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State Rep. Sondra Erickson, a retired school teacher, will lead GOP education efforts
State Rep. Sondra Erickson, a retired school teacher, will head the House Education Policy Committee now that Republicans have regained a majority in the Minnesota House of Representatives.Erickson, 72, stopped teaching English at Princeton High School in 2000.And her plan for this upcoming session, ...
Rochester-area legislators would like lower MNsure costs in their region
Rochester-area legislators would like to find a way to change the way MNsure divides the state for the health insurance exchange.MNsure's exchange offers different plans and pricing in nine regions; Region 1, which includes the Rochester area and the Mayo Clinic, has the highest prices. For 2015, th ...
DFLers lament Wagenius' absence from House environmental committee
The new GOP majority in the Minnesota House of Representatives has set up the committee rosters for the 2015 session that starts next month, and DFLers are perturbed at what they call a glaring omission.State Rep. Jean Wagenius, a staunch environmentalist who's been on the House Environment and Natu ...
Minnesota Democrats vote against government funding bill
CC/Flickr/intrepid00WASHINGTON — Nothing is easy in this Congress, right up to the bitter end.In potentially its final series of votes of the 2014 session, the House passed a bill Thursday night to fund the government into next year, after a lot of behind-the-scenes arm-twisting and public hand ...
Minnesota's heating fuel sources should be adequate for winter, legislators told
Minnesota legislators were told Wednesday that if the moderate winter weather continues, supplies of propane and wood for heating, as well as coal for generating electricity, should be adequate this year.But another polar vortex, like last winter, could strain supplies.The Fargo Forum reports that D ...
Dayton announces Cabinet changes: Frans to MMB, Bauerly to head Revenue
As Gov. Mark Dayton enters his second term, some changes in his Cabinet were announced Wednesday.Jim Schowalter is leaving his post as of the Minnesota Management and Budget commissioner to take a job in the private sector.Replacing him at MMB will be Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans. Deputy Revenue ...
Deal to protect birds from Vikings stadium may be in the works
Two legislators have told Finance & Commerce that they believe a deal to protect birds from the new Vikings stadium may be in the works.The two Minneapolis DFL veteran legislators, Rep. Phyllis Kahn and Sen. Scott Dibble, told the publication that they believe a solution to the potential bird ki ...
Former UnitedHealth executive Lois Quam remarries in New York
Lois Quam, a former UnitedHealth executive who had been a major political contributor when she was married to Minnesota DFL politician Matt Entenza, was remarried last weekend in Washington, D.C.Blois Olson's Morning Take noted the marriage announcement, which ran in the New York Times.Quam married ...
More leaders named for state House DFL caucus
Minnesota DFLers in the state House have announced more leadership positions going into the 2015 session, which starts next month.The caucus earlier agreed to keep Paul Thissen as leader, though he'll now be Minority Leader instead of House Speaker because the GOP took control in the November electi ...
Looking forward, Bachmann wants a voice in 2016 elections
REUTERS/Mike TheilerRep. Michele Bachmann spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year.WASHINGTON — Rep. Michele Bachmann is spending her last days in Congress fighting against President Obama’s executive action on immigration.But what’s next for her? When the House a ...
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