Friday, May 3, 2013
John Kline, one of only five Minnesota representatives to hold a House chairmanship in the last 50 years, is serving in a time of increased power for House leadership.
When Rep. John Kline was named chair of the House Education and Workforce Committee in 2011, he became only the fifth Minnesotan to earn a chairmanship in the last half century. But, as the Star Tribune pointed out earlier this week, despite overseeing a $6 million annual budget and holding a position of prestige and putative influence, the fact is that committee chairs don't have as much power as they used to. A combination of political maneuvers that have centralized power in the hands of party leadership and rule changes—such as a three-term limit for committee chairs—have served to rob committee chairs of much of the legislative control committee chairs wielded in earlier eras. Political experts say that committee chairs have had a …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Rep. John Kline announced his intention to run for re-election to the House in 2014 in order to clear the field for candidates seeking higher office.
Rep. John Kline (R-Second District) announced Friday that he would run for his seventh term in Congress in 2014, ruling out bids for the U.S. Senate or the governor's office. Kline, a Burnsville resident, told reporters that he was announcing his plans for reelection in order to clear the field for candidates seeking higher office—particularly the seat of Sen. Al Franken. “It’s time for them to start to get serious and raise money. That will be a very expensive Senate race,” Kline said, according to the Associated Press. “Al has shown he can raise money. He’s got money and he can raise money. Whoever our candidate is, they need to be able to do that as well.” Kline said that some Republican politicians had told him they would not announce …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
In other recent news from around the region, Eagan's Nicholas David comes in third on "The Voice," and a wave of influenza hits Northfield schools.
You can't be in front of your computer 24 hours a day, so each weekend, Patch reviews the top recent stories from around the region. Here's a look at news from the past week that may interest you or have an impact on your life. To read the full story, click on the headline links: Kline Calls Connecticut Tragedy 'Unthinkable,' But Stays Mum on Gun Legislation The second district's Congressman John Kline has been a consistent supporter of gun rights. Gun Permit Requests Soar in Dakota County; Sheriff Questions State's Gun Laws Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows said Thursday that Minnesota’s permit-to-carry law allows some people with serious mental health issues to acquire firearms. Firefighters Respond to Blaze in Apple Valley Office…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Incumbent Republican John Kline defeated Democrat Mike Obermueller by more than 8 points to keep his seat in congress.
Rep. John Kline (R-Lakeville) is going back to Washington, D.C. Kline defeated Democratic challenger Mike Obermueller by more than 8 points on Nov. 6. With each of the 291 precincts reporting, Kline received 193,587 votes, or 54.01 percent of the total votes cast. Obermueller received 164,335, or 45.85 percent. Patch will have more on this race in the coming days.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Rep. John Kline, R-Lakeville, sailed through the primary election Tuesday night to advance to the Nov. 6 election and a bid for his sixth term in office.
Rep. John Kline, R-Lakeville, sailed through the primary election Tuesday night to advance to the Nov. 6 election and a bid for his sixth term in office. With all 291 precincts reporting at 12:15 a.m., Kline handily beat Minneapolis engineer David Gerson 15,859 votes to 2,772, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State website. Kline will next face former Democratic state Rep. Mike Obermueller for the Second Congressional District seat. In April, Kline was unanimously endorsed by delegates in the Second District Republican Convention in Shakopee. For years, Kline has been a safe bet during election season, churning out double-digit election wins every cycle. Kline has held the seat since 2002. But after this year's Congressional …
Sunday, July 15, 2012
In other news from around Dakota County, the DFL challenger to U.S. House Rep. John Kline says he's raised more than $250,000, and an Eagan day care operator is charged with manslaughter for the death of a child on her watch.
You can't be in front of your computer 24 hours a day, so each weekend, Patch reviews the biggest recent news from thoughout Dakota County. Here's a collection of stories from the past seven days that might interest you, or have an impact on your life. To read the full stories, simply click on the headline link. Obermueller Raises More Than $250,000 in Race Against Kline The DFL House candidate said the level of support reflects a “deep frustration with the way Washington does business.” UPDATE: Deaths of Man, Woman in Apple Valley Shooting Apparently Murder-Suicide An Eagan man allegedly shot the Apple Valley woman with whom he had children, then shot himself outside South Cedar Knolls Apartments in Apple Valley, witnesses reported …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Former state legislator Mike Obermueller's campaign raised more than $250,000 in May and June.
Former state legislator Mike Obermueller raised $252,976 in two months for his campaign to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. John Kline this year, campaign officials announced Monday. Obermueller said the support reflects a “deep frustration with the way Washington does business.” “Voters want representation that will strengthen the middle class,” Obermueller said in a news release. “I’m proud to have the support of so many people who want to end the gridlock in Washington.” Obermueller’s campaign has been placed on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Red to Blue” list, races that the DCCC believe are the top competitive challenger races in the country. He launched his campaign after the state DFL endorsed him in April to …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Rep. John Kline (R-Lakeville) says the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Obama's health care law “underscores the importance of fully repealing (it)."
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Saturday, June 30, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Ahead of the fourth ballot, Northfield's Patrick Ganey conceded to Eagan's Mike Obermueller for the DFL endorsement for Minnesota's Second Congressional District. Obermueller will face Lakeville's John Kline, a five-term Republican incumbent.
And then there was one. Eagan's Mike Obermueller, a former state representative, was endorsed as the Second Congressional District's DFL candidate on Saturday at Rosemount High School after Northfield's Patrick Ganey conceded before the fourth ballot. Obermueller, who then received unanimous support, will face Republican John Kline, a five-term incumbent from Lakeville. Kathleen Gaylord, Dakota County commissioner and former mayor of South St. Paul, conceded earlier in the contest. For a full recap of the event, read our live blog above. _________ Second Congressional District DFLers gather at Rosemount High School today to select their nominee to challenge Republican incumbent John Kline in the November elections. Kline received the …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Eagan resident Mike Obermueller tells The Uptake that he is "seriously" considering running against Rep. John Kline for the second Congressional District seat.
Former state representative Mike Obermueller may challenge Congressman John Kline (R) for the Second Congressional District seat in 2012. Obermueller, who served as District 38B's representative in 2009-2010, told The Uptake last week that he is "seriously" considering running against Kline, who has served as the Second Congressional District's representative since 2003. If Obermueller enters, he would likely be the second Democratic contender to declare his candidacy. Northfield City Councilor Patrick Ganey earlier this week announced that he intended to run against Kline. "My family is in behind me, and I have a lot of supporters pushing me that direction," Obermueller said.