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Laura Bishop, commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Photo courtesy of MPCA

Gov. Tim Walz's top administration officials will be under "review" this week — and some could soon be out of a job.

Driving the news: While the DFL-led House adjourned after finishing the budget last week, the GOP-majority Senate is staying in session to evaluate Walz appointees.

Why it matters: The Senate has the ability to oust the DFL governor's agency heads via a floor vote. 

  • Flashback: Senate Republicans canned Walz's commerce commissioner, Steve Kelley, and the Department of Labor and Industry's Nancy Leppink during 2020 special sessions. 

What to watch: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency commissioner Laura Bishop is considered one of the most vulnerable appointees, as MPR News' Brian Bakst notes. She's come under fire from Republicans over the "Clean Cars" emission standards. 

  • The GOP has also clashed with the state's health commissioner, Jan Malcom, over COVID-19 response, but Sen. Michelle Benson told Bakst she's not one of their "primary concerns."

The other side: Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent accused Republicans of playing political games and trying to "single-handedly dismantle the administration at their whim."

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Sep 13, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Biden's vaccine rule to affect 1.4 million private workers statewide

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About 1.4 million Minnesota workers at private businesses would fall under President Biden's new vaccination mandate.

Driving the news: Biden announced on Thursday that private employers with 100 or more workers would need to require their workers to be vaccinated, or test them once a week.

Separately, Biden and Gov. Tim Walz issued orders requiring many federal and state workers to get vaccinated.

Top economic regulators stressed by vacancies

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The boom times are all around us (from corporate deal sprees to the breakneck rise of cryptocurrency) — and the agencies in charge are stretched thin trying to police it.

Why it matters: Overwhelmed staff and a slew of vacant posts could set back President Biden's big regulatory agenda.

GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley announces run for re-election

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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the longest-serving Senate Republican, announced on Friday that he's running for re-election in 2022.

Why it matters: The GOP is looking to regain control of both chambers of Congress in the upcoming midterm elections. Several Republicans had urged the 88-year-old senator to run to avoid another retirement after five incumbent senators said they wouldn't seek re-election.