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2010 campaign and election coverage in Minnesota and beyond.

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Transcript: President Obama reacts to health care ruling

Thu, 28 Jun 2012 12:10:12 -0500

The following is a transcript of President Barack Obama's remarks following the Supreme Court ruling that upheld the Affordable Care Act.

As Bachmann lags, Santorum surges in Iowa

Sat, 31 Dec 2011 06:00:00 -0600

Here are some signs of a successful Iowa caucus campaign: rising poll numbers, a super PAC and attention from competitors. Quite suddenly, Rick Santorum can lay claim to all three.

Some political ads not subject to campaign disclosure laws

Thu, 18 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500

A ruling on issue-based political advertisements comes in the case of ads that aired before last year's gubernatorial campaign calling for a constitutional vote on marriage.

Report shows influence of outside groups on gov campaign

Tue, 01 Feb 2011 17:20:43 -0600

Democrat Mark Dayton and his allies outspent Republican Tom Emmer and his supporters by nearly 2-1 in last year's race for governor. Campaign finance reports released Tuesday also show that spending by outside political groups outpaced spending by candidates.

Dayton: Let's work together to move Minn. forward

Mon, 03 Jan 2011 10:39:58 -0600

Mark Dayton vowed Monday to put Minnesotans back to work as he was sworn in as the state's 40th governor.

Pawlenty passes the baton to Dayton

Thu, 09 Dec 2010 17:05:16 -0600

Outgoing Gov. Tim Pawlenty and his successor, Mark, Dayton, met Thurday afternoon to discuss the details of the transition to a new administration. Pawlenty said he would make that process as smooth as possible for Dayton, who has barely a month to build the first Democratic administration in two decades.

Tom Emmer to concede Minnesota race for governor to Mark Dayton

Tue, 07 Dec 2010 23:27:36 -0600

Republican Tom Emmer will concede the race of Minnesota governor, according to a person with knowledge of Emmer's plans.

Minn. GOP punishes leaders who supported IP's Horner

Sat, 04 Dec 2010 17:50:21 -0600

Delegates at the Republican Party State Central Committee on Saturday approved a two-year party ban on 18 high-profile Republicans who supported Independence Party candidate Tom Horner for governor in the November 2010 election.

Recount is done; board lets Emmer review frivolous challenges

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 17:09:02 -0600

The manual review of ballots in the Minnesota governor's race has concluded. Hennepin County wrapped up its recount Friday evening, joining the other 86 counties that finished their hand tallies earlier in the week. Meanwhile, ballot challenges called frivolous will get additional scrutiny from lawyers in the Minnesota governor's recount.

Recounts add 2 more wins to Minn. House GOP column

Tue, 30 Nov 2010 19:59:06 -0600

Two recounts in southern Minnesota have confirmed more Republican wins for seats in the Minnesota House, adding to a new GOP majority.

Cravaack, Wis. counterpart emphasize spending cuts

Tue, 30 Nov 2010 17:00:08 -0600

Incoming Republican U.S. Reps. Chip Cravaack and Sean Duffy met in Duluth Tuesday for a briefing on Great Lakes, port and shipping issues. Afterward, they provided few specifics about their positions on those or other issues -- beyond the need to rein in federal spending.

Recount confirms GOP's Murray for House 27A

Tue, 30 Nov 2010 11:49:56 -0600

A recount has confirmed Republican Rich Murray as the winner of a southern Minnesota House seat that had been held the past four years by Democrat Robin Brown.

St. Cloud DFLer concedes close Minn. House race

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 18:30:06 -0600

St. Cloud DFL candidate Carol Lewis has conceded a close Minnesota House race to Republican King Banaian.

Dayton calls Republicans' court attempt 'desperate'

Fri, 19 Nov 2010 08:00:56 -0600

Democrat Mark Dayton on Friday called the Republican Party's attempt to have the state Supreme Court weigh in on the election for governor "desperate."

Minn. Supreme Court may weigh in on governor's race

Thu, 18 Nov 2010 12:27:10 -0600

The Minnesota Supreme Court took procedural steps Thursday to weigh in on the undecided governor's race before a canvassing board meets Tuesday to order a recount.

