Emmer, now the GOP nominee for governor of Minnesota, has earned a reputation over his three terms at the Legislature as an abrasive lawmaker, even with members of his own caucus.
The power divide between DFLers and Republicans in the Minnesota House may look daunting on its face, but not so long ago the GOP held a similarly imposing majority.
The Minnesota House this afternoon approved a bill that would allow legislators who are called to active military duty during a legislative session to suggest temporary replacements while they are deployed.
The Minnesota House this afternoon approved a bill that would substantially alter the authority of the governor to "unallot" funds from the general fund budget.
In what his opponents are calling a "personal smear," GOP gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert has made a campaign issue of fellow GOP endorsement contender Tom Emmer's two previous arrests for driving while intoxicated.
A heated exchange at the Legislature has spawned a minor blog storm in recent days—not because it was heated but because it illuminated a feature of government that conservatives and others find so frustrating.
A bill for the innocuous-sounding purpose of establishing the position of state webmaster is reportedly attracting the nervous interest of high-tech lobbying interests, most notably Microsoft.
There was an apparent outbreak of bipartisanship this morning during a state House committee hearing. Staunch conservative Rep. Mark Buesgens won an amendment on a narrow voice vote in the State and Local Government Operations committee.
Constitutional amendments aren't at the forefront as lawmakers try to pass a bonding bill before they move on to the strenuous task of solving another general fund budget deficit in excess of $1 billion.
Finance Commissioner Tom Hanson had the unenviable task earlier this week of defending Gov. Pawlenty's plan to close the state's budget deficit to a gathering of the Balanced Budget Subcommittee of the Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy.
Interspersed with the apparently endless bonding requests that flooded the Legislature in the first week of the 2010 session are bills that don't spur impassioned Minnesotans to stage rallies, but which some lawmaker nevertheless thought worth the effort.
State finance officials again told a legislative panel on Wednesday that Minnesota may need to borrow money as early as this spring simply to keep the state's cash flow in the black.
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