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Denny McNamara

Aug 12, 2015

Colleagues remember David Dill as House’s ‘quiet giant”

The entrepreneur and avid sportsman managed to ingratiate himself with a variety of political figures from different regions, ideologies and backgrounds.

Jul 15, 2015

Lobbyist’s suit says McNamara defamed her

Lobbyist Maryann Campo said she felt she had no choice but to defend her professional reputation.

Jun 17, 2015

Who won Legislature’s extra innings?

Discipline appears to have paid off for GOP caucus.

Jun 10, 2015

Kahn files ethics complaint against McNamara

At issue is a he-said, she-said web of accusations that both legislators have apparently perceived as threats of calculated political payback.

Jun 10, 2014

The Capitol Note: Federal HHS to audit MNsure

Another audit of MNsure has been teed up. This time, it's from the feds.

Oct 9, 2013

MPCA plan targets nitrogen runoff from farms

Minnesota used to be a wheat state. But the state agricultural scene has drifted dramatically in favor of soybean and corn crops, which these days yield a much more productive and profitable harvest for the state’s cropland.

May 17, 2013

Higher ed bill headed to Dayton’s desk

The House passed a higher education finance bill that increases spending by $250 million and freezes tuition for two years on 76-56 vote on Friday. Just three Republicans voted for the bill, sponsored by Rep. Gene Pelowski, DFL-Winona.

Apr 24, 2013

House passes $15.7B education finance bill

K-12 education finance bills that account for roughly 40 percent of the state’s general fund spending are moving through the House and Senate floors this week.

Apr 17, 2013

Rep. Kelly: New civil unions bill would remove word ‘marriage’ from law

Kelly’s previous bill, which got a cold reception from gay marriage advocates earlier this month, added civil unions alongside any instance of the word marriage in state statute. His new proposal would eliminate marriage from the lawbooks and and enshrine civil unions in its place

Apr 5, 2013

Civil unions bill draws sharp reaction

Republican Rep. Tim Kelly is one of the last GOP legislators you’d expect to find on the bad side of gay marriage advocates. The three-term member from Red Wing is well-known for bucking his own caucus in 2011 as Republicans worked to pass a controversial constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

Apr 3, 2013

House lawmakers introduce bill to allow civil unions

Republican Rep. Tim Kelly introduced the proposal in a Capitol news conference on Wednesday, which would add civil union language in state law next to any mention of marriage. Kelly was joined by Republican Reps. Pat Garofalo, Andrea Kieffer and Denny McNamara. Rochester DFL Rep. Kim Norton has also signed on to the bill but was not at the news conference.

Feb 22, 2013

Gay marriage poses dilemma for GOP

For Branden Petersen, the past week has been, in his words, “unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before.” It all started when the 27-year-old Republican senator from Andover told the Star Tribune that he’s likely to support a DFL effort to legalize gay marriage in 2013, just months after voters rejected a constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

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