Miller

(St. Paul MN-) Representative Tim Miller of Prinsburg says he is still a Republican, even though he does not meet with the other Republican members of the Minnesota House. At the start of last year's session, Miller announced he and three other Republican house members had splintered from the main body and created what they call The New House Republican Caucus. The other members are Representatives Steve Drazkowski of Mazeppa, Jeremy Munson of Lake Crystal and Cal Bahr of East Bethel. Miller last year said they formed their own caucus to protest what he called the culture in the legislature that often means party first, constituents second. The move displeased other local Republican House members like Dave Baker and Dean Urdahl. Just before the start of this year's session Tuesday Miller said the four-member New House Republican Caucus would meet separately to discuss issues important to them...

...Some of the group's priorities include anti-abortion legislation, fiscal conservancy and strengthening Minnesota's "Stand Your Ground" laws. They also opposed expanding Minnesota's North Star Commuter Rail Line. Miller says he would not rule out their micro-caucus someday rejoining the main body...

...Last year Senator Andrew Lang of Olivia said he wondered what the status of the New House Republicans would be if the GOP regained the majority in The House.