The 2013 Legislative Session in infographic form

The 2013 legislative session, in one big graphic.

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It’s totally not about that

Julianne Ortman attacks Al Franken over letters sent to the IRS in 2012. But, trust her, it’s totally unrelated to the rumors that she’s going to challenge him in 2014.

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Senate passes care workers unionization bill; House vote expected Saturday

The Minnesota State Senate voted 35-32 today to pass S.F. 778, which would enable independent day care operators and personal care attendants who serve customers that receive state subsidies to organize unions. Is this a smart move?

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Senate passes marriage equality; Ortman votes no

The Minnesota State Senate today passed the marriage equality bill by a vote of 37-30, following four hours of debate. State Senator Julianne Ortman (R-Chanhassen) voted no on the issue.

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Leidiger catches Agenda 21 and Tenther fever

Are you worried that the United Nations is going to seize your suburban home? Do you think the government should stop paying for Medicare? Well, Ernie Leidiger has the bills for you!

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Leidiger goes “nucular” over House energy bill

The Chinese and House Democrats are coming to sell you solar panels and take away your freedom! Or something like that. See if you can make sense of this Ernie Leidiger argument against the House Energy Bill.

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House passes marriage equality; Carver County Reps vote no

The marriage equality bill passed the Minnesota State House of Representatives today 75-59. Carver County Representatives Joe Hoppe (R-Chaska), Ernie Leidiger (R-Mayer), and Cindy Pugh (R-Chanhassen) all voted no, even after FitzSimmons’s amendment to rename all references to “marriage” in Minnesota statute as “civil marriage”, thereby providing additional reassurance that religious institutions would not be impacted by approval of marriage equality.

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Session endgame heats up with marriage equality vote Thursday

The Minnesota House of Representatives will vote on H.F. 1054 — the marriage equality bill — on Thursday. The movement of this bill to the floor is a signal from leadership in the DFL majority that they have the necessary 68 votes to pass the bill, as Speaker of the House Paul Thissen has indicated he would not bring the bill up for vote unless there was sufficient votes to pass it.

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Which tax provisions will survive?

Yesterday, after an inexplicable false start, the Minnesota State Senate passed its version of the omnibus tax bill. The bill now moves to conference committee where it will be reconciled against the House’s version of the bill as well as Governor Mark Dayton’s budget proposal. This may prove to be more work than expected, given that all three parties in the negotiations are DFL-controlled.

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