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Ted Grindal

Dec 19, 2012

Session ’13 politics: Let the games begin

The last time DFLers controlled all the levers of power at the Capitol, during the 1989-90 legislative session, Duane Benson was the Republican Senate minority leader. Benson recalls making a floor speech at the time comparing the dynamic to a basketball contest between the Harlem Globetrotters and the Washington Generals.

Sep 14, 2012

Dayton: Campaigner in chief

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton managed to draw a large crowd to a restaurant in downtown Minneapolis just ahead of the annual Twin Cities Pride Festival. The purpose was to raise money for Minnesotans United for All Families, the main campaign in opposition to a proposed ballot initiative.

Jun 19, 2012

MN United raises more than $3 million to fight gay marriage amendment

Minnesotans United for All Families -- the primary group opposing the gay marriage amendment -- has raised $3.1 million so far this year, with roughly 90 percent of that money coming from in-state donors.

Mar 9, 2012

Capitol veterans think second half of session will be as uneventful as the first

If there’s one thing lobbyists and longtime Capitol observers of all stripes can agree on with respect to the 2012 legislative session, it’s that the pressure is off.

Nov 30, 2011

‘Amazon tax’ on online sales to get push in ’12 session

Brian Steinhoff has his agenda set for the upcoming legislative session. As the president of the Minnesota Retailers Association (MRA), which represents 2,000 businesses ranging in size from major corporations to mom-and-pop shops across the state, he is making the issue of online sales taxes his main focus in 2012.

Nov 9, 2011

Cullen Sheehan departs Senate GOP for Lockridge

Cullen Sheehan is stepping down as state Senate GOP chief of staff to lobby for Minneapolis-based Lockridge Grindal Nauen. The Senate majority's legislative director Kevin Matzek will assume the chief of staff's role.

Oct 12, 2011

Why gambling expansion remains a long-shot bet

A steady downpour didn’t keep Indian gambling workers from flocking outside the state Capitol in St. Paul last April. At least 1,500 people gathered outside on the building’s steps, some arriving by the busload from reservations hours away. Clad in raincoats and shielded by a canopy of umbrellas, workers thrust signs into the air that read, “Rural jobs count too” and “Don’t gamble wit[...]

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.

Jul 1, 2011

Dayton prevailed legally, but loss on LGA and K-12 may hurt his position

As June began to slip away and it grew increasingly likely that the Minnesota budget impasse was headed for a government shutdown, talks around the Capitol began to revolve around the bargaining leverage each side would hold as the full attention of Minnesotans turned to its dysfunctional Capitol.

Mar 7, 2011

Brod joins Lockridge Grindal Nauen as ‘senior strategic advisor’

Former state Rep. Laura Brod has joined the law firm of Lockridge Grindal Nauen as a "senior strategic advisor" focusing on business development and government affairs. The New Prague Republican served four terms in the House, but decided not to run for re-election last year.

Dec 3, 2010

Like lege, lobbying world turns right

The end of the Pawlenty administration and the change in political control at the state Legislature are already transforming the lobbying world at the state Capitol.

Jul 14, 2010

Kelliher is counting on her campaign’s formidable organizing talent

In the days leading up to the DFL state convention in Duluth, the widespread belief was that Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak had established crucial momentum. Of course, that’s not exactly how it played out. Kelliher led on all six ballots and exited the convention center with the party’s backing. Rybak went back to Minneapolis City Hall. In the end, organization trumped charisma. Kelliher earned[...]

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