $27,701 to the tab for work done between February 13 and April 30.
**UPDATED** Less than a week after U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's surprise announcement that she will not seek re-election, the field for the GOP nomination in the 6th Congressional District is beginning to emerge.
by Paul Demko
Published: May 31, 2013
Tags: Amy Koch, Jack Tomczak, Jim Knoblach, John Pederson, Linda Runbeck, Mark Kennedy, Mary Kiffmeyer, Matt Dean, Michele Bachmann, Michelle Benson, Peggy Scott, Pete Hegseth, Peter Waldron, Phil Krinkie, Rhonda Sivarajah, Tim O'Driscoll, Tim Sanders, Tom Emmer
In mid-May, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s campaign bought roughly $80,000 worth of television advertising in the Twin Cities market. But just two weeks later, Bachmann stunned seemingly everyone by announcing on Wednesday that she would not be running for re-election.
by Paul Demko
Published: May 29, 2013
Tags: Amy Koch, Dave Kleis, Gregg Peppin, Jeniffer DeJournett, Jim Graves, Mary Kiffmeyer, Matt Dean, Michael Brodkorb, Michele Bachmann, Michelle Benson, Michelle Fischbach, Peggy Scott, Pete Hegseth, Phil Krinkie, Rhonda Sivarajah, Tim Sanders, Tom Emmer, Voices of Conservative Women
**UPDATED** U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's surprise decision to not seek re-election has produced a frenzy of speculation about who might seek the GOP nomination in Minnesota's most conservative congressional district. At least a dozens names have been floated as possible successors to the four-term incumbent.
Republican political operative Michael Brodkorb was hospitalized after a one-car accident on Interstate 35E in Mendota Heights on Wednesday evening.
There was no audible dissent from Democrats as the committee voted to approve the additional $90,000 in fees, pushing total legal costs in the case over the $200,000 mark. Brodkorb is suing the chamber after he was suddenly fired last December. Brodkorb was having an affair with his boss, former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: October 19, 2012
Tags: AFL-CIO, ALEC, Alice Johnson, Alida Messinger, Amy Koch, Carol Lewis, David Gaither, David Hann, Dennis Schminke, Doug Wardlow, Erik Paulsen, Freedom Club, Gregg Peppin, Jerry Newton, Jim Carlson, Jim Knoblach, John Carlson, Keith Downey, King Banaian, Kirk Stensrud, Laurie Halverson, Laurie McKendry, Mandy Benz, Melisa Franzen, Michael Brodkorb, Mike Kennedy, Rich Murray, Shannon Savick, Tarryl Clark, Ted Daley, Terri Bonoff, Tim Sanders, Yvonne Selcer, Zach Dorholt, Zach Rodvold
For better or worse, Michael Brodkorb was back on the campaign trail last week. This time, however, the former GOP attack dog, deputy Republican Party chair and Senate communications guru who helped mastermind the 2010 GOP takeover of the chamber has materialized in a glossy pink and blue mailer that’s being used to attack Republicans.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: October 17, 2012
Tags: Amy Koch, Bemidji, Doug Fuller, Grand Rapids, Gregg Peppin, Jim Nardone, John Carlson, John Persell, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Mary Olson, Michael Brodkorb, Mike Kennefy, SD 5, Tom Saxhaug
One of the most-watched and telling of the races in the new Senate District 5, operatives say, is the contest between freshman incumbent Republican Sen. John Carlson and 10-year incumbent Democrat Tom Saxhaug.
Former Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb's lawsuit against his former employers has been significantly reduced in scope, with Brodkorb voluntarily dismissing several of his claims. The Senate wants the suit to shrink yet again, arguing in court on Thursday morning for the dismissal of three additional counts.
by Briana Bierschbach and Mike Mullen
Published: August 22, 2012
Tags: Aaron Brown, Amy Koch, Daniel Fanning, Erik Simonson, Jay Fosle, Jodi Boyne, John Schwetman, Jon Grunseth, Jon Kavanagh, Ken Martin, Kerry Gauthier, Kurt Zellers, Larry Jacobs, Mark Dayton, Michael Brodkorb, Mike Jaros, Minnesota Secretary of State, Pat Shortridge, Paul Thissen, Roger Reinert, Sarah Lewerenz, Tom Huntley, Travis Silvers, Wy Spano
Embattled DFL Rep. Kerry Gauthier shocked nearly everyone in the Minnesota political firmament on Wednesday morning when he announced that he plans to seek reelection to his seat in the state House of Representatives. The announcement came one week after it was publicly reported that Gauthier had been investigated by Duluth police following an incident in which he used a Craigslist ad to meet and have oral sex with a 17-year-old male at an area rest stop.