Recount could hinder decision on Medicaid expansion funds

Thu, 18 Nov 2010 10:41:12 -0600

A lengthy recount in the governor's race could derail the Legislature's plan to let the new governor decide whether to accept federal funds to expand the Medicaid program.

GOP sues over ballots in Minn. gov race

Wed, 17 Nov 2010 13:02:12 -0600

The Republican Party of Minnesota took the governor's race to the state Supreme Court on Wednesday, seeking to shrink the ballot pool in the undecided governor's race before a recount begins after Thanksgiving.

Little change after Hennepin County vote review finishes

Tue, 16 Nov 2010 11:42:32 -0600

Hennepin County Elections Manager Rachel Smith said the county has finished its post-election review and Democrat Mark Dayton picked up five votes on Republican Tom Emmer.

Election officials reviewing voting equipment accuracy

Mon, 15 Nov 2010 11:46:23 -0600

Local elections officials across the state are conducting post-election reviews to ensure that voting equipment counted accurately on Election Day.

Freshmen arrive in Congress with many questions

Mon, 15 Nov 2010 06:04:02 -0600

It's freshman orientation week on Capitol Hill. More than 100 members of Congress are in Washington this week for the first time since winning election, trading the loftiness of campaign speeches for mundane lessons in how to do their new jobs.

Dayton lawyers question Pawlenty holdover status

Fri, 12 Nov 2010 12:33:36 -0600

The attorneys for Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer are starting to take center stage in Minnesota's unresolved gubernatorial race.

Emmer says he won't stretch out recount

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 17:26:49 -0600

Republican Tom Emmer says he will not support prolonging a gubernatorial recount just for the sake of keeping fellow Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty in office.

GOP leaders hopeful, but Emmer's deficit looms large

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 15:29:52 -0600

Republicans point to "a number of concerns," including questions over absentee ballots, military votes and a filing error in Hennepin County.

GOP welcomes new faces, new ideas to Minn. Senate

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 15:11:34 -0600

Last week's historic election not only switched control of the Minnesota Senate from Democrats to Republicans for the first time in 38 years, but it also brought in a herd of political rookies to the State Capitol.

Length of likely recount depends on GOP's legal plans

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 13:54:51 -0600

Democrat Mark Dayton will likely come out ahead of the recount retaining a several thousand vote lead, but the process will drag on into next year if Republican Tom Emmer and the GOP file a lawsuit.

Politics in the 8th: A red blip or something more?

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 11:20:58 -0600

If anything can be concluded from last week's election, it's that -- like many areas of the country -- the 8th District has become less predictable.

Dayton, Emmer stake out positions on recount

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 18:57:11 -0600

Republican Tom Emmer says he hasn't made a decision about whether he'll file a legal challenge, if he can't find enough votes to overcome Democrat Mark Dayton in the race for governor. Dayton is confident he will be delcared the winner, and discouraged those involved from dragging out the process.

Campaign ad spending in Minnesota falls short of expectations

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 14:24:58 -0600

Industry analysts say the amount of money spent nationally on political ads likely set a record this year, but the extent of ad splurge in Minnesota is less clear and some media experts say it was smaller than expected.

Republicans hire Magnuson for Minn. gov recount

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 11:36:06 -0600

The former chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court will join the recount legal team for GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer.

Live: GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer news conference

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 09:49:11 -0600

GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer holds a news conference at the State Capitol. MPR carries live.

Emmer attorney says no thought to waiving recount

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 15:17:37 -0600

Republican Tom Emmer plans to see a recount through, despite trailing Democrat Mark Dayton by almost 8,750 votes in the undeclared race for Minnesota governor, Emmer's attorney said Monday.

New House leader says GOP won't push legislation until governor's race resolved

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 13:43:15 -0600

The incoming Republican Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers said he won't try to push through policy and budget bills before the governor's race gets resolved.

