by Charley Shaw
Published: November 4, 2011
Tags: Allied Charities of Minnesota, Amy Koch, Arden Hills, Block E, Bob Gunther, Bob Lux, Dave Senjem, Dean Urdahl, Dick Cohen, e-pulltabs, Indian gaming, John Kriesel, Julie Rosen, King Wilson, Kurt Zellers, Larry Jacobs, Legacy amendment, Mark Dayton, Morrie Lanning, R.T. Rybak, racino, Tom Bakk, Vikings Stadium
Gov. Mark Dayton’s crusade to get a Minnesota Vikings stadium bill passed before Thanksgiving has been turned on its head by a series of objections from legislators about the financing of the project and the timeline for a special session.
The issues sound as arcane as the redistricting process itself: Should the metro area include seven counties, as it does now, or 11? When is it OK to split counties, cities or townships into separate districts?
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: September 30, 2011
Tags: Al Franken, Alan Weinblatt, Common Cause, David Bly, David Lillehaug, David Wheeler, DFL, Jaime Tincher, Kent Kaiser, Kenya McKnight, Larry Jacobs, Lorie Gildea, Marc Elias, Mark Dayton, Mary Kiffmeyer, Matt Lewis, Mike Dean, Norm Coleman, Peter Wattson, redistricting, Steve Sviggum, Tim Penny, Tom DesLauriers, Tom Emmer, Vic Thorstenson
Democrats in Minnesota have been slow to rise to the redistricting fight this time around.
During session, DFL caucuses in the Minnesota House and Senate passed on the chance to produce maps to counter a GOP majority proposal that pitted 26 incumbents against one another, the vast majority of them DFLers.
by Paul Demko
Published: August 31, 2011
Tags: Aaron Brown, Ben Golnik, CD8, Chip Cravaack, Don Ness, Harry Melander, Jeff Anderson, Jim Oberstar, Larry Jacobs, Rick Nolan, Tarryl Clark, Tom Bakk, Tony Sertich
In 2010, Chip Cravaack pulled off one of the most stunning political upsets in the country by defeating U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar. The 18-term DFL incumbent chaired the powerful Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and had never won re-election by less than 29 percentage points.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: July 13, 2011
Tags: Alice Hausman, Alida Messinger, Arne Carlson, Brenda Cassellius, Gene Pelowski, Jim Monroe, John Hottinger, Kathleen Gearin, Larry Jacobs, Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Mark Dayton, Mindy Greiling, Steve Dille, Ted Grindal, Tim Pawlenty
The scene was a new one for the governor, at least since the state entered a historic government shutdown two weeks ago. While Dayton made an additional offer to the GOP majorities and appeared at two St. Paul news conferences in the week after the July 1 shutdown, few have seen the state’s chief executive outside of the confines of the now-locked down state Capitol.
Gov. Mark Dayton has suggested a novel approach to ending the protracted impasse over the state’s $5 billion budget deficit and averting a government shutdown. Under the Dayton administration’s shutdown blueprint, filed in Ramsey County District Court earlier this month, an outside mediator would be appointed to help drive the parties toward a resolution. The two possible budget referees suggested by the DFL governor: former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz and former Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice James Gilbert.
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has spent nearly two years seeking to jumpstart a 2012 presidential bid, doesn't seem to be gaining much traction. According to a piece by Atlantic political reporter Joshua Green, part of Pawlenty's problem is a lack of pizazz.
Political action committees funded by the state's pre-eminent businessmen were an important part of last year's election that saw Republicans flip both houses of the Legislature and come within a hairbreadth of holding onto the governor's office.
by Charley Shaw
Published: January 19, 2011
Tags: Geoff Michel, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Jaime Tincher, Larry Jacobs, Larry Pogemiller, Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Mark Dayton, Michael Brodkorb, Mike Parry, Peter Wattson, Roger Moe, Sarah Anderson, Tim Penny, Tom Gillaspy
With Minnesota's Census numbers expected to arrive as early as the middle of next month, state lawmakers are already laying plans to redraw Minnesota legislative districts and the state's eight congressional districts. But the partisan divide between Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican majorities in the Legislature portend a round of redistricting that is likely to fall apart - just as it has done in the face of divided governments over the past four decades.
Two elections, two statewide recounts at taxpayer expense that threaten to stretch out for month after tedious month: Something must be wrong with the system.
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