Embattled state Representative Laura Bradford is threatening to leave the Republican Party saying a GOP leader mistreated her in the wake of a drunk driving incident. Republicans hold a one-seat advantage in the House of Representatives, so any change in party affiliation could shift the balance of power at the state legislature. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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