Members of the GOP legislative majorities came into the 2012 session carrying some unflattering baggage ahead of the fall election. Last year they agreed to a budget deal that shifted an additional $750 million of K-12 school aid into the future.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: February 29, 2012
Tags: Amy Koch, Carol McFarlane, Carrie Ruud, Connie Doepke, Gen Olson, Glenn Gruenhagen, Karin Housley, Katie Sieben, Matt Dean, Michele Bachmann, Michelle Benson, Mike Jungbauer, Paul Gazelka, Paul Torkelson, Ray Vandeveer, redistricting, Steve Smith, Ted Lillie, Tony Cornish, Torrey Westrom
At least three prospective Republican candidates for the Minnesota Senate crowded a gathering of activists in the newly drawn Senate District 39 over the weekend.
by Briana Bierschbach and Charley Shaw
Published: February 27, 2012
Tags: Al DeKruif, Amy Koch, Bruce Anderson, Carol McFarlane, Connie Doepke, David FitzSimmons, Gen Olson, Julie Rosen, Matt Dean, redistricting, Scott Dutcher, Steve Smith, Tom Emmer, Torrey Westrom
Fallout has been almost constant since release of the state's redistricting maps last week, and over the weekend a few more incumbent-on-incumbent match-ups became clear, some House members switched to run in open Senate seats and new candidates emerged to take their place.
by Paul Demko and Briana Bierschbach
Published: February 22, 2012
Tags: Alice Hausman, Andy Parrish, Barb Goodwin, Branden Petersen, Carly Melin, Carolyn McElfatrick, Connie Bernardy, Gary Kubly, Gen Olson, Glenn Gruenhagen, Gregg Peppin, John Marty, John Persell, Kathy Saltzman, Ken Kelash, Larry Howes, Mark Murdock, Mary Jo Maguire, Michele Bachmann, Mindy Greiling, Pam Wolf, Paul Torkelson, Peggy Scott, Ray Vandeveer, redistricting, Ron Shimanski, Scott Dibble, Steve Smith, Ted Lillie, Tom Anzelc, Tom Rukavina, Tony Cornish
The most anticipated political event of the year at the Capitol — the unveiling of court-drawn state legislative and congressional districts that will be used for the next decade — arrived at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
by Paul Demko
Published: January 13, 2012
Tags: Coalition for Impartial Justice, continued; Three's company: Vikings stadium edition; judicial retention elections, Cullen Sheehan, David Prosser, Gen Olson, JoAnne Kloppenburg, Joe Hoppe, Mike Beard, Mike Franklin, MN Chamber of Commerce, Notes on the Week That Was; GOP page-turners, Ray Vandeveer, Ryan Kelly, Sarah Walker, Scott Walker, Teresa Lynch, Tim Pawlenty, Todd Hill, Warren Limmer
Last year voters in Wisconsin witnessed an ugly campaign for a seat on the state’s Supreme Court between incumbent justice David Prosser and assistant attorney general JoAnne Kloppenburg. Some three dozen outside interest groups spent $4.5 million seeking to influence the outcome of the contest, according to a report by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: November 2, 2011
Tags: AFSCME, Bob Vanasek, Dean Johnson, Fritz Knaak, Gary Hill, Gen Olson, Larry Pogemiller, Legacy amendment, Mark Dayton, Michael Brodkorb, Minnesota Democrats Exposed, MNSCU, Office of Higher Education, Phil Krinkie, Roger Moe, Senate DFL, Stan Fudro, Tim Pawlenty, Tom Bakk, Tom Hanson
No one seemed to see Larry Pogemiller’s departure coming. Not even him. Gov. Mark Dayton announced late last week that the Minneapolis senator of nearly 30 years would move to the Office of Higher Education to replace former Director Sheila Wright, who resigned suddenly in September.
by Charley Shaw
Published: September 23, 2011
Tags: Ann Rest, Brenda Cassellius, Gen Olson, Jim Nobles, Legislative Auditor, Minnesota Department of Education, online education, Patricia Torres Ray, Sondra Erickson
A report by the Minnesota Legislative Auditor that points to flaws in the state’s K-12 online education program is likely to land on the 2012 legislative agenda.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: August 17, 2011
Tags: ALEC, Bill Schreiber, Bob Vanasek, David Hann, Dick Day, Gen Olson, Kevin Goodno, Laura Brod, Mary Kiffmeyer, Pat Pariseau, Roger Moe, Tom Hanson
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).
It’s hard to argue with Charlie Kyte’s qualifications. Before becoming a lobbyist for the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA), Kyte spent more than five years teaching math, science and physics at a school in southern Minnesota. He then moved to Eden Valley-Watkins to become the school’s principal, and, ultimately, the mayor of the town.
In the early hours of the morning Thursday, the Minnesota Senate passed the K-12 education budget and a long-sought photo identification requirement at the polls on party-line votes.