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Meet the Freshmen: House DFL (part 4)

JoAnn Ward decided to run when Rep. Nora Slawik, DFL-Maplewood, decided to retire. Redistricting pushed the new House District 53A farther to the east and across I-494 into Washington County. Even though partisan voter indices still pegged the new district as DFL-leaning, the race caught the attention of Republicans.

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Meet the Freshmen: House GOP (part 2)

The election of Steve Green marks one of the few bright spots for the Republican Party of Minnesota from the 2012 legislative elections. Facing a fundraising disparity and an uphill battle in terms of name recognition, Green managed to defeat former DFL Rep. Brita Sailer for the open seat in House District 2B.

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Meet the freshmen: House GOP (part 1)

Getting to the Capitol is likely one of the easier things Nicholas Zerwas has done in his life. The former Elk River City Council member encountered a stumbling block on his way to winning the Republican endorsement, heading to not one but two endorsing contests, but he easily sailed to victory in his general election bid.

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Capitol 10: What will the DFL propose?

For the first time since 1990, the DFL has control of the Minnesota House and Senate as well as the governor’s office. Given the circumstances, what issues are most likely to be proposed that otherwise may not have been?

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