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Apr 27, 2011

Gambling bills may be headed for photo finish

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.

Jan 12, 2011

Nuke ban repeal moves forward

Republicans are wasting little time in moving a proposal to lift the 17-year-old state ban on nuclear power plant construction. But while the newly elected Republican majorities in the House and Senate are making a hard charge on repealing the moratorium, the issue is not radiating with much intensity outside the Capitol halls.

Nov 23, 2010

Meet the freshmen: Senate GOP, part II

As the Minnesota Legislature prepares for a transition that will see 60 freshmen join the rolls of the state Senate and House, PIM continues with our series of post-election portraits of the 2011 class. In this latest edition, we look at seven more members of the incoming Senate Republican majority.

Nov 17, 2010

GOP leaders talk about how they flipped a veto-proof majority in Senate

Late last week, three of the principal architects of the Republicans' Minnesota Senate takeover gathered in Sen. Amy Koch's office for one last time to talk about how they'd pulled it off.

Oct 29, 2010

Sliming me, sliming you

In some political attacks during this year's legislative campaign, the attacking party has been the one that's gotten bloodied.

Oct 27, 2010

DFL candidates criticize DFL Party attack ad

A full-court press by Republicans has gotten DFLers to hastily disavow an independent attack piece by the state DFL Party.

Oct 27, 2010

Party units spend on lege races in late going

A negative mailing arrived in Republican state Senate candidate Dan Hall's district last weekend that caught him by surprise.

Jul 9, 2010

13 could be lucky number for Senate GOP

Around convention time in the spring, Senate Minority Leader Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, boasted that his caucus would retake the chamber’s majority in November. Considering Senate Republicans’ 38-year stranglehold on minority status, and the 13 seats that his troops will need to gain to make good on the pledge, it amounts to a tall order.

Mar 29, 2010

Rybak adds legislative support

R.T. Rybak called a Capitol press conference this afternoon to announce support from seven state legislators for his gubernatorial campaign. The only problem: the House and Senate members were still stuck trying to complete their work before the Easter break.

Mar 17, 2010

Bill would require public hearings on health insurance rate hikes

Anthem Blue Cross, California's largest for-profit-health insurer, recently garnered national headlines for its plan to raise health insurance premiums by as much as 39 percent for individuals. Under a bill introduced by state Sen. John Doll, DFL-Burnsville, individuals affected by such cost increases would get an opportunity to let insurance companies know what they think about the rate hikes.

Mar 5, 2010

Bill to end nuke ban stumbles in committee

Advocates pushing for an end to the state’s 16-year-old ban on nuclear power plant construction suffered a blow on Thursday when a bill to end the moratorium was amended in a way that “guts” the measure, according to the legislation’s author. But that’s unlikely to elicit much pushback from the energy industry, which is staying away from the debate this year.

Mar 4, 2010

Bill to lift nuclear plant construction ban stalls in Senate committee

The state Senate last year passed a bill that lifted the state's moratorium on nuclear power plant construction. After an important committee vote on Thursday, its chances in 2010 appear bleak.

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