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Branden Petersen

Nov 11, 2015

GOP delegates set to pick candidate for Petersen’s seat

Seeking the endorsement are former Rep. Jim Abeler, Andy Aplikowski, Brad Sunderland and Don Huizenga.

Oct 16, 2015

State sets February special election for departing senator

Republican Sen. Branden Petersen announced last month he would step down this fall.

Oct 16, 2015

Privacy, policing advocates set to square off

Body cams will top the marquee next session among issues having both data privacy and public safety implications.

Oct 7, 2015

Conservatives line up for SD 35 seat

Five candidates are bidding for the Senate District 35 seat that will be left vacant by the sudden resignation of Sen. Branden Petersen, R-Andover.

Oct 7, 2015

Hann looks ahead to 2016 session, elections

Minority Leader Hann sees a path to swinging the Senate back to GOP control.

Sep 25, 2015

GOP’s Petersen accelerates Senate exit

Republican delegates in Minnesota’s right-leaning Senate District 35 gather Saturday to endorse a candidate in the race to replace Sen. Branden Petersen. Petersen first announced he wouldn’t run for re-election in 2016, then moved his departure up, leaving the Legislature Oct. 31. Seeking the endorsement are former Rep. Jim Abeler, Andy Aplikowski, Brad Sunderland and ...

Aug 6, 2015

Abeler takes another look at Senate District 35 seat

Jim Abeler has decided he might miss legislative service more than he’d thought.

Jul 8, 2015

Branden Petersen’s short but eventful tenure

Petersen leaves the Senate after one term to focus on his family and career.

Jul 8, 2014

The Capitol Note: Frantic House race spawns legal challenges, more allegations of violence

The legal challenges and allegations in the race between Rep. Phyllis Kahn and her primary challenger, Mohamud Noor, have reached new heights in the feverish race for Minneapolis' House District 60B.

May 16, 2014

Compromise medical marijuana bill heads to governor

There were some particularly barbed exchanges in the Senate, which passed the bill in a vote of 46 to 16.

May 16, 2014

Medical marijuana: A deal, but will it work?

The measure, which was the product of extensive negotiations and concessions aimed at allaying the shared concerns of the law enforcement lobby and Gov. Mark Dayton, is the most restrictive in the country.

May 14, 2014

Marijuana conferees get started

Aside from their sudden velocity and a good amount of attention from leadership, advocates and the press, the two proposals shared little in common at the start of the session’s last week.

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