RFL becomes a recognized affiliate of the Minnesota GOP Party

By |2018-06-06T13:43:14-05:00June 6th, 2018|

The Republican Farmer Labor Caucus is officially an affiliate of the Minnesota GOP Party. During the Republican convention last weekend, delegates voted in favor of adding the RFL to the Republican Party. House Representative Jeremy Munson (R-Lake Crystal) says the DFL party hasn't supported farming issues for two generations. Republican District 23B state Representative, Jeremy Munson. "It's actually the Republican Part that's out there trying to roll back burdensome regulations on farmers. We're the ones trying to fix the Schedule 179, you know, deduction tax code to conform to with federal issues. I got a call from a farmer today, they [...]

Draheim pushed for distracted driving legislation, says it was vetoed to play politics in election year

By |2018-05-30T15:24:51-05:00May 30th, 2018|

As the back-and-forth continues on the disappointment of the legislative session, a local lawmaker says Republicans did their best to advance distracted driving legislation this year. Senator Rich Draheim (R-Madison Lake) says he continued to push for two of his bills that aimed to make tougher penalties and implement education for distracted driving until the final hours of the session. "The reason it was vetoed is because it was good legislation and there was a whole bunch of good stuff in these bills that were vetoed to play politics this election year. So, unfortunately, all the hard work we did, ya [...]

Minnesota lawmakers’ to-do list is long but time is short

By |2018-05-19T12:08:17-05:00May 19th, 2018|

Minnesota lawmakers are in the homestretch, facing a lengthy to-do list and less than two days to finish their work. Republican leaders who control the House and Senate say they may move fast to pass a $28 million bill for school security upgrades as negations continue with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton on a host of priorities. They include efforts to curb opioid abuse, changes to senior care facilities amid reports of rampant abuse, government spending and conformity to federal tax changes. Dayton has pushed lawmakers to send separate bills on those issues after Republicans included them as part of a broader [...]

Working on both sides of the aisle, colleagues honor Johnson during his last year in the House

By |2018-05-09T15:56:49-05:00May 9th, 2018|

Representative Clark Johnson (D-North Mankato) gaveled in Tuesday's House Floor Session, in what is his last year serving District 19A. "What was kind of special to be real honest with you, I walked back through the Republican side of the aisle and so many of my Republican colleagues came forward to thank me and express their appreciation. When I came to St. Paul I was determined to be able to work with the Republicans and I think I've accomplished it." Four out of his six years in office, Johnson has had the last seat in the aisle and sat [...]

Johnson: ‘Floored by the fact that we cannot really provide the investment needed in education’

By |2018-05-03T14:43:59-05:00May 3rd, 2018|

Education funding has been put on the front burner this week in St. Paul after Gov. Mark Dayton requested Lawmakers to provide 138-million dollars in emergency funding for school districts dealing with budget deficits. The request comes late in the session, but House Representative Clark Johnson (D-North Mankato) says school districts are reporting they will have to layoff workers because they are short on funds. Rep. Clark Johnson "I was totally floored when the Republicans said, well that's a local issue, the states not going to deal with it," said Johnson. "Well that's easy for someone to say in [...]

Johnson backs border-to-border broadband bill

By |2018-04-26T12:29:43-05:00April 26th, 2018|

A local lawmaker has signed on to bill that would establish a 51-million dollar grant program that would help establish border-to-border broadband in Minnesota. House Representative Clark Johnson (D-North Mankato) says he met with New Ulm Telecom and West Central Telephone to discuss the issue on Wednesday. "These folks are able to access federal money, but they also need the state money combined with that, along with their own efforts. It really is a nice kind of public, private partnership, slowly but surly expanding broadband. So, I think I've been a co-author on those bills ever since I've been here." State [...]

Feehan, Hagedorn get party nods in Minnesota’s 1st District

By |2018-04-22T07:37:58-05:00April 22nd, 2018|

Republicans and Democrats in Minnesota's 1st District have picked their candidates for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Democrat Tim Walz. Democrats picked Dan Feehan at the party's endorsing convention Saturday in Le Sueur. Just a few miles south in Mankato, the GOP on Saturday endorsed Jim Hagedorn over state Sen. Carla Nelson, who has said she will run in the primary without the party endorsement. Feehan is an Iraq War veteran and former Pentagon official. Hagedorn is a businessman and former federal employee. Walz decided to run for governor instead of seeking re-election the district representing southern Minnesota. Walz [...]

Lawmakers propose bill to raise tobacco purchasing age to 21

By |2018-03-08T15:50:54-06:00March 8th, 2018|

Minnesota lawmakers are looking to ride the momentum of cities raising their tobacco sales age by proposing a statewide increase to 21. A bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced a bill Thursday that would raise the age for tobacco sales from 18 to 21. If passed, Minnesota would be the sixth state to increase its smoking age. In February, the Mankato City Council voted down increasing the purchasing age for tobacco from 18 to 21, nullifying North Mankato’s approval of the ordinance change. Five Minnesota cities have independently increased the tobacco-buying age since May. The increase would also apply to e-cigarettes. [...]

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