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Minn. Senate Preps Emergency Heating Bill For Vote

The fast-track plan to provide $20 million in emergency heating assistance has been staged for a vote Monday in the Minnesota Senate. But a slight change by the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday will likely to force another House vote on the measure too.

02/26/2014

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GOPers Who Backed Gay Marriage Face Consequences

David FitzSimmons knew when he joined a very small group of legislative Republicans who voted for legal gay marriage in Minnesota that he might face political fallout on his conservative home turf. And he did.

02/16/2014

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Lawyer Tab In Brodkorb Case Tops $390,000

A now-settled lawsuit filed by a fired staffer cost the Minnesota Senate $396,000 in legal defense fees on top of a severance award, a new tally based on a billing document made public Friday shows.

12/06/2013

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Minn. Republican Sues To Block Senate Building

A former Republican lawmaker has filed suit in Ramsey County District Court to stop an $89.5 million State Senate office building project. The Minnesota Legislature approved the new office building for Senators and staff in the last days of the 2013 session.

10/31/2013

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GOP’s McFadden Has $1.2M For Minn. Senate Race

Minnesota Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden says he raised $700,000 for his campaign in the last three months, and has $1.2 million in the bank as he seeks to challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Al Franken next year.

10/10/2013

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Minn. Senators To Vote Monday On Brodkorb Deal

Minnesota state senators are scheduled to vote Monday on a $30,000 settlement that ends a lawsuit brought by an ex-aide who was fired over his affair with the majority leader.

09/27/2013

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News Click: Michael Brodkorb Suit Is Settled…..

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09/26/2013

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Minn. Senate Gets $91K Invoice In Brodkorb Case

The Minnesota Senate’s latest invoice for a legal dispute with a former staff member shows $91,600 in expenses over three months. That invoice, to be reviewed at a hearing Monday, brings the taxpayer costs in the case above $300,000. The Senate is paying a private law firm to defend the chamber against a lawsuit by fired GOP aide Michael Brodkorb.

09/09/2013

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Minn. Senate Wants Brodkorb Case Tossed Over Error

Minnesota Senate attorneys sought Thursday to have a former aide’s lawsuit dismissed because they say the case has been tainted by an erroneous release of a list alleging Capitol sexual affairs.

08/15/2013

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Minnesota Leaders To Discuss Special Session Prospects

After negotiating by letters and press releases, Minnesota’s top state officials will get in the same room to discuss a possible September special session. Gov. Mark Dayton said he plans to meet on Friday with leaders from the House and Senate.

08/14/2013

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Ex-Minn. GOP Senators Want McFadden As ’14 Nominee

Minnesota Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden has announced the backing of former Sens. Norm Coleman and Rod Grams in his campaign for the party’s 2014 nomination.

08/02/2013

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Gov. Dayton Considers Special Session

Gov. Mark Dayton’s office confirmed Thursday it is in talks with Minnesota legislative leaders on a special session to provide disaster aid to communities hit by severe storms.

08/01/2013

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Fired Minn. Aide’s Lawsuit Cites Other Affairs

For the first time, a fired Minnesota Senate operative has made detailed accusations central to his federal wrongful termination lawsuit: a list of other lawmakers and staff members who allegedly carried on affairs over the years without losing their jobs.

07/11/2013

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Minn. Senate Leader Hann Out Of GOP Governor Race

The Republican leader of the Minnesota Senate is not running for governor next year. Sen. David Hann of Eden Prairie says Friday he’s not joining the growing field of Republicans in the 2014 race.

07/05/2013

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Gov. Hopeful Thompson Leaves Senate Leadership Post

State Sen. Dave Thompson says he’s giving up his leadership post in the Minnesota Senate because of his candidacy for governor. Thompson resigned as assistant minority leader in a Wednesday letter to top Republican senators.

07/03/2013

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