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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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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Voters Strip Lawmakers Of Pay Decisoin

Minnesotans supported a constitutional amendment establishing a 16-member independent panel to determine state legislator pay. With 3,304 of 4,120 precincts reporting Tuesday night, Nov. 8, unofficial returns from the secretary of state indicated nearly 76 percent support. Ballots without any votes for or against the proposed constitutional amendment were counted as “no” votes. The issue…
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Republicans May Keep Minnesota House

Minnesota’s top Democrat conceded early today that Republicans will keep the Minnesota House. Chairman Ken Martin of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party said early today that his party is “fighting for its life” to maintain state Senate control, Minnesota Public Radio reported. Voters collectively were deciding which party will run the Minnesota Legislature for the next two…
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