Emmer lawyer asks judge to throw out lawsuit

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 12:44:19 -0600

An attorney for GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer has asked a judge to throw out a legal malpractice lawsuit filed by a former Emmer client just a few weeks before the election.

Getting to the bottom of the Hennepin County vote error

Fri, 05 Nov 2010 15:38:25 -0500

On Election Night, a vote count error incorrectly boosted Mark Dayton's lead over Tom Emmer by about 60,000 votes. As it turns out, the incident can be blamed on one thing: human error.

Koch to lead Minn. Senate, first woman ever in job

Fri, 05 Nov 2010 15:26:07 -0500

State Sen. Amy Koch has won the top post in the Minnesota Senate, becoming the first woman to lead the chamber.

DFLers pledge to hold GOP majority accountable

Fri, 05 Nov 2010 12:12:07 -0500

The newly selected leaders of the DFL minorities in the Minnesota House and Senate are pledging to hold the Republican majority accountable in the 2011 budget session.

GOP chair: 'We're going to put the heat on'

Fri, 05 Nov 2010 06:08:39 -0500

Some players in the eight-month-long 2008 Senate recount are saying the likely gubernatorial recount should go more quickly, but hopes of keeping partisanship out of the process seem dim.

Dayton, Emmer start assembling recount teams

Thu, 04 Nov 2010 19:09:58 -0500

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton, Republican Tom Emmer and Gov. Tim Pawlenty are all preparing for a recount of the election that could spill into early next year.

Cravaack finds appeal in the 8th to unseat Oberstar

Thu, 04 Nov 2010 17:23:06 -0500

Chip Cravaack seemed to come out of nowhere to defeat Jim Oberstar, the longest serving member of Congress in Minnesota history.

Bakk elected new Senate minority leader; GOP ponders leadership

Thu, 04 Nov 2010 17:06:06 -0500

It's the first in a series of leadership moves forced by Tuesday's historic election that switched control of both the Minnesota House and Senate to Republicans for the first time.

Bachmann bid for GOP leadership gets cool reaction

Thu, 04 Nov 2010 16:42:20 -0500

The self-proclaimed tea party leader's bid for a top Republican post in the House received a cool reaction Thursday from Speaker-to-be John Boehner.

Pawlenty vows to work with both parties during transition, possible recount

Thu, 04 Nov 2010 16:39:36 -0500

Gov. Tim Pawlenty vowed to assist both DFLer Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer in planning for the gubernatorial transition during a press conference held Thursday.

Former Coleman attorney, law experts: Emmer has steep hill to climb

Thu, 04 Nov 2010 12:34:21 -0500

Emmer trails Dayton by 8,774 votes, but there would have to be widespread, systematic errors for Emmer to overcome the deficit, a law expert said.

Stalemate in Congress might not be bad for economy

Thu, 04 Nov 2010 11:39:27 -0500

Despite their capture of the House and near-takeover of the Senate, there's little chance Republicans can summon the votes to enact their own prescriptions for the ailing economy.

Ritchie says he received death threats during 2008 recount

Thu, 04 Nov 2010 11:00:39 -0500

Minnesota's closely watched gubernatorial election is heading for a recount, and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said he expects it to draw sharp partisan criticism, if not more.

Just 3,000 rejected Minn. ballots in governor's race

Thu, 04 Nov 2010 09:09:41 -0500

A top Minnesota election official says the pool of rejected absentee ballots is about 3,000, far less than the vote gap in the undecided governor's race.

Oberstar defeat ends era of transportation policy influence

Thu, 04 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0500

After 36 years in Congress, Rep. Jim Oberstar's defeat means the loss of a lot of clout for Minnesota transportation projects on Capitol Hill.

Voters in the 8th District say Oberstar became big government

Thu, 04 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0500

Minnesota's 8th Congressional District will have a new representative in Washington for the first time since 1975. Political newcomer Chip Cravaack unseated veteran James Oberstar in a tight race that stunned many observers.

St. Paul elects first black lawmakers to Minn. Legislature

Thu, 04 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0500

The Capitol City elected its very first black lawmakers to both the House and Senate. They won the seats vacated by the state's first two Hmong lawmakers.

