Chatter: Urban Legislators Shut Out Of Top Leadership Roles

Three of four legislative leaders come from rural Minnesota, and none from Minneapolis or St. Paul. Only Rep. Melissa Hortman of suburban Brooklyn Park comes from the Twin Cities. The Democrat will be House minority leader. Rep. Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, continues as House speaker and Sen. Tom Bakk of Cook remains as the top Senate…
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Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt meets the press Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, to talk about the future of a Republican controlled state Legislature. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Will 2017 Be Repeat Of 2011 Division, Shutdown?

The last time during Democratic Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s term that Republicans controlled the state House and Senate, things did not go so well. In 2011, the governor and legislators could not agree on a budget, so when the new budget year began the state went into a 21-day government shutdown for lack of money.…
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Minnesota GOP Shows Its Power

Greater Minnesota Republicans flexed their muscle. They helped provide the state House and Senate a GOP majority and forced some U.S. House races into closer-than-expected contests in the Tuesday, Nov. 8 general election. While House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, said Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump deserves some of the credit in attracting rural voters to…
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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton tells reporters Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, that voters opted for divided political control of state government and he must live with it. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Dayton Wants Post-Election Special Insurance Session

The election did not appear to clarify whether the governor and lawmakers will agree on how to lower health insurance premiums. Gov. Mark Dayton said on Wednesday, Nov. 9, that legislative staff and his aides last met on the subject Friday and he wants them to get together again to work on legislation that could…
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Happy Day For Minnesota Republicans

Republicans apparently won control of the Minnesota Senate Tuesday, Nov. 8, and came close in many races they were not expected to make competitive. As Donald Trump stayed close to Democrat Hillary Clinton in a Minnesota presidential race not decided Wednesday morning, three fellow Republicans fell just short of unseating a trio of greater Minnesota…
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