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Chris Gerlach

Jun 12, 2013

Legal bills from Brodkorb lawsuit top $200,000

The Senate's legal bills stemming from Michael Brodkorb's wrongful termination lawsuit have now reached $226,000. The latest billings from the Larkin Hoffman firm add $27,701 to the tab for work done between February 13 and April 30.

Oct 31, 2012

GOP-aligned business PACs outspend Democratic counterpart

GOP-aligned independent groups have rushed to fill the campaign spending gap that Republicans face in their battle for continued control of the Minnesota Legislature.

Sep 28, 2012

Hall bids to join brother in Senate GOP ranks

The Apple Valley-area seat is open due to Chris Gerlach’s retirement.

Jul 3, 2012

Departing legislators jump into county races

An unusually large number of legislators and prominent Minnesota politicos are opting to run in county commissioner races across the state.

Apr 6, 2012

Senate racino push at apparent dead end

The perennial bill to install slots in the state’s two racetracks was yanked from its first hearing in the Senate Education Committee amid fear that the committee’s conservative members would kill it early in the session.

Apr 6, 2012

Some key endorsing conventions still lie ahead

In recent weeks, local party activists around Minnesota have commandeered many a school auditorium to endorse candidates for state House and Senate races.

Mar 26, 2012

Updated: GOPers eye retiring Sen. Gerlach’s seat

The intra-party battle for the Republican nomination in the district is shaping up to pit three Republicans against one another.

Mar 14, 2012

GOP’s internal battles over right-to-work continue

If Sen. Dave Thompson has his way, the road to the 2012 election will feature many scenes like the one that unfolded early Monday morning at the Capitol.

Mar 12, 2012

Republican Sen. Chris Gerlach to retire

Gerlach announced his retirement via news release late Monday, citing his family and small business, direct mail house Capitol Direct, as his reasons for leaving the Capitol. Gerlach's announcement comes ahead of his Senate district's endorsing convention this weekend.

Mar 12, 2012

Right-to-work constitutional amendment passes through Senate committee

The constitutional amendment passed in the GOP-controlled committee after more than three hours of debate on a 7-6 vote. GOP Assistant Majority leader Bill Ingebrigtsen voted against the bill alongside all DFLers on the committee.

Mar 9, 2012

Legislators weighing only minor changes to the state’s liquor laws in 2012

The so-called Surly bill was among the most high-profile accomplishments of the 2011 legislative session. That legislation allowed breweries to operate bars on their premises.

Mar 9, 2012

Mailers pressing GOP senators on right-to-work came from GOP Sen. Chris Gerlach’s mail shop

The recent flurry of Freedom Club-sponsored pro-right-to-work direct mail pieces sent to the districts of GOP state senators seen as potential opponents of the controversial ballot initiative were sent from a mail house owned by one of their Senate Republican caucus colleagues, Sen. Chris Gerlach.

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