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Warren Limmer

Mar 7, 2012

Local GOP chair resigns to challenge Limmer in SD 34

Chuck Roulet, co-chair of the Republican Party in Sen. Warren Limmer's district, has resigned his post to run against the six-term incumbent.

Mar 7, 2012

Right-to-work schism dominates GOP amendment debate

For Republican Sen. Dave Thompson, time is running short. The freshman from Lakeville has spent the last six months readying a ballot initiative that would enshrine so-called “right-to-work” language in the state’s Constitution.

Feb 15, 2012

Politics, cost derail sex offender policy overhaul

A proposal to overhaul Minnesota’s policies for dealing with dangerous sex offenders looks highly unlikely to gain any legislative traction this year. The politically contentious issue appears to be disappearing from the legislative radar despite months of work by key Republican leaders and officials with the departments of Corrections and Human Services.

Feb 3, 2012

Tribal gaming dollars go bipartisan

Indian tribes have been a powerful force in Minnesota politics for nearly two decades, bankrolling major political party groups with hundreds of thousands of dollars for their campaigns. In 2011 they spread their money almost evenly between DFLers and Republicans.

Feb 1, 2012

Majorities press for more permitting changes

Republicans in the state Legislature are advancing a new set of initiatives to overhaul environmental regulation. The measures come after they reached accord last year with Gov. Mark Dayton on a sweeping bill that streamlined the environmental permitting process.

Jan 27, 2012

Bonding will be bargaining chip again

When lawmakers reached a truce that ended last year’s government shutdown, one essential sweetener in the final budget deal was a bonding bill to pay for state construction projects.

Jan 26, 2012

Voter ID constitutional amendment introduced in Senate

A total of 10 senators have signed on to two versions of the bill that would bypass the Gov. Mark Dayton's veto and instead put a controversial elections reform measure before voters this fall.

Jan 19, 2012

Legislators seek solution to sex offender dilemma

The systemic problems of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program are causing legislators to consider a significant overhaul of the state’s policies for dealing with sex offenders.

Jan 18, 2012

The politics of Session 2012

The 2012 legislative session should be unlike any in recent memory. That’s in part because there is no budget deficit to erase. The surprising December budget forecast — showing a surplus of nearly $900 million — removes the primary point of contention between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and the GOP-controlled Legislature.

Jan 13, 2012

Supporters of judicial retention elections gearing up for another push

Last year voters in Wisconsin witnessed an ugly campaign for a seat on the state’s Supreme Court between incumbent justice David Prosser and assistant attorney general JoAnne Kloppenburg. Some three dozen outside interest groups spent $4.5 million seeking to influence the outcome of the contest, according to a report by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Dec 28, 2011

Limmer will not run for MN GOP chair

Sen. Warren Limmer is not running for chair of the state Republican Party. On Tuesday the Judiciary Committee chair told reporters that he was weighing a bid for the party's top post, but has now decided to focus on his duties in the Senate.

Dec 1, 2011

Senate will back suit against Dayton’s unionization order

The resolution means the Senate will officially file brief in support of a lawsuit that has pitted 11 childcare providers against the Dayton administration in Ramsey County District Court

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