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Minnesota Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, testifies before a Senate ethics committee. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Committee clears Republican senator over meeting rejection


ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota Senate committee on Wednesday refused to pursue ethics charges against a senator whose aide rejected a meeting with nurses because their association supported his election opponent.

After five hours, the Senate ethics committee unanimously agreed there was not enough evidence to further investigate Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, for violating legislative rules.

Newman said the charges against him hindered him in doing his job.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.