The Minnesota Senate has passed a wide-ranging spending bill that dictates state funds for programs run by the state agriculture, natural resources, commerce, pollution control and economic development agencies.
The Minnesota Republican operative fired by the state Senate after an affair with the majority leader says he believes they were both victims of a power grab by other Republican senators. Michael Brodkorb made his most extensive comments to date in an interview Sunday with The Associated Press about the events that led to his firing, and his lawsuit in response.
A state Senate committee has voted down the proposal to permit casino-style games at Minnesota horse-racing tracks. The vote by the Senate's State Government Committee was 8-5 against the "racino" proposal, with several Republicans and Democrats joining to reject it.
Republican senators will meet in St. Paul on Tuesday to select their new majority leader. The senate has been without a leader since Amy Koch (coke) stepped down last week amid allegations of inappropriate conduct with an employee.
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