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Steve Murphy

Jan 10, 2012

2 DFLers will challenge moderate Senate Republicans

Matt Schmit has filed to run in Red Wing's Senate District 28. Jack Krage will run in Winona's Senate District 31.

Nov 2, 2011

Cordelia Pierson joins SD59 contest

Cordelia Pierson is the third candidate to file for the seat being vacated by Sen. Larry Pogemiller. Pierson is currently executive director of the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership, a nonprofit group that focuses on riverfront revitalization.

Nov 17, 2010

GOP leaders talk about how they flipped a veto-proof majority in Senate

Late last week, three of the principal architects of the Republicans' Minnesota Senate takeover gathered in Sen. Amy Koch's office for one last time to talk about how they'd pulled it off.

Nov 12, 2010

Meet the freshmen: Senate GOP edition

As Charley Shaw writes this week, the new Republican majority in the Minnesota Senate appears dedicated to projecting a considerably more conservative face when Session 2011 convenes in seven weeks.

Oct 8, 2010

Legislative candidates begin final push

Political action committees and legislative caucuses have already done mailings assailing the opposition. But now that the campaign has entered the final month, the rough-and-tumble race for the Legislature is kicking into high gear.

Sep 22, 2010

GOP eyes Senate seat takeovers

At some point this year, everybody who's anybody in the state GOP and the Senate Republican Caucus has stepped to a podium to proclaim 2010 the year they will finally take over the chamber.

Sep 13, 2010

Minnesota Majority announces ‘heroes’ and ‘zeros’

Fourteen Republican state legislators, including gubernatorial nominee Tom Emmer, received perfect ratings from Minnesota Majority for their voting records during the 2010 legislative session. Conversely, seven state senators, all Democrats, received zero ratings from the conservative advocacy group.

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.

Aug 20, 2010

More committee shakeups in Senate?

Chaudhary's primary loss made him the body's fifth departing chair

Aug 13, 2010

Analysts tussle over election outlook at PIM-sponsored election preview

Hours after Tuesday's DFL primary, the Minnesota GOP launched a TV ad attack calling DFLer Mark Dayton "erratic" and wondering out loud what frequency he was on.

Jul 23, 2010

Tea Party agitation brings political novices into legislative race mix

Traditionally, there have been a number of more or less well-worn paths to the Minnesota Legislature. They include backgrounds in local government, business, and partisan political activism. Each, in its own way, has tended to breed familiarity with the levers of government and how they operate.

Jul 9, 2010

SD 28 race puts longtime DFL seat in play

Joe Fricke has heard the words “political newcomer” many times. It’s what the news media and opponents are calling the 28-year-old law school graduate as he vies for a coveted seat in the Minnesota Senate. And while the label connotes a lack of experience, Fricke thinks it’s precisely that lack of experience that could be his ticket to St. Paul.

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