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Roger Chamberlain

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 3, 2012

Tribal gaming dollars go bipartisan

Indian tribes have been a powerful force in Minnesota politics for nearly two decades, bankrolling major political party groups with hundreds of thousands of dollars for their campaigns. In 2011 they spread their money almost evenly between DFLers and Republicans.

Jan 25, 2012

2012 legislation: The gates open

Minnesota lawmakers want to get in and out of the Capitol as quickly as possible this year, a fact that’s evident in skimming through the first bills of the 2012 session.

Jan 24, 2012

MN Senate’s first bills of 2012 cover everything from bonding to judicial elections

The upper chamber introduced just more than 50 bills for the first day of session, covering everything from judicial election reforms and bonding projects to proposals that aim to temper the impact of another government shutdown.

Jan 18, 2012

GOP in ’11: Historic triumphs, historic troubles

Minnesota Republicans started the 2011 session having conquered titans. In the Legislature, GOP lawmakers had made a historic 54-seat gain in the House and Senate that fall, a swing that handed them majorities in both chambers for the first time in 38 years.

Jan 3, 2012

Ortman, Ingebrigtsen named to Senate leadership team

Julianne Ortman, a three-term senator from Chanhassen, will serves as Senjem's number two as deputy majority leader. Bill Ingebrigtsen, a two-term senator from Alexandria, will take a remaining assistant majority leader slot.

Dec 28, 2011

New Senate majority leader? In crisis, Republicans turn to Senjem again

Senate Republicans will head into the 2012 legislative session and election cycle with a new leadership team at the helm after one of the most dramatic downfalls of a Minnesota politician in decades. In an 11-hour marathon session at the Radisson hotel in Roseville on Tuesday, Republican senators elected Rochester Sen. Dave Senjem as their new majority leader.

Jul 11, 2011

Supreme Court: Constitutional challenge will be heard July 27

A suit filed by six Republican members of the Legislature will proceed to arguments before the Supreme Court July 27.

Jun 28, 2011

Courts to stay open through shutdown, judge rules

Citing the potential that the constitutional rights of Minnesotans could be violated if the courts were not operational,a judge the courts will remain funded in a shutdown.

Jun 27, 2011

Judicial funding case under advisement

Four GOP senators were rebuffed, as they were last week in the main shutdown case, in their effort to join as separate parties.

Jun 22, 2011

Supreme Court dismisses GOP senators’ claim

The dismissal, issued without prejudice, leaves the lawmakers to take up their claim with the rest of the shutdown case in Ramsey County Court, but also leaves the door open to refile after that decision is handed out.

Jun 22, 2011

Dayton, Swanson move to dismiss GOP senators’ suit

The suit, filed this week by four GOP senators, asks the Supreme Court to not allow any state money to spent in the event of a government shutdown July 1.

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