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Jun 21, 2011

House panel OKs shutdown resolution, hires Magnuson

The resolution, similar to one passed by the Senate Rules Committee last week, OKs arguing the Legislature's position that it be allowed to remain operational enough to eventually bring the shutdown to a close.

Jun 20, 2011

GOP senators file petition challenging courts authority to spend money

Four GOP senators have filed a petition in Ramsey County District Court seeking to prohibit the judicial branch from spending state dollars if a government shutdown occurs. The legal brief argues that only the legislative branch has the constitutional authority to appropriate funds.

Jun 17, 2011

Lawsuit: Shutdown means stop

On Monday, yet another legal petition regarding the terms of a state government shutdown is expected to be filed in Ramsey County District Court, and this one makes a very simple case: In the event of a shutdown, priority funding should go to — no one. Nothing gets funded. Any such arrangement is illegal on its face according to the Minnesota Constitution.

Jun 16, 2011

Conservative legislators, group plan to file shutdown suit

A new lawsuit pertaining to a possible state government shutdown will join a slew of others filed this week, including petitions from Gov. Mark Dayton and Attorney General Lori Swanson, who are attempting to define what agencies and programs would be funded in the event of a shutdown.

Apr 29, 2011

Republican challengers blasted per diems in 2010 – and all but one claim them now

There are more costs associated with being an elected official than Republican Rep. Deb Kiel realized. The first-term legislator from Crookston said she didn't anticipate the money she would have to spend on things like travel and communications. She has been able to save some money by living with her son, who is a student at the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, but said she still need[...]

Feb 1, 2011

Bondings and its discontents; primary day for Sertich seat

Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson will represent both houses of the Legislature  in the government shutdown court case that will have its first hearing this Thursday in Ramsey County District Court. The House Rules Committee gave final approval to the arrangement Tuesday, passing a resolution (2011-R19b, available here) on a voice vote that ...

Dec 22, 2010

Senate Republicans release committee rosters

Lobbyists who have been waiting on pins and needles for the House and Senate to release their committee rosters got an early holiday present on Wednesday, when the Senate GOP sent out a final list of Republican names that will make up the majority in the chamber's 16 committees next year.

Nov 23, 2010

Meet the freshmen: Senate GOP, part II

As the Minnesota Legislature prepares for a transition that will see 60 freshmen join the rolls of the state Senate and House, PIM continues with our series of post-election portraits of the 2011 class. In this latest edition, we look at seven more members of the incoming Senate Republican majority.

Jul 9, 2010

13 could be lucky number for Senate GOP

Around convention time in the spring, Senate Minority Leader Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, boasted that his caucus would retake the chamber’s majority in November. Considering Senate Republicans’ 38-year stranglehold on minority status, and the 13 seats that his troops will need to gain to make good on the pledge, it amounts to a tall order.

Mar 31, 2010

Republicans chase swing district gains

Republicans are sensing blood in the water of more than a dozen state House and Senate districts, and they’re circling.

Feb 22, 2010

Republicans line up to challenge incumbent DFL lawmakers

Minnesota Republicans, buoyed by national congressional gains and an increasing tide of conservative sentiment, are queueing up to challenge incumbent DFL state legislators this year.

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