by Briana Bierschbach
Published: September 6, 2013
Tags: Dave Senjem, Dave Thompson, Duane Quam, Gene Pelowski, Kerry Gauthier, Kurt Zellers, Mark Dayton, Paul Thissen, special session, Tim Kelly, Tom Bakk
Republicans plan to beat the tax drum once again when the Legislature convenes to pass $5M in local storm aid
by Charley Shaw
Published: August 28, 2013
Tags: 2014 governor's race, Bruce Vogel, Carolyn McElfatrick, Dave Thompson, Jeff Johnson, Kurt Zellers, Nick Zerwas, Rich Murray, Rod Grams, Stan Hubbard, Tom Bakk
After rising to speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives in the wake of the 2010 election, Rep. Kurt Zellers was stung two years later by his caucus’s demotion to minority status. The Republican from Maple Grove struck an unassuming profile at the Capitol this past spring.
Farnsworth, a special education teacher who lives in Hibbing, has worked on political campaigns and served as a local and state-level party delegate.
The loss of projected collections from the agriculture tax will remove $29 million in revenue toward the DFL majority's budget, and the warehouse tax would take away an additional $90 million.
Following the 2012 elections, it was unclear how much momentum was left in the Tea Party movement, both nationally and in Minnesota. Political analysts blamed the conservative faction for several embarrassing Republican losses in high-profile campaigns, while overall public opinion seemed to have soured on the concept.
Republican leadership has used Dayton's openness to additional topics to push for a repeal of the business-to-business warehouse tax.
Dave Thompson is a good talker. Before the two-term state senator from Lakeville started his career in St. Paul, Thompson spent more than seven years in talk radio. Now, heading into a four-way contest for the GOP endorsement to for governor next fall, Thompson is counting on his way with words to win the backing of activists and ultimately the primary and general election.
Republican candidates Jeff Johnson, a Hennepin County Commissioner, Orono businessman Scott Honour, state Sen. Dave Thompson and former House Speaker Kurt Zellers gathered in front of about 150 Republicans packed into the Mermaid Event Center in Mounds View Thursday night. While the candidates’ positions on issues rarely diverged significantly, each one spent the night testing out campaign slogans, themes and personal tidbits on the GOP crowd.
A pair of lawsuits seeking to invalidate legislation that allows in-home child-care providers to join unions were dismissed by a federal judge on Sunday. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Davis determined that the claims were not yet "ripe" because any potential damages have not yet occurred.
The first Republican to launch a campaign for Minnesota governor in 2014 immediately changed the dynamics for all other candidates who would follow him. In April, Orono businessman Scott Honour became the first candidate openly seeking the office, promising to bring an outsider’s perspective to the job.
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