STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Abeler set to challenge Franken
A moderate Minnesota Republican known for his work on health care legislation plans a U.S. Senate campaign.
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STAFF BLOG COMPASS POINTS Sportsmen commend Senate passing of Farm Bill
The version of the Farm Bill passed today by the U.S. Senate is drawing praise from conservation groups.
In a news release, Steve Kline, director of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnerships C... Posted on 6/21/12 at 2:46 PM
NASCAR DAD Sen Ray Holmberg
Sen Holmberg passed a bill (Senate Bill 2488) in 1993 that would discourage false reports of child abuse in divorce and child custody cases. All court costs would be paid by parent (often the mother) ... Posted on 7/22/09 at 5:45 AM
Kurt Bills dumped several books on a table in his U.S. Senate campaign office, declaring they were his plan to fix the federal budget.
He said those documents provided a “starting point,” admitting that key provisions such as eliminating the Education Department likely would be dropped in negotiations. Amy Klobuchar touted her vote on the Budget Control Act that would chop $2.2 trillion in federal spending over 10 years as her starting point.
Voters searching for differences between Minnesota Senate candidates in Districts 8 and 12 found plenty to mull over Monday night.
The office seekers clashed over the environment, renewable energy, the state budget, health care reform, the effectiveness of the last legislative session and more.
Amy Klobuchar and Kurt Bills shared broad smiles and agreed it was hot.
But then the two U.S. Senate candidates took to a Minnesota State Fair stage in what proved to be a feisty debate during which they agreed on little.
The Senate District 8 Republicans held their bi-annual Endorsing Convention on Saturday, May 5 at the Lakes Area Community Center in Battle Lake. Three candidates for office were endorsed.
State Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen was chosen to compete again for a seat in the State Senate in the newly formed Senate District 8.
Showing photo identification before voting may be inconvenient, but the senator sponsoring a proposal to require voter photo ID says it is worth it.
“I will willingly admit that there is some burden placed on some of our citizens in exercising their right to vote,” Senator Scott Newman said Friday before Minnesota senators voted 36-30 mostly along party lines to require photo IDs. “On balance, I believe this [constitutional] amendment is the right thing to do.”
Appropriation of legacy funds was unanimously approved by the Senate Thursday in the form of a bill carried by Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria.
The bill would commit $5.5 million for Asian carp barriers and $1.8 million for a University of Minnesota aquatic invasive species research center, among funds for a number of other projects and programs.
Danielle Nordine, Echo Press State Capitol Bureau
, March 28, 2012
Five judges guaranteed there will be plenty of new faces at the Minnesota Capitol next year.
A five-judge panel Tuesday redrew legislative district maps, pairing 46 of the state’s 201 lawmakers and creating 23 seats with no incumbent.
“That is a good positive thing for people who say they want to throw the incumbents out,” said Representative Mary Murphy, DFL-Hermantown, the lead House redistricting Democrat.
It was smiles and bigger smiles today as Minnesota's 201 legislators took their oaths of office, hiding the overriding fact of the new legislative session featuring the most drastic change in state leadership in decades as Republicans took control of the House and Senate for the first time in 40 years.
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