Republican state senators were informed by email Friday evening that Senate communications director Michael Brodkorb is no longer employed by the caucus. An adviser for Mike Parry's campaign for Congress says Brodkorb left his volunteer job with the campaign.
Concluding several days of marathon floor sessions, the Minnesota Senate passed its remaining budget bills off the floor and the GOP-controlled Legislature has sent a complete budget Gov. Mark Dayton.
In an unusual move at this point in the legislative session, Gov. Mark Dayton addressed a joint GOP caucus meeting to talk to the more than 100 Republican legislators about how to solve the $5 billion budget deficit with just days left in the regular session.
Senate Republican leadership released budget spending targets Thursday, saying they will keep their promise not to raise taxes and reducing the most in the areas of health and human services, tax aids and credits and state government and veterans spending in an effort to solve a $5 billion budget deficit.
In the Senate, Michel will head redistricting from a subcommittee of the committee on rules and administration. In the House, Rep. Sarah Anderson will chair the redistricting committee.
The restructuring of the caucus and its chairs by a new leadership team is widely expected to produce a decidedly conservative shift on the part of Senate Republicans, who in recent years have built a more centrist track record than their increasingly conservative House colleagues.
Former Senate Republican Minority Leader Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, will serve as one of six Assistant Majority Leaders next legislative session, after Republicans took control of the state Senate for the first time in 38 years.
Two weeks before Minnesota's political contribution refund (PCR) program expired, Rep. Julie Bunn, DFL-Lake Elmo, and about nine volunteers unleashed a full-tilt fundraising drive.
This chart shows six major party units' fundraising and spending action in the current year and for the same period in the last major election year.
With the Aug. 10 primary only weeks away and the general election campaign season about to kick off in full, the Minnesota House and Senate caucuses have been putting their election point people to work to support endorsed candidates.
State GOP pols don't want the federal health care proposal to wash up on Minnesota's shores. DFLers in the Legislature, however, said there's $3 billion in reasons the state needs the bill to pass.
Senate Minority Leader Dave Senjem (R-Rochester) started 2010 with a bang today, announcing that Cullen Sheehan is the new chief of staff for the Senate GOP Caucus.
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