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House Divided Oral History Project

17 INTERVIEWS

DATE: 1980-1981

INTERVIEWER: Jon Bjornson

For the first time in its history, the 1979 Minnesota House of Representatives was tied with 67-67 DFL-IR membership. 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.

LENGTH OF INTERVIEWS: 16 hours 1 minute

TRANSCRIPTS: None

House Divided Oral History Project: Interview with Robert Anderson
Robert Anderson
House Divided Oral History Project: Interview with Jim Casserly
Jim Casserly
House Divided Oral History Project: Interview with Ray Faricy
Ray Faricy
House Divided Oral History Project: Interview with Marcia Fluer and Karen Boros
Marcia Fluer & Karen Boros
House Divided Oral History Project: Interview with Carl Johnson
Carl Johnson
House Divided Oral History Project: Interview with Gerald Knickerbocker
Gerald Knickerbocker
House Divided Oral History Project: Interview with Richard Kostohryz
Richard Kostohryz
House Divided Oral History Project: Interview with Bruce Nelsen
Bruce Nelsen
House Divided Oral History Project: Interview with Robert Pavlak
Robert Pavlak
House Divided Oral History Project: Interview with David Phelps, William Salisbury and Gene LaHammer
David Phelps, William Salisbury & Gene LaHammer
House Divided Oral History Project: Interview with Albert Quie
Albert Quie
House Divided Oral History Project: Interview with Robert Renner
Robert Renner
House Divided Oral History Project: Interview with John Rose
John Rose
House Divided Oral History Project: Interview with Rod Searle
Rod Searle
House Divided Oral History Project: Interview with Harry Sieben
Harry Sieben
House Divided Oral History Project: Interview with Warren Spannaus
Warren Spannaus
House Divided Oral History Project: Interview with Gordon Voss
Gordon Voss