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May 25, 2012

How the stadium deal was done

Left for dead in April, the Vikings stadium bill sprinted to passage in the session’s closing days. What happened?

Mar 13, 2012

Senate passes 3 shutdown-limiting bills

The bills are the first to pass the Senate, where a number of shutdown-mitigating bills have been introduced. Republicans are also weighing an "umbrella" shutdown bill.

Mar 6, 2012

Bills to blunt shutdowns head to Senate floor

DFLers decried a piecemeal approach to handling future shutdowns, while a key Republican says caucus discussions about a broader bill continue.

Feb 10, 2012

Shadow of Brodkorb still hangs over Senate

Nearly two months after a December whirlwind that saw Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and her entire leadership team resign, the chamber’s Republican majority has moved into the 2012 session and put the upheaval in its rear-view mirror. Almost.

Jan 27, 2012

Senate Republicans come out swinging

It was supposed to be such a nice session. Or at least that’s what Capitol watchers and many lawmakers were expecting after last year’s bitter shutdown fight. Nor was that the only wound still in need of closing.

Jan 24, 2012

Senate committee approves $2.7m cut to chamber’s budget

The proposed budget – which took a five percent cut as part of an agreement to solve the $5 billion deficit in July – cuts about $444,000 from the DFL minority caucus. The budget passed on a 7 to 4 party line vote in the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday.

Dec 1, 2011

Senate will back suit against Dayton’s unionization order

The resolution means the Senate will officially file brief in support of a lawsuit that has pitted 11 childcare providers against the Dayton administration in Ramsey County District Court

Nov 9, 2011

All quiet at Fort Klobuchar

Try as she might, there are occasions when Sen. Amy Klobuchar can’t please everyone. Last month the DFL freshman senator drew national headlines when teen idol Justin Bieber declared that she should be “locked up” for sponsoring legislation that would make streaming unlicensed online content a felony.

Nov 4, 2011

Gambling dominates stadium funding options

Gov. Mark Dayton’s crusade to get a Minnesota Vikings stadium bill passed before Thanksgiving has been turned on its head by a series of objections from legislators about the financing of the project and the timeline for a special session.

Feb 4, 2011

GOP, DFL go back and forth on yielding to questions

See video of Sens. Mike Parry and Bill Ingebrigtsen refusing to yield to questions during Thursday's floor session -- and the GOP's response.

Feb 4, 2011

Senate approves ‘Phase One’ budget cuts, alt-licensure

Left for dead in April, the Vikings stadium bill sprinted to passage in the session’s closing days. What happened? It was the bill signing ceremony that, for better or worse, few Capitol watchers thought they would ever see. Four days after lawmakers adjourned for the 2012 legislative session, the principal movers in the deal for ...

Nov 17, 2010

GOP downsizes committee rosters, names chairs

Making good on what they called part of their core campaign message, Republican leadership at the Legislature on Tuesday rolled out a drastically scaled back committee roster for the upcoming legislative session. The committee reconfiguration reduced the total number of legislative panels from 61 to 40, and GOP leaders predicted the move could save as much as $800,000. And they followed it up just[...]

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