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Michael Brodkorb

Dec 13, 2012

Senators approve additional Brodkorb legal bills

There was no audible dissent from Democrats as the committee voted to approve the additional $90,000 in fees, pushing total legal costs in the case over the $200,000 mark. Brodkorb is suing the chamber after he was suddenly fired last December. Brodkorb was having an affair with his boss, former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch.

Oct 19, 2012

In swing races, ground battle intensifies

For better or worse, Michael Brodkorb was back on the campaign trail last week. This time, however, the former GOP attack dog, deputy Republican Party chair and Senate communications guru who helped mastermind the 2010 GOP takeover of the chamber has materialized in a glossy pink and blue mailer that’s being used to attack Republicans.

Oct 17, 2012

Both sides go all out in Saxhaug-Carlson SD 5 duel

One of the most-watched and telling of the races in the new Senate District 5, operatives say, is the contest between freshman incumbent Republican Sen. John Carlson and 10-year incumbent Democrat Tom Saxhaug.

Oct 11, 2012

Lawyers for Brodkorb, Senate dispute defamation claims in court

Former Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb's lawsuit against his former employers has been significantly reduced in scope, with Brodkorb voluntarily dismissing several of his claims. The Senate wants the suit to shrink yet again, arguing in court on Thursday morning for the dismissal of three additional counts.

Aug 22, 2012

Gauthier still running; DFL reeling

Embattled DFL Rep. Kerry Gauthier shocked nearly everyone in the Minnesota political firmament on Wednesday morning when he announced that he plans to seek reelection to his seat in the state House of Representatives. The announcement came one week after it was publicly reported that Gauthier had been investigated by Duluth police following an incident in which he used a Craigslist ad to meet and [...]

Aug 17, 2012

Mike Parry: From the jaws of victory

A few months ago, nobody thought Sen. Mike Parry could lose a congressional primary to Allen Quist. But he managed.

Aug 13, 2012

Fired Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb starts new political blog

Michael Brodkorb announced on Monday the creation of, an "inside view on Minnesota politics." The site will be written by Brodkorb, who is currently suing the state Senate for "gender discrimination" after his December 2011 firing.

Jul 23, 2012

Brodkorb sues Senate for discrimination, defamation and invasion of privacy

Former Minnesota Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb has officially filed his long-threatened lawsuit against the chamber, alleging Senate leaders practiced gender discrimination and invaded his privacy when they suddenly fired him from his job last December. He is also suing Secretary of the Senate Cal Ludeman for defamation.

Jun 20, 2012

MN Senate approves $85k in legal bills related to Koch-Brodkorb affair

In a divided voice vote, the Minnesota Senate Rules Committee approved spending nearly $85,000 on legal fees related to an affair between former Senate Republican Majority Leader Amy Koch and fired chief Senate communications staffer Michael Brodkorb.

Jun 15, 2012

Brodkorb case a campaign 2012 poison pill

Timing matters. It’s been approximately 12 weeks since former Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb, who was fired last December a day after Majority Leader Amy Koch stepped down from her post, filed a gender-discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Jun 5, 2012

Hann, Fischbach to run GOP Senate election efforts

Hann and Fischbach were recently appointed by GOP leadership to serve as co-chairs of the cuacuses' election team. They will join recently-hired operative Gregg Peppin in trying to maintain Republican's first-ever modern majority in the Senate chamber.

May 31, 2012

Caucus campaign teams gear up

It was supposed to be a show of electoral force, and it was: After filing for office en masse on Thursday morning, several dozen GOP lawmakers and candidates lined the back wall and spilled out the doors of a press room in the State Office Building.

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