Friday, April 26, 2013
Eagan resident Sona Mehring announced earlier in April that she planned to run for Minnesota's Second Congressional seat.
Just weeks after she announced that she would campaign against Rep. John Kline (R) in Minnesota's Second Congressional District, Eagan resident and CaringBridge founder Sona Mehring has abruptly ended her campaign. As part of her campaign for Congress, Mehring initially made the decision to resign from CaringBridge—a decision she appeared to regret in a news release issued Tuesday. Although her campaign had received "tremendous" support, Mehring said that her true passion lay with CaringBridge, a nonprofit she founded in 1997, and that her work there was not done. Read Mehring's full statement below: Dear Friends, As I set out on my campaign for Congress, there was a yearning to serve my country and the people in my community in a new way…
Friday, March 15, 2013
Michael Brodkorb, a former Senate staffer, received a year probation and fines and fees totaling $836.
South metro resident Michael Brodkorb, the former Senate staffer seriously injured in a January car crash in Lilydale, pleaded guilty Wednesday to driving under the influence of alcohol. A Dakota County District Court judge sentenced him to a year of probation for the fourth degree DUI, and he paid fines and fees totaling $836, according to the Pioneer Press. Brodkorb, 39, told the paper he didn't remember much of what happened after he left the Moose Country on Jan. 23 but that he felt lucky to be alive. "You just look at the world different when you get a second chance," he said. "Statistically, I should not have walked away from the accident the way that I did." Brodkorb, who is still recovering from his injuries, said he would become …
Friday, February 8, 2013
The former Republican staffer was seriously injured in a crash in late January.
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter| Blog for us 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 last month on Interstate 35E in Mendota Heights. 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 I-35E median wall 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…
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Minnesota House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt and Rep. Joe Hoppe take aim at two local representatives' stance on health care reform.
Thursday, February 7
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter| Blog for us To the Editor: What are the priorities of your state representatives Laurie Halverson and Sandra Masin? In the past two weeks, Reps. Halverson and Masin voted to give control of your health insurance and health care decisions to seven politically appointed, unelected bureaucrats in St. Paul—all who have absolutely no health industry expertise. This seven-member super agency answers to no one, has access to spend your taxpayer dollars without discretion, picks winners and losers as to who can sell insurance, and will inflate your insurance costs by collecting up to 3.5 percent of plan premiums just to fund its operations. Even worse, this gross …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Once-prominent Republican staffer Michael Brodkorb was seriously injured in a crash in Mendota Heights last week.
The condition of former Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb, who was seriously injured in a car accident last week is improving, according to a statement issued by his wife, Sarah Brodkorb. “Michael’s condition has improved. We thank everyone for their concern, warm thoughts and prayers," Sarah Brodkorb is quoted as saying in a KSTP report. She also asked for privacy as he continues to heal. Brodkorb, a 39-year-old Eagan resident, was driving on Interstate 35E in Mendota Heights when his car struck a concrete median wall. Minnesota State Patrol officials say he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. A state patrol officer also detected alcohol on his breath following the crash. Brodkorb rose to prominence as the chief …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Burnsville DFLer Will Morgan won the seat in a tight race against Lakeville Republican Roz Peterson.
It looks like southern Burnsville and northern Lakeville will be represented by DFLer Will Morgan, who came out ahead of Republican opponent Roz Peterson by less than one full percentage point. According to the Minnesota Secretary of State. Peterson took 10,515 votes (49.5 percent) while Morgan tallied just 170 more at 10,685 votes (50.3 percent). If he has the seat in new House District 56B in his grasp, Morgan has made a comeback from defeat in 2010, when the two-time house rep was unseated by Republican Pam Myhra. In that contest, Myhra won 50 percent to 46.5 percent. The 2012 race pitted Peterson, a five-year veteran of the Lakeville School Board, against Morgan, a teacher at Burnsville High School. RELATED CONTENT • To see other …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Despite support from the Minnesota GOP, Patch's panel thinks the amendment to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman will fall short.
Twin Cities Republicans aren't confident the so-called Marriage Amendment will make its way into the constitution after Tuesday's general election. In a flash poll issued Friday to Patch's panel of Republican politicians and activists, the majority believed the amendment, which requires a "yes" vote to be added to the constitution by voters, would fall short. About 57 percent of the 33 survey responders said the amendment would fall short. Our Republican panel also felt Barack Obama, running to remain president, had conducted a better campaign in Minnesota, a state he's favored to win in Tuesday night's election. "It's going to be exceedingly close, on the Presidential race and on both amendment questions," one pundit said. The …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The two sparred in an on-air debate hosted by MPR on Monday morning. It was the first and only debate in the Second Congressional District race.
Second Congressional District challenge Mike Obermueller (DFL) lobbed plenty of criticism at incumbent Rep. John Kline (R) during the first and only debate between the two candidates on Monday morning. Obermueller, who is seeking to unseat Kline in the newly competitive congressional district, called the five-term legislator part of a "broken system" during the hour-long debate, which was aired by MPR and moderated by host Kerri Miller. "John, you’ve voted 95 or 96 percent of the time with your party, that’s more partisan than Michele Bachmann," Obermueller said. “The system is hopelessly broken, the way you guys are running it now." Click here to listen to an audio recording of the full debate. Kline characterized his opponent's attacks …
In its endorsement statement, the editorial staff of the Star Tribune wrote that Republican Congressman John Kline has become a powerful politicians, one who could use his clout to make other GOPers play Minnesota nice and end gridlock in D.C.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Letter writer asks fellow constituents to vote "no" on Roz Peterson’s "brand of extreme politics."
Thursday, September 27, 2012
To the editor: I think we can all agree that with this election the stakes are high. Our schools are strapped for money. Our economy has not fully recovered. And we have a government whose extreme partisan politics have left it broken. I’m looking for someone to represent my family and community in the legislature who will work in a civil, bi-partisan way to meet the challenges that face our state. We need someone committed to end the legislative gridlock and extreme partisanship we’ve seen over the past two years that led to the longest government shutdown in Minnesota history, holding our economy back from further progress. Looking into our state house candidates, I came across a YouTube clip from Roz Peterson’s speech at the local …