After DFL Gov.-elect Mark Dayton and a new cast of GOP legislators are sworn in next week, the partisan lines at the Capitol will be clear enough. But in a year marked by an unprecedented general fund deficit and a large freshman class of lawmakers, some lines are already being drawn on the basis of geography rather than political affiliation.
State Rep. Morrie Lanning will now chair the House State Government Finance Committee after concerns from other representatives caused Rep. Mark Buesgens to step down.
State Rep. Mark Buesgens has resigned as incoming chair of the State Government Finance Committee. In an email to incoming GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers and incoming House Majority Leader Matt Dean, Buesgens cited opposition from unnamed colleagues to him assuming a leadership post.
Transportation policy wonks wondering how the new Republican legislative majority will approach the Metropolitan Council can find a hint in the state GOP platform. The party's position is succinct and seemingly unambiguous:
After more than a week of intrigue, Rep. Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, has been chosen to lead the House Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee.
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.
Making good on what they called part of their core campaign message, Republican leadership at the Legislature on Tuesday rolled out a drastically scaled back committee roster for the upcoming legislative session. The committee reconfiguration reduced the total number of legislative panels from 61 to 40, and GOP leaders predicted the move could save as much as $800,000. And they followed it up just[...]
When members of the new House Republican majority met last weekend to pick their top two leaders, they selected a slate dominated by the party's suburban strongholds: Speaker-designate Kurt Zellers of Maple Grove and soon-to-be Majority Leader Matt Dean of Dellwood.
State. Rep. Mark Buesgens, R-Jordan, has pleaded guilty to a September drunken driving charge and will perform 60 hours of community service, the Associated Press reported.
This week started off with bad news for state Rep. Mark Buesgens. And things continue to get worse for the six-term Republican state representative from Jordan.
Mark Buesgens, a state representative and former campaign chairman for GOP nominee Tom Emmer's gubernatorial bid, was arrested Saturday night for allegedly driving drunk.
Fourteen Republican state legislators, including gubernatorial nominee Tom Emmer, received perfect ratings from Minnesota Majority for their voting records during the 2010 legislative session. Conversely, seven state senators, all Democrats, received zero ratings from the conservative advocacy group.
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