Some Lawmakers Ready For Another Sunday Sales Vote

By Maureen McMullen and Don Davis, Forum News Service Suddenly, an opening has appeared in a long effort to allow liquor stores to be open on Sundays. A chance, not a guarantee by any means. “I think we are going to pass Sunday sales out of the House this year,” House Speaker Kurt Daudt told…
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‘Damaged Relationship’ To Start Session

By Maureen McMullen and Don Davis The two top Minnesota political leaders will approach the legislative session in January with a “damaged relationship” following a failure to agree on a special session slated for Monday. House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, made the comment Monday, Dec. 19, while talking to the media about the upcoming legislative…
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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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