The House race in St. Cloud’s District 14A didn’t garner much attention in last year’s campaign. As far as media and activists were concerned, all the action was in neighboring 14B, where a DFL challenger, Zach Dorholt, eventually knocked off first-term GOP Rep. King Banaian.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: November 9, 2012
Tags: Bill Glahn, Charlie Weaver, Cindy Pugh, Cristine Almeida, Eliot Seide, Geoff Michel, Gregg Peppin, Jay McNamar, Keith Downey, King Banaian, Kurt Zellers, Matt Dean, Melisa Franzen, Mike Dudley, Mike Kennedy, Paul Thissen, Roger Erickson, Ron Erhardt, Roz Peterson, Ted Lillie, Tim Faust, Tom Bakk, Vicki Jensen, Zach Dorholt
Rumblings about the marriage amendment’s unpopularity in the western suburbs came early in the campaign season. Orange and blue “vote no” signs vastly outnumbered “vote yes” ones, particularly in places like Edina, and Republican candidates running for the Legislature avoided the issue at the doors and in debates at all cost.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: October 19, 2012
Tags: AFL-CIO, ALEC, Alice Johnson, Alida Messinger, Amy Koch, Carol Lewis, David Gaither, David Hann, Dennis Schminke, Doug Wardlow, Erik Paulsen, Freedom Club, Gregg Peppin, Jerry Newton, Jim Carlson, Jim Knoblach, John Carlson, Keith Downey, King Banaian, Kirk Stensrud, Laurie Halverson, Laurie McKendry, Mandy Benz, Melisa Franzen, Michael Brodkorb, Mike Kennedy, Rich Murray, Shannon Savick, Tarryl Clark, Ted Daley, Terri Bonoff, Tim Sanders, Yvonne Selcer, Zach Dorholt, Zach Rodvold
For better or worse, Michael Brodkorb was back on the campaign trail last week. This time, however, the former GOP attack dog, deputy Republican Party chair and Senate communications guru who helped mastermind the 2010 GOP takeover of the chamber has materialized in a glossy pink and blue mailer that’s being used to attack Republicans.
by Paul Demko
Published: September 19, 2012
Tags: Alliance for a Better Minnesota, Carol Lewis, David Bly, Jim Knoblach, King Banaian, Minnesota Business Partnership, Sharon Erickson Ropes, Zach Dorholt
Two years ago, the contest for an open St. Cloud-area House seat was the closest in the state. On Election Day the results showed that Republican King Banaian eked out a 10-vote victory over DFLer Carol Lewis. Following an automatic recount, that margin stretched to 13 votes out of nearly 11,000 cast.
by Paul Demko
Published: August 3, 2012
Tags: Al Doty, Andrea Kieffer, Ann Marie Metzger, Barbara Yarusso, Bev Scalze, Bill Glahn, Bob Barrett, Bruce Patterson, Carolyn McElfatrick, dan fabian, Diane Anderson, Doug Wardlow, Geoff Michel, Jason Isaacson, Jim Carlson, Jim Kelly, Joann Ward, John Carlson, John Persell, Keith Downey, Keith Langseth, Ken Rubenzer, Kent Eken, King Banaian, Larry Howes, Larry Rice, Laurie Halverson, Lyle Koenen, Pam Cunningham, Paul Gazelka, Paul Rosenthal, Rick Olseen, Ron Erhardt, Russell Bertsch, Sandra Masin, Steve Simon, Susan Kent, Ted Daley, Ted Lillie, Theresa Jacobson, Tom Anzelc, Tom Saxhaug, Zachary Dorholt
The Senate District 49 race has resulted in the largest haul so far with more than $100,000 in political contributions. Campaign finance reports have revealed this and a lot more, including some notable financial mismatches as well as challengers bringing in more than incumbents.
On the anniversary of the start of last year's 20-day government shutdown and at the start of a critical legislative campaign season, D FL House Minority Leader Paul Thissen took the podium to blame the Republican majorities for the historic shuttering of state government and ask Minnesotans to avoid a “shutdown sequel" by electing DFL majorities.
by Charley Shaw
Published: June 29, 2012
Tags: Alliance for a Better Minnesota, Andrew Reinhardt, Barb Yarusso, Ben Wiener, Bernie Lieder, Bill Hilty, Bruce Vogel, Craig Brenden, Dan Kaiser, Dan Schoen, Deb Kiel, Derrick Lehrke, Diane Anderson, Doug Wardlow, Ian Marsh, Jassica Rohloff, Jerry Newton, Joann Ward, Kate Knuth, King Banaian, Kory Kath, Laurie Halvorson, Marc DeMers, Mary Sawatzky, Melissa Hortman, Mitch Pangerl, Nora Slawik, Pam Cunningham, Rich Murray, Robin Brown, Roger Crawford, Russ Bertsch, Sandy Masin, Shannon Savick, Tim Faust, Tony Petrangelo, Zach Dorholt, Zach Rodvold
The last two election cycles have witnessed wave elections for both parties that tilted the Minnesota House of Representatives in polar opposite directions.
by Paul Demko and Briana Bierschbach
Published: May 9, 2012
Tags: Andrew Falk, Bill Ingebrigtsen, Carla Nelson, Chuck Wiger, Dave Senjem, Doug Wardlow, Jeremy Miller, Joe Hoppe, John Marty, Julianne Ortman, Julie Rosen, Keith Downey, King Banaian, Kurt Zellers, Lester Bagley, Linda Runbeck, Morrie Lanning, Rod Skoe, Roger Reinert, Sean Nienow, Steve Simon, Ted Mondale, Terry Morrow, Tom Huntley, Vikings Stadium
After a pair of marathon floor debates, the House and Senate passed legislation this week authorizing construction of a $975 million stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: February 24, 2012
Tags: Betty McCollum, Carolyn McElfatrick, Gregg Peppin, John Carlson, Kelby Woodard, King Banaian, Mark Dayton, Michele Bachmann, Mike Kennedy, redistricting, Tom Anzelc, Tom Emmer, Tom Saxhaug
In the first hours and days after the state’s new redistricting maps landed at the Capitol Tuesday, the collective sense of relief among Minnesota Democrats was unmistakable.
For much of the past decade, state lawmakers have reacted with alarm as volatile financial markets opened up multibillion-dollar shortfalls in the long-term outlook for the state’s pension system.