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Brodkorb, state narrow case over Senate firing

A former Minnesota Senate aide who was fired over an affair with the chamber's majority leader is slimming down his lawsuit against the state. Michael Brodkorb was fired last year after Senate leaders discovered his affair with then-Majority Leader Amy Koch. He is suing the state over the dismissal. Now he's dropping several invasion-of-privacy claims to focus on defamation and gender discrimination claims.

Lawsuit filed by former Senate employee costing taxpayers $330 an hour

The legal matters stem from an affair between former leader Amy Koch and fired Senate communications chief Michael Brodkorb. The Star Tribune reports the Senate is paying a Minneapolis attorney for legal advice to prepare its defense against claims in Brodkorb's lawsuit. Current Republican Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem was pressured to disclose the information even though it's not required.

Michael Brodkorb says he'll sue Senate for defamation

The ousted communications chief will reportedly file a lawsuit seeking $500,000, claiming Senate Secretary Cal Ludeman defamed him when he told the press Brodkorb was trying to "blackmail" the Senate through a wrongful-termination case. Brodkorb was fired from the Senate after his affair with then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch came to light.

Senate ethics complaint in limbo

GOP senators serving on an ethics committee never showed up Friday when the panel was scheduled to reconvene to take up a complaint against Sen. Geoff Michel. The complaint stems from how Michel handled revelations of a relationship between then Majority Leader Amy Koch and staffer Michael Brodkorp.

Michael Brodkorb's legal team says other staffers had affairs but kept their jobs

Brodkorb claims he was "terminated based on his gender" and says his legal team has proof that female Capitol employees had affairs with male legislators but were allowed to keep their jobs. The Star Tribune says the ousted communication chief's legal team plans to dig deep into the romantic lives of legislative employees and lawmakers to make its case. Secretary of the Senate Cal Ludeman says Brodkorb is trying to "blackmail" the Senate.

Brodkorb files papers acknowledging relationship with Amy Koch

Former Senate Republican staff member Michael Brodkorb claims he was wrongfully fired and is moving ahead with a lawsuit after the Senate rejected mediation. His lawyer says papers filed with the state acknowledge Brodkorb had an "intimate relationship" with former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch.

Sen. Amy Koch breaks her silence and speaks about her political future

Despite her "inappropriate relationship" with a senate staffer, the former Senate majority leader says she may run for re-election. Amy Koch told the Star Tribune she will return to the Capitol on Tuesday when the legislative session convenes. Koch stepped down from her leadership position on December 15.

Senjem: No ethics complaint against Koch

The new Senate Majority Leader says the scandal involving Amy Koch was unfortunate, but it's in the past. According to the Associated Press, Dave Senjem doesn't plan to file a complaint against the former majority leader or any senators connected to the events that led to her abrupt resignation.

GOP faithful elect Shortridge as party chair

Pat Shortridge won the Minnesota GOP party chair election on the first ballot. He was up against Terry McCall and Todd McIntyre. He takes over for former chair Tony Sutton who recently resigned.

Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk calls for further review of Amy Koch scandal

Democratic Sen. Tom Bakk, in a letter to incoming Senate Majority Leader David Senjem, said "The integrity and honor of the Minnesota Senate have been seriously called into question" and urged Senjem to look into any ethical or legal questions. Senjem has indicated that Senate Republicans would like to put the matter behind them.

Senjem promises 'fresh start' for senate

After more than 11 hours of debate at a hotel in Roseville, Minnesota Republicans chose Sen. David Senjem, of Rochester, to represent them as majority leader in the state senate. Senjem will replace Amy Koch, who resigned earlier this month after admitting to an inappropriate relationship with a senate staffer.

So what's the big deal about a Senate majority leader anyway?

Amy Koch is out after a scandal involving an inappropriate relationship with a staffer, and Republicans on Tuesday are set to vote in a new chief. Forum Communications' Don Davis takes a look at just what it means to be majority leader or house speaker, and hold one of the most powerful posts in the Legislature.