In Senate District 24, which includes the southern Minnesota regional centers of Owatonna and Faribault, one candidate is warning about the harmful effects of state spending cuts while the other is throwing cold water on Gov. Mark Dayton’s desired income tax increase on the wealthiest earners.
Published: August 8, 2012
Tags: Ben Wiener, Bruce Schwichtenberg, Cindy Pugh, Connie Doepke, Dave Osmek, Eric Langness, John Petersburg, Julianne Ortman, Julie Bunn, Karin Housley, Katie Sieben, Ken Lucier, Kevin Goodno, Kory Kath, Larry Johnson, Mike Parry, Mitch Pangerl, Morrie Lanning, Steve Smith, Travis Reimche
Three sitting GOP legislators from the western Twin Cities suburbs face tough primary contests next week.
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
Published: June 20, 2012
Tags: Bill Weber, Bob Hill, Bobby Joe Champion, Branden Petersen, Brian Johnson, Brian Wermerskirchen, Bruce Anderson, Common Cause, Connie Bernardy, Dan Schoen, Dave Meyer, Dave Osmek, David Collins, David FitzSimmons, Eric Pratt, Foung Hawj, Gregg Peppin, ian alexander, Jacob Isaacson, Jason Metsa, Jeff Howe, Jerry Hertaus, Jerry Newton, Jim Newberger, Joann Ward, Kory Kath, Lorrie Janatopoulos, Marion O'Neill, Mark Anderson, Mary Kiffmeyer, Melizza Halvorson Wiklund, Nicholas Zerwas, pat hall, Peter Fischer, Raymond Dehn, redistricting, Reid Johnson, Robert Humphrey, Ron Kresha, Stephen Frank, Steve Greene, Terra Cole, Tom Dimond, Tom Emmer, Tony Albright
n the four months since legislative maps were released, political strategists and journalists have been scrutinizing the new House and Senate districts to determine which ones favor Republicans or Democrats and where the key battlegrounds will be in 2012.
by Charley Shaw
Published: June 6, 2012
Tags: Al Oertwig, Anthony Kuntz, Ben Lien, Ben Wiener, Benjamin Larson, Craig Brenden, Dave Meyer, Eric Langness, Foung Hawj, Gregg Peppin, Harry Melander, Jason Metsa, John Harrington, John Petersburg, Julie Bunn, Karin Housley, Ken Lucier, Kory Kath, Larry Fonnest, Lorrie Janatopoulos, Mike Freiburg, Mitch Pangerl, Morrie Lanning, nathan johnson, Ray Vandeveer, Roger Crawford, Sandra Peterson, Tim Faust, Tom Dimond, Tom Ladwig, Tom Rukavina, Travis Reimche
It’s not uncommon for a legislator or two to announce their retirements after the end of session. But 2012 has seen more last-minute departures than many political pros can ever recall.
Sen. John Harrington’s legislative career will come to a close after just two years. In 2010 the former St. Paul police chief easily won an eight-candidate DFL primary to replace retiring Sen. Mee Moua.
"My decision to not seek re-election is so I can spend more time doing the greatest job I know, being a dad," Kath wrote in an e-mail announcing his decision.
After a veto by Gov. Mark Dayton last week, the House has passed a smaller version of its omnibus tax bill on a mostly party-line vote.
A year after Republican legislators joined forces with DFL Gov. Mark Dayton to enact changes to state education policy, the GOP’s 2012 K-12 agenda is foundering.
Both Kath and Ward are the sole incumbents in their respective new House districts that were announced two weeks ago in the redistricting maps. But there are special factors that might lead them to run for the Senate.