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Mother of missing Lakeville sisters delinquent in paying child support

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, who is considered a "person of interest" by police involving the disappearance of her two missing teenage daughters, has failed to pay child support for months and may have her driver's license suspended.

According to a May 16th letter from Dakota County Child Support and Collections to Grazzini-Rucki's attorney, Michelle MacDonald, Grazzini-Rucki is "at least three times past due" in paying her court-ordered child support.

Grazzini-Rucki is the mother of Samantha and Gianna Rucki, who both disappeared on April 19, 2013, when they ran away from their home in Lakeville during a custody dispute between their parents.

Minnesota law permits the suspension of the driver's license of someone who has failed to pay child support or maintenance payments. Grazzini-Rucki has 30 days to contest the suspension in court, or she could pay the complete balance of her child support arrears.  

Since Lakeville police want to speak with both Grazzini-Rucki and MacDonald about the disappearance of both missing sisters, it will be difficult for Grazzini-Rucki to appear in open court to contest the suspension. 

Yesterday, Grazzini-Rucki failed to attend a hearing in Hennepin County involving the dissolution of a family partnership and over $562,000 of money from her portion of the partnership was allocated to pay her share of debts and obligations from her marriage with her ex-husband David Rucki. 

David Rucki was awarded custody of all five of his children in November 2013, including Samantha and Gianna‚Äč. Anyone with information about the missing sisters should call the Lakeville police department at (952) 322-2323.

Picture source: Star Tribune


Michael Brodkorb: Minnesota Republicans lose rules fight over '16 RNC

The Republican National Committee has denied a request by the Republican Party of Minnesota for a waiver from rules governing the 2016 Republican National Convention which would bind Minnesota delegates to support the winners of the presidential preference ballot at Republican precinct caucuses.

All delegates from Minnesota to the Republican National Convention in 2016 will be elected proportionately and bound to the winners of the presidential preference ballot at Republican precinct caucuses on March 1, 2016. 

Rule changes made at the 2012 Republican National Convention and later amended by the RNC, require that the results of the presidential preference ballot at Republican precinct caucuses "must be used to allocate and bind the state’s delegation to the national convention in either a proportional or winner-take-all manner." 

As detailed in a previous post, Minnesota delegates to the Republican National Convention have not been bound by the results of the presidential preference ballot conducted at precinct caucuses. In 2012, Rick Santorum won the presidential preference ballot in Minnesota, but the majority of the Minnesota delegates to the Republican National Convention supported Ron Paul. 

The bulk of the Minnesota delegates to the Democratic National Convention are required to support the winner of the presidential preference ballot conducted at Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party precinct caucuses. The Democratic National Convention in 2016 will be held in Philadelphia (Wells Fargo Center and Pennsylvania Convention Center) and Cleveland (Quicken Loans Arena) will host the Republican National Convention.

Picture source:  Quicken Loans Arena

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