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At Issue: December 18 - Session Preview with New Legislative Leaders; Special Session Talks Break Down; Former State Rep. Pens Historical Fiction Novel

December 18, 2016 07:38 PM

Two New Legislative Leaders Preview 2017 Session; Talks for Special Session Break Down

Sen. Paul Gazelka (R-Nisswa) and Rep. Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) will be two of the Legislature's new leaders when the 2017 Legislative Session convenes on January 3. Gazelka will serve as Senate Majority Leader and Hortman will be the House Minority Leader. The two lawmakers discussed their party's priorities and challenges ahead for the upcoming session with Tom Hauser.

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Meanwhile, talks for a special session to pass a tax bill, bonding bill and relief for health care premiums broke down Thursday and Friday with plenty of insults and shouting between Governor Dayton and House Speaker Kurt Daudt. Dayton says he feels there's no way an agreement can be reached for a special session to happen before the regular session is slated to start. 

Former State Representative Pens Historical Fiction Novel Based on Notorious Ax Murder

Former State Representative and gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert has mainly stayed out of the political spotlight in recent years. Now, he's about to come back into the spotlight in a whole new way. Seifert is the author of Sundown at Sunrise, a novel based on a true story of a gruesome ax murder that took place in rural southwestern Minnesota in the early 1900s. 

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