by Mike Mullen
Published: November 5, 2013
Tags: Dennis Nguyen, Erick Kaardal, Ernie Leidiger, Jim Newberger, John Pederson, Kent Kaiser, Kurt Zellers, Mark Dayton, Mark Ritchie, Mary Franson, Phil Krinkie, Rhonda Sivarajah, Steve Drazkowski, Tom Emmer
If the lawsuit is successful, the registry system launched in launched in late September would be halted until legislative action is taken.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: August 10, 2012
Tags: David Lillehaug, Erick Kaardal, Fritz Knaak, Helen Meyer, John Knapp, Margaret Chutich, Mark Dayton, Mark Elias, Supreme Court, Tanya Bransford, Tom Emmer, Wilhelmina Wright
There are a few rites of passage Gov. Mark Dayton has yet to undertake since entering office two years ago, and appointing a justice to the Minnesota Supreme Court is one of them.
Conservatives looking forward to seeing two of their signature issues voted on this November as constitutional amendments were outraged when Secretary of State Mark Ritchie unveiled the titles that will introduce the questions on the ballot.
GOP Rep. Sondra Erickson is herself a plaintiff on the suit, and attorney Erick Kaardal -- who represented Republican lawmakers during 2011's government shutdown -- is involved as well.
Since before the state government shutdown even began, it was clear where the impasse was headed if neither governor nor Legislature blinked: straight to the courtroom of Ramsey County District Court Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin.
Gildea did, however, hint that arguments could be heard later, writing that "counsel will be notified at a later date regarding oral argument."
Attorney Erick Kaardal says core separation of powers and constitutional questions remain and deserve a resolution.
By all accounts, the Dayton administration’s shutdown playbook went something like this: Limited to only the most essential, core services, a hard but short-lived shuttering of state government would ramp up the pressure on intransigent Republicans and push the Legislature toward compromise.
A suit filed by six Republican members of the Legislature will proceed to arguments before the Supreme Court July 27.
by Jake Grovum
Published: June 22, 2011
Tags: Alan Page, Erick Kaardal, Fritz Knaak, Kathleen Gearin, Lori Swanson, Mark Dayton, Roger Chamberlain, Scott Newman, Sean Nienow, Warren Limmer
The dismissal, issued without prejudice, leaves the lawmakers to take up their claim with the rest of the shutdown case in Ramsey County Court, but also leaves the door open to refile after that decision is handed out.
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