DFLers decried a piecemeal approach to handling future shutdowns, while a key Republican says caucus discussions about a broader bill continue.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: February 10, 2012
Tags: Amy Koch, Cal Ludeman, Dave Senjem, Dayle Nolan, Deb Schmedemann, Dick Cohen, Joe Atkins, Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren, Marshall Tanick, Michael Brodkorb, Phil Villaume
Nearly two months after a December whirlwind that saw Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and her entire leadership team resign, the chamber’s Republican majority has moved into the 2012 session and put the upheaval in its rear-view mirror. Almost.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: January 27, 2012
Tags: Alice Hausman, Amy Koch, Cullen Sheehan, Cyndy Brucato, Dave Senjem, David Hann, Dick Cohen, Ellen Anderson, Geoff Michel, James Metzen, Keith Langseth, Mark Dayton, PUC, Scott Newman, Steve Sviggum, Tom Bakk
It was supposed to be such a nice session. Or at least that’s what Capitol watchers and many lawmakers were expecting after last year’s bitter shutdown fight. Nor was that the only wound still in need of closing.
The proposed budget – which took a five percent cut as part of an agreement to solve the $5 billion deficit in July – cuts about $444,000 from the DFL minority caucus. The budget passed on a 7 to 4 party line vote in the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday.
The resolution means the Senate will officially file brief in support of a lawsuit that has pitted 11 childcare providers against the Dayton administration in Ramsey County District Court
by Paul Demko
Published: November 9, 2011
Tags: Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar, Anthony Hernandez, Barack Obama, Bill Guidera, Dan Severson, Dick Cohen, Jennifer Duffy, Joe Arwood, Justin Bieber, Kathryn Pearson, Mark Kennedy, Mark Ritchie, Michele Bachmann, Shubha Ghosh, Steven Smith, Tony Sutton
Try as she might, there are occasions when Sen. Amy Klobuchar can’t please everyone. Last month the DFL freshman senator drew national headlines when teen idol Justin Bieber declared that she should be “locked up” for sponsoring legislation that would make streaming unlicensed online content a felony.
by Charley Shaw
Published: November 4, 2011
Tags: Allied Charities of Minnesota, Amy Koch, Arden Hills, Block E, Bob Gunther, Bob Lux, Dave Senjem, Dean Urdahl, Dick Cohen, e-pulltabs, Indian gaming, John Kriesel, Julie Rosen, King Wilson, Kurt Zellers, Larry Jacobs, Legacy amendment, Mark Dayton, Morrie Lanning, R.T. Rybak, racino, Tom Bakk, Vikings Stadium
Gov. Mark Dayton’s crusade to get a Minnesota Vikings stadium bill passed before Thanksgiving has been turned on its head by a series of objections from legislators about the financing of the project and the timeline for a special session.
See video of Sens. Mike Parry and Bill Ingebrigtsen refusing to yield to questions during Thursday's floor session -- and the GOP's response.
by Jake Grovum
Published: November 17, 2010
Tags: Amy Koch, Charlie Kyte, Claire Robling, David Hann, Dick Cohen, Geoff Michel, Greg Davids, Jim Abeler, Joe Gimse, Julianne Ortman, Mark Buesgens, Mary Liz Holberg, Mike Beard, Mike Jungbauer, Morrie Lanning, Rod Hamilton, Sarah Anderson, Sondra Erickson, Steve Gottwalt
Making good on what they called part of their core campaign message, Republican leadership at the Legislature on Tuesday rolled out a drastically scaled back committee roster for the upcoming legislative session. The committee reconfiguration reduced the total number of legislative panels from 61 to 40, and GOP leaders predicted the move could save as much as $800,000. And they followed it up just a day later by appointing chairs to lead the freshly reconstituted committees.
Across the nation and in Minnesota, Republicans have had the wind at their backs this year. A Gallup Poll this week announced the results of a survey of registered voters using a generic ballot and found that Republicans had a 10-percent lead over Democrats, which was the GOP's largest margin in the history of the poll's mid-term survey, which was first conducted in 1942.