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Kathy Lohmer

Aug 27, 2014

Home care workers vote to form union met with GOP criticism

Republicans and anti-union activists had questioned the state law throughout the organizing process.

Jun 23, 2014

The Capitol Note: MN GOP stands behind MacDonald despite legal troubles

The state Republican party will stand behind state Supreme Court candidate Michelle MacDonald despite legal troubles stemming from an intoxicated driving allegation.

Nov 20, 2013

Challengers begin lining up for House races

It’s not too early to start campaigning for the Minnesota House. Case in point: One suburban seat already has three candidates jostling to go to the Legislature after next fall’s election. House District 53B covers part of the city of Woodbury in the southeastern suburbs, and its current representative, Republican Andrea Kieffer, recently decided she would not seek re-election next year.

May 30, 2013

Lawmakers aim to tackle synthetic drug use in Minnesota

DFL House Speaker Paul Thissen this week created a temporary committee on controlled substances and synthetic drugs that will hold hearings over the interim on drug abuse issues. Rep. Erik Simonson, DFL-Duluth, will chair the committee, which has to present a report to the speaker by the time session starts in February next year.

Feb 6, 2013

Top lege races tab: $13.6 million

During the fall campaign season, the Republican Party of Minnesota sent out mailings in Senate District 4 accusing Kent Eken of voting to raise the “granny tax.”

Nov 14, 2012

How the lege was won

Minnesota’s 2012 Democratic legislative campaigns started about two years ago. The exact date depends on who you ask.

Oct 31, 2012

Democrats dominate in spending by party units

When it comes to spending by Minnesota’s political parties, the state DFL has emerged as the No. 1 player in the 2012 battle for control of Legislature.

Aug 31, 2012

Lohmer, DeGree compete in bellwether district

The last three election cycles have proven the voters of House District 39B to be independent-minded and evenly divided. While consecutive “wave” elections have rolled in both directions, the district has been the site of a series of nail-biters.

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

Apr 19, 2012

Former Rep. Bunn to run for Senate

Bunn, who lost her re-election bid in the suburban House District 56A last fall by 5 percentage points, is plotting a run in Senate District 39.

Feb 20, 2012

Bachmann calls for legislation mandating Medicaid audits

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann intends to introduce legislation requiring independent, third-party audits of nonprofit health plans that provide coverage to Medicaid enrollees.

Jan 25, 2012

2012 legislation: The gates open

Minnesota lawmakers want to get in and out of the Capitol as quickly as possible this year, a fact that’s evident in skimming through the first bills of the 2012 session.

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