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Mark Sommerhauser

About Mark Sommerhauser

Greetings! I cover state and some federal politics for the St. Cloud Times. Before this, I worked the political beat at the Winona Daily News.
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Howe in no mood to wait on funding for elderly, disabled care

Rep. Jeff Howe’s ire was so evident in the Minnesota House Chamber last week that few could miss it.

Howe, R-Rockville, and some other lawmakers were urging their colleagues to suspend their rules to immediately take up a … Hit the jump to read the rest

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Brandmire, Knoblach getting testy in 14B race

Things are getting testy between the two Republican candidates for a St. Cloud legislative seat, days after the second candidate joined the race.

Republican Paul Brandmire has charged his opponent, former GOP state Rep. Jim Knoblach, of “sneaky and underhanded” … Hit the jump to read the rest

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Dorholt in crosshairs on new business taxes

Election Day is more than eight months off. But rhetoric coming from St. Cloud-area legislators on repealing new business taxes shows that campaign season is already underway.

All seats in the DFL-controlled House and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton will be … Hit the jump to read the rest

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Report: Central Minnesota MNsure premiums are nation’s third-cheapest

Central Minnesota health-coverage premiums through MNsure, the state’s new health-insurance marketplace, are the nation’s third-lowest, a new report says.

The Kaiser Health News report contains a rare dose of good news for MNsure, the state’s much-criticized insurance marketplace established under … Hit the jump to read the rest

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Local caucus attendance down in 2014

Attendance at St. Cloud-area precinct caucuses declined this year from the previous two years when they were held, 2012 and 2010.

That mirrors a statewide trend in this year’s Republican caucuses, in which participation declined from 2010, according to the … Hit the jump to read the rest

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Most Minnesota lawmakers laud Farm Bill deal

Does last week’s agreement on a five-year Farm Bill mean Congress is finally poised to shed the partisan gridlock that has defined it in recent years?

Not so fast.

Still, most Minnesota lawmakers are lauding the Farm Bill deal, calling … Hit the jump to read the rest

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As caucuses near, congressional hopefuls canvas area

Want to kick the tires on a local congressional candidate before Minnesota’s fast-approaching precinct caucuses?

You’ll have a chance to do so in person this week with two candidates in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, which includes the St. Cloud area.… Hit the jump to read the rest

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Pederson says he’d likely support Dayton bonding plan

DFL state lawmakers appear to have at least one GOP ally in their quest to pass a bill to fund construction projects in 2014: St. Cloud Sen. John Pederson.

Pederson told the Times he’d likely support a construction projects bill … Hit the jump to read the rest

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Gazelka: Time for Senate hearings on MNsure

The lead Republican on a Minnesota Senate Commerce panel says he’ll seek legislative hearings on MNsure, as scrutiny intensifies on the state’s new health-coverage exchange.

Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, told the Times he’ll request hearings be held by the Commerce … Hit the jump to read the rest

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Krinkie: Attending forum doesn’t break pledge

Republican congressional candidate Phil Krinkie insists he’s not walking back his pledge to buck candidate forums that aren’t free and open to all.

But it’s clear that pledge has at least undergone a makeover after Krinkie announced he’ll be at … Hit the jump to read the rest

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