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Former Senate leader seeking GOP endorsement for governor
Minnesota Reformer, RICARDO LOPEZSeptember 8, 2021 (Medium)

Republican state Sen. Paul Gazelka of East Gull Lake said Wednesday he is running to be his party’s nominee for governor, declaring himself the best GOP candidate to deny DFL Gov. Tim Walz a second term.

Gazelka, who announced his run at the State Capitol surrounded by supporters and his wife Maralee, is staking his political future on his gubernatorial run. He will not be returning to the Senate in 2023, and he said he would abide by the GOP convention endorsement and step aside if he isn’t successful in securing the nomination.

Gazelka joins state Sen. Michelle Benson and former state Sen. Scott Jensen among major Republicans seeking to oust Walz, who was first elected in 2018.

What happened over the past four-and-a-half months at the Minnesota Capitol
Minnesota Reformer, Max Nesterak| Ricardo Lopez May 21, 2021 (Short)

Instead, lawmakers adjourned on Monday announcing only a broad “numbers-only” budget that still needs to be crafted and passed by June 30 or force the state into a partial government shutdown.

Faced with an $883 million budget deficit, a state in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty around a federal government bailout, Minnesota leaders were ready to fight over potential cuts to state government and perhaps new tax increases.

Reformer Radio · The chaotic and unproductive 2021 session
Legislative leaders effectively extended their own deadline, buying just two more weeks to finish their work but still claimed victory despite the billions of dollars still left to appropriate.

Just enough: Minnesota will retain eight congressional districts
Minnesota Reformer, Laura Olson| Rilyn EischensApril 26, 2021 (Short)

After months of delays, the U.S. Census Bureau on Monday gave states part of the critical data needed to redraw their U.S. House boundaries: an updated tally of how many people live within their borders, and the number of House districts that each state will have for the next decade.

Minnesotans — especially politicos who’ve been awaiting the news for months — breathed a sigh of relief, as the North Star State will retain its eight congressional districts, earning the 435th seat in Congress by beating out New York state by a mere 89 people.

The news from the 2020 Census count came as a surprise. Minnesota has long been projected to lose a seat due to its slow-growing population. Dropping from eight to seven congressional seats would have diminished Minnesota’s political clout and likely reduced federal spending here going forward.

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