by Paul Demko
Published: November 9, 2012
Tags: Amy Klobuchar, Andrea Kieffer, Anna Wills, Bev Scalze, Carrie Ruud, Chip Cravaack, Dave Hancock, Jack Krage, Joe Radinovich, John Pederson, John Persell, John Ward, Larry Howes, LeRoy Stumpf, Mark DeMers, Mary Franson, matt schmit, Mike Misterek, Mitt Romney, Pam Cunningham, Rich Murray, Rick Nolan, Russ Bertsch, Stacey Stout, Tara Mack, Ted Lillie
Democrats had an outstanding night on Tuesday. They won back control of the Minnesota House and Senate, picked up a congressional seat, and defeated two contentious amendments that most political observers expected to prevail.
by Paul Demko and Briana Bierschbach
Published: October 31, 2012
Tags: Ben Lien, Bruce Vogel, David Hann, DFL, Freedom Club, HRCC, Jay McNamar, Joe Radinovich, John Howe, John Persell, Kathy Lohmer, Keith Downey, Ken Martin, Larry Howes, Laurie McKendry, Mary Franson, Mary Liz Holberg, Mary Sawatzky, matt schmit, Melisa Franzen, Minnesota's Future, Pat Shortridge, Roz Peterson, RPM, Shannon Savick, Tim Faust, Tom DeGree
When it comes to spending by Minnesota’s political parties, the state DFL has emerged as the No. 1 player in the 2012 battle for control of Legislature.
On Thursday morning state Reps. Carolyn McElfatrick and Tom Anzelc appeared on the “Making Sausage” radio program on KAXE (FM 91.7) in Grand Rapids. They fielded questions about the budget, taxes and the proposed constitutional amendments.
by Charley Shaw
Published: September 12, 2012
Tags: bonding, Chip Cravaack, Collin Peterson, Doug Fuller, Jim Oberstar, John Persell, Larry Howes, Lee Byberg, Leech Lake Band, Mark Dayton, Mille Lacs Band, Prairie Island, Richard Lehman, Steven Nelson
For the last 10 years, state Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker, has lived at the northern end of his north central Minnesota district. When the redistricting maps were announced last winter, the powerful chairman of the House Capital Investment Committee found himself on the southern fringe of a new district.
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.
The North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters is backing 58 DFLers and 23 Republicans in House and Senate races across the state. The union's first round of endorsements includes 14 challengers -- all DFLers.
The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49 announced that it's backing 16 GOP incumbents and 10 DFL incumbents in its first round of endorsements. The list is noteworthy because of its bipartisan mix, which is rare for most labor unions.
There are just four districts across the state where incumbent legislators from opposing parties are squaring off in the general election. But three of those contests are in a single central Minnesota Senate district that stretches from Iron Range mining towns in the north to the Pillsbury State Forest in the south.
by Paul Demko
Published: June 22, 2012
Tags: Alliance for a Better Minnesota, Chris Shields, Dan Hall, Dave Snejem, David Hancock, Doug Wardlow, Education Minnesota, Freedom Club, John McCarthy, John Persell, Keith Downey, Larry Howes, Michelle Benson, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Minnesota Business Partnership, Minnesota's Future, MN Chamber of Commerce, MN Forward, Ted Lillie, Win MN
On Tuesday hundreds of labor unions, business groups, lobbying shops and other independent political organizations submitted reports detailing how much money they’ve raised so far this year, what they’ve already spent and how much they have in the bank.
by Jake Grovum
Published: June 8, 2012
Tags: Bruce Nustad, Chris Coleman, Dave Senjem, DEED, Larry Howes, Mark Phillips, Matt Kramer, Southwest Corridor, St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, St. Paul Saints
Last week the Department of Employment and Economic Development sent out a call for grant applications to spend almost $50 million. At stake was the latest pot of economic development dollars DEED will disburse this year, just another funding stream to be doled out to projects around the state.
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