A federal judge has granted the state’s request to dismiss three counts from former Minnesota Senate aide Michael Brodkorb’s lawsuit over his firing. Now, two discrimination counts remain. Brodkorb was fired in 2011 after Senate leaders discovered his affair with then-Majority Leader Amy Koch. Brodkorb sued, claiming he was unfairly treated because female Senate staffers who carried on affairs weren’t punished. On Wednesday, the judge dismissed Brodkorb’s claims that he was defamed, and also dismissed the state as a defendant, as well as references to unnamed Senate employees. The Senate itself is now the only remaining defendant in the case.