Gov. Mark Dayton isn't advocating changes to Minnesota's freshly passed minimum wage hike legislation, a spokesman clarified on Monday.
A number of Republican legislators received a perfect vote rating from the Chamber.
The House overwhelmingly passed a limited measure Friday evening to provide people ailed by certain, strictly defined conditions access to medical marijuana at a small number of distribution sites in the state. After an afternoon of debate, a swath of Republicans joined Democrats in moving the proposal forward 86-39.
Dayton reflected on a tumultuous time in office and pushed for renewed commitments to spending.
The proposal seeks to deal with a variety of issues that disadvantage women in the workplace.
The decision to import steel has been the subject of criticism, not least from former legislator and Iron Range DFL stalwart Tom Rukavina.
Fenton announced Friday morning that she had registered to run for the House District 53B seat with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. That seat is currently held by GOP Rep. Andrea Kieffer, who recently announced she would not seek re-election in 2014.
Amid a summer of choreographed campaign roll-outs for the governor’s office and Congress, a number of candidates are quietly preparing for next year’s legislative election, when the House DFL Caucus will look to defend its majority.
In recent months the headlines have been filled with stories that raise concerns about invasion of privacy, and legislators from both parties are taking notice.
While legislative leaders haggled in private regarding the 2012 session’s marquee legislation, rank-and-file legislators spent long hours on the floors of the House and Senate processing members’ pet bills.
Kelly Fenton is a veteran of Minnesota legislative campaigns. She ran popular freshman Sen. Ted Lillie’s successful campaign in Woodbury last fall and is president of the Minnesota Excellence in Public Service Series (MEPSS), a women’s leadership and political training program that has served as a breeding ground for successful legislative candidates.
When the 87th Minnesota Legislature convenes in January, it will seat 60 new members - the third-highest total of the past 40 years. Fifty-four of those new faces will be Republicans.
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