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Sean Nienow

Jun 23, 2014

The Capitol Note: MN GOP stands behind MacDonald despite legal troubles

The state Republican party will stand behind state Supreme Court candidate Michelle MacDonald despite legal troubles stemming from an intoxicated driving allegation.

May 6, 2014

Medical marijuana bill set for Senate vote

By a 14 - 7 margin, the Senate Finance Committee on Monday voted to send medical marijuana legislation to the Senate, where the controversial and suddenly fast-moving measure is now set to go to a floor vote on Tuesday.

Mar 24, 2014

GOP bill would cancel Senate office building project

Approval of the building is currently pending in the House Rules Committee.

Jan 21, 2014

The Capitol Note: RPM officials tout party’s debt paydown

The party began this year with just $90,000 in the bank, and total liabilities in the amount of $1.17 million.

Jan 20, 2014

The Capitol Note: GOP gubernatorial hopefuls play nice during debate

Marty Seifert said activists are judging candidates on their electability in a statewide race.

Jan 17, 2014

Mann of war: a new chapter in stadium saga

After Minneapolis activist Doug Mann’s court challenge to the new Vikings stadium forced yet another postponement of a critical bond sale, state officials, project boosters and more than a few bellicose Vikings fans wasted no time in deriding Mann as a frivolous publicity hound.

Nov 25, 2013

The Capitol Note: MSFA, Vikings sign stadium construction deal

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said the extra $26 million was meant to "ensure several features that are so important to all users of the stadium."

Nov 14, 2013

DHS rescinds exemption offered to Amplatz hospital

In a statement issued to Politics in Minnesota on Thursday afternoon, Fairview argued that it still felt that it qualified for the exemption.

Oct 25, 2013

Stewart Mills announces GOP endorsements for CD 8 bid

Mills, the only declared GOP candidate in that race so far, was endorsed by a number of prominent Republicans who represent parts of the 8th District.

Sep 24, 2013

MNsure officials roll back expectations for Oct. 1 opening

At Tuesday's gathering of the MNsure Oversight Committee, Rep. Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights, had a simple question for health exchange officials: "Is it ready?

Sep 19, 2013

Republicans call for MNsure review

The trio of perceived shortcomings within MNsure cropped up in rapid succession, with each matter coming to light in a matter of days last week.

Aug 14, 2013

Tea Party looks to 2014 revival

Following the 2012 elections, it was unclear how much momentum was left in the Tea Party movement, both nationally and in Minnesota. Political analysts blamed the conservative faction for several embarrassing Republican losses in high-profile campaigns, while overall public opinion seemed to have soured on the concept.

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