Friday, August 24, 2012
The DFL state representative for part of Fridley told the UpTake that climate change is now a partisan wedge issue.
“Climate change stacks the deck toward more extreme weather events, more droughts, more floods and more significant rain events, which is what we saw in Duluth,” state Rep. Kate Knuth (DFL) told The UpTake. Knuth, who represents the southeast corner of Fridley, is retiring from the state Legislature after redistricting put her in a new district with state Rep. Tom Tillberry (DFL). She gave a farewell to the House of Representatives when the regular session ended. The Legislature is back at the state Capitol for a special session on disaster relief Friday.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The retiring DFL state rep, whose current district includes part of Fridley, tweeted her displeasure at seeing a picture of a flooded Minnesota road represent climate change in an international news story.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The retiring DFL legislator said ballot amendments will likely raise ire.
Look out for a rough-and-tumble election season, state Rep. Kate Knuth (DFL-50B) said in an email to constituents Tuesday. Knuth won't be a candidate for re-election this year: She decided not to run after redistricting put her in a new district with fellow incumbent DFLer Tom Tillberry. But she predicted that with constitutional amendments defining marriage and requiring voters to show photo IDs on the November ballot, "Minnesota will likely experience a divisive, bruising election season." Here is Knuth's message: Dear neighbors, The 2012 legislative session wrapped up in mid-May with final legislative action demonstrating that Minnesotans do best when the legislature works together for the common good of our state. However, the 2011-…
Friday, May 11, 2012
Her emotional goodbye to the state House of Representatives.
State Rep. Kate Knuth (DFL-50B) gave an emotional farewell to the Minnesota House of Representatives Thursday. She decided not to seek re-election after newly drawn political boundaries put her in a district that also included another incumbent, Rep. Tom Tillberry (DFL-51B).
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Tillberry, Knuth vote Yes; Laine votes No.
The Minnesota Senate takes up the stadium bill Tuesday.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
The rep for SE Fridley is leaving the Legislature.
Knuth opted not to seek re-election after redistricting put her in the same new district as another incumbent, Rep. Tom Tillberry (DFL-51B). (Tillberry then lost a DFL endorsement contest with former state representative Connie Bernardy. News reports had Tillberry holding out the possiblity of remaining in the race but in a letter this week to Gov. Mark Dayton he called himself a "retiring legislator.")
Thursday, March 22, 2012
The state representative's opinion article asks for more attention to renewables.
State Rep. Kate Knuth (DFL-50B), who represents the southeast corner of Fridley, wrote a commentary article about Minnesota's energy policy that appeared in Thursday's edition of the Star Tribune: Like many Minnesotans, I took advantage of last week's warm weather to get outside. But I couldn't shake the feeling that 80 degrees and humid in March is just plain weird. I also spent hours in legislative hearing rooms, working to meet committee deadlines. The two experiences dramatize the misplaced priorities and inadequate leadership of the legislative majority on climate and clean energy, issues that should be a cornerstone for Minnesota's success in a 21st-century economy. Fortunately, the bonding bill provides an opportunity for a …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Redistricting put her in new Fridley district with Rep. Tillberry.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
UPDATED BELOW State Rep. Kate Knuth (DFL-50B) will not seek re-election this year, she said in a statement at her legislative website. Knuth represents a small portion of southeast Fridley (see PDF map). She was one of two incumbent representatives in a new House district that includes all of the city of Fridley as well as parts of other cities. Last week a new redistricting map put Knuth in new House District 41A with Tom Tillberry, who lives in Fridley. Knuth explained her decision in a press release Wednesday: “Representing my neighbors in New Brighton, Arden Hills, Shoreview and Fridley in the Minnesota House of Representatives is an honor. Running for and serving in office has allowed me to get to know my community and its …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
New 41A, which includes all of Fridley, is home to both incumbent DFLers.
New Minnesota political boundaries announced Tuesday put state Reps. Tom Tillberry and Kate Knuth in the same House district. It's the once-a-decade redistricting process, not a game of musical chairs—but the effect is the same. The final plan leaves one seat in the legislature for two incumbents who represent parts of Fridley. "Isn't that something?" said Tillberry. "This is definitely a scenario I never could have predicted." The new lines also create a Senate district, 41, that encompasses all of the city of Fridley. (The city is now divided between Senate Districts 50 and 51.) Tillberry, of Fridley, said he sees that as a plus: "It finally stopped this practice of splitting up Fridley," he said. "It gives the district kind of a Fridley…
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Events are Saturday at Mississippi Branch Library, New Brighton Community Center.
Three state legislators representing parts of Fridley will hold events billed as "listening sessions" on Saturday, Feb. 4. Sen. Barb Goodwin (DFL-50) and Rep. Carolyn Laine (DFL-50A) will be at the Mississippi Branch Library at 11 a.m. Goodwin and Rep. Kate Knuth (DFL-50B) will be at the New Brighton Community Center, 400 10th St. NW, New Brighton, at 2 p.m. According to an announcement for the events, the legislators invite constituents to "stop by and meet with them regarding any ideas, issues or concerns that are on your mind." The Minnesota Legislature came back into session last week. Goodwin, Laine and Knuthwant to "touch base with their constituents before they vote on important issues," the announcement said.