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May 10, 2012

Minnesota House gives final OK to Vikings stadium bill

The Minnesota House gave its final stamp of approval to a $975 million Vikings stadium bill in the early hours of the morning on Thursday, one of the chamber’s final legislative acts before adjourning sine die. The House passed the stadium conference report on a 71-60 vote at 3:30 a.m., just an hour and half after the bill was unanimously approved in committee.

May 9, 2012

Capitol awaits final stadium vote

After a pair of marathon floor debates, the House and Senate passed legislation this week authorizing construction of a $975 million stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.

Mar 30, 2012

Where have all the amendments gone?

GOP legislators began sounding the constitutional amendment drumbeat even before the start of Session 2012.

Mar 26, 2012

Carlson, Masin win DFL endorsements in Eagan

Former DFL Sen. Jim Carlson bested Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire after four ballots at the Senate District 51 convention on Saturday. Former DFL Rep. Sandra Masin also took home the DFL endorsement for House District 51A after a one-ballot challenge from Gary Meyer.

Feb 3, 2012

Biz-favored tort bills finally pass the House

Wednesday, House Republicans finished a major bit of business left on the table when the 2011 session expired, passing four tort law bills favored by the state’s business lobby.

Feb 1, 2012

Tort reform lands in the House

The contentious issue of tort reform was the subject of several hours of debate on the state House floor on Wednesday. Republicans argue that tort reform will help the business climate. DFLers lined up amendments to challenge the bill.

Oct 7, 2011

Eagan DFLers already jostling for 2012

Gary Hansen doesn’t currently live in Eagan’s House District 38A, where he recently registered to run for the Legislature in 2012. He’s banking on the district coming to him.

Aug 17, 2011

Eagan DFLer launches bid against Rep. Doug Wardlow

Laurie Halverson, a former public affairs professional with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota, recently filed with the Campaign Finance Board to challenge Wardlow for the House District 38B seat.

Jul 29, 2011

Ballot measures key part of GOP agenda

The passage of the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage was the defining moment of the final days of Minnesota’s 2011 legislative session, and the first modern Republican-controlled Legislature is gearing up to bypass DFL Gov. Mark Dayton’s signature again next year and add a few more to the 2012 ballot.

Jul 27, 2011

Wheeling and dealing brought fiscal hardliners on board

Ever since the latter days of the 2011 regular session, it was clear to lobbyists, staffers and other Capitol watchers that the main limitation on the ability of GOP legislative leaders to cut a budget deal was the hard line on spending adopted by numerous members of their freshman-dominated majority caucuses.

Jul 6, 2011

Aside from the occasional heckler, politicos encountered little shutdown static

Eagan resident Mike Owens made sure to shake freshman Republican Rep. Doug Wardlow’s hand when he walked by on his Fourth of July parade route Monday morning. Owens urged Wardlow to pass racino legislation and fight Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed tax increases and “inflated budget” to the end, even as legislators and the governor headed into the fourth day of a historic government shutdown. �[...]

Jun 3, 2011

Several DFL legislators defeated in 2010 are getting back in the saddle

For former DFL Sen. Jim Carlson, it was a matter of a little reflection and time to “lick my wounds” before he knew he was ready to run again for the state Senate. Carlson, who served one term in the chamber, was ousted last fall by Republican newcomer Ted Daley as part of a massive GOP wave that saw the party take control of both the House and Senate for the first time in nearly four decades.

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