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Dec 14, 2011

Mike Parry draws on visibility of his state Senate seat to bolster his campaign for Congress

It was just a 176-word campaign email, but Sen. Mike Parry hit all the right notes: attacking Gov. Mark Dayton’s child care unionization order; lambasting labor; providing links to news coverage; and taking aim at the next opponent on his political horizon, DFL U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, whose congressional seat Parry hopes to claim in 2012.

Dec 7, 2011

Surplus likely to mean more GOP tax cut proposals

Amid last summer’s gridlock over how to close a $5 billion deficit and stave off a government shutdown, Republicans at one point presented Gov. Mark Dayton with what they called “an effort to compromise and find common ground.”

Nov 11, 2011

School levy results a rebuke to GOP critics?

Steve Drazkowski likely winced a bit when the results of the state’s school referendums rolled in last Wednesday. The Republican House member from Mazeppa made a big splash late this summer when he spoke out against a slew of referendums in his legislative district.

Nov 2, 2011

Parry will launch congressional campaign on Thursday

Mike Parry will officially kick off his campaign to knock off U.S. Rep. Tim Walz on Thursday. The two-term state senator has nine events scheduled over two days across the First Congressional District.

Nov 2, 2011

Garofalo: Hold levy votes in even years

The proposal is the latest step into the local politics of school finances in a year where a near-record number of districts have sought to either extend or increase their levies.

Oct 31, 2011

Drazkowski endorses Parry for Congress

After publicly considering running for Congress himself, Republican Rep. Steve Drazkowski has endorsed Sen. Mike Parry's bid against DFL Rep. Tim Walz in Minnesota's 1st Congressional District.

Oct 21, 2011

Dayton seeks to ramp up pressure on Republicans to act on a Vikings stadium

In what Dayton referred to as “Vikings week,” the first-term DFL governor moved to get the Legislature involved or at least make them potentially feel some heat if they don’t move forward on a plan.

Oct 7, 2011

Challengers lining up for Walz

In 2010 U.S. Rep. Tim Walz survived a Republican wave. Despite representing a quintessential swing district, Walz triumphed over state Rep. Randy Demmer by 5 percentage points.

Sep 8, 2011

Drazkowski considering a run against Walz

Republican House Rep. Steve Drazkowski is not ruling out a run against Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz in 2012.

Sep 7, 2011

State’s pols rally around presidential challengers

Supporting Michele Bachmann’s presidential bid wasn’t necessarily an easy decision for David FitzSimmons. While the three-term Republican congresswoman would seem a natural choice for FitzSimmons, who chairs the Republican Party in her home 6th District, he was squarely in the Ron Paul camp during the 2008 election and worked for his campaign.

Sep 7, 2011

Bonding 2012: It all depends

In an ordinary environment, state lawmakers would be poised to pass a large bonding bill in 2012. But Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders this year took the unusual step of passing a sizable bill in an odd-numbered year.

Aug 23, 2011

Minnesota Majority releases legislative scorecard

Twenty three Republican legislators received perfect scores for their votes during the 2011 legislative session from Minnesota Majority. Conversely 43 DFL legislators voted in opposition to the policies favored by the conservative advocacy group on every vote scored.

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