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Jun 4, 2013

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie won’t seek reelection

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.

May 31, 2013

Bachmann exits stage right

In mid-May, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s campaign bought roughly $80,000 worth of television advertising in the Twin Cities market. But just two weeks later, Bachmann stunned seemingly everyone by announcing on Wednesday that she would not be running for re-election.

May 29, 2013

Bachmann’s surprise retirement spurs speculation about GOP field

**UPDATED** U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's surprise decision to not seek re-election has produced a frenzy of speculation about who might seek the GOP nomination in Minnesota's most conservative congressional district. At least a dozens names have been floated as possible successors to the four-term incumbent.

May 20, 2013

Proposed constitutional amendment dealing with legislator pay headed to ballot

A proposed constitutional amendment that would give an independent panel the authority to set salaries for House and Senate members passed the Senate on Monday morning by a 43-23 vote margin. The amendment is expected to be on the ballot in 2016.

May 18, 2013

Health and human services budget headed to Dayton’s desk

The legislation, which includes a 5 percent rate increase for nursing homes next year and additional spending for mental health services in schools, passed of the chamber floor on a 39-28 vote. At the start of the debate, bill author Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, said the final budget bill was considerably better than a proposal passed earlier in the year. That’s because both chambers originally fac[...]

May 15, 2013

Stripped down elections bill passes Senate unanimously

Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Newport, removed all controversial provisions from the omnibus elections bill when it came up for a vote on the floor Wednesday evening. The stripped down legislation passed unanimously.

May 15, 2013

Unionization bill clears Senate after epic 17-hour debate

DFL Sen. Sandy Pappas (Staff photo: Peter Bartz-Gallagher) Following an extraordinary overnight debate, the Senate passed legislation Wednesday morning allowing child care providers and personal care assistant to join labor union . The controversial proposal carried by a 35-32 vote after 17 hours on the floor, and four DFL senators ultimately joined all Republicans in voting against it.

May 14, 2013

Senate passes sex offender legislation with bipartisan support

The Senate passed legislation on Tuesday making significant changes to the state's trouble civil commitment program for sex offenders with bipartisan support. The House version of the bill continues to face opposition from Republicans.

Apr 17, 2013

Senate changes gears on transportation funding bill

A week after the Senate Transportation Committee tabled its budget bill due to lack of support, the committee on Wednesday evening passed a bill that increases funding for highways and transit. The bill reduces the gas tax by 6 cents per gallon and increases the sales tax on gas at the wholesale level by 5.5 percent.

Mar 22, 2013

Another year, another pension problem

The omnibus pension bill that’s beginning its path through the Legislature puts the state’s ailing pension funds for police and firefighters back on the path to solvency.

Nov 16, 2012

Meet the freshmen: Senate GOP (part 1)

Meet the freshmen: Senate GOP (part 1): Despite the net loss of nine seats on Election Day, Senate Republicans will nevertheless enter the 2013 session with nine new members in the fold.

Oct 10, 2012

Tightening polls raise stakes in Voter ID battle

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.

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