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Senate DFL: Goodbye to all that

In 1972, the state Senate's Liberal Caucus won the majority in the general election. When they took office, both chambers switched to a partisan affiliation footing, and and Senate DFLers started a run in the driver's seat that would last nearly 40 years. As Republicans prepare to end their 38-year drought by taking control of the Senate next week, Capitol Report sifted through the archives to glean some of the defining moments in the upper chamber during the decades of DFL rule.

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Margaret Anderson Kelliher: What’s next?

Room 15 in the Minnesota state Capitol was packed wall-to-wall with DFL activists and lawmakers the day after the primary election. They had gathered to proclaim their unity in supporting the gubernatorial bid of former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton, who squeaked past House Speaker and DFL endorsee Margaret Anderson Kelliher by a mere 7,000 votes.

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Retiring state senator Steve Murphy praises bipartisanship, bemoans ‘polarizing politics’

State Sen. Steve Murphy’s official line for retiring is to find more family time, but he sounds as if he might just be sick and tired of lawmaking. Words like “nonsense” and “turmoil” come out when Murphy speaks of the political process at the Capitol these days, and Murphy pines for the days when bipartisanship, in his view, was more common, such as when he came to St. Paul in 1993.

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Mullery blocking judicial elections overhaul

Rep. Joe Mullery doesn’t want to talk about judicial elections. That’s abundantly obvious. And the House Civil Justice Committee chair's lack of enthusiasm for engaging the issue has left in limbo the fate of a proposal to significantly overhaul Minnesota’s judicial-election system. The bill currently pending before Mullery's committee would require voters to decide in November whether they want to amend the state Constitution to adopt a retention-election system for judicial contests.

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