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Dennis Frederickson

Feb 9, 2011

DNR reshuffles its upper echelons

Former senators Dennis Frederickson and Bob Lessard are among new DNR commissioner Tom Landwehr's lieutenants.

Nov 23, 2010

Meet the freshmen: Senate GOP, part II

As the Minnesota Legislature prepares for a transition that will see 60 freshmen join the rolls of the state Senate and House, PIM continues with our series of post-election portraits of the 2011 class. In this latest edition, we look at seven more members of the incoming Senate Republican majority.

Nov 19, 2010

New conservative GOP chairs to run Capitol sausage factory

Last Wednesday, just a day after new Republican legislative majorities unveiled their downsized committee structure, it rained gavels at the Capitol. Incoming caucus leaders Amy Koch and Kurt Zellers handed down a total of 40 chair appointments as a substantial contingent of the anointed stood beaming at their side.

Oct 8, 2010

Senate Minority Leader Senjem likely to face competition for leadership

While most Minnesota politicos are devoting their attention to the race for the governorship this year, a smaller power battle is brewing in the state Senate. Many who frequent the Capitol halls in St. Paul predict there will be a spirited race for head of the Senate GOP caucus after the general election, a spot that is looking more desirable to Republicans given boasts within the party that the G[...]

Sep 8, 2010

Vickerman’s seat primed for a flip?

State Sen. Jim Vickerman calls himself the most conservative Democrat in Minnesota, and he has a voting record to bolster that claim. The seven-term lawmaker has represented Senate District 22 with a light hand since 1986. The rural area has, with the exception of Vickerman, consistently voted Republican over the last decade.

Jun 30, 2010

MAPE releases legislative scorecard, endorsements

The Minnesota Association of Professional Employees has released its legislative rankings for the 2010 session. The public employees union scrutinized 16 House votes and 15 Senate votes in assessing the performance of legislators. Among the issues considered: support for the bonding bill and a plan to salvage the state's General Assistance Medical Care program for poor individuals.

May 21, 2010

Midway through candidate filing period, many legislative races lack challengers

If the phrase “sure thing” can be applied anywhere in politics, it might be appropriate in a small part of St. Paul, including Falcon Heights and a swath of territory north of Interstate 94.

May 21, 2010

Southwestern Minnesota: a DFL-free zone?

Voters in a large chunk of southern Minnesota farm country may not see DFL candidates on the ballot in a number of state House and Senate races this November.

May 5, 2010

Kohls, Brod join ranks of the departing

The door marked “exit” at the Minnesota state Capitol will get a workout at the end of the 2010 session, with 17 legislators (so far) announcing that they’re not seeking re-election in the fall.

Mar 31, 2010

Republicans chase swing district gains

Republicans are sensing blood in the water of more than a dozen state House and Senate districts, and they’re circling.

Mar 31, 2010

One-time money a big part of budget fix

State legislators have solved roughly one-third of the $1 billion budget shortfall they currently face in the 2010-2011 biennium.

Mar 30, 2010

Frederickson announces state Senate retirement

Minnesota state Sen. Dennis Frederickson, R-New Ulm, is retiring after the current legislative session.

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