Chatter: Legislature By The Numbers

The Nov. 8 election was unpredictable and the 2017 Minnesota Legislature likely will be, too. GOP candidates took many by surprise, including some fellow Republicans, and took over the state Senate. The GOP held a Senate majority in 2011-2012, but because of the election calendar this time it will be for four years, unless a…
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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 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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Chatter: Secretary Of State Simon Says Minnesota Election Will Not Be Rigged

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says the election is rigged against him, although he has offered no proof. Many people, including some in the federal government, fear Russia will try to affect the election with electronic attacks. But Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon disregards such talk, at least in the state where he is…
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Minnsota state technology official Scott Peterson and MNsure executive Allison O'Toole listen to a reporter's question Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, as they provide an update on how individual health insurance policy sales are going. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

MNsure Signs Up Month’s Worth Of Customers In Two Days

Technology issues are fixed and the state’s MNsure health insurance sales program has enrolled 10,000 Minnesotans, a mark not hit for nearly a month last year. “We’ve helped more Minnesotans than we have in any two-day period in our history,” MNsure executive Allison O’Toole told reporters Thursday, Nov. 3. She and Scott Peterson of the…
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