by Charley Shaw
Published: October 3, 2012
Tags: Alliance for a Better Minnesota, Andy Welti, Benjamin Kruse, Breanna Bly, campaign finance, Chamber of Commerce, Connie Doepke, Dave Bishop, Dave Hancock, Dave Osmek, David Bly, Diane Anderson, Doug Wardlow, Freedom Club, Jack Krage, Jeremy Miller, Jim Carlson, John Hoffman, Kathy Saltzman, Kevin Dahle, Kirk Stensrud, Maria Ruud, Michael Dudley, Mike Benson, NFIB, Pam Wolf, Pat Stallman, Pro Jobs Majority, Roger Erickson, Sandy Masin, Susan Kent, Ted Daley, Ted Lillie, Tina Liebling, Yvonne Selcer
The campaign finance reports released last week show that political action committees large and small have been funneling lots of money into legislative races.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: September 19, 2012
Tags: Andrew Kratoska, Andrew Reinhardt, Benjamin Kruse, Denise Dittrich, Grace Baltich, Gregg Peppin, Ian Marsh, Joan Molenaar, John Hoffman, Joyce Peppin, Leo Foley, Mark Uglem, Melissa Hortman, Tony Petrangelo, Zach Rodvold
Over the past decade, Senate District 47 — stretching around north metro area cities like Champlin, Coon Rapids and Brooklyn Park — has been a place where moderate Democrats could prosper despite the district’s slight GOP tilt.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: April 6, 2012
Tags: Al DeKruif, Benjamin Kruse, Bill Ingebrigtsen, Chris Gerlach, Claire Robling, Dave Brown, Dave Senjem, Dave Thompson, David Hann, Dick Day, Gen Olson, Gretchen Hoffman, Julie Rosen, Mike Parry, Paul Gazelka, racino, Roger Chamberlain, Ron Rosenbaum, Rules Committee, Ted Lillie, Warren Limmer
The perennial bill to install slots in the state’s two racetracks was yanked from its first hearing in the Senate Education Committee amid fear that the committee’s conservative members would kill it early in the session.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: March 7, 2012
Tags: Benjamin Kruse, Bill Ingebrigtsen, Carla Nelson, Claire Robling, constitutional amendments, Dave Thompson, Freedom Club, Geoff Michel, Jeremy Miller, Julianne Ortman, Kurt Zellers, Morrie Lanning, right to work, Scott Walker, Steve Drazkowski, Tony Cornish, Warren Limmer
For Republican Sen. Dave Thompson, time is running short. The freshman from Lakeville has spent the last six months readying a ballot initiative that would enshrine so-called “right-to-work” language in the state’s Constitution.
A bipartisan group of state legislators announced legislation that would remove the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from its role in managing school trust lands. The move reflects simmering disappointment with the amount of money the agency is generating from timber and mining operations on the lands.
by Jake Grovum
Published: January 19, 2012
Tags: Benjamin Kruse, bonding bill, budget deficit, constitutional amendment, government shutdown, Julianne Ortman, Kurt Zellers, Mark Dayton, Michele Bachmann, Scott Walker, Steve Drazkowski
By most accounts, a constitutional amendment to make it harder to raise taxes was a key sweetener offered by House Republican leaders last summer in their efforts to entice the chamber’s most conservative members into voting for the budget deal that ended Minnesota’s historic government shutdown.
It was bound to happen. Last week, for the first time, Republican Rep. Tim Kelly found himself confronted by a constituent angry about his vote against the GOP-backed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Minnesota.
by Paul Demko
Published: October 26, 2011
Tags: Andrew Reinhardt, Benjamin Kruse, Branden Petersen, Chip Cravaack, Dan Hall, Denise Dittrich, Harry Niska, Jack Tomczak, Jason Lewis, Jeff Johnson, Kurt Zellers, Late Debate, Leo Foley, Michele Bachmann, Mike Jungbauer, Nancy LaRoche, Tom Emmer
“The Late Debate with Jack and Ben” got off to an inauspicious start. At the beginning of the debut broadcast in April, one of the microphones didn’t work for the initial eight minutes. The first words uttered over the air were, “Do you hear me?”
by Paul Demko and Jake Grovum
Published: November 23, 2010
Tags: Ann Lynch, Benjamin Kruse, Bob Gunther, Carla Nelson, Dan Hall, Dave Brown, Dennis Frederickson, Erik Paulsen, John Doll, Leo Foley, Lisa Fobbe, Mady Reiter, Mark Olson, Marty Seifert, Michele Bachmann, Roger Chamberlain, Sandy Rummel, Tina Liebling
As the Minnesota Legislature prepares for a transition that will see 60 freshmen join the rolls of the state Senate and House, PIM continues with our series of post-election portraits of the 2011 class. In this latest edition, we look at seven more members of the incoming Senate Republican majority.
Prior to the 2004 election cycle, Sen. Leo Foley was the only DFLer representing Senate District 47. But that year Democrats took over both House seats, and they have been able to keep hold of all three posts in the suburban district ever since.
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