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Steve Dille

Jul 13, 2011

Governor tries to reclaim the initiative in stalled-out budget talks

The scene was a new one for the governor, at least since the state entered a historic government shutdown two weeks ago. While Dayton made an additional offer to the GOP majorities and appeared at two St. Paul news conferences in the week after the July 1 shutdown, few have seen the state’s chief executive outside of the confines of the now-locked down state Capitol.

Jan 25, 2011

[Updated] Newman claims he had no knowledge of email declining to meet with opponent’s backers

Freshman Republican Sen. Scott Newman has refused to meet with the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA), and will not sit down with any other group that supported his DFL opponent Hal Kimball during the election, according to DFL rural blogger Sally Jo Sorensen.

Dec 17, 2010

When session opens, 60 former House and Senate members will have moved on

Sen. Steve Dille will probably not be bored when his 24 years at the Legislature officially come to an end next month. The first item on the 65-year-old Dassel Republican's post-Senate agenda is completing a biography of his grandfather.

Nov 19, 2010

New conservative GOP chairs to run Capitol sausage factory

Last Wednesday, just a day after new Republican legislative majorities unveiled their downsized committee structure, it rained gavels at the Capitol. Incoming caucus leaders Amy Koch and Kurt Zellers handed down a total of 40 chair appointments as a substantial contingent of the anointed stood beaming at their side.

Oct 8, 2010

Senate Minority Leader Senjem likely to face competition for leadership

While most Minnesota politicos are devoting their attention to the race for the governorship this year, a smaller power battle is brewing in the state Senate. Many who frequent the Capitol halls in St. Paul predict there will be a spirited race for head of the Senate GOP caucus after the general election, a spot that is looking more desirable to Republicans given boasts within the party that the G[...]

Sep 8, 2010

Vickerman’s seat primed for a flip?

State Sen. Jim Vickerman calls himself the most conservative Democrat in Minnesota, and he has a voting record to bolster that claim. The seven-term lawmaker has represented Senate District 22 with a light hand since 1986. The rural area has, with the exception of Vickerman, consistently voted Republican over the last decade.

Jun 2, 2010

IP sees chance at legislative inroads

As Minnesota’s Republican Party was giddily tweeting the news that the party had fielded candidates for all 201 seats in the state Legislature for the first time in 30 years, the Independence Party of Minnesota was quietly celebrating its own milestone: 16 candidates for the Legislature in 2010, seven in Senate districts and nine in House districts.

May 5, 2010

Kohls, Brod join ranks of the departing

The door marked “exit” at the Minnesota state Capitol will get a workout at the end of the 2010 session, with 17 legislators (so far) announcing that they’re not seeking re-election in the fall.

Apr 2, 2010

March Madness recap (conventions edition)

The month of March witnessed several interesting endorsing conventions for state legislative seats. In many instances, the conventions sorted out who will carry their party’s banner in November. In other cases, the endorsed candidates are being challenged in a primary. Here’s a rundown of what occurred at some of the notable conventions from the month past.

Mar 31, 2010

Republicans chase swing district gains

Republicans are sensing blood in the water of more than a dozen state House and Senate districts, and they’re circling.

Mar 31, 2010

One-time money a big part of budget fix

State legislators have solved roughly one-third of the $1 billion budget shortfall they currently face in the 2010-2011 biennium.

Mar 17, 2010

GOP race to replace Dille could go to primary

A candidate who lost Saturday's District 18 endorsement contest said he won't rule out a primary challenge against the endorsed candidate, former Rep. Scott Newman.

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