Minnesota gears up for another recount

Thu, 04 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0500

The battle over the results of Minnesota's 2008 U.S. Senate race lasted more than seven months. Will it take that long before we know the next governor of Minnesota? Midmorning looks at what we can expect as the recount process begins.

Republicans sweep into power in Minn. House, Senate

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 20:10:21 -0500

For the first time in nearly 40 years, Republicans will control both chambers of the Minnesota legislature. GOP candidates won dozens of legislative seats in Tuesday's election. Thirty-four incumbents were defeated, all Democrats.

Rep. Jim Oberstar's concession speech

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 17:48:07 -0500

Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, who has served Minnesota's 8th District for 36 years, lost his bid for re-election against Republican Chip Cravaack. Surrounded by his staff and longtime supporters at his office in Duluth, Oberstar offered an emotional farewell on Wednesday. Below is an edited transcript of his speech.

Oberstar says the people have spoken, bids goodbye

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 17:14:40 -0500

Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar began to reflect on his 36 years in Congress on Wednesday, telling his staff and reporters during an emotional news conference that he had no regrets.

Minn's John Kline will lead GOP efforts to undo health care reform

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 16:26:35 -0500

The Republican takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives means Minnesota U.S. Rep. John Kline will hold a key position in efforts to dismantle the federal health reform law.

Mark Dayton on the likely gubernatorial election recount

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 16:00:45 -0500

Mark Dayton addresses the media following an election night battle that left him and Republican opponent Tom Emmer separated by a little more than 9,000 votes, which is likely to force a recount.

Elections official says Hennepin glitch was in reporting, not vote count

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 15:31:19 -0500

State Republican Party officials announced Wednesday they intend to 'overturn every stone' in search of votes in a likely recount of the gubernatorial race, and that quest may lead them to take a hard look at Hennepin County.

Bachmann to run for GOP leadership in the House

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 14:30:21 -0500

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann will run for a Republican leadership position in the House when the next Congress convenes.

Dayton not declaring victory in governor's race

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 14:30:02 -0500

Democrat Mark Dayton said Wednesday that he will wait for election officials to tally and certify the results before declaring victory in the state's governor's race.

Obama signals compromise with GOP on tax cuts

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 12:35:22 -0500

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that voters frustrated by the pace of economic recovery dictated a Republican takeover of the House in midterm elections, adding, "As president I take responsibility" for a failure to restore job growth more quickly.

FAQ: What would a gubernatorial recount look like?

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 08:55:14 -0500

Minnesota may be heading into another statewide election recount, the third in two election cycles. Republican Tom Emmer and Democrat Mark Dayton are separated by a little more than 9,000 votes, which is just barely inside the automatic recount margin of 10,300.

A long election night for supporters

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 06:37:00 -0500

On a long, tense Election Night, Republican, Democratic and Independence Party supporters rallied behind their candidates long into the evening throughout Minnesota.

Another recount? Governor's race is that close

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 03:43:32 -0500

The tight gubernatorial election appears to be headed for a recount, with fewer than 10,000 votes separating DFLer Mark Dayton from Republican Tom Emmer with nearly all the votes counted.

GOP takes over Minn. Legislature after 38 years

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 03:36:27 -0500

Republicans roared back from puny minorities on Tuesday to take control of both chambers of the Minnesota Legislature for the first time in 38 years.

Cravaack widens lead over Oberstar in 8th District

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 03:20:18 -0500

The see-saw battle in Minnesota's 8th District has shifted again, putting Rep. Jim Oberstar back in the lead. With three-quarters of the precincts reporting, Oberstar had a near 3,000-vote lead.

Republican surge takes down Oberstar

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 03:08:04 -0500

The Republican surge that swept across the country last night ousted the longest serving member of the Minnesota congressional delegation -- Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar.

Hennepin County glitch was main polling issue

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 02:44:29 -0500

Minnesota elections officials say voting generally went smoothly on Election Day Tuesday, but not so the count. After the polls closed, a significant discrepancy emerged with Hennepin County's vote totals. The problem delayed vote reporting as officials scrambled to figure out the problem.

