One month into a session that is not exactly threatening any legislative land-speed records on most policy fronts, Republican legislators have already introduced at least a dozen bills containing changes to eligibility rules for poor people seeking cash assistance.
If it’s possible to judge a legislator’s re-election vulnerability solely on the number of challengers that he or she attracts, then Lisa Fobbe, Jim Carlson and Kevin Dahle should probably watch their backs.
The DFL endorsement for the seat being vacated by Rep. Cy Thao will likely be determined at tomorrow's Senate District 65 convention. In a district dominated by Democrats, the endorsement will be a key factor in who ultimately prevails in the contest. But there could be a DFL primary.
Eight Minnesota legislative incumbents -- five DFLers and three Republicans -- are facing challenges from members of their own parties this year, not counting six incumbents who have said that they aren't seeking re-election and have fellow party members lining up to succeed them.
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