At The Capitol
by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Rep. Kurt Daudt has entered State Capitol lore. In the final weeks of his first term, the Republican from Crown was elected House minority leader by his election-depleted caucus, a distinction not given to a first termer in more than a century. “To find one at th...Read More
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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Supporters of legalizing same-sex marriage hope to speedily pass legislation in the first weeks of the upcoming legislative session. That is, they hope to send a bill to Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk prior to the release of February budget forecast. “This ...Read More
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by Howard Lestrud ECM Publishers Political Editor As 10 selected electors of the Minnesota Electoral College were about to cast votes for president and vice president, a DFL state senator and a Republican state representative explained their plans to lead a bipartisan effort to join the National Pop...Read More
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To nudge a gas tax hike or other transportation tax increases through the legislature is going to take a coalition, Capitol insiders believe. And some question whether such a coalition currently exists. But recent transportation finance reports have raised hope among funding advocates. “I think we...Read More
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by Howard Lestrud ECM Political Editor A former Minnesota Speaker of the House, Dee Long, says she was honored Monday to be a part of history as she cast what she called “a real vote” in discharging her duty as an elector during a special 2012 Electoral College Assembly. Speaker Long, a resident...Read More
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by Howard Lestrud ECM Political Editor With the results of the Nov. 6 election in the history books, the Minnesota DFL is at the apex of political power and never been more powerful at a political level, says state DFL Chairman Ken Martin of Eagan. Martin, who is finishing his first term as party ch...Read More
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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Sen. David Hann began sensing trouble while watching the early returns from the East Coast on election night. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was under performing, and as the top of the Republican ticket began taking on water, Hann began worrying whet...Read More
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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter The start of the legislative session will see a wave of new lawmakers who aren’t really new. A double handful of former area lawmakers — legislators with office-holding experience ranging from a couple of terms to decades — will take the oath of office in Jan...Read More
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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Gordon and Gerri Slabaugh bought out the titles of Adventure Publications from a previous owner and for a time ran the publishing business on their property outside of Cambridge. In 2001, the Slabaughs built a 10,000-square-foot building on Cleveland Street in Camb...Read More
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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter To examine the Job Opportunity Building Zones (JOBZ) 2011 annual report is apparently to confront success. Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s signature rural economic development initiative, JOBZ was envisioned as kick-starting business development in distressed area...Read More
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