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Rod Hamilton

Mar 9, 2011

Can hemp grow jobs?

Although the issue of medical marijuana seems dead for the duration of Session 2011, one related issue is making its way through the legislative machinery. Industrial hemp is gaining momentum at the Capitol, even though a proposal on the subject appears destined for trouble in public safety committees.

Mar 2, 2011

GOP rural caucus isn’t out to make big waves in budget negotiations, but may be forced to do so

Rep. Bob Gunther doesn't want the Republican rural caucus he helped form this session to be seen as adversarial to suburban and metro legislators. In his view, the bicameral caucus' main purpose is to educate the large number of rural GOP members of the House and Senate, many of them freshmen, on issues of special concern to outstate members.

Jan 21, 2011

GOP legislators form rural caucus

As expected, rural legislators joined hands this week to form separate caucus to meet throughout the session. Former GOP Minority Leader, Sen. Dave Senjem, announced his intentions to form the caucus with Rep. Bob Gunther last fall.

Jan 5, 2011

Senate Republicans announce top committee staff

On the first day of the legislative session on Tuesday, many of the Senate's new Republican committee administrators were still receiving the keys to their offices and waiting for their phones to be set up. But for the most part, the top committee staffers who will help Senate Republicans govern in the majority for the first time since 1972 are hardly strangers to the Capitol.

Dec 30, 2010

House names committee administrators

The House Republican Caucus has hired a raft of new committee administrators who will try to bring order to the chaos of the legislative process as the new majority takes office. Their ranks include veteran caucus staffers as well as political refugees from the administration of outgoing GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Dec 30, 2010

House GOP shapes key committees for budget battle

There were few surprises when the Minnesota House GOP released committee rosters last week. Legislators, Republican and Democrat alike, landed in spots where they've sat before, or - in the case of new lawmakers - where they have accrued relevant experience in their professional and personal lives.

Dec 23, 2010

Dayton taps veterans Dave Frederickson and Ken Peterson for top posts

With his inauguration less than two weeks away, Gov.-elect Mark Dayton has announced two more state agency commissioners, and they are both familiar figures at the Capitol. Dave Frederickson will head the Department of Agriculture, and Ken Peterson has gotten the nod to lead the Department of Labor and Industry.

Dec 1, 2010

House Republicans announce whip and assistant leader positions

The House GOP has filled out its leadership ranks by naming a majority whip and four assistant majority leaders.

Nov 17, 2010

GOP downsizes committee rosters, names chairs

Making good on what they called part of their core campaign message, Republican leadership at the Legislature on Tuesday rolled out a drastically scaled back committee roster for the upcoming legislative session. The committee reconfiguration reduced the total number of legislative panels from 61 to 40, and GOP leaders predicted the move could save as much as $800,000. And they followed it up just[...]

Aug 9, 2010

Lege endorsements: Education Minnesota is backing seven Republicans

Business-backed MN Forward raised eyebrows last week when it announced support for three DFL legislators. But the reliably Republican PAC isn't the only big cash player at the Capitol that is backing candidates on the other side of the aisle. The Education Minnesota teachers union's PAC, which most frequently endorses DFLers, has endorsed a handful of Republican incumbents who are facing DFL chall[...]

Oct 29, 2009

PIM interview: House Minority Leader Zellers talks about 2010 session priorities

On Thursday morning, PIM spoke with House Minority Leader Kurt Zellers (R-Maple Grove) about his agenda for the upcoming 2010 legislative session. His central concern is the same as every other politico out there this season: "It’s about jobs and economic opportunity."

Jun 22, 2009

GOP to choose House leader

A new leader for the state House GOP caucus is expected to emerge from a closed-door meeting in the State Office Building at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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