After Today, A Must-Watch Live Stream Monday

The last time Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and House Speaker Kurt Daudt met, it lasted about a quarter of an hour before the governor walked out, saying Daudt did not want to help people afford health insurance. “That was about as productive as everyone thought it would be,” Daudt, R-Crown, said Friday, Dec. 16, as…
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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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Gazelka Ready To Lead Senate

Sen. Paul Gazelka said he had no intention of becoming the Minnesota Senate’s leader until his wife, Maralee, reacted to election returns. “My wife said, ‘You ought to be running for that seat,”” the Nisswa senator said Thursday, Nov. 10, moments after fellow Republicans elected him the majority leader in the second time the GOP…
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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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Staff Talks Begin New Work Toward Special Legislative Session

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared a special legislative session dead just more than a month ago, but on Thursday, Sept. 22, legislative and executive branch staff members gather to discuss bringing legislators back this fall. The governor raised the possibility of resurrecting special session talks during a late-August State Fair interview and talked to House…
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