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Linda Runbeck

Nov 19, 2010

New conservative GOP chairs to run Capitol sausage factory

Last Wednesday, just a day after new Republican legislative majorities unveiled their downsized committee structure, it rained gavels at the Capitol. Incoming caucus leaders Amy Koch and Kurt Zellers handed down a total of 40 chair appointments as a substantial contingent of the anointed stood beaming at their side.

Nov 17, 2010

House and Senate Republicans announce committee chairs

House and Senate Republicans announced a slate of legislators to chair committees before taking off for a fly around of the state.

Sep 29, 2010

Abortion to play low-profile but important role in some 2010 races

After decades of very public clashes between anti-abortion and abortion-rights advocates, the issue has had a notably lower profile in recent state campaigns. And ostensibly at least, 2010 is likely to continue that trend. But it hardly means that abortion politics is a forgotten matter.

Sep 24, 2010

Independent spending on lege races heats up

While the governor's race may be the marquee feature in this year's campaign season, the large number of swing districts in play at the Minnesota Legislature are the object of lower-profile but no less intense campaign spending machinations by a number of groups.

Apr 27, 2010

Emmer’s Lt. Gov. pick? Runbeck? No, Meeks

State Rep. Tom Emmer introduced Annette Meeks as his lieutenant governor pick at the State Office Building this morning. But according to news reports, his choice for the number two spot on the ticket apparently changed in the past 24 hours.

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