At the close of a news conference in July called by Republican legislative leaders to discuss the $11 billion health and human services bill, former DFL House Speaker Bob Vanasek offered some pointed criticism to Republicans David Hann and Jim Abeler from the back of the room.Read More »
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During the early part of her two-plus decades in the state Legislature, retired Republican Sen. Pat Pariseau remembers being just one of a handful of Minnesota legislators who could call themselves members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).Read More »
Now that the state shutdown appears to be over, it seemed a good time to wonder what goes on in those conference rooms for hours on end. Are there treats? Is the coffee any good? Do the two sides break ...Read More »
For six months, state legislators and the governor have been trying to come up with a solution to the state’s $5 billion budget shortfall. Both sides claim they have compromised from their starting points, yet they appear to be no closer to a balanced budget solution than when they started in January. Seldom have we seen a legislative deadlock with little or no movement from either side over such an extended period of time. The roadblocks to a budget agreement are many, but in order to get a deal done, the first step is to navigate around some of the major obstacles.Read More »
In 11 nonconsecutive terms as a DFL legislator going back to 1977, Sen. Linda Scheid has made a name for herself as a highly knowledgeable and instinctually bipartisan legislator with an independent streak. Long before legislators were chanting “jobs, jobs, jobs” in unison, Scheid cast moderate, pro-business votes that sometimes raised eyebrows among fellow DFLers.Read More »
Tempers flared and debates grew heated around the Capitol over the past week as Republicans in the House put their controversial legislative redistricting map on the table. The map carves up a new political landscape that pits 26 incumbents against one another - 20 in the House and six in the Senate - and all but one of the matchups put a DFLer, or two, in peril.
Tagged with: Al Quie Alice Hausman Arne Carlson Bob Gunther Gary Kubly Geoff Michel Gregg Peppin Jesse Ventura John Lesch John Persell Ken Kelash Larry Howes Larry Pogemiller Mark Dayton Mary Jo McGuire Paul Torkelson Peter Wattson Roger Moe Sarah Anderson Scott Dibble Tom GillaspyRead More »
Although the issue of medical marijuana seems dead for the duration of Session 2011, one related issue is making its way through the legislative machinery. Industrial hemp is gaining momentum at the Capitol, even though a proposal on the subject appears destined for trouble in public safety committees.Read More »
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.
Tagged with: 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 GillaspyRead More »
The public introduction of Senate File 1 by Republicans was mostly about symbolism, and GOP Sen. Geoff Michel did not seem to hide it.Read More »
In 1972, the state Senate's Liberal Caucus won the majority in the general election. When they took office, both chambers switched to a partisan affiliation footing, and and Senate DFLers started a run in the driver's seat that would last nearly 40 years. As Republicans prepare to end their 38-year drought by taking control of the Senate next week, Capitol Report sifted through the archives to glean some of the defining moments in the upper chamber during the decades of DFL rule.
Tagged with: Arne Carlson Bob Vanasek Dean Johnson Gov. Tim Pawlenty John Hottinger Kevin Dahle Larry Pogemiller Linda Berglin Nick Coleman Roger Moe Ronald Reagan Rudy Perpich Tom Bakk Walter MondaleRead More »