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Roger Reinert

Mar 20, 2013

First committee deadline scuttles many measures

For many lobbyists, working the Legislature is as much about the bills they are able to stop as the bills they are able to pass. That’s why Friday’s final deadline for policy measures to pass through committees in both chambers will be cause for either celebration or relief for Minnesota’s Capitol lobbying corps.

Sep 5, 2012

Simonson has inside track for 7B endorsement

Duluth DFLers will gather Saturday to endorse a write-in candidate to replace Gauthier after sex scandal

Aug 25, 2012

After Gauthier, DFL picks up the pieces

It’s been a dizzying 10 days for Democrats in Minnesota. It was back on August 15 that news reports first indicated that first-term DFL Rep. Kerry Gauthier was investigated – but not charged – by police for having oral sex with a 17-year-old male at a public rest stop.

Aug 23, 2012

Disaster relief special session set to convene Friday

In advance of Friday’s special session, Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders put their signatures to a set of written terms and a spreadsheet for disaster relief for northern Minnesota. Following a couple of weeks of scrutinizing the proposed financing, lawmakers agreed to $167 million for flood and wind damage in northern Minnesota, a figure that falls $27 million short of Dayton’s initia[...]

Aug 22, 2012

Gauthier still running; DFL reeling

Embattled DFL Rep. Kerry Gauthier shocked nearly everyone in the Minnesota political firmament on Wednesday morning when he announced that he plans to seek reelection to his seat in the state House of Representatives. The announcement came one week after it was publicly reported that Gauthier had been investigated by Duluth police following an incident in which he used a Craigslist ad to meet and [...]

Aug 10, 2012

Sticker shock: Dayton’s $190 million disaster bill

Officials from Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration and high-level Republican lawmakers met over the past week in an attempt to get closer to a deal on a disaster relief bill related to this summer’s floods in northeastern Minnesota.

Jul 27, 2012

Special session: No shenanigans, please

Governor, legislative leaders want disaster-relief-only special session, but will they get it?

Jul 3, 2012

Capitol preps for special session

No “if” about it: There will be a special session to appropriate state funding to help with the aftermath of the floods that wrought destruction last month in northeastern Minnesota. And part of the preparation involves seeking assurances from legislative leadership that their caucuses won’t use the session to advance other political aims.

May 30, 2012

Harrington says sayonara to Senate

Sen. John Harrington’s legislative career will come to a close after just two years. In 2010 the former St. Paul police chief easily won an eight-candidate DFL primary to replace retiring Sen. Mee Moua.

May 25, 2012

How the stadium deal was done

Left for dead in April, the Vikings stadium bill sprinted to passage in the session’s closing days. What happened?

May 9, 2012

Capitol awaits final stadium vote

After a pair of marathon floor debates, the House and Senate passed legislation this week authorizing construction of a $975 million stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.

May 9, 2012

DFL votes pass GOP bonding bill

Democrats in the Minnesota House and Senate have had two choices regarding their posture heading into the 2012 campaign season: Withhold votes on key bills to set up the claim that Republicans presided over a do-nothing session, or put up the votes to ensure passage of key initiatives and cry “job creation!”

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