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 …
The Minnesota Senate takes up bill at noon Central Time on Monday, May 13, 2013. The Minnesota House approved it last week, so Senate approval sends it to conference committee and the governor's desk.
A bill to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota is set for debate and a vote in the Minnesota Senate starting at noon on Monday, May 13, 2013. Watch livestream video here or at The UpTake. Related at St. Michael Patch:
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The former Republican staffer was seriously injured in a crash in late January.
The Minnesota State Patrol announced late Thursday afternoon that Michael Brodkorb's alcohol level was over the legal limit for impairment when he was seriously injured in a car crash in late January. The former Republican staffer had an alcohol concentration of 0.10, above the limit of 0.08 for impaired driving, according to a urine sample analyzed by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Brodkorb was seriously injured after a vehicle he was driving struck the median wall on Interstate 35E in Mendota Heights Jan. 23. Brodkorb was the only occupant of the vehicle at the time, and no other vehicles were involved in the crash. His wife, Sarah, issued a statement on his improvement one week later. Brodkorb rose to prominence as the chief …
Friday, February 1, 2013
The following report was released by State Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer on Jan. 24.
Friday, February 1
We are starting to pick up the pace this session. As required by the constitution, Governor Dayton released his budget this week. Most of the discussion in committees focused on how the Governor’s budget will affect various department budgets. Governor’s Budget Proposal Governor Dayton's budget proposal took center stage this week at the Capitol. While the governor touted his plan as important tax reform, I have concerns about the unnecessary impact of over $2.1 billion in new sales taxes, including an expansion of the sales tax to include clothing on items over $100, over the counter drugs, golf lessons, hair-cuts, car repairs, and personal care services. I believe that the Governor’s old tax and spend strategy would only damage …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The former senate communications leader–whose affair with Wright County's Amy Koch took down the majority leader–was listed in critical condition following the accident. The single-car crash took place on Interstate 35E in Mendota Heights.
Former Republican staffer Michael Brodkorb was seriously injured after a vehicle he was driving struck the median wall on Interstate 35E in Mendota Heights. The accident took place at 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday night, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Brodkorb, a 39-year-old Eagan resident, wasn't wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident, according to a state patrol accident report. Alcohol also played a role in the accident, the state patrol said. Brodkorb was driving in the northbound lanes of I-35E when his vehicle, a 2004 Subaru Forester ran off the right side of the road and struck a cement wall, according to the state patrol. The vehicle careened back across the northbound lanes and hit the median wall, where it came to …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Legislative Clerk David Surdez places the names of the 2013-2014 House members on the voting board in the House Chamber. The legislative session is scheduled to begin Jan. 8.
Legislative Clerk David Surdez places the names of the 2013-2014 House members on the voting board in the House Chamber. The 134 name plates have to be adjusted by hand at least every two years. The legislative session is scheduled to begin next week, on Jan. 8. After redistricting, and the 2012 General Election, the St. Michael area will be represented by David FitzSimmons in the Minnesota House of Representatives and and Mary Kiffmeyer in the Senate. In Congress, Michele Bachmann will represent the area in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken in the U.S. Senate. Related: FitzSimmons Takes Minneosota House District 30B Kiffmeyer Re-Elected Minnesota Senator for District 30 Michele Bachmann Win Secured as …
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 …
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
Monday, August 6, 2012
Republican Kurt Bills faces off against incumbent DFL Senator Amy Klobuchar.
Name: Kurt Bills Age: 42 Place of residence : Rosemount, MN Attended college : Yes College : Winona State University Degree : B.S. in secondary social studies education, B.A. in US history Year of graduation : 1994 College : Winona State University Degree : M.A. in education Year of graduation : 2000 Job titles held : Economics teacher Employers : Rosemount High School Party affiliation : Republican Running for a: Federal office Running for position: United State Senator Chamber/district: State of Minnesota Incumbent: No Previous elective offices : Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010; Rosemount City Council in 2008 Website : http://kurtbills.com/ Twitter : https://twitter.com/KurtBills Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/kurtbills …
Monday, June 11, 2012
With just two months before the August primary, the field looks to be set in several races with local impact, including Wright County Commission, State House and State Senate.
With the official filing period now closed for several offices that are impacted by Minnesota primaries, the field for the 2012 election is beginning to take shape. State House and Senate seats, Wright County commissioner positions and even the U.S. Congress District 6 will look much different this year, as boundaries were redefined through the redistricting process in 2011-2012. However, there are several familiar names looking to earn those seats through the election process. Albertville and St. Michael city positions are not subject to primaries, and the filing period for those seats will take place later this year. Here's a look at who has filed. U.S. Congress District 6 Rep. Michele Bachmann, coming off her bid for president, …