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Bachmann exits stage right

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.

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Bachmann’s surprise retirement spurs speculation about GOP field

**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.

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Senators approve additional Brodkorb legal bills

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.

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In swing races, ground battle intensifies

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.

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Both sides go all out in Saxhaug-Carlson SD 5 duel

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.

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Lawyers for Brodkorb, Senate dispute defamation claims in court

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.

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Gauthier still running; DFL reeling

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.

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