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Two longtime Minnesota senators split from DFL, start independent caucus


November 19, 2020

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Sen. David Tomassoni have left the DFL to start an independent caucus. ] GLEN STUBBE * FRIDAY, June 12, 2015 Special Session

Two longtime DFL state senators from the Iron Range severed ties with their party on Wednesday, forming an independent caucus and altering the dynamics in a narrowly divided Minnesota Senate.

Sen. Tom Bakk of Cook, a former DFL leader at the Capitol, and Sen. David Tomassoni of Chisholm cited growing political polarization and an opportunity to chair committees and better serve their districts within the legislative framework as reasons for the split.

"I'm very disappointed by the extreme partisanship going on nationally and right here in Minnesota," Bakk said in a statement, first reported by KSTP and MPR News. "Both political parties are to blame. The constant negative and sharp rhetoric is undermining voters' confidence in our public institutions. It doesn't have to stay this way."


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