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.
by Mike Mullen
Published: November 5, 2013
Tags: Dennis Nguyen, Erick Kaardal, Ernie Leidiger, Jim Newberger, John Pederson, Kent Kaiser, Kurt Zellers, Mark Dayton, Mark Ritchie, Mary Franson, Phil Krinkie, Rhonda Sivarajah, Steve Drazkowski, Tom Emmer
If the lawsuit is successful, the registry system launched in launched in late September would be halted until legislative action is taken.
The GOP advocacy groups leading the effort, Minnesota Majority and the Minnesota Voters Alliance, filed a lawsuit in Ramsey County Court on Monday, alleging Ritchie used unilateral power to install a new online voter registration tool after session ended and without bringing it through the proper legislative channels. They are asking the court to suspend the the tool, which was launched at the end of September, until it can be voted on by lawmakers.
The controversial law, passed earlier this year, would allow local union AFSCME to organize an election to try and unionize the state's 12,000-some home daycare providers. While AFSCME is continuing to organize for that election, the vote cannot happen until the injunction is lifted. That could come with a ruling from either the 8th Circuit Court on the Minnesota case or the U.S. Supreme Court on the Illinois case -- whichever comes first.
The high court confirmed it will take up Harris v. Quinn, an Illinois case similar to one brought in Minnesota by opponents of an effort to unionize child-care workers. In September, the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals temporarily blocked a Minnesota law authorizing the unionization vote pending a Supreme Court ruling on the Illinois case. The case was previously pending before the court.
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals granted an injunction on Thursday halting implementation of a state law authorizing roughly 12,000 childcare providers that receive state subsidies to seek union representation.
Rep. Karen Clark has authored a House bill to legalize gay marriage — a bill that DFL caucus leaders now believe has votes enough to pass. In her three decades in office, Clark has driven many changes in the state, and not just in the realm of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: April 5, 2013
Tags: Andrea Kieffer, civil unions, Denny McNamara, Greg Davids, Jake Loesch, Jim Abeler, John Lesch, Karen Clark, Kim Norton, Mary Franson, Pat Garofalo, Steve Simon, Tim Kelly
Republican Rep. Tim Kelly is one of the last GOP legislators you’d expect to find on the bad side of gay marriage advocates. The three-term member from Red Wing is well-known for bucking his own caucus in 2011 as Republicans worked to pass a controversial constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
Election officials finished re-tallying votes in the House District 8B race on Thursday, finding one additional vote for Rep. Mary Franson in the process and widening her lead over Democratic candidate Bob Cunniff to 12 votes. Cunniff conceded the race to Franson late Thursday afternoon. The State Canvasing Board will meet on Dec. 4 to certify the results.
The State Canvassing Board on Tuesday met and unanimously approved the Nov. 6 election results, with the exception of the House District 8B race and the Senate District 20 race. The margin between candidates in both races was less than one half of 1 percent, the margin needed to trigger an automatic recount. Both recounts are expected to be completed by Friday.
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