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.
In the first hours and days after the state’s new redistricting maps landed at the Capitol Tuesday, the collective sense of relief among Minnesota Democrats was unmistakable.
There was little fanfare when not one but two racino bills surfaced in the Minnesota Legislature last week. The perennial proposal to install slot machines in racetracks usually enters into the political milieu with news conferences and headlines.
Early on in the 2011 legislative session, racino lobbyists fashioned a proposal to suit the jobs-focused agenda espoused by legislative leaders.
Rep. John Persell is trying to organize a coalition of rural legislators that he hopes will help solve the state's budget impasse. The two-term Bemidji DFLer believes that outstate legislators might be able to find some common ground in how to eliminate the state's $5 billion budget deficit.
With just days left before the adjournment of the 2011 regular session, eight Chamber of Commerce leaders from greater Minnesota came to the Capitol Monday to blast the Republican Legislature’s budget proposals.
In previous legislative sessions, proposals to expand gambling have attracted more support from Republicans than DFLers. Given Minnesota's $5 billion state budget deficit and the new Republican majorities in the House and Senate, gambling proposals would seem to stand a much-improved chance of landing on the governor's desk as part of a budget agreement.
Freshman Republican Sen. John Carlson has pulled his own bill that would abolish pay equity for local governments, calling the proposal "really stupid" in a recent Bemidji Pioneer article.
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