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'Unprecedented' situation puts Senate ethics process up in the air

Senators say the lawsuit by former staffer Michael Brodkorb is complicating efforts to follow through with an ethics complaint against Sen. Geoff Michel. DFLers brought the ethics complaint over Michel's handling of the relationship between Brodkorb and former Majority Leader Amy Koch.
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Senators say the lawsuit by former staffer Michael Brodkorb is complicating efforts to follow through with an ethics complaint against Sen. Geoff Michel. DFLers brought the ethics complaint over Michel's handling of the relationship between Brodkorb and former Majority Leader Amy Koch.

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