On May 6 Richard Carlbom became engaged to his boyfriend of more than four years. Two weeks later the Minnesota House voted to place a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage on the 2012 ballot.
Richard Carlbom will be campaign manager of Minnesotans United for All Families, which is leading the effort to defeat the gay marriage amendment on the 2012 ballot.
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On the first day of the legislative session on Tuesday, many of the Senate's new Republican committee administrators were still receiving the keys to their offices and waiting for their phones to be set up. But for the most part, the top committee staffers who will help Senate Republicans govern in the majority for the first time since 1972 are hardly strangers to the Capitol.
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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.
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Chip Cravaack pulled off one of the most stunning political upsets in Minnesota history, knocking off 18-term U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar in the 8th Congressional District. The GOP challenger received 48 percent of the vote, besting the incumbent by nearly 5,000 votes.
National political pundit Larry Sabato has released his final "crystal ball" predictions for the 2010 elections. The director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics anticipates Republicans picking up 55 seats and taking control of the House. Sabato sees the three Minnesota incumbents considered to be in some peril -- DFLers Jim Oberstar and Tim Walz, and Republican Michele Bachmann -[...]
Former Republican governors Al Quie and Arne Carlson both agree that they want Independence Party candidate Tom Horner in the governor's office next year, but they don't see eye-to-eye on who should sit in Congress represnting southern Minnesota.
Minnesota's 1st Congressional District has traditionally served as a bellwether for national political trends. In 1994 Republican Gil Gutknecht rode a surge of Clinton midterm discontent in wresting the seat from Democratic hands. A dozen years later, Tim Walz ousted Gutknecht as Democrats nationwide capitalized on anger at the Bush administration and the Iraq War.
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