Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, justices hear arguments on the titles of Minnesota ballot amendments on voting requirements and same-sex marriage.
Follow Burnsville Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter Watch live here, starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, as the Minnesota Supreme Court hears oral arguments on competing versions of the titles of the two proposed constitutional amendments set to appear on the ballot in November. Here are the titles for the two amendments, in versions proposed by the state Legislature and composed by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. Marriage amendment: Voter Photo ID: Chief Justice Lorie Gildea consolidated two separate cases filed by Republican legislators against Ritchie, a DFLer, for the purposes of Tuesday's hearing. She denied a petition Friday from lawyers for the Republican-led Legislature for more time to make their …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and the GOP are locking horns over an edit of the Minnesota Marriage Amendment ballot: "I don't know why they are messing with it, but we have to try to stop them," said Burnsville Sen. Dan Hall.
A new front has opened up in the Culture War over gay marriage: Republicans are up in arms after Secretary of State Mark Ritchie altered the ballot question concerning the Minnesota Marriage amendment. The ballot question, which was written by Amendment supporters, was originally titled as, "Recognition of marriage solely between one man and one woman." On Thursday, Ritchie told the press he was changing the title of the ballot question to read: "Limiting the status of marriage to opposite sex couples." Last year, Gov. Mark Dayton put in a symbolic veto to the Amendment. Though his veto could not keep the question off the ballot, it did invalidate the title crafted by the Legislature. In this case, the Secretary of State is obligated to …
Monday, May 7, 2012
As legislators hash out the Vikings Stadium bill, Sen. Dan Hall tweets: "I can see today will bring out the best to the Capitol."
Monday, April 30, 2012
Pat Hall, brother of Burnsville's Sen. Dan Hall, is the District 57 Republicans' endorsement for state Senate, while Anna Wills received the endorsement for House District 57B this past Saturday. Tara Mack was already endorsed for House District 57A.
The Senate District 57 Republicans held a second endorsing convention Saturday to name two more candidates to run for election this year. Pat Hall is the District 57 Republicans' endorsement for state Senate, while Anna Wills received the endorsement for House District 57B—which covers all of Rosemount and part of Apple Valley—this past Saturday, according to an email from District 57 Secretary Kevin Ecker. Both are Apple Valley residents. Incumbent Tara Mack of Apple Valley already had received the endorsement for House District 57A, which covers part of Apple Valley and a small portion of Lakeville. Hall received the endorsement over Apple Valley's Tim Gould. He is the brother of state Sen. Dan Hall, who represents Burnsville. "I am …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Sen. Dan Hall contributed to the omnibus liquor bill, which will bring beer sales to the U of M's TCF Bank Stadium.
A spokesperson for Gov. Mark Dayton says Dayton plans to sign a bill that would allow beer sales to the general public at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium, according to several Twin Cities news outlets, including Minnesota Public Radio. The omnibus liquor bill, whose chief sponsor in the Minnesota Senate is Dist. 37 Sen. Chris Gerlach, passed the Minnesota House of Representatives this week, by a vote of 115-13. The bill combines liquor-related provisions proposed by different legislators, including at least one from Burnsville Sen. Dan Hall (R), who authored a bill imposing licensing and fees on wine educators and those who conduct in-store wine-tastings. Hall is also listed as a member of the senate conference committee. …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Rep. Diane Anderson and Sen. Ted Daley will listen to questions and concerns from constituents at an event on April 12.
Representatives Diane Anderson and Doug Wardlow, plus Eagan Senator Ted Daley, will host a town hall meeting for local residents on from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, at the Wescott Library in Eagan. The lawmakers will give an update of the 2012 legislative session and listen to questions and concerns from area residents in Burnsville and Eagan. “We are honored to represent the people of District 38 at the State Capitol, and we look forward to hearing about the issues that are important to our constituents,” Diane Anderson wrote in a press release. For more information, contact Rep. Diane Anderson’s office at 651-296-3533, Rep. Doug Wardlow’s office at 651-296-4128, or Sen. Ted Daley’s office at 651-297-8073.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Currently in her third term as Dakota County Commissioner, Kathleen Gaylord served for 10 years as mayor of South St. Paul.
A third DFLer has entered the Second Congressional District race in hopes to unseat Republican Rep. John Kline. Dakota County Commissioner and former South St. Paul Mayor Kathleen Gaylord on Thursday filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission declaring her intention to run as a DFL candidate for Congress in the Second Congressional District. Goylord joins former Eagan State Rep. Mike Obermueller and Northfield City Councilor Patrick Ganey as candidates seeking the DFL endorsement to run against Kline, a five-term incumbent. "It’s time for new representation in the new (Second) Congressional District,” Gaylord said in a statement after filing. “Voters of all political persuasions are fed up with elected officials who put …
Former Eagan Rep. Mike Obermueller has officially declared his intent to seek the DFL nomination for the Second Congressional District while the DNC has targeted John Kline as an incumbent to knock out of office.
The moment the new redistricting-altered maps were released in February, U.S. Congressman John Kline, (R-Second District) of Lakeville, became a target for Democrats. For years, Kline has been as safe a bet during election season as anyone, churning out double-digit election wins every cycle. But the new second district now includes DFL-leaning portions of northern Dakota County, as well as southern Washington County, and doesn't include Republican strongholds such as Carver County. And that has more seasoned Democrats looking at the race with more interest. The Star Tribune is reporting that former State Rep. Mike Obermueller has officially declared his intent to seek the DFL nomination for the Second Congressional District. Obermueller, …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
If the Senate approves it today, it will be on November's ballot.
The Minnesota Senate will decide today whether November's ballot should have a proposed constitutional amendment that would—if passed by Minnesota voters—make photo IDs a requirement on Election Day. The Senate will be taking up the bill right on the heels of the House's final approval, which came shortly after midnight Tuesday. The issue has divided the Legislature on party lines, with Republican supporters saying it would add integrity to Minnesota's election system, while Democratic opponents say the measure is unnecessary and could disenfranchise some voters. You can watch live video of today's Senate vote, courtesy of The UpTake, right here on Burnsville Patch starting at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
While many DFLers spoke out against the measure, the bill moves on to the Senate.
The Minnesota House of Representatives passed a bill early Wednesday morning to put a Constitutional amendment on the ballot next November requiring voters to show photo ID when they vote. The City of Burnsville has taken a position against the proposal, citing a burdensome increase in the cost of conducting elections which city officials argue will be borne by local government. The vote, like most others Tuesday on proposed changes to the bill, was along party lines, 72-62. All local representatives from south of the river voted for its passage: Pam Myhra, Diane Anderson, Pat Garofalo, Mary Liz Holberg, Tara Mack, and Mark Buesgens all voted in the affirmative. To see the vote and some of the failed amendments to it, click here. Richfield…