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Frank Hornstein

May 11, 2012

So long, adios, auf wiedersehen

After adjourning in the wee hours of Thursday morning, the Minnesota House of Representatives plunged ahead with the bittersweet biennial ritual of retirement speeches from departing members.

Apr 13, 2012

Redistricting pitted a disproportionate number of female legislators against their male counterparts

It was one of those votes no one wanted to take. The state’s new maps dropped DFL senators and allies John Marty and Mary Jo McGuire into Senate District 66, forcing activists in the area to pick between them at a recent endorsing convention.

Mar 28, 2012

Marty/McGuire contest, 14-person scrum in District 59 among races to be settled

Minneapolis DFLers lost another legislator last weekend. Freshman Rep. Marion Greene, who replaced former DFL House Speaker and gubernatorial candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher in the chamber, fell in an endorsement contest against DFL House colleague Frank Hornstein.

Mar 24, 2012

Hornstein, Gruenhagen prevail in intra-party endorsement contests

Rep. Frank Hornstein narrowly defeated Rep. Marion Greene in a DFL endorsement contest Saturday for a South Minneapolis seat. Greene conceded defeat after the third ballot.

Mar 21, 2012

Endorsement battles bring March madness to Capitol

Last Saturday GOP activists gathered in Burnsville to determine who would be the endorsed candidate in House District 56A. No incumbent is running for re-election in the district, which leans heavily Republican.

Mar 9, 2012

Transit: Battle brews over suburban opt-outs

As the House Transportation Policy and Finance Committee creates its omnibus bill, a turf war over transit systems is playing out among suburban and urban legislators.

Mar 7, 2012

As endorsing season looms, MN legislators scrambling to finalize election plans

House and Senate races across the state are rapidly shaking out after the release of the 2012 legislative map last month. And with local endorsing conventions set to take place throughout March, incumbents and challengers alike have little time to make decisions about their political futures.

Mar 5, 2012

Legislative contests come into focus

House and Senate races across the state are rapidly shaking out following the release of new legislative maps.

Oct 27, 2011

Bipartisan group says no expansion of gambling for Vikings

Responding to potential proposals for new casinos and racinos that would finance a Minnesota Vikings stadium, a group of legislators from both parties spoke this morning against expansion of gambling in Minnesota.

May 18, 2011

The Legislature’s transportation bill includes steep cuts to public transit

Transportation funding represents a minuscule portion of the state’s overall general fund spending. In the current biennium, $166 million goes toward transportation spending out of a total budget of more than $30 billion. Roughly three-quarters of the transportation budget is funneled to the Metropolitan Council, the regional planning agency that operates the Metro Transit bus system.

May 11, 2011

One-time conservative gadfly Mary Liz Holberg now pivotal player in budget showdown

Just weeks after the party swept both chambers in last fall's historic election, then-House Speaker-elect Kurt Zellers and soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch took the podium at a press conference to announce the first-ever full slate of Republican committee chairs. Only one legislator - Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, the incoming chairwoman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee - joined t[...]

Mar 30, 2011

Transit cuts in House bill are part of a longstanding political fight

By the time the omnibus transportation budget passed off the House floor Monday evening, Republicans and Democrats seemed to agree on just one thing: The final bill is politicized.

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