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Michelle Benson

Aug 31, 2012

Labor contract rejection reflects partisan split

The rejection of the new collective bargaining agreement for nearly 28,000 state workers by a House-Senate subcommittee on Thursday is the latest example of the divide between Republicans and DFLers over how to make the state an attractive employer.

Jul 3, 2012

Departing legislators jump into county races

An unusually large number of legislators and prominent Minnesota politicos are opting to run in county commissioner races across the state.

Jun 22, 2012

DFL-aligned groups appear to have early fundraising edge

On Tuesday hundreds of labor unions, business groups, lobbying shops and other independent political organizations submitted reports detailing how much money they’ve raised so far this year, what they’ve already spent and how much they have in the bank.

Apr 13, 2012

Redistricting pitted a disproportionate number of female legislators against their male counterparts

It was one of those votes no one wanted to take. The state’s new maps dropped DFL senators and allies John Marty and Mary Jo McGuire into Senate District 66, forcing activists in the area to pick between them at a recent endorsing convention.

Mar 31, 2012

Michelle Benson defeats Mike Jungbauer in SD 31 GOP endorsement contest

On the fifth and final ballot GOP delegates in Senate District 31 pushed Sen. Michelle Benson over the 60 percent threshold required for endorsement. The freshman legislator defeated three-term incumbent Sen. Mike Jungbauer in a tight contest for party backing.

Mar 28, 2012

Key matchups include pairings of Dean/McFarlane and Jungbauer/Benson

On Saturday Reps. Glenn Gruenhagen and Ron Shimanski squared off in Hutchinson for the GOP endorsement in House District 18B. On the second ballot Gruenhagen pulled within half a percentage point of crossing the 60 percent threshold required for endorsement.

Mar 7, 2012

As endorsing season looms, MN legislators scrambling to finalize election plans

House and Senate races across the state are rapidly shaking out after the release of the 2012 legislative map last month. And with local endorsing conventions set to take place throughout March, incumbents and challengers alike have little time to make decisions about their political futures.

Mar 5, 2012

Legislative contests come into focus

House and Senate races across the state are rapidly shaking out following the release of new legislative maps.

Feb 29, 2012

Dust begins to settle on redistricting matchups

At least three prospective Republican candidates for the Minnesota Senate crowded a gathering of activists in the newly drawn Senate District 39 over the weekend.

Feb 20, 2012

Bachmann calls for legislation mandating Medicaid audits

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann intends to introduce legislation requiring independent, third-party audits of nonprofit health plans that provide coverage to Medicaid enrollees.

Feb 17, 2012

Lillie rising in Senate GOP ranks

Freshman Republican Sen. Ted Lillie’s office has all the markings of a seasoned lawmaker’s lair. Display cases along his wall hold dozens of political pins, which he has collected for years. A cluster of photos of Republican standard-bearers like Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush line his back wall, and a dilapidated collector’s edition of a volume of presidential biographies rests on a n[...]

Feb 1, 2012

Anoka-Hennepin teacher to challenge Sen. Benson

A key figure in opposing the school district's controversial sexual-orientation policy will challenge first-term Sen. Michelle Benson in Senate District 49.

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