Dayton, with slim lead, tells supporters he's hopeful

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 02:10:44 -0500

With the gubernatorial race still too close to call, DFLer Mark Dayton addressed a crowd of supporters at the Hilton Hotel in Minneapolis. "Sorry to keep you waiting," he said. "We wish things were proceeding faster than they are."

Minn. incumbents head back to a very different Congress

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 00:58:00 -0500

The Republican wave that hit dozens of Democratic incumbents this year brought down the dean of Minnesota's congressional delegation, 18-term veteran Jim Oberstar in the 8th District. The other seven members of the Minnesota delegation will see significant change.

Jubilant GOP wins the House, falls short of Senate

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 00:18:56 -0500

Resurgent Republicans won control of the House and cut deeply into the Democrats' majority in the Senate in momentous midterm elections shadowed by recession, ushering in a new era of divided government certain to complicate the final two years of President Barack Obama's term.

Hennepin County tally error causes confusion

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 23:56:41 -0500

An error in the vote tallies for Hennepin County has created confusion in the tight gubernatorial race. Rachel Smith, the director of elections for Hennepin County, said that an error caused the Secretary of State's office to incorrectly report that at least 880,000 votes were cast in Hennepin County - more than twice the correct amount.

In Wisconsin, Feingold ousted, GOP wins governor's race

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 22:33:21 -0500

Ron Johson, a businessman who sought support from the tea party, toppled Russ Feingold, one of the Senate's most prominent liberals Tuesday to become Wisconsin's first Republican senator in 18 years.

Page, Meyer re-elected to Minn. Supreme Court

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 21:56:16 -0500

Minnesota Supreme Court Justices Helen Meyer and Alan Page have defeated GOP-endorsed opponents in what are officially nonpartisan races.

Dem sweep in Minn. SOS, AG, auditor races

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 21:53:45 -0500

Attorney General Lori Swanson, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and State Auditor Rebecca Otto -- all Democrats -- have all been elected to second terms.

GOP poised for big night in mid-terms

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 19:16:17 -0500

Republicans projected confidence they would succeed in winning a majority and installing Rep. John Boehner of Ohio as speaker. Get the latest national results from NPR.

Across the state, smooth voting for most Minnesotans

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 18:12:24 -0500

But some voters dealt with overzealous poll challengers and translation issues. The executive director of Minnesota Majority also ran into trouble when he tried to wear a button that says "please ID me," one day after a judge ruled that it did not belong in the polling place.

Analysis: New politicians, same grim reality

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 17:15:43 -0500

The election means a new reality for many politicians. For most Americans, grim reality remains the same. Voters appeared ready in Tuesday's election to take out their anger on the party in power. That was just two years after they elected President Barack Obama as Wall Street collapsed.

Strong voter turnout reported in some parts of Minnesota

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 16:21:44 -0500

If early and mid-day turnout trends continue, Minnesota could exceed 60 percent voter turnout, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said late this afternoon.

Photos: A long day for election judges

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 15:28:50 -0500

The polls may open at 7 a.m. on Election Day, but polling places are buzzing much earlier than that. Reporter Nikki Tundel stopped by the Nokomis Community Center in Minneapolis to catch some of the election preparations.

Budget deficit key issue in Minnesota's governor's race

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 06:36:13 -0500

The three major party candidates for Minnesota governor have crisscrossed the state for months, appeared at 26 debates, and spent nearly $8 million this year on their campaigns.

Two key leadership posts in Congress on the line for Minn.

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 06:31:23 -0500

Two key leadership posts held by Minnesota members of the U.S. House will be on the line tonight as Democrats across the country brace for what could be a change in power in Congress.

Judge: Group can't wear 'Please I.D. Me' buttons

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 17:28:23 -0500

A judge in Minneapolis ruled after considering arguments from election officials who said the buttons could be seen as having a political message.

Groups increase political text message activity in Minn.

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 17:05:17 -0500

More Minnesotans are receiving unsolicited political text messages in the final days before the election, causing an added annoyance for some voters.

Emmer, Dayton and Horner make last pitch across Minn.

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 16:00:53 -0500

The three major party candidates for governor are traveling the state Monday making one final pitch to voters before Election Day.

Analysis: 9 counties key to Minn. gov race

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 15:37:23 -0500

People searching for Election Night clues of who will be Minnesota's next governor can zoom in on just a few areas, including Hennepin, Ramsey and St. Louis counties, as well as the Twin Cities suburbs.

Political parties ready to watch for voter fraud, suppression

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 14:37:35 -0500

Minnesota's political parties say they'll be carefully monitoring what happens at the polls Tuesday.

Life on the campaign trail

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 11:20:59 -0500

During the 2010 gubernatorial campaign, we followed the three major-party candidates to show a slice of life on their respective campaign trails.

Governor candidates praise heavy debate schedule after meeting for 26th time

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 08:10:11 -0500

All three major party candidates for governor said Sunday they were glad they took part in so many debates.

Walz, Demmer in tight race for Minnesota's 1st District

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0500

In a contentious race in the 1st Congressional District, Republican challenger Randy Demmer says Democratic Rep. Tim Walz has hurt the district with his votes on key issues. But the latest poll in the contest shows Walz building a lead.

Dayton, Emmer and Horner take last shots at each other in final debate

Sun, 31 Oct 2010 15:37:32 -0500

With two days before Election Day, the three leading candidates for governor are making their last pitch to Minnesota voters. Watch Mark Dayton (DFL), Tom Emmer (R), and Tom Horner (IP) debate live at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.

Social Security, abortion hot topics in 6th District debate

Sun, 31 Oct 2010 13:38:50 -0500

In the closing hours of an expensive brawl focused on jobs and the economy, Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann and Democratic rival Tarryl Clark veered into abortion politics in their final debate Sunday.

Candidates rally voters on weekend before election

Sat, 30 Oct 2010 19:16:05 -0500

On the last weekend before Election Day, Minnesota's leading candidates for governor are making their final efforts to get out their message and to get their supporters to the polls.

In 8th District, an unusually tight race for Oberstar

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 16:00:00 -0500

Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., is facing a stiff challenge from a former Navy pilot who has his sights set on Washington.

Court refuses to stop Minn. disclosure law

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 15:29:50 -0500

The Supreme Court has refused to block a Minnesota law requiring disclosure of corporate political spending.

For Dayton's campaign, a simple message: tax the rich

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 13:20:47 -0500

In the final part of a series on the major-party candidates for governor, we profile Democrat Mark Dayton, who says his plan to balance the state's budget will make the state's tax system more fair.

Local tax votes do well nationwide

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 11:16:03 -0500

Forget all the talk about voters being fed up with high taxes: In hundreds of cities and counties across the country, they are raising them.

Q&A: The state of local government aid

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 06:05:18 -0500

Jay Kiedrowski, who studies public finance at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute, spoke with MPR's Morning Edition about the state's local government aid program.

MPR News-Humphrey Institute poll: Voters torn between smaller government, higher taxes

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500

More than half of Minnesotans prefer a smaller government with fewer services, but two-thirds think higher taxes are needed right now to balance the state budget, according to the latest Minnesota Public Radio News-Humphrey Institute poll.

Local aid brings local government into race for governor

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500

What a city spends on its police force or its parks doesn't usually get any attention in the Minnesota governor's race, but because the state's budget problems loom so centrally this year, local spending issues have been pulled in as well.

Despite agreement on gas tax, gov. candidates have varied plans for transportation

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500

The candidates for Minnesota governor appear to agree on major transportation issues: They all oppose a gas tax increase, they favor more borrowing and they support bus transit. But dig a little deeper and the three diverge on the details of all those issues.

Group challenges ban on tea party buttons at polls

Thu, 28 Oct 2010 19:16:30 -0500

A coalition of groups says it's going to court to challenge bans on tea party and Minnesota Majority clothing and buttons in polling places.