DFL state Rep. Dan Schoen on Sunday was in for some tough negotiations.
His young son Wyatt was unwilling to accept a mandate to clean his room and practice his letters. Indeed, Wyatt supported riding his bike before entertaining the possibility of room cleaning or letter practicing.
So Schoen, a first-term House member from St. Paul Park, and Wyatt, who will turn five years old this week, took the situation to a conference committee to work out their differences.
Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.
Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.