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Can she do that? New MN lieutenant gov. wants to keep Senate seat, too

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:50:11 -0600

Republican state Sen. Michelle Fischbach is in line for the number two job behind DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. She says she can do both jobs. Dayton's office, though, says the state constitution doesn't allow it. See you in court?

Smith to take Franken's Senate seat, run in 2018

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:55:35 -0600

Gov. Mark Dayton confirmed Wednesday that he's chosen Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to replace resigning Sen. Al Franken in the U.S. Senate. Smith said she will run for the seat in next year's election.

As Dayton weighs Franken replacement, who may run in 2018?

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:49:19 -0600

Gov. Mark Dayton expects to soon choose a replacement for resigning Sen. Al Franken. Speculation is churning about who he'll pick, and who will run for the seat next year.

Latest budget forecast tips Minnesota into the red

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 09:29:33 -0600

The numbers are grim news headed into Gov. Mark Dayton's last year in office after years of budget surpluses, and the outlook is clouded by pending tax changes coming out of Washington.

MN high court backs Dayton veto power to defund Legislature

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:47:56 -0600

The dispute started in May when Dayton vetoed the Legislature's $130 million operating budget while signing the rest of a new state budget. The court on Thursday, however, declined to rule if Dayton acted in a coercive way.

Dayton apologizes for ongoing licensing problems

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:47:13 -0600

The governor's apology came as lawmakers grilled state officials about why there are still problems with the new system to renew license plates, tabs, titles and registrations.

House hires firm to investigate Cornish allegations

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:28:26 -0600

NeuVest will investigate claims of sexual harassment against the Republican state representative.

Attorney notifies House, Cornish to preserve evidence amid harassment claims

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:18:05 -0600

A lawyer representing a lobbyist who claims Rep. Tony Cornish made unwelcome sexual advances has told Cornish and the House not to delete documents or emails.

Minnesota lawmaker: sexual harassment pervasive at Capitol

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:00:10 -0600

DFL state Rep. Erin Maye Quade of Apple Valley, who on Wednesday leveled allegations against state Sen. Dan Schoen, said Thursday that there's a sexual harassment culture at the Legislature.

Mixed reaction in Minnesota to Republican tax overhaul plan

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 04:00:00 -0500

Republican lawmakers and some business leaders welcome the Republican tax plan as long-overdue change. Others contend the package would disproportionately benefit the wealthy and take away important deductions.

Minnesota at risk for another measles outbreak, health official warns

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 12:22:13 -0500

Vaccination rates remain extremely low in the Somali community, said Kris Ehresmann, infectious disease director at the state Department of Health.

Dayton casts long shadow in race to replace him

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0500

Republicans hoping to boost their chances of winning the Minnesota governor's race are warning that a DFL win in 2018 would amount to another four years of Gov. Mark Dayton. Democrats say they'd be different.

Dayton pushes for cybersecurity upgrades, warns of hacker havoc

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:21:36 -0500

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton says he will press the Legislature again next year for money to protect the state's computer systems from intruders. GOP lawmakers are indicating they might be willing to listen.

Minnesota joins lawsuit over Trump health payments

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:08:50 -0500

Attorney General Lori Swanson says President Trump's decision to halt payments to health insurers violates federal law. It would also cut money for MinnesotaCare, the subsidized plan covering about 90,000 low- and moderate-income Minnesotans.

Minnesota GOP governor hopefuls all back voter ID

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0500

Minnesota voters rejected a requirement in 2012 that all voters show a photo ID at the polls. But the Republicans running for governor say that should not be the last word.

Newberger faces long odds against Klobuchar

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0500

State Rep. Jim Newberger is the only Republican so far who is brave — or foolish — enough to take a run at denying Sen. Amy Klobuchar a third term.

Dayton, GOP fail to reach deal to fund Minnesota Legislature

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:01:25 -0500

Two days of mediated, closed-door talks between Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican-led Legislature failed to produce a deal. Dayton said GOP leaders lied about the cash they had to keep the Capitol operating.

Lawmakers grill Public Safety staffers over license problems

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0500

A legislative panel wanted answers Monday about the problems in a new computer system for vehicle licensing and registration.

New Guard commander pledges support for transgender troops

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 14:22:19 -0500

Gov. Mark Dayton's choice to head the Minnesota National Guard says military service should be open to everyone.

What if Dayton wins? Tough choices would await lawmakers

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0500

If DFL Gov. Mark Dayton wins his appeal over his veto of legislative funding, Republican leaders say it will tip the balance of power at the Capitol. It could also force them back to the bargaining table.

Court focuses on Dayton's veto power, whether court case was necessary

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 11:56:28 -0500

The Minnesota Supreme Court had questions for both sides about whether Gov. Mark Dayton acted properly in cutting money for the House and Senate and whether the Legislature could have solved the problem without going to court.

MN Supreme Court set to hear appeal on Dayton's vetoes

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0500

Minnesota Supreme Court justices will hear oral arguments Monday morning in the legal battle between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican-controlled Legislature.

GOP gubernatorial candidates borrow Trump's campaign themes

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0500

The Republican Party sees President Trump's success in Minnesota as a guide to regaining the governor's office.

Dayton kicks off weekend bash for State Capitol's grand reopening

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:12:31 -0500

The Minnesota State Capitol is open again after four years of renovations, and Minnesotans are celebrating with a three-day party.

Estate tax changes spur Dayton court challenge

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0500

Gov. Mark Dayton hopes a state Supreme Court review of his veto power will open the door to renegotiating legislative changes to Minnesota's estate tax. GOP leaders say they're not interested in renegotiating.

Lawmakers want more info on agencies, but they won't pay for it

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:00:00 -0500

The Legislature is requiring state agencies to do dozens of studies without approving money to pay for most of them.

Tobacco tax cuts burn Gov. Dayton

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 04:00:00 -0500

One of the reasons Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed funding for the House and Senate is that he wants lawmakers to undo tax breaks for premium cigars and other tobacco products. Key lawmakers and business owners say the tobacco tax adjustments were long overdue.

Defund the Legislature? 'See you in court,' Daudt tells Dayton

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 12:55:46 -0500

GOP House Speaker Kurt Daudt made it clear Friday that DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's move to eliminate the Legislature's funding in retaliation over Republican maneuvering is headed for a legal fight.

Dayton's latest spat with Legislature likely headed to court

Wed, 31 May 2017 16:07:31 -0500

Republican legislative leaders say DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's line-item veto of money for the violates the separation of powers contained in the federal and state constitutions. The Minnesota Supreme Court is likely to have the final say.

Dayton 'genuinely undecided' on GOP budget bills

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:09:41 -0500

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton says he'll decide on Tuesday whether to sign the bills that spell out a new $46 billion state budget. A veto of just one budget bill would trigger another special session or partial shutdown.

Senator wants to push female genital mutilation bill to next session

Sat, 20 May 2017 11:42:52 -0500

Republican Senator Karin Housley of St. Mary's Point said she's heard a lot of concerns about the bill, which creates a new felony and allows for parents to lose custody of a child.

Tax relief questions stand in the way of Minnesota budget deal

Mon, 08 May 2017 17:45:00 -0500

With two weeks left in the 2017 legislative session, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders disagree on a host of issues. But the size of taxes cuts remains the biggest hurdle.

Parents who allow female genital mutilation would be prosecuted under House plan

Wed, 03 May 2017 15:28:46 -0500

State lawmakers are moving quickly in the remaining weeks of the legislative session to make it a crime for parents who allow the genital mutilation of their female children.

Secretary of state's office targeted for budget cuts

Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 -0500

The Minnesota Secretary of State's office is among many targets for budget cuts by the GOP-controlled Legislature. And a former occupant of the office is one of those calling for it to do with less.

Dayton lays out veto threats

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:04:37 -0500

Republican lawmakers say instead of listing his unacceptable items that would lead to a veto, Gov. Mark Dayton should be more involved in negotiations.

Dayton ready to give up on gas tax hike? Roads chief says hang on

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:39:27 -0500

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and the state's transportation commissioner are sending conflicting signals on whether Dayton has given up his push for a higher gas tax and whether he will accept a Republican transportation plan.

Lawmakers have 5 weeks to reach budget deal with Dayton

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:05:07 -0500

House and Senate Republicans have big differences to resolve with DFL Gov. Mark Dayton on how much to spend and how much to give back in tax cuts over the next two years. And now they're even disagreeing on how they should negotiate.

Real ID tops the agenda when Minnesota Legislature returns

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:20:49 -0500

At stake is whether Minnesotans will be able to board domestic flights next year using their driver's licenses as ID. The Legislature needs to act soon, said DFL Gov. Mark Dayton.

After break, tough budget negotiations set to begin at Capitol

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:04:00 -0500

Lawmakers have a $1.65 billion surplus to work with, but that doesn't mean a compromise will come easy.

Dayton pushes Republicans unwilling to expand pre-K program

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:24:03 -0500

After Republicans snubbed the request in recent budget proposals, Gov. Mark Dayton says a $175 million expansion of voluntary pre-K remains one of his budget priorities this session.

House GOP tax cut plan a big break for Social Security earners

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:01:29 -0500

With the latest economic forecast projecting a budget surplus of $1.65 billion, Republican House tax chair Greg Davids of Preston said it's time to provide Minnesotans some long overdue tax relief.

Senate Republicans propose $900M tax cut

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:54:50 -0500

Republicans in the Minnesota Senate are proposing $900 million in tax cuts that they say will help boost the state's economy.

Senate passes plan to aid health insurers

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 06:14:58 -0500

The Minnesota Senate approved a Republican-backed plan to stabilize the individual health insurance market through a new state subsidy known as reinsurance. But there's no guarantee it will lower costs.

Senate rejects Real ID bill that would have started implementation

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 15:51:32 -0600

Minnesota's effort to comply with the federal Real ID law suffered another setback Monday when the state Senate rejected legislation that would start the already overdue implementation.

After rough election, state Democrats vote on leaders

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 04:00:00 -0600

Members of the Minnesota DFL Party will decide this weekend whether to stick with their current leader or choose a new direction after losses in last fall's election.

Minnesota Sunday liquor sales bill gets final OK; Dayton to sign

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 16:02:26 -0600

The Minnesota House on Thursday sent a final bill to Gov. Mark Dayton to end the state's longtime ban on Sunday liquor sales. The change could start in July.

Real ID bill hung up again over immigrant drivers' licenses

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:59:17 -0600

Minnesota is one of the few remaining states that has not upgraded its drivers' licenses to conform to stricter federal standards. People could have trouble boarding flights at airports and getting into federal buildings as of next January.

Minnesota GOP lawmakers poised to tap surplus for tax cuts

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 04:00:00 -0600

State officials release their revised economic forecast and budget surplus estimate on Tuesday. Republican legislative leaders say whatever the surplus is now, they plan to pass significant tax cuts this year.

Senate OKs Sunday liquor sales bill; Dayton expected to sign

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:47:06 -0600

It's not headed to Gov. Mark Dayton's desk yet. The Senate bill restricts Sunday liquor sales to a narrower time window than House legislation. The House could agree to a shorter opening period this week.

House moves to make Minnesota licenses comply with federal standards

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:45:00 -0600

The Minnesota House has passed legislation Thursday to move the state toward compliance with the federal Real ID law. A disagreement over unauthorized immigrants getting drivers' licenses prevented resolution last year, and the issue is still causing concern about the legislation.

Republicans want jail time for protesters who block highways

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:01:10 -0600

Minnesota House and Senate committees advanced bills Wednesday that would make obstructing highway traffic, airport access or public transit a gross misdemeanor requiring jail time.

House passes Sunday liquor sales bill; now a tougher battle looms in the Senate

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:40:01 -0600

With relatively little debate, the House passed the Sunday sales legislation on a convincing 85 to 45 vote. It's a major shift for the perennial issue that had failed year after year at the Capitol.

GOP lawmakers eye state agency cuts to fund tax relief

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 04:00:00 -0600

Republicans say it's about setting funding priorities for each department. Union leaders warn it would put thousands of Minnesotans needlessly out of work.

State computers are easy prey for hackers, officials warn

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:49:57 -0600

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is a proposing a $125 million technology upgrade for state government, including tighter cybersecurity protections.

GOP lawmakers take aim at Dayton's budget plan

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 17:25:28 -0600

Gov. Mark Dayton's nearly $45.8 billion budget builds on spending increases already in state law and uses almost all of the projected $1.4 billion surplus.

Lawmakers back aid for Minnesotans hurt by health coverage cost hikes

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 14:28:40 -0600

The compromise bill takes $327 million from the budget reserve to give a 25 percent rebate to anyone who purchases coverage on the individual market for 2017. Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to sign it.

Dayton's two-year budget plan hikes spending by $1.2 billion

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:03:43 -0600

The general fund budget plan includes in new spending $1.2 billion and uses almost all of the projected $1.4 billion budget surplus, and a key health care proposal would spend relatively little in taxpayer money.

Dayton: I have prostate cancer but expect to finish term

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:22:00 -0600

Addressing his health in detail after collapsing Monday night during his State of the State speech, Gov. Mark Dayton told reporters Tuesday that he has prostate cancer but remains up to doing the job.

Sunday liquor sales off to a fast start at Capitol

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:41:55 -0600

A House committee Tuesday gave lopsided approval to a measure that would lift the longtime state ban on Sunday liquor store sales.

Gov. Dayton signs first bill of session, lining up tax code with federal changes

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:59:11 -0600

The tax conformity measure will provide $21 million in tax cuts to more than 200,000 Minnesotans, including college students, teachers and homeowners.

Dayton wants quick health cost fix, but GOP wants reform too

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 16:44:41 -0600

The Minnesota Legislature kicked off its 2017 session to Tuesday with Republicans now in charge of both the House and Senate, and with DFL Gov. Mark Dayton looking for a way to work with them.

Political bad blood may spill into Minnesota legislative session

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 04:00:00 -0600

The recent public fallout between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt could create problems in the crucial legislative budget session that begins Tuesday.

Real ID deadline looms again for lawmakers

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 04:00:00 -0600

Minnesota needs to meet federal drivers' license security standards in about a year, and one key Republican said he's in no rush to comply.

DFL copper mining feud spills into public view

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:00:00 -0600

DFL Party leaders on Saturday are set to debate language that would put the party officially against a proposed copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes. Could it be a swing issue in the next governor's race?

Rep. Ellison says he'll quit House if elected DNC chair

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:17:07 -0600

Minnesota DFL Rep. Keith Ellison said Wednesday he'd resign his U.S. House of Representatives seat if elected Democratic National Committee Chair in February.

Minnesota GOP hopes to keep Trump voters in the tent

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:00:00 -0600

Republicans are riding high after big wins by state legislative candidates and President-elect Donald Trump's surprising strength in Minnesota. Party leaders are working to make sure those Trump-inspired voters stick around.

Mills' 8th District recount will cost over $100K

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:58:06 -0600

Republican Stewart Mills lost to incumbent DFL U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan by about 2,000 votes. The hand recount of 357,000 ballots, paid for by Mills, is scheduled to take place Dec. 5 through Dec. 7.

Dustup over Civil War art leads to battle of words at Capitol

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:00:00 -0600

Gov. Mark Dayton stormed out of a meeting Tuesday after accusing Republicans of distorting his position on Civil War paintings in the newly renovated Minnesota Capitol.

Wisconsin readies for $3.5M presidential vote recount

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 04:00:00 -0600

Money to cover the recount's is supposed to come from two third-party presidential campaigns. It's unlikely the recount will change the election's initial outcome.

New state Senate leader says social issues won't be major 2017 agenda items

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 04:00:00 -0600

Paul Gazelka, an insurance agent and social conservative from Nisswa, is now one of the most powerful lawmakers in Minnesota -- and he's as surprised as anyone by that newfound status.

That knock at the door? Probably a Minnesota legislative candidate

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:04:15 -0500

With campaign season headed into its final weekend, Minnesota legislative candidates are going door-to-door hoping to close the deal with voters. The effort is especially intense for two open seats in the Twin Cities suburbs.

MN Supreme Court race: quiet incumbent, loud challenger

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:40:36 -0500

Minnesota's one statewide election features a state Supreme Court incumbent, Justice Natalie Hudson. She's following the judicial tradition of not campaigning on controversial issues. Her challenger, Michelle MacDonald, is ignoring that tradition.

Daudt: Dayton should quit if health insurance woes aren't fixed

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:37:01 -0500

Efforts to help some Minnesotans weather a looming spike in their health insurance costs were stymied again Wednesday. GOP House Speaker Kurt Daudt accused the governor of a "dereliction of leadership" on the issue.

Minnesota voters, here's your election guide

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0500

Election Day is Nov. 8. From the presidential race to the constitutional amendment, here's your guide to who -- and what -- is on the ballot.

Senate Democrats want special session on spiking health insurance costs

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:49:47 -0500

Minnesota Senate Democrats asked Gov. Mark Dayton Thursday to call a special session of the Legislature -- before the election if possible -- to address rapidly rising health insurance costs. Republicans called it a pre-election stunt.

Much at stake, Minnesota immigrants keep close eye on presidential election

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 04:00:00 -0500

Minnesotans who would be most affected by changes in immigration policy are paying close attention to the opposing proposals coming from Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Dayton takes active role in campaign for Legislature

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:49:38 -0500

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton isn't on the ballot this year, but he's spending a lot of time on the campaign trail trying to help fellow Democrats get elected to the Legislature.

5 rematch races that could reshape the Minnesota House

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 08:48:44 -0500

This year's battle for control of the Minnesota House features rematches where Republicans beat DFL incumbents two years ago. Winning back all five wouldn't flip the House to the Democrats but would get them close.

Control of Minnesota Legislature could hinge on a few districts

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0500

All 201 Minnesota legislative seats are up for grabs this year. A race in one south suburban district between a first-time candidate and a first-time incumbent offers a look at what's at stake.

These races could decide which party takes control of the Legislature

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0500

Races in a handful of battleground districts could decide whether Republicans or DFLers take control of the House and Senate in Minnesota.

It wouldn't be the State Fair without plenty of politics

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:39:07 -0500

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are unlikely to show up at State Fair this year, but their supporters are making the case to fairgoers, whether they want to hear it or not.

Dayton seeks a plan B to pay for Southwest light rail

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 04:00:00 -0500

The final piece of funding for the $1.8 billion project is in limbo after special session talks broke down last week. Supporters are scrambling now for options. House Republicans remain firmly opposed.

Dayton: No special session after negotiations fail

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 15:49:44 -0500

Gov. Mark Dayton pulled the plug on a special session for legislation on public works spending and tax relief, calling talks with Republicans "futile." Light rail funding remained a key obstacle.

Paulsen, Bonoff clash on policy, Trump in MN 3rd debate

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:09:15 -0500

Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen and DFL state Sen. Terri Bonoff squared off Wednesday in what could be a competitive race for Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District. Donald Trump may loom large.

House Speaker Daudt faces primary challenge from the right

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 04:00:00 -0500

Kurt Daudt is the top Republican elected official in the state. A former colleague is trying to put the brakes on his political rise.

Your guide to the Minnesota primaries

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:28:14 -0500

Minnesota is holding legislative and House primaries Tuesday. Here are the races to watch and why they matter.

Here's how Clinton's nomination is affecting Minnesota Dems

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 04:00:00 -0500

The presidential campaign is already factoring into legislative races, said DFL Party Chair Ken Martin.

Minnesota delegates mixed on Kaine ahead of VP nomination speech

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:15:23 -0500

Minnesota's convention delegates offered generally positive opinions of Kaine ahead of his scheduled Wednesday night speech, although some Bernie Sanders backers worry Kaine is too conservative.

Democrats ready speeches on gun violence, police shootings

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:13:24 -0500

Several Minnesota convention delegates say they're pleased the party on Tuesday night will put a spotlight on the issues of gun violence, race and police use of deadly force.

Will Minn. Democrats who feel the Bern fall in line at convention?

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 05:40:59 -0500

As Democrats begin their national convention in Philadelphia, most Minnesota delegates are pledged to vote for Bernie Sanders, not Hillary Clinton, on the first ballot. Party leaders are stressing unity.

In Minneapolis stop, Clinton pledges support for teachers and public education

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:11:05 -0500

Clinton spoke at the national convention of the American Federation of Teachers, a union that endorsed her presidential candidacy a year ago. Her speech triggered a brief protest.

Dayton surveys Minnesota tornado damage, says state aid likely

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 17:28:58 -0500

Gov. Mark Dayton told west-central Minnesota officials the damage costs from Monday's tornadoes probably won't be high enough to trigger federal disaster aid, but he was certain the state would provide help.

Castile shooting renews calls to boost Minnesota police training

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 04:00:00 -0500

Minnesota lawmakers who back proposed changes for local law enforcement agencies see an opportunity to build support in the aftermath of the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile. But others aren't convinced.

Dayton draws scorn, praise for Castile shooting comments

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 18:11:05 -0500

Critics say Gov. Mark Dayton's comments on the case crossed a line and could compromise the investigation. But Dayton on Friday wasn't backing down from his belief that race was a factor in the shooting.

Dayton: Castile shooting wouldn't have happened if he were white

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 17:16:26 -0500

In an extraordinary press conference, Gov. Mark Dayton called the police shooting of Philando Castile a "terrible tragedy" befalling all of Minnesota.

Political pressures intensify on Minnesota's few black lawmakers

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 04:00:00 -0500

Only three of 201 state lawmakers are African-American. All face primary contests on Aug. 9. Their challengers, who are also black, say the legislators they want to replace aren't changing things fast enough.

Dayton judicial pick brings female majority to MN Supreme Court

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:22:29 -0500

Anne McKeig, who is American Indian, is a family court judge. Her background also includes a stint as an assistant Hennepin County prosecutor in the child protection division.

Special session or not? MN lawmaker re-elections could hinge on answer

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 04:00:00 -0500

All 201 legislative seats are in play this fall but lawmakers still don't know exactly what successes they'll be able to tout to voters. A key meeting on a special session is set for Wednesday.

Transit funding still a big sticking point for special session

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 14:55:50 -0500

House Republicans remain firmly opposed to any funding for Southwest Light Rail, while the governor and Senate Democrats still insist on funding for the project.

No special session in sight after Dayton tax bill veto

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 11:20:44 -0500

Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP leaders talked taxes and public works bills Tuesday afternoon, but there's no deal to move forward with a special session and they don't plan to talk again until next week.