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Redistricting pitted a disproportionate number of female legislators against their male counterparts
It was one of those votes no one wanted to take. The state’s new maps dropped DFL senators and allies John Marty and Mary Jo McGuire into Senate District 66, forcing activists in the area to pick between them at a recent endorsing convention.
DFL Sen. Ken Kelash lost his endorsement bid in the newly drawn Senate District 50. He said he will abide by the endorsement of Melissa Halvorson Wiklund.
Minneapolis DFLers lost another legislator last weekend. Freshman Rep. Marion Greene, who replaced former DFL House Speaker and gubernatorial candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher in the chamber, fell in an endorsement contest against DFL House colleague Frank Hornstein.
Dayton announced the April 10 special election for Senate District 20 on Wednesday, the same day most activities at the state Capitol were paused to allow lawmakers to attend Kubly's funeral services in Granite Falls. If needed, a March 27 primary election will be held in the district, which includes Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Palle, Lincoln, Renville, Swift and Yellow Medicine Counties.
Melissa Halvorson Wiklund has announced she's seeking the DFL endorsement for the open state Senate seat that includes parts of Richfield, Bloomington and a sliver of Minneapolis. She'll face competition from Sen. Ken Kelash who plans to move to the district and seek re-election.
The most anticipated political event of the year at the Capitol — the unveiling of court-drawn state legislative and congressional districts that will be used for the next decade — arrived at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
On Wednesday Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed so-called “right-to-work” legislation into law, making it illegal for employment to be contingent on paying union dues. Indiana became the first state in a decade to enact such a policy.
Tempers flared and debates grew heated around the Capitol over the past week as Republicans in the House put their controversial legislative redistricting map on the table. The map carves up a new political landscape that pits 26 incumbents against one another - 20 in the House and six in the Senate - and all but one of the matchups put a DFLer, or two, in peril.
Rep. Sarah Anderson has released the first plan for redrawing legislative districts based on 2010 Census figures. The proposed map would pit 20 current House members against each other and six sitting senators, according to an analysis by Minnesota Public Radio.
A bi-partisan Senate panel dismissed an ethics complaint against Sen. Scott Newman stemming from an email sent out by his office stating that he would not meet with any individuals or groups that supported his opponent in the November election. Following an occasionally contentious, five-hour hearing on Wednesday, the Senate Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct voted 4-0 that the Hutchinson Republican'[...]
If the phrase “sure thing” can be applied anywhere in politics, it might be appropriate in a small part of St. Paul, including Falcon Heights and a swath of territory north of Interstate 94.
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