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Gretchen Hoffman

Apr 18, 2012

Parry / Quist endorsement race appears close

It’s a bit of déjà vu for Republican activists in the 1st Congressional District. Just two years ago, delegates at the endorsing convention had to pick between state legislator Randy Demmer and former legislator and conservative stalwart Allen Quist for the party’s backing in the race.

Apr 6, 2012

Senate racino push at apparent dead end

The perennial bill to install slots in the state’s two racetracks was yanked from its first hearing in the Senate Education Committee amid fear that the committee’s conservative members would kill it early in the session.

Apr 2, 2012

Lee Byberg defeats Gretchen Hoffman in CD7 GOP endorsement contest

Lee Byberg will get a second chance at knocking off 11-term DFL incumbent Rep. Collin Peterson in the 7th Congressional District. Byberg defeated state Sen. Gretchen Hoffman on the first ballot to secure the GOP endorsement at Saturday's convention in Alexandria.

Mar 12, 2012

Right-to-work constitutional amendment passes through Senate committee

The constitutional amendment passed in the GOP-controlled committee after more than three hours of debate on a 7-6 vote. GOP Assistant Majority leader Bill Ingebrigtsen voted against the bill alongside all DFLers on the committee.

Mar 5, 2012

Dayton vetoes ‘Castle Doctrine’ bill

Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed legislation expanding the circumstances under which gun owners can use deadly force without facing potential criminal charges.

Mar 2, 2012

Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans talks about barnstorming for tax reform

The first things to draw the eye upon entering Minnesota Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans’ office are his pair of three-legged stools. The two stools represent snapshots of Minnesota’s tax system taken a decade apart.

Feb 24, 2012

Gretchen Hoffman to run for Congress

U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson has picked up another Republican challenger in the 7th Congressional District in western Minnesota. State Sen. Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas, has announced her plans to challenge the conservative Democrat. Her announcement resolves the conflict that arose when the Senate districts were redrawn to put Hoffman and fellow Senate Republican Bill Ingebrigtsen of Alexandria in the[...]

Feb 23, 2012

‘Castle Doctrine’ bill passes Senate

Legislation expanding the right of Minnesota gun owners to use deadly force against intruders cleared the Senate on Thursday by a 40-23 vote. At least four DFLers joined every Republican in passing the bill.

Feb 15, 2012

DFL files campaign finance complaint against Sviggum, 15 senators

The complaint filed with the Office of Administrative Hearings says Senate Republicans used public funds to print partisan literature that was distributed at Republican precinct caucuses last week. State law prohibits using taxpayer money for any campaign purposes.

Feb 15, 2012

Tax commission, anyone?

Talk of tax reform created a few pariahs during the 2011 session. A handful of moderate Republicans, including Senate Taxes Chairwoman Julianne Ortman and Finance Chairwoman Claire Robling, proposed reviewing the hundreds of tax breaks on state books.

Jan 4, 2012

Will Koch matter spawn an ethics complaint?

In its first year at the helm of the chamber, the Senate Republican caucus has faced two ethics complaints and could be looking at a third in the wake of former Majority Leader Amy Koch’s sudden resignation after being confronted about an inappropriate relationship with a male staffer who reported to her.

Nov 22, 2011

2012 legislative races start to take shape

Nobody knows what the legislative maps will look like in 2012. The politically charged redistricting process will almost certainly be decided by the courts, most likely in February. But that uncertainty over legislative district boundaries hasn’t stopped numerous challengers on both sides of the aisle from declaring their candidacies.

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