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Feb 27, 2012

Redistricting fallout: McFarlane running for House, prominent GOPers look at lege

Fallout has been almost constant since release of the state's redistricting maps last week, and over the weekend a few more incumbent-on-incumbent match-ups became clear, some House members switched to run in open Senate seats and new candidates emerged to take their place.

Feb 22, 2012

Legislative map: All shook up

The most anticipated political event of the year at the Capitol — the unveiling of court-drawn state legislative and congressional districts that will be used for the next decade — arrived at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Jan 13, 2012

Supporters of judicial retention elections gearing up for another push

Last year voters in Wisconsin witnessed an ugly campaign for a seat on the state’s Supreme Court between incumbent justice David Prosser and assistant attorney general JoAnne Kloppenburg. Some three dozen outside interest groups spent $4.5 million seeking to influence the outcome of the contest, according to a report by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Nov 2, 2011

Pogemiller’s appointment to Office of Higher Ed ends storied legislative career

No one seemed to see Larry Pogemiller’s departure coming. Not even him. Gov. Mark Dayton announced late last week that the Minneapolis senator of nearly 30 years would move to the Office of Higher Education to replace former Director Sheila Wright, who resigned suddenly in September.

Sep 23, 2011

Learning report stirs hard feelings between Cassellius, legislators

A report by the Minnesota Legislative Auditor that points to flaws in the state’s K-12 online education program is likely to land on the 2012 legislative agenda.

Aug 17, 2011

ALEC’s influence surges in Minnesota

During the early part of her two-plus decades in the state Legislature, retired Republican Sen. Pat Pariseau remembers being just one of a handful of Minnesota legislators who could call themselves members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Jun 1, 2011

Retiring MASA head Charlie Kyte talks about the unfinished work of Session 2011

It’s hard to argue with Charlie Kyte’s qualifications. Before becoming a lobbyist for the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA), Kyte spent more than five years teaching math, science and physics at a school in southern Minnesota. He then moved to Eden Valley-Watkins to become the school’s principal, and, ultimately, the mayor of the town.

May 19, 2011

Senate passes photo I.D. and education budget

In the early hours of the morning Thursday, the Minnesota Senate passed the K-12 education budget and a long-sought photo identification requirement at the polls on party-line votes.

May 11, 2011

Ways and Means passes parks funding compromise

In an attempt to stop a feud between Twin Cities-area and rural legislators over parks and trails funding, Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, got a compromise amended onto the Legacy funding bill.

May 11, 2011

House, Senate differ on key Legacy measures

Republican lawmakers are wrangling on several fronts as they move Legacy funding bills to the floor. The Legacy amendment, which was approved by Minnesota voters in 2008, provides roughly $550 million in dedicated sales tax dollars for arts and culture, parks and trails, water cleanup and habitat acquisition.

May 4, 2011

Conference committees get little done as Legislature, Dayton remain at loggerheads

On Tuesday morning, members of the Health and Human Services conference committee met for the eighth time since forming last month to merge the House and Senate proposals. But that busy schedule shouldn't be seen as an indication that the committee will soon be forwarding a bill to Gov. Mark Dayton for consideration.

Apr 8, 2011

K-12: Key battles involve policy, not spending

In the wake of passing alternative teacher licensing earlier this year, Republicans have teed up more policy reforms to the K-12 education system in their omnibus school finance bill.

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