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Dec 6 3 tweets 2 min read
UPDATE: Minnesota's projected budget surplus pegged at $17.6B through June 2025.

Gov/#mnleg will set new 2-year budget in 2023 session.
If you don’t believe me, here it is from @MMBCommunicates Image
First out of the gate: @LisaDemuthMN, the new House GOP minority leader, who says it’s tax-cut time. #mnleg Image

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Oct 5
#mn02 Legal Marijuana Now candidate Paula Overby's son, Tyler, says his mother passed away this morning at age 68. She had been having heart valve problems and was recently hospitalized.
Of Paula Overby, Tyler says she was "selfless, always trying to help others."

"Always had great advice, wonderful to talk to, always there for you."

She leaves behind her mother, a son, two daughters, a son-in-law, two grandchildren and two sisters.
Overby's death will have implications in the race. Her party can replace her. But there could be expect possible legal action around how ballots get updated, handled.

A third-party candidate also died in same district in 2020. Overby was nominated to fill his spot in that race.
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@BradFinstad and @jeremymunson on stage along with Richard Reinsdorf (LMN), James Rainwater (DFL). Image
Opening remarks from Finstad:
“I grew up as a crop farmer and a hog farmer. … I’ve been scooping manure from a young age and that’s unfortunately prepared me for politics.”
DFL #mn01 primary candidate James Rainwater (there's both a special election and a primary on Aug. 9 ) acknowledges his limitations at FarmFest.

“I know less about farming than anyone up here. But I’ve eaten more farm products than anyone up here.” Image
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Jul 28
NEW: Minnesota Attorney General @AGEllison (D) won’t appeal a district court decision that struck down several abortion laws, including a 24-hour waiting period, a two-parent notification requirement and hospitalization rules.
Ellison says the AG's office has put about $620,000 toward the case in staff time and other costs since 2019.
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Jul 27
GOP AG candidate @doug_wardlow, the 2028 nominee challenging endorsed Republican @JimForMN, criticizes his opponent as “effectively prochoice” over a recent abortion quote in @StarTribune.

The Aug 9 primary will determine the fall opponent of incumbent DFLer @EllisonCampaign. Image
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Wardlow says he’d “prosecute abortion providers who break the law.”

He said he would also investigate abortion providers.

He said he’d “wage war” on Doe v Gomez court decision protecting abortion access in Minn.

He said he’d resist efforts to weaken existing restrictions.
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May 22
Senate Majority Leader @jeremyrmiller says his caucus doesn’t want a special session #mnleg
House Minority Leader @kdaudt, newly empowered as special session talk commences, says he wants spending bills reined in.

“I am not optimistic about there being a special session, and I think that’s OK.”

“We can pick that work up right away in January of next year.”
GOP Senator @jimabeler on status of the HHS bill, which would be the place where long-term care/nursing home money and child care assistance dollars would land:

“It has a remote chance to exist.” #mnleg
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