STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER MPR: Osskopp out of state GOP chairman race
Former state Rep. Mike Osskopp is dropping out of the Minnesota Republican Party chairmanship race, Minnesota Public Radio reports.
Instead, Osskopp will support Pat Shortridge to replace Tony Sutton... Posted on 12/20/11 at 12:48 PM
Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Tony Sutton abruptly resigned his post on Friday, one day before a leadership meeting in which GOP activists planned to scrutinize the party's budget and its mounting debt. "I think it's what's best for me, and I think it will be good for the party," Sutton said in an interview late Friday afternoon.
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger and Baird Helgeson
, December 03, 2011
The Minnesota governor’s race continues to focus on tax cuts, with the focus shifting from restaurant tips to military pensions. GOP Chairman Tony Sutton is criticizing Democrat Mark Dayton for opposing an income tax exemption for military veterans.
A Le Sueur County, Minn., sheriff’s deputy won’t be charged in the July shooting death of an unarmed man in Kasota, Minn., a grand jury decided.
The grand jury deliberated for about two hours Friday night after hearing testimony in the death of Tyler Heilman, 24, who was wearing only swimming trunks when Deputy Todd Waldron shot him twice in the chest during a July 20 arrest attempt.
It appears Minnesotans will go to the polls for the 2010 primary election in August, a month earlier than usual. A new federal law gives military and other overseas voters 45 days to deal with mail-in general election ballots, but a September primary election leaves too little time to prepare for the general election. Several Minnesota lawmakers plan to move a bill through the 2010 Legislature soon after it convenes Feb. 4.
A behind-the-scenes political adviser who helped put Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty before national audiences filled the governor’s chief of staff vacancy on Thursday. Bob Schroeder becomes the fifth person to hold the title under Pawlenty. Previous chief of staff Matt Kramer left this month to take a job at the University of Minnesota.
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, the 10-term Democrat from the 7th Congressional District, stuck his foot in his mouth the other day and apologized for it. And now, the state Republicans smell blood and are waiting to pounce what they think is carrion bait.
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