In Minnesota, a state representative made national news yesterday over a racial reference in a tweet defending the Voting Rights Act.
In the U.S. House, an unlikely duo team up on Syria. And much of the political world is focused on the remaining decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, which could change how same-sex marriages are recognized across the country. Read more →
Bachmann and Nolan forge rare alliance on Syria
GOP U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and DFL U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan disagree on many of the key issues facing the country. But they have reached an accord regarding military intervention in Syria. Bachmann and Nolan are co-authoring a bill that would block any military aid to Syrian rebel groups until it’s approved by a Read more →
DFL state lawmaker retracts controversial tweet
State Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley,has apologized for calling U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas “Uncle Thomas” on Twitter. Winkler originally took to Twitter to criticize Thomas and the four conservative justices on the Supreme Court for their decision on the Voting Rights Act. Winkler later deleted the tweet after others called him on it. Read more →
Nearly a month after lawmakers finished the session, some are returning to St. Paul to look at whether providing subsidies to private companies makes economic sense for the state. And the immigration overhaul moves forward in the U.S. Senate. Read more →
In Minnesota, two more Republicans throw their hats in the ring for the 2014 gubernatorial race.
And despite predictions that he would provide easy pickings for Republicans in 2014, U.S. Sen. Al Franken doesn’t appear to be a main target of national Republicans, who need to win six seats to regain Senate control. Read more →
Republican Zellers announces run for governor
Former House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove announced Sunday he is running for governor in 2014. “I am running for governor to make sure all Minnesotans have the opportunity to experience prosperity,” Zellers said in a prepared statement issued as he held a press conference in Maple Grove. “Right now, state government takes too Read more →
Republican Dave Thompson running for governor
State Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, has confirmed that he will launch a campaign for governor in the coming days. Thompson told MPR News that he plans to file the campaign fundraising paperwork on Monday, with a formal announcement planned for Wednesday. Thompson is an attorney and former radio talk show host, who was first elected Read more →
Hilstrom running for secretary of state
Rep. Debra Hilstrom, DFL-Brooklyn Center, announced today that she has filed paperwork to join the race for Minnesota secretary of state. She’s the second Democrat to enter the race, joining Rachel Bohman, former Hennepin County elections manager. Incumbent DFL Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said earlier this month that he will not seek re-election in Read more →
Welcome to your Friday edition of The Daily Digest.
State lawmakers are emerging from their post-session hibernation to declare their candidacy for statewide offices. We have another DFLer in the race to succeed Mark Ritchie as Minnesota secretary of state. And a Republican appears to be signaling that he wants to take on Gov. Mark Dayton.
And in Washington, there is no happy medium. The farm bill was sunk by opposition from both Democrats and Republicans. Read more →
Zellers to announce political plans on Sunday
Kurt Zellers, the former Republican Speaker of the Minnesota House, is set to announce his political plans on Sunday – and it appears he intends to run for governor. Zellers has told reporters that he’s interested in running. A check of the website, Zellersforgovernor.com, also directs people to his political page. Zellers has scheduled a Read more →