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Jul 3, 2012

Departing legislators jump into county races

An unusually large number of legislators and prominent Minnesota politicos are opting to run in county commissioner races across the state.

May 11, 2012

So long, adios, auf wiedersehen

After adjourning in the wee hours of Thursday morning, the Minnesota House of Representatives plunged ahead with the bittersweet biennial ritual of retirement speeches from departing members.

Mar 28, 2012

Key matchups include pairings of Dean/McFarlane and Jungbauer/Benson

On Saturday Reps. Glenn Gruenhagen and Ron Shimanski squared off in Hutchinson for the GOP endorsement in House District 18B. On the second ballot Gruenhagen pulled within half a percentage point of crossing the 60 percent threshold required for endorsement.

Mar 24, 2012

Hornstein, Gruenhagen prevail in intra-party endorsement contests

Rep. Frank Hornstein narrowly defeated Rep. Marion Greene in a DFL endorsement contest Saturday for a South Minneapolis seat. Greene conceded defeat after the third ballot.

Mar 13, 2012

Ortman, Limmer among GOP incumbents facing endorsement challenges

At least three incumbent Republican legislators appear to be facing serious challenges for party endorsement.

Mar 7, 2012

As endorsing season looms, MN legislators scrambling to finalize election plans

House and Senate races across the state are rapidly shaking out after the release of the 2012 legislative map last month. And with local endorsing conventions set to take place throughout March, incumbents and challengers alike have little time to make decisions about their political futures.

Mar 5, 2012

Legislative contests come into focus

House and Senate races across the state are rapidly shaking out following the release of new legislative maps.

Feb 22, 2012

Legislative map: All shook up

The most anticipated political event of the year at the Capitol — the unveiling of court-drawn state legislative and congressional districts that will be used for the next decade — arrived at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Jan 6, 2012

Tort reform, take two

When Republicans swept into control of the state House and Senate in the 2010 elections, business groups had high hopes for advancing policies that had gotten swatted down by DFL majorities in the past.

Jun 1, 2011

Revenue without ‘taxes’

With Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal to place a fourth-tier income tax on the state’s wealthiest earners running into a Republican wall of opposition, any compromise that moves Dayton’s way on revenue is likely to find legislators sifting through lower-profile options such as shifts, fees, tax loopholes and surcharges to close the gap.

Apr 27, 2011

Gambling bills may be headed for photo finish

In previous legislative sessions, proposals to expand gambling have attracted more support from Republicans than DFLers. Given Minnesota's $5 billion state budget deficit and the new Republican majorities in the House and Senate, gambling proposals would seem to stand a much-improved chance of landing on the governor's desk as part of a budget agreement.

Apr 22, 2011

The makings of a No Deal finish

Though there is still a month left, DFLers and Republicans in the Legislature are showing no signs of moving toward a compromise budget deal to close the projected $5 billion general fund deficit by the constitutionally required May 23 adjournment date. Around the halls of the Capitol, it is increasingly an article of faith that there will be no deal by then.

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