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.
Otto shook up both her role as state auditor and her campaign for re-election last month when she cast the lone “no” vote as the state’s Executive Council took up 31 exploratory nonferrous mining leases in northeastern Minnesota. The leases went ahead anyway, but in voting against them, Otto became the first statewide elected official to express concern about the state’s move toward the new process of nonferrous mining
by Mike Mullen
Published: November 18, 2013
Tags: Andrea Kieffer, Bob Barrett, Chris Coleman, Cristine Almeida, Jim Nobles, John Kavanagh, Kelly Fenton, Kent Kaiser, Kurt Daudt, Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Mark Dayton, Michael Brodkorb, Randy Gilbert, Rebecca Otto
The teachers union counts 70,000 educators among its members.
The Office of the State Auditor has released its analysis of the finances of more than 550 special governmental districts that range from the Metropolitan Council to local watershed districts. As has been the case in the past, the report that covers 2011 shows that the special districts overall spend more than they take in. But the Auditor Rebecca Auditor cautioned that the overall numbers can’t easily be rendered as a blanket statement on the finances of all of the state’s special districts.
Former Long Lake Mayor Randy Gilbert is the only announced Republican challenger
Minnesota local governments in 2012 spent $7.8 million on lobbying services, according to a report from the Minnesota State Auditor. Local government entities that were involved in the Minnesota Vikings stadium legislation were among the big spenders.
Local governments spent $8.3 million lobbying at the Capitol in 2011, according to a new annual report issued by the State Auditor's office. That's $54,000 more than during the previous year, an increase of less than 1 percent.
by Jake Grovum
Published: October 14, 2011
Tags: Bill Ingebrigtsen, Denny McNamara, Frank Ongaro, Iron Range, Mark Dayton, mineral rights leases, mining, PolyMet, Rebecca Otto, Rich Sve, Tom Anzelc
On its face, the vote taken recently by the state’s top constitutional officers to delay the granting of mineral rights leases on the Iron Range for six months was democracy in action: government bending to a public outcry and pledging to explore the issues raised.
Despite the sizable amounts spent last year, nearly every measure of local government lobbying showed a decrease from 2009 to 2010.
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