ST. PAUL -- Democrats in the House of Representatives aren't interested in all-night floor sessions. They'd like to skip massive omnibus bills next year. And they'd like to see more of their work done out in the open. Six weeks before DFLers are set to take control of the House, Rep. Gene Pelowski, a Winona Democrat, held a pair of meetings this week aimed at making the legislative process more transparent.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Democrats in the House of Representatives on Thursday night elected that chamber's next speaker and majority leader in a closed-door meeting. Rep. Melissa Hortman, D-Brooklyn Park, ran unopposed for and won her caucus's support to become the next House Speaker, she told reporters late Thursday. Hortman previously served as House minority leader.