by Charley Shaw
Published: April 26, 2013
Tags: Branden Petersen, Chuck Wiger, Coalition of Minnesota Businesses, Dave Osmek, Education, Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma, K-12 education, Kevin Dahle, LeRoy Stumpf, Minnesota Senate, Sandy Pappas, Sean Nienow
The DFL-controlled Senate’s bill faced unanimous Republican opposition as well as three DFL defectors, but prevailed in a 35-28 vote.
by Paul Demko, Briana Bierschbach and Charley Shaw
Published: March 13, 2013
Tags: Ann Lenczewski, Barb Goodwin, CapX2020, chris eaton, Daivd Bly, gay marriage, Grace Evans, Gus Booth, Jim Abeler, Jim Schowalter, Joe Atkins, Kevin Dahle, Laurie Halverson, Lynne Osterman, Mark Dayton, Melissa Hortman, Ryan Winkler, Tony Lourey
As the first committee deadlines of 2013 loom, Minnesota legislators have spent the week holding hearings on high-profile legislation ranging from the legalization of same-sex marriage to state funding for a Mayo Clinic-driven “destination medical center” development push in Rochester.
Election officials finished re-tallying votes in the House District 8B race on Thursday, finding one additional vote for Rep. Mary Franson in the process and widening her lead over Democratic candidate Bob Cunniff to 12 votes. Cunniff conceded the race to Franson late Thursday afternoon. The State Canvasing Board will meet on Dec. 4 to certify the results.
The State Canvassing Board on Tuesday met and unanimously approved the Nov. 6 election results, with the exception of the House District 8B race and the Senate District 20 race. The margin between candidates in both races was less than one half of 1 percent, the margin needed to trigger an automatic recount. Both recounts are expected to be completed by Friday.
by Charley Shaw, Briana Bierschbach and Mike Mullen
Published: November 16, 2012
Tags: Bev Scalze, Jim Carlson, John Hoffman, Kent Eken, Kevin Dahle, matt schmit, Meet the Freshmen, Melisa Franzen, Melissa Halvorson Wiklund, Susan Kent, Vicki Jensen
Of the 38 seats won by DFLers in reclaiming control of the Minnesota Senate on Nov. 6, no fewer than 14 will be filled by members who were not part of the caucus in 2011-12. But in several cases, the newcomers will hardly be strangers.
At least two close races for the Minnesota Legislature -- Senate District 20 and House District 8B -- appear to fall within the half percent margin required to trigger an automatic recount.
A national organization that focuses on electing Democrats to state legislatures has put four Minnesota candidates on its list of 60 races to watch.
by Charley Shaw
Published: October 3, 2012
Tags: Alliance for a Better Minnesota, Andy Welti, Benjamin Kruse, Breanna Bly, campaign finance, Chamber of Commerce, Connie Doepke, Dave Bishop, Dave Hancock, Dave Osmek, David Bly, Diane Anderson, Doug Wardlow, Freedom Club, Jack Krage, Jeremy Miller, Jim Carlson, John Hoffman, Kathy Saltzman, Kevin Dahle, Kirk Stensrud, Maria Ruud, Michael Dudley, Mike Benson, NFIB, Pam Wolf, Pat Stallman, Pro Jobs Majority, Roger Erickson, Sandy Masin, Susan Kent, Ted Daley, Ted Lillie, Tina Liebling, Yvonne Selcer
The campaign finance reports released last week show that political action committees large and small have been funneling lots of money into legislative races.
by Paul Demko
Published: March 5, 2012
Tags: 2012 legislative races, Al DeKruif, Andrew Falk, Bev Scalze, Bill Hilty, Bob Barrett, Bob Dettmer, Bruce Ahlgren, Carol McFarlane, Carolyn McElfatrick, Connie Doepke, Doug Magnus, Frank Hornstein, Gary Dahms, Glenn Gruenhagen, Jason Isaacson, Jesse Berglung, Joe Arwood, Joe Gimse, John Carlson, John Marty, John Persell, Julie Rosen, Kevin Dahle, Larry Howes, Lyle Koenen, Marion Greene, Mary Jo McGuire, Mary Liz Holberg, Matt Dean, Michael Dudley, Michael Jungbauer, Michelle Benson, Mike Sundin, Paul Gardner, Paul Torkelson, Pete Radosevich, Peter Strohmeier, Ray Vandeveer, Roger Crawford, Ron Shimanski, Ted Lillie, Ted Suss, Terry McCall, Tom Anzelc, Tom Saxhaug, Tony Cornish
House and Senate races across the state are rapidly shaking out following the release of new legislative maps.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: February 29, 2012
Tags: 2012 legislative races, Al DeKruif, Carrie Ruud, Dan Skogen, David Bly, Glenn Gruenhagen, Julie Rosen, Kevin Dahle, Mick McGuire, Pat Mazorol, Paul Gardner, Paul Gazelka, Rick Olseen
A slew of former DFL and GOP legislators announced campaigns for House and Senate districts this week, including Carrie Ruud, a former Republican senator from Breezy Point, former DFL Rep. David Bly of Northfield, former DFL Sen. Kevin Dahle and former DFL Rep. Paul Rosenthal.