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House Divided Oral History Project

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Description These interviews document the 1979 Minnesota House of Representatives. For the first time in history the Minnesota House was evenly split between representatives of the Democratic-Farmer Labor Party (DFL) and the Independent Republican Party (IR). These interviews reflect the conflicts resulting from that tie, and the subsequent resolutions. Subjects discussed include the political maneuvering by both parties for the office of speaker of the House and committee chair and the coalition committee that was created to negotiate an equitable agreement to resolve the deadlock; the court ruling on Robert Pavlak for violation of the Minnesota Fair Campaign Practices Act; efforts of caucus leaders Rod Searle (IR) and Irv Anderson (DFL) to control the House and the election of Fred Norton as speaker; the influence of IR Governor Albert Quie and his staff on the 1979-1980 session programs; the energy-assistance bill; and the controversies of the sessions as viewed by the media. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEWS: There are no transcripts for these interviews. A written analysis prepared by the interviewer, Jon Bjornson, is available in the Oral History Office project file.
Quantity 1 project
22.5 hours sound cassette
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Creation Narrator: Aarnes, Don
Narrator: Anderson, Robert D.
Narrator: Casserly, James R.
Narrator: Faricy, Ray W.
Narrator: Fluer, Marcia
Narrator: Boros, Karen S.
Narrator: Hess, Paul
Narrator: Johnson, Carl M.
Narrator: Knickerbocker, Gerald
Narrator: Kostohyrz, Richard J.
Narrator: Nelsen, Bruce
Narrator: Norton, Fred C.
Narrator: Pavlak, Robert L. Sr.
Narrator: Phelps, David M.
Narrator: Salisbury, William S.
Narrator: Lahammer, Gene
Narrator: Quie, Albert Harold
Narrator: Renner, Robert G. Jr.
Narrator: Rose, John T.
Narrator: Searle, Rod
Narrator: Sieben, Harry A. Jr.
Narrator: Spannaus, Warren G.
Narrator: Thompson, Mark A.
Narrator: Voss, Gordon O.
Interviewer: Bjornson, Jon
Dates Creation: 1980 - 1981

Holding Type Oral History - Project
ID Number OH 41
Accession Number AV1980.269
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