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Michael Brodkorb

Jan 16, 2012

Former House Speaker Sviggum named Senate communications director

Former House Speaker Steve Sviggum has been appointed communications director and executive assistant for the Senate GOP caucus. Sviggum spent nearly three decades in the House, including eight years in the body's top leadership post.

Jan 6, 2012

Something old, something new: Veteran Howes, freshman Kriesel are PIM’s politicos of the year for 2011

Rep. Larry Howes helped broker the end of a three-week government shutdown and Rep. John Kriesel took political risks and emerged as an important new presence at the Capitol.

Dec 30, 2011

Sturrock resigns top GOP finance post in wake of debt revelations

David Sturrock has resigned from his post as Secretary-Treasurer of the Republican Party of Minnesota. His departure follows the revelation that the state party is likely facing $2 million in debt ahead of a crucial 2012 election campaign.

Dec 23, 2011

Senate majority leader to play crucial role on gaming proposals

When Republican state senators gather on Tuesday to elect a new majority leader, their top-of-mind priority will be to choose someone who can bail out a sinking boat and set it sailing in the right direction again. But the stakes will also be very high for a set of Capitol interest groups facing an historic chance to make years’ and countless dollars’ worth of lobbying efforts pay off.

Dec 19, 2011

Red Monday: Payback time in Senate GOP?

Behind the scenes -- for now, at least -- the internecine warfare surrounding the Senate Republican caucus appears to be growing more bitter, and threatening to spill into the news again.

Dec 16, 2011

[Updated] Brodkorb no longer employed by Senate GOP caucus, left Parry campaign

Republican state senators were informed by email Friday evening that Senate communications director Michael Brodkorb is no longer employed by the caucus. An adviser for Mike Parry's campaign for Congress says Brodkorb left his volunteer job with the campaign.

Dec 14, 2011

Mike Parry draws on visibility of his state Senate seat to bolster his campaign for Congress

It was just a 176-word campaign email, but Sen. Mike Parry hit all the right notes: attacking Gov. Mark Dayton’s child care unionization order; lambasting labor; providing links to news coverage; and taking aim at the next opponent on his political horizon, DFL U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, whose congressional seat Parry hopes to claim in 2012.

Dec 14, 2011

House GOP releases schedule, apparently surprising Senate GOP

Minnesota House GOP leadership has announced a schedule for the 2012 legislative session that anticipates adjourning sine die on April 30. But Senate GOP communications director Michael Brodkorb suggested that House Republicans had jumped the gun in releasing their schedule.

Dec 9, 2011

With the state GOP mired in debt, candidates for the party’s vacant top post have been slow to emerge

Who wants to run the Republican Party of Minnesota? That’s the question that has been generating a steady stream of rumors and trial balloons since state party Chairman Tony Sutton suddenly resigned earlier this month.

Dec 9, 2011

Sutton admits signing recount debt agreement

Amid internal controversies over the Republican Party of Minnesota’s debt after state Chairman Tony Sutton’s resignation, party officers and insiders initially maintained that the state GOP was not legally required to pay the nearly $500,000 in legal fees racked up during the 2010 gubernatorial election recount.

Dec 7, 2011

Sutton admits signing agreement for gov recount legal fees, failing to tell other party officials

On Wednesday one of the GOP attorneys on the recount, Tony Trimble, told PIM that then-RPM Chairman Sutton signed an agreement legally obliging the party to cover the full cost of the recount legal fees, reportedly around $450,000. And late Wednesday afternoon, Sutton confirmed the existence of an agreement that he says he does not recall disclosing to other party officials. But Sutton went on to [...]

Dec 7, 2011

GOP party chair field: Many strong potential challengers rule out run

In the five days since Tony Sutton resigned as chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota, many names have been floated as potential replacements. But only one potential challenger -- GOP activist Sue Jeffers -- has stated that they're seriously considering seeking the post. Many others have ruled out a run for the cash-strapped party's top post.

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