Christine M. Zimmer

Christine M. Zimmer

Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

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Hot List for the 2014 Minnesota State House Elections

Recent polling and local community response has elevated a number of the 134 Minnesota State House elections to the “Hot List.” Most of these seats are in a swing district, have a potentially vulnerable freshman member and/or...more

9/25/2014 - Political Campaigns

Minnesota Primary Election Results

All in all, primary election night was a good one for endorsed candidates and incumbents. That result was no doubt driven in part by the very low voter turnout. Secretary of State Ritchie predicted a 10 to 15 percent voter...more

8/14/2014 - Political Campaigns

Minnesota Elections Update

Candidates released their fundraising numbers for 2013. On the DFL side, incumbent Governor Mark Dayton raised just over $1 million in 2013 with $470,000 of that in the last quarter. Not surprising anyone, businessman Scott...more

2/3/2014

MNsure Metrics

The MNsure Board met this week and provided metrics on the rollout of the MNsure program for the October 1 through November 30, 2013 timeframe. According the Executive Director April Todd-Malmlov, about 25,000 are in the...more

12/9/2013 - Healthcare

MNsure - Up and Running

MNsure, Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, met the October 1, 2013 deadline to open their health exchange website for consumers to purchase health insurance. The launch was not without glitches, some relating to the...more

10/28/2013 - Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Open Enrollment

Minnesota Special Session

On Monday, September 9, the Minnesota Legislature convened for a one day special session. The previously agreed to agenda included disaster relief money to match federal disaster aid for the June 2013 severe storms and...more

9/11/2013 - Disaster Aid Natural Disasters Relief Measures

Special Session Set for September 9, 2013

The Minnesota GOP and DFL leadership agreed to a one day Special Session for disaster relief. The Legislature will take up only one bill dealing with the damage from June storms. It will appropriate approximately $5.7 million...more

8/26/2013 - Legislative Agendas

Special Legislative Session on the Horizon

Minnesota’s Governor Mark Dayton (DFL) has proposed a fall Special Session, suggesting September 9, 2013 as the date. The Governor initially wanted to deal only with disaster relief. However, House Speaker Paul Thissen...more

8/15/2013 - Disaster Aid Farms Mark Dayton Proposed Legislation Revenue

Minnesota Elections Update

With almost exactly one year to go until the 2014 primary elections, the 2014 contests have already begun to take shape. The top races will be the Franken U.S. Senate seat, Governor Mark Dayton’s quest for reelection, the...more

8/5/2013 - Election Laws Political Candidates

Growing List of Candidates for Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District

When Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN 6th) announced she would not run for re-election and DFL challenger Jim Graves dropped out of the race, (see post dated May 31, 2013), potential candidates started lining up as they...more

6/20/2013 - Michele Bachman Political Campaigns Political Candidates

Floor Calendar Prediction for the Week

The 2013 Minnesota Legislative Session is all about lengthy floor sessions this week. It is risky to predict legislative schedules but this is only a tentative guide for the week. Keep in mind schedules change quickly at the...more

4/24/2013 - Proposed Legislation

Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange Bill Finally Hits the House Floor

The Health Insurance Exchange (HIX) bill SF1 Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick) / HF5 Joe Atkins (DFL-Inver Grove Heights) has been moving through the Legislature on a bumpy road to the floor. In order to meet the aggressive deadline...more

3/4/2013

2013-14 Minnesota Legislative Committee Structure and Chairs

House - Today Minnesota Speaker-designate Paul Thissen (DFL-Mpls) released the House committee structure and chairs. The House has 28 committees and has loaded up Tuesday through Thursday for the bulk of the committee...more

11/19/2012

The Minnesota DFL Trifecta

A hurricane blew through the Minnesota State Capitol on election night! The Democrats swept both chambers in the Legislature and now have control of the State House, Senate and the Governor’s office....more

11/12/2012

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