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David Schultz

Jun 2, 2010

New PACs to proliferate?

Brian Rusche believes progressives in Minnesota have become complacent. Comforted by the state’s historical tradition of liberal values, he worries that the political climate is changing in alarming but widely unnoticed ways.

May 28, 2010

And here’s to you, Ms. Robinson – Entenza campaign gets big play from LG pick

If the Greyhound Bus company experiences an upsurge in riders in the next couple of weeks, you can give the credit — or the blame — to Robyne Robinson.

May 28, 2010

Shorter political calendar causes headaches

When legislators decide to retire on the last night of session, the political parties in their home districts usually scramble to field possible successors and endorse a candidate.

Apr 28, 2010

GOP gov hopefuls Seifert and Emmer take neck-and-neck race to convention delegates

If you're going by the attack spin of the GOP gubernatorial endorsement fight, delegates to this weekend's state Republican convention in Minneapolis will choose between a) an introverted state representative who made a last-minute campaign error last week by drawing attention to his opponent's 30-year-old DWI record; and b) a sometimes reckless legislator who casts himself as a political outsider[...]

Apr 6, 2010

John Choi stepping down as St. Paul city attorney

St. Paul City Attorney John Choi is resigning after four years in the post. The move will allow him to focus on running for Ramsey County attorney.

Mar 19, 2010

Lobbying report criticized

There isn’t a lot you can learn by perusing the state’s annual report on lobbying activity in Minnesota, but here’s what we do know: Special-interest groups, organizations and companies spent more than $52.5 million lobbying the Minnesota Legislature last year. That’s almost $10 million less than they spent in 2008 and the smallest amount since 2004, according to a report from the Minnesot[...]

Feb 24, 2010

Are lieutenant governors necessary?

As Minnesota attempts to dig itself out of a $1.2 billion deficit, the 15-term DFL representative from Minneapolis came up with a plan that some say would save the state an estimated $500,000 each biennium. The idea: Abolish the position of lieutenant governor.

Feb 3, 2010

Schultz: Impact of Citizens United might not be as predicted

Speculation surrounds the probable impact of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision enabling corporations to spend money on express advocacy. Will it naturally favor Republicans? Will it mean more money in politics and therefore costlier campaigns? Perhaps, but other scenarios are also possible.

Jan 27, 2010

Kelliher faces difficult dual role as House speaker, candidate

As state lawmakers ready themselves for what promises to be a contentious and trying legislative session at the Capitol next week, Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis, finds herself in an unusually delicate position.

Jan 22, 2010

Big political ambitions will make budget progress even harder

From election law battles to the state budget deficit, there's a host of bogeys waiting for lawmakers in St. Paul when the 2010 legislative session starts on Feb. 4. But the most formidable specter haunting the Capitol halls will be politics itself.

Jan 21, 2010

SCOTUS ruling on ‘Hillary: The Movie’ case could open up corporate spending in Minnesota elections

Minnesota will likely be affected by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling handed down this morning that allows corporate spending in elections.

Dec 28, 2009

Schultz: Dayton took charge of the story, but what will voters think?

Mark Dayton's admissions over the weekend of alcoholism (including news of a relapse a few years ago) and ongoing treatment for mild depression could have been a preemptive strike against rumors that would likely have surfaced in the former U.S. senator's 2010 gubernatorial campaign. Or so thinks David Schultz.

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