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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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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Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump take the stage at the start of their presidential town hall debate at Washington University in St. Louis, on Oct. 9, 2016. (Reuters photo by Rick Wilking)

Legislative Election History May Mean Little This Year In Minnesota

Look at history and it would appear Democrats will control the Minnesota Legislature next year. After all, Democrats have won control of the Senate in every presidential election year since 1992. And House Democrats came out on top in four of the six most recent presidential years. Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party voters have a tradition of turning…
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Chatter: Dayton’s ‘Not Affordable’ Insurance Quote Spurs Lots Of Talk

“The reality is the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable for increasing numbers of people.” Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton had not even finished the sentence when political reporters knew they had a story. After all, Dayton has been a strong proponent of the federal health care law, better known as Obamacare, and pushed to…
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