by Mike Mullen
Published: December 5, 2013
Tags: April Todd-Malmlov, Collin Peterson, Ernie Leidiger, Jim Newberger, Lori Swanson, Mark Dayton, Mark Ritchie, Mary Franson, Rebecca Otto, Steve Drazkowski, Torrey Westrom
DFL U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson finally has a strong Republican challenger in the 1st Congressional District. Today, state Sen. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, will make his candidacy official, following months of rumors about Westrom's interest in challenging the Democratic incumbent. Westrom is in his first term in the Senate, and won election to the upper chamber in 2012 following seven terms in the House.
The union endorsed the three Democratic constitutional officers on Wednesday, almost one year ahead of election day. Currently six Republicans are vying to take on Dayton in his bid for a second term, and Otto has a Republican challenger in businessman Randy Gilbert. There are no announced candidates yet to challenge Swanson in 2014.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: November 13, 2013
Tags: civil commitment, Kurt Zellers, Lori Swanson, Lucinda Jesson, Mark Dayton, Minnesota Sex Offender Program, Nick Zerwas, Paul Thissen, Sex Offender Civil Commitment Advisory Task Force, Tara Mack
Dayton has asked Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson to suspend any provisional releases from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program until a special task force and legislators can address concerns about the constitutionality of potentially locking up offenders for life.
by Mike Mullen
Published: November 8, 2013
Tags: Erik Paulsen, Gail Dorfman, Gina Countryman, James Lawrence, Kurt Zellers, Lori Swanson, Mark Dayton, Mary Liz Holberg, Michele Bachman, Minnesota Action Network, Office of the Legislative Auditor, TakeAction Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty
Paulsen has recently endured pressure over his moderate stance on the shutdown, though that pressure came from right-leaning Republicans.
The letter is not the first time Zellers has taken a stand against the release of a specific offender.
by Mike Mullen
Published: November 4, 2013
Tags: Al Franken, Ann Rest, Barack Obama, Brenton Hayden, Julianne Ortman, Julie Rosen, Karin Housley, Kurt Bills, Lori Swanson, Lyndon Carlson, Mark Dayton, Mike McFadden, Ron Jerich, Tom Emmer, Tom Rosen, Vin Weber
Swanson’s opposition creates another political obstacle to the administration’s efforts to modify the terms of confinement for about 700 men.
State Sen. Julianne Ortman is no stranger to tough electoral fights with other Republicans. She began her political career in 2000, when she was elected Carver County Commissioner, facing a five-way primary initially to get on the ballot. After the 2002 redistricting maps dropped, Ortman saw an opportunity for a newly open Senate seat, ultimately winning a GOP primary by a scant 2 points.
On Tuesday, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and former Attorney General Mike Hatch will host a fundraiser for Gov. Mark Dayton's re-election campaign at the Minneapolis Club. The cost of entry: $1,000 per person.
Last session’s near-unanimous support for funding a major portion of the Capitol restoration project likely will turn into bipartisan grumbling this fall, as the project moves inside the 108-year-old building.
DFL House Speaker Paul Thissen this week created a temporary committee on controlled substances and synthetic drugs that will hold hearings over the interim on drug abuse issues. Rep. Erik Simonson, DFL-Duluth, will chair the committee, which has to present a report to the speaker by the time session starts in February next year.
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