Monday, May 13, 2013
Minnesota state Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, who represents St. Michael-Albertville, recalled promise that 'no' votes on constitutional amendment to ban marriage wouldn't lead to legalization.
Minnesota state Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer (R-Big Lake), who represents St. Michael-Albertville, argued against passage of same-sex marriage legislation on the floor of the Minnesota Senate Monday. Kiffmeyer took the Senate floor after two Republican-sponsored amendments failed to pass, which she described as "First Amendment changes being rebuffed." Kiffmeyer said introduction of the gay marriage bill went back on promises made to voters in the 2012 ballot referendum on amending the Minnesota Constitution to ban same-sex unions. "They were told it was OK to vote no because nothing would change," Kiffmeyer said. "Do they feel betrayed? Absolutely. Do they feel lied to? Yes. ... So here we are today with a massive change." Kiffmeyer referenced an …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The senator provided this report on her work in the state legislature.
Tuesday, February 5
The following update from the Capitol was released by Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer Tuesday: This week we continued to learn more about Governor Dayton’s proposed budget. Overall, his plan calls for $3.6 billion in new taxes, including $2.1 billion in new sales taxes through a broad expansion of the tax on new goods and services. New sales taxes would be imposed on a wide range of transactions including clothing articles over $100, over the counter medications, haircuts, and auto repair services just to name a few. Health Care Exchange The Health Insurance Marketplace (exchange) bill continued to be heard in a variety of Senate Committees. This week it was passed out of the Commerce Committee after two hearings on the bill. Many amendments that I …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Kiffmeyer represents senate district 30, which includes St. Michael and Albertville.
The St. Michael area state senator, Mary Kiffmeyer of Big Lake, was sworn in Tuesday at the start of the legislative session. As Minnesota's 88th session begins, district 30 represents a new area because of redistricting. Kiffmeyer will represent St. Michael, Albertville, Hanover, Otsego, Elk River and Big Lake. "It is an honor and a privilege to serve the residents of District 30 as their Senator," said Kiffmeyer in a prepared statement. "I look forward to working for the constituents of my district and with my fellow colleagues as we seek common sense goals of an improved business climate, a balanced budget and a more efficient and effective government." Kiffmeyer will serve on the following committees: health and human services;…
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Starting in January, the state senator will also be available locally in Otsego and Hanover.
The drive to the state capitol to meet with politicians representing your area may be reduced next month. Minnesota Senator Mary Kiffmeyer, who represents district 30, plans to hold local office hours starting January 2013 for meetings with local constituents. She said in an email to St. Michael Patch that the move is to "make it more convenient for them than having to drive down to St. Paul." "I look forward to adding St. Michael, Otsego, Albertville and Hanover starting in January, 2013 after the new year when I have my senate office fully functional," she wrote. "I will set new dates/times/locations as soon as my committee assignments and schedule is finalized." This month, she bagan office hours in Big Lake and Elk River. Kiffmeyer …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Kiffmeyer defeated DFL candidate Paul Perovich.
Longtime state servant Mary Kiffmeyer, a former State House member and one-time Secretary of State under Gov. Tim Pawlenty, won the Minnesota Senate District 30 seat. She had the GOP party endorsement. The new Senate District, unveiled last February, includes Albertville, St. Michael, Otsego, Elk River and Big Lake. She defeated DFL candidate Paul Perovich. Kiffmeyer took about 62 percent of the votes, while Perovich took about 37 percent. Vote totals showed Kiffmeyer with 25,177 votes and Perovich with 15,103. "Thank you to the voters of my district for their confidence and trust in me to continue to serve them now as State Senator," said Kiffmeyer in an informaton release today. "The nearly 80,000 people in this new district live and …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
A comprehensive look at the races that matter in St. Michael, Albertville and areas nearby, from city council and school board to Wright County and the Minnesota State Legislature.
As St. Michael, Albertville and surrounding area voters flock to the polls in one of the most comprehensive elections in state history, here's a race-by-race breakdown of the local ballot issues in front of this year's electorate. For National and Minnesota State Races, including the constiutional amendments, click on our state elections roundup. Krutzig withdrew from the race, but his name is on the Albertville ballot. *The votes between Barthel and Sorenson will be recounted by election judges since they are so close. Precincts reporting: 23 of 23 Write-in candidates received 61 votes. Precincts reporting - 8 of 8 Write-in candidates received 34 votes. After redistricting in 2012 placed St. Michael, Albertville and Otsego in …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The Sixth Congressional District Republican joined members of her party and volunteers as they hosted a debate viewing party Wednesday night in nearby Otsego.
Rep. Michele Bachmann had the front row seat and let her thoughts be heard with loud applause throughout Mitt Romney's performance as the former Massachusetts governor took on President Barack Obama. "He's doing great," she said. Bachmann also had many comments about President Barack Obama's rhetoric during Obama's turn, hitting on her belief the president's policies will raise taxes on middle class families, especially in Minnesota. After, she met with local media, saying the Republican candidate "won" the first debate. Marion O'Neill, a candidate seeking her first election to state office, liked what she was seeing. "Romney is making great points and using very specific facts. I expected him to do well and am happy to hear facts from …
Friday, August 10, 2012
Challenging the endorsement of former Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, Paul Bolin hopes to bring a "fresh" perspective to the Minnesota Senate.
Name : Mr. Paul Bolin Place of residence : Otsego, MN Attended college : Yes College : University of Minnesota Degree : B.S., B.A. University : University of Illinois Area of research : Medicine Job titles held : NA Employers : NA Party affiliation : Republican Running for a: State office Running for position: State Senate District 30 Chamber/district: 30 Incumbent: No Previous elective offices : NA Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA Address P.O. Box 943 Elk River Minnesota 55330 Name : Bernice Title : Johnson Website : http://www.PaulForMN.com Twitter : @PaulforMN Facebook : http://www.facaebook.com/PaulForMN
Thursday, May 31, 2012
In an act of solidarity, the Republican candidates for Minnesota House and Senate Districts that will represent Wright County have filed together for state office. The filing period is open through June 5.
The nine Republican endorsed Minnesota House and Senate candidates whose districts lie partially or fully in Wright County have now all filed to run for office. Bruce Anderson (SD29) of Buffalo who has served in the Minnesota House for 18 years is now stepping up to run for the open senate seat. As a 22-year veteran, he chairs the House Veterans Committee. Anderson says, “The 2012 election season is an exciting opportunity to meet new constituents from across Wright County.” Marion O’Neill (HD29B) of Buffalo is running for the open seat vacated by Anderson. She is a business owner and works at the MN Senate. She has been an active volunteer at the Wright County Jail, One Way Youth Group, Buffalo Food Shelf and in her church. Joe …
Monday, May 7, 2012
On a 73-58 vote, the Minnesota House of Representatives has approved the Minnesota Vikings Stadium bill with several amendments, including one that increases the team's share of the bill.
UPDATE - 12 a.m., Tuesday May 8: How did you legislator vote? According to photos, Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer (R, Big Lake), Rep. Joe McDonald (R, Delano) and Rep. Joyce Peppin (R, Rogers) all voted in opposition to the bill. ******* The Minnesota Legislature is moving closer to passing a bill sponsoring the state's portion of a new Minnesota Vikings stadium. The bill, passed Monday in the House, including funding sources such as gaming, ticket surchages, and Minneapolis tax dollars that funded the Metrodome and Minneapolis Convention Center to make up for the state and local portion of the stadium. The Vikings have said they will pay for about $425 million. As part of this plan however, a Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Lakeville) amendment calls for the …