Rachel Larson Bohman wasted no time getting into the race for Minnesota secretary of state. Within an hour of DFL officeholder Mark Ritchie’s Tuesday announcement that he would not seek a third term in 2014, Bohman released a statement putting her name in the ring as a Democrat.
DFL Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced Tuesday that he will not seek a third term next fall, and already there's a large field of potential candidates from both parties interested in the office, including activists and current and former legislators.
Ritchie, 61, said in a statement that stepping aside had been a "difficult decision" to make, and that he had arrived at his choice after consulting with family members.
Here’s a guide to key policy matters that are likely to be addressed and heavily lobbied in the 2013 legislative session.
The path through any budget session leads to a negotiating table at which the governor and legislative leaders work out the most politically palatable taxing and spending deal they can muster. But the budget is never the only game in town. Before the session endgame gets played out, a network of committees will play host to various and sundry dramas involving policy issues before state government.[...]
DFL Rep. Steve Simon, the incoming chairman of the House Elections Committee, says the panel will have a big agenda this session on the heels of a major election year. Already he’s heard a desire from members in both parties to put more teeth in state campaign finance laws after outside money poured into the state to influence a handful of key legislative races this fall.
The State Canvassing Board on Tuesday met and unanimously approved the Nov. 6 election results, with the exception of the House District 8B race and the Senate District 20 race. The margin between candidates in both races was less than one half of 1 percent, the margin needed to trigger an automatic recount. Both recounts are expected to be completed by Friday.
GOP attorney Fritz Knaak was notified of the dismissal in a letter from the board dated Oct. 23, according to documents obtained by rural DFL blogger Sally Jo Sorensen. The senators have accused Ritchie of using his office to speak out against the voter ID constitutional amendment on this fall’s ballot.
On Tuesday night, roughly 100 people gathered at Maplewood City Hall to hear a debate on the proposed constitutional amendment requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.
On Tuesday night there will be a debate on the proposed constitutional amendment requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls. But the lineup of individuals slated to discuss the merits of the proposal has changed significantly in recent days.
Sens. Mike Parry, R-Waseca, and Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, have filed a complaint with the Office of Administrative Hearings alleging that Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has abused his office by using it to speak out against the voter ID amendment.
Republicans won an unequivocal victory on Monday in a pair of Minnesota Supreme Court rulings on issues related to constitutional amendments on the November ballot.
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