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