Budget cuts doom state’s Senate Briefly publication

Politics in Minnesota runs an obituary for the long-running state Senate publication Senate Briefly. The cause of death: budget cuts.

So is the state House’s online publication Session Weekly doomed to the same fate? PIM hopes not, noting its rich history and substantial circulation.

Notes PIM:

“…given the caliber of the content and photographs, we’re betting House members will be extremely reluctant to give up what functions as its major PR organ. Still, tough budget times are tough budget times, and the Session Weekly is an easy chunk of the legislative budget to whack. [When the Republicans ran the House earlier this century, they did make a run at getting rid of Session Weekly.]”

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Tim Walker on 08/05/2009 - 10:13 am.

    I was a writer for Session Weekly for two consecutive legislative sessions back in the 90s.

    I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, and will be sad if it gets the ax.

    My time there was during DFL-controlled years, and I recall some Republican legislators complained that the publication was nothing but DFL propaganda.

    This was an unjust charge, in my opinion. The top editor at the time, Grant Moos, made it clear to the writers that they needed to report on all significant bill introductions, even Republican bills that were sure to be killed soon in committee. Thus, each issue had a pretty equal balance of stories about both Republican and DFL bills.

    This balance was harder to maintain, however, as the session wore on and only DFL bills survived. Still, each story had to be balanced with quotes from both sides of the aisle.

    By the way, Grant Moos and the late Peg Hamerston were the editors largely responsible for introducing into Session Weekly feature articles not directly related to the House and stories on Minnesota history. Such material always made Session Weekly a more interesting read than Senate Briefly.

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