Minnesota voters have re-elected Lori Swanson to a third term as attorney general, extending the DFL Party’s 43-year lock on the office. Swanson defeated GOP state Sen. Scott Newman of Hutchinson. Swanson campaigned on her record of consumer protection as the state’s chief legal officer.
Minnesota Democrats have endorsed Lori Swanson for a third term as attorney general. Swanson won an easy voice vote Saturday. The attorney general then told DFL convention delegates her office takes on some powerful interests. But she says the important thing is not who they’re fighting against.
Scott Newman has secured the Republican Party’s backing for Minnesota attorney general a day after jumping into the race. The state senator from Hutchinson was the sole candidate seeking the endorsement Friday at the party’s state convention in Rochester.
The Senate passed its higher education budget on Wednesday, a $2.8 billion package that aims to hold down tuition and make public universities and colleges more accountable to the state.
The Minnesota Senate approved a major funding increase for the University of Minnesota and MnSCU systems on Wednesday.
Republican backers of requiring a photo ID to vote in Minnesota say they’ll try to take the issue to voters themselves next year after Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill with the requirement.
The state Senate’s Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct will review a complaint by several Democratic senators over a Republican colleague’s e-mail saying he wouldn’t meet with his election rival’s supporters.
A Republican state senator faces an ethics complaint after an e-mail said he wouldn’t meet with his election rival’s supporters.
A state senator from Hutchinson is refusing to meet with representatives from groups that supported his opponent in the last election.