Dick Day is leaving the pro-racino lobbying group Racino Now to start a contract lobbying firm. Day spent 19 years in the state Senate before joining the group that lobbies for slot machines in Minnesota horse racing tracks.Read More »
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The compacts that regulate Indian-run gambling in the state never came up for a vote in the Minnesota Legislature. In fact, the whole affair happened rather quietly.
Tagged with: Arne Carlson Becky Kelso Bob Vanasek Dean Johnson Dick Day Dorothy McClung gambling Helen Blue-Redner Jim Knoblach John McCarthy Marty Seifert Minnesota Indian Gaming Association racino Ron Dicklich Ronald Reagan Rudy Perpich Skip Humphrey Steve Sviggum Tim Pawlenty Tom NeuvilleRead More »
At the close of a news conference in July called by Republican legislative leaders to discuss the $11 billion health and human services bill, former DFL House Speaker Bob Vanasek offered some pointed criticism to Republicans David Hann and Jim Abeler from the back of the room.Read More »
During the early part of her two-plus decades in the state Legislature, retired Republican Sen. Pat Pariseau remembers being just one of a handful of Minnesota legislators who could call themselves members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).Read More »
Will Republican Party’s close ties to GOP majorities make it harder to reach budget deal?
Tagged with: Amy Koch Carla Nelson Dave Thompson Dick Day Health and Human Services Jim Abeler John Howe John Kriesel Ken Martin Kurt Zellers Mark Dayton Michael Brodkorb Michelle Fischbach Pat Anderson Tom Bakk Tony SuttonRead More »
Several high-profile Republican pet projects have faded amid a particularly contentious budget battle, including a repeal of the nuclear construction moratorium, pension reforms, corporate income tax cuts and slots at racetracks.Read More »
Six years ago GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the Legislature deadlocked over a $466 million budget deficit. The DFL-controlled Senate wanted to raise nearly $1 billion by increasing income taxes on the state’s wealthiest residents. Pawlenty dismissed the move as “profoundly stupid.”Read More »
In previous legislative sessions, proposals to expand gambling have attracted more support from Republicans than DFLers. Given Minnesota's $5 billion state budget deficit and the new Republican majorities in the House and Senate, gambling proposals would seem to stand a much-improved chance of landing on the governor's desk as part of a budget agreement.
Tagged with: Dan Hall Dave Senjem David Hann David Tomassoni Dennis Fredrickson Dick Day Doug Magnus Jim Carlson Jim Vickerman John Carlson John Doll John Howe John Pederson Kathy Sheran Michelle Fischbach Pam Wolf Paul Koering Racino Now Rick Olseen Robin Brown Ron Shimanski Sean Nienow Tarryl Clark Ted DaleyRead More »
Senate Government Innovation and Veterans Chairman Mike Parry, R-Waseca, has sidestepped the traditional route for pension legislation - which runs through the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement (LCPR) - and placed on the fast track a proposal to shift more of the cost of pensions onto workers. His move seems all the more bold in light of the fact that the House has not introduced a companion measure, and at least one influential House Republican on pension issues has expressed significant reservations.Read More »