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John Kriesel

Nov 6, 2015

Capitol Retort: Elections, diversity, the Wetterlings and Honeycrisps

A fresh perspective on recent news events from John Kriesel, Sen. Scott Dibble, Rep. Greg Davids and Nekima Levy-Pounds.

Apr 30, 2013

Minnesotans United releases TV ad ahead of likely vote on gay marriage

Pro-gay marriage group Minnesotans United for all Families has released its first television ad this session as lawmakers near a likely floor vote on legalizing same-sex marriage.

Feb 22, 2013

Gay marriage poses dilemma for GOP

For Branden Petersen, the past week has been, in his words, “unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before.” It all started when the 27-year-old Republican senator from Andover told the Star Tribune that he’s likely to support a DFL effort to legalize gay marriage in 2013, just months after voters rejected a constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Nov 7, 2012

Amendments: From anxiety to elation at ‘Vote No’ parties

Frenetic early-morning celebrations capped an historic Election Day in which Minnesota voters defeated two ballot initiatives that were a hallmark of the GOP-controlled Legislature that swarmed to victory two years ago on a national wave.

Oct 26, 2012

Opposing sides in marriage amendment fight drop latest ads

The principal groups fighting for and against a proposed constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage have released their latest television spots.

Sep 7, 2012

Both parties covet Kriesel seat

The Republican takeover of a Minnesota House seat that’s home to cities like Cottage Grove and St. Paul Park was one of the more surprising turns among the many upheavals in the 2010 election.

Aug 29, 2012

Former NFL star Hansen presents sizeable challenge for DFL Rep. Kent Eken in an open Senate district

In football, you ride in a parade to celebrate your victory. In politics, you clamber on to the flatbed of that trussed-up truck over and over again and wave to the people as part of a ritual for trying to attain victory.

Jul 11, 2012

If at first you don’t succeed

Near-miss 2010 GOP challenger Karin Housley mounts primary bid for retiree Vandeveer’s seat

May 25, 2012

How the stadium deal was done

Left for dead in April, the Vikings stadium bill sprinted to passage in the session’s closing days. What happened?

May 11, 2012

What’s in final stadium bill?

The headline-grabbing details hadn’t changed much by the time the bill to construct a new professional football stadium for the Minnesota Vikings passed through both chambers of the Legislature after more than a year of back-and-forth negotiations.

May 11, 2012

So long, adios, auf wiedersehen

After adjourning in the wee hours of Thursday morning, the Minnesota House of Representatives plunged ahead with the bittersweet biennial ritual of retirement speeches from departing members.

Apr 29, 2012

Dayton vetoes fireworks bill

Gov. Mark Dayton issued his veto letter less than two hours before the midnight deadline on Saturday, citing hazard concerns stressed by hospital and public safety officials.

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