Catharine Richert

Catharine Richert

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
crichert@mpr.org


Catharine Richert covers politics for MPR News, and writes PoliGraph, a fact-checking feature that gets behind the spin in Minnesota politics. She has also contributed to MPR News coverage of the federal health care overhaul. Richert joined the MPR newsroom in 2011 after finishing a master's degree at the U of M's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Previously, Richert worked for PolitiFact.com and Congressional Quarterly, where she covered the U.S. Senate, the 2008 presidential election and agricultural policy. She earned two writing awards for her coverage of the 2007 farm bill debate. Richert has completed two journalism fellowships, including one in Vienna, Austria, where she followed the European Union's debate over biofuel imports. She is originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina and completed her undergraduate degree at Oberlin College in Ohio. Those four years in the Midwest were poor preparation for Minnesota's winters, which she is learning to love through cross-country skiing and good humor. She lives in St. Paul with her husband and son.

Catharine Richert Feature Archive

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A Minnesota House vote to uphold the state's ban on Sunday liquor sales won't deter consumers and political groups opposed to the ban. Activists vow to push for repeal again. (04/29/2015)
Mass transit
Met Council officials say a bill in the Minnesota House would require them to cut bus route funding by 8 percent in 2016, and make additional cuts in subsequent years. (04/15/2015)
GOP Chair Keith Downey
Two in the GOP's libertarian wing are challenging incumbent Keith Downey for the party's top spot. There's plenty of intrigue leading up to the Saturday vote. (04/10/2015)
State Rep. Matt Dean wants to shift people from MinnesotaCare to MNsure to find money for Republican priorities that include nursing home funding, and mental and dental health programs. (03/16/2015)
The state's projected $1.9 billion budget surplus could take some of the steam out of the governor's plan to increase a fuel tax -- but some Democrats say the tax is necessary to fund long-term transportation projects. (03/05/2015)
Republicans and DFLers are at odds about what to do with the windfall. Gov. Dayton wants more pre-kindergarten spending. The GOP is eyeing tax relief. (02/27/2015)
MNsure staff withheld information from its board and the website's technical problems were a nightmare for consumers, the auditor said in a damning report on the health plan exchange's early operation. (02/17/2015)
Gov. Mark Dayton says the state's economy will suffer, and people will leave, if lawmakers don't sort out a 10-year funding plan for roads, bridges and transit. Is that really true? (02/12/2015)
Gov. Mark Dayton wants to spend more than $100 million on preschool programs for 4-year-olds in public schools. Education groups and experts greet the plan with skepticism. (02/06/2015)
The bill would turn the quasi-governmental agency that operates the state's health insurance website into a traditional state agency accountable to the Legislature. (02/04/2015)
State Sen. Tony Lourey, a DFLer and MNsure supporter, wants to dissolve MNsure's board and put a commissioner in charge. Republicans may be his strongest supporters. (02/01/2015)
Rep. Mike Freiberg, DFL-Golden Valley, says he would require people who don't want to give their children vaccines to consult a doctor first. (01/29/2015)
The state Senate backed disaster relief for parts of Minnesota damaged by heavy rain and flooding in June. Gov. Dayton said he'll sign it after it passes the House. (01/22/2015)
Sensing a political shift at the Capitol, nursing homes in Minnesota are making a big push for new money this legislative session. (01/20/2015)
The Democrats' plan call for more than four times the amount of transportation spending proposed by House Republicans last week. (01/12/2015)