ST. PAUL – It is a busy, busy time in legislative offices these days.
Some legislators and employees are packing up to leave after election losses or voluntary retirements. New folks are moving in. All remaining incumbents are shifting offices as House and Senate majorities change from Republican to Democrat.
ST. PAUL – If the newly Democratic-led Legislature takes up measures to expand gay rights in 2013, it will put a particular spotlight on lawmakers from districts where votes on a constitutional gay-marriage ban didn’t line up with the prevailing view of their own party.
ST. PAUL – More valuable than any poll, Minnesota lawmakers got a strong pulse of their constituents this week on gay marriage through district-by-district, town-by-town results of a vote that rejected a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
ROCHESTER, Minn. – The normal way political partisans get fired up is by top-of-ticket contests.
But with President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar apparently doing well in Minnesota, those races may not pull as many Democratic volunteers and donors as in other years.
MOORHEAD – Longtime Moorhead Rep. Morrie Lanning, who played a key role in passage of a Minnesota Vikings stadium bill this spring, announced Thursday that he would not seek re-election to the legislative seat he’s held for 10 years.
ST. PAUL – Keith Langseth has spent half of his nearly 75 years as a Minnesota legislator. Mark Murdock has been in the House less than four years.
Langseth is a Democrat. Murdock is a Republican. Langseth is a dairy farmer. Murdock is a longtime hardware store owner.
ST. PAUL – Fixing the Minnesota Capitol building’s crumbling outside walls and aging interior won easy approval from a key House committee Tuesday, but funding other public works projects around the state may prove more controversial.
ST. PAUL – Legislators who drink and drive should face the same consequences as everyone else, a group of college students argues.
In Minnesota, legislators get what some deem a “get out of jail free” card protecting them from arrest for certain crimes. Some students from Concordia University in St. Paul were not happy when they discovered that legislative immunity could shield lawmakers from drunken driving arrests.
By Danielle Nordine, State Capitol Bureau
, March 15, 2012
MOORHEAD – Two incumbent area legislators will need to run against each other in a newly created district released Tuesday by a five-judge panel.
Current District 9B state Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, and District 2A Rep. Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley, are now in District 4B, according to the new maps.
Since both men are in the same party – both also educators by occupation – Marquart said they will have talk to one another about how to move forward in the November election.
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