Catharine Richert Feature Archive

No state is set to embrace the Affordable Care Act as thoroughly as Minnesota, the only one that will implement the "big three" components of health insurance expansion. Minnesota will expand Medicaid, develop an online insurance marketplace, and offer a Basