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Tag Archives: Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller

Shift happens – and debt to schools grows

The state of Minnesota is stiffing school districts across the state on roughly $3.5 billion in funding. That’s around 25 percent of the K-12 education budget signed into law last week for the current biennium. Put another way, it works out to roughly $4,200 for every single student enrolled in the public school system.

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Senate caucuses name leadership staffs

The key staffers who have plotted the remaking of the Senate Republican Caucus in recent years will be running the show when they take the majority in January. Campaign guru Cullen Sheehan will continue as the caucus's chief of staff. Indefatigable GOP political operative and deputy state party chair Michael Brodkorb will continue in his role as communications director.

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Possible Iron Range leadership sweep worries some Democrats

There is erosion on the horizon for the region's standing in the legislative balance of power; population declines have many predicting a loss of seats in the 2012 round of redistricting. Which makes it all the more ironic that the stars could be aligning for a 2011 Iron Range leadership sweep in the legislative and executive branches that some lawmakers find unpalatable.

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Senate Minority Leader Senjem likely to face competition for leadership

While most Minnesota politicos are devoting their attention to the race for the governorship this year, a smaller power battle is brewing in the state Senate. Many who frequent the Capitol halls in St. Paul predict there will be a spirited race for head of the Senate GOP caucus after the general election, a spot that is looking more desirable to Republicans given boasts within the party that the GOP has a shot at taking the majority in the chamber.

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Can Fobbe bottle lightning twice?

DFLer Lisa Fobbe's election to the District 16 Minnesota Senate seat was anything but normal. Running in a 2008 special election occasioned by the appointment of popular GOP state Sen. Betsy Wergin to the Public Utilities Commission, Fobbe faced two Republican opponents - one of them a dispossessed state rep running a write-in campaign - in a heavily Republican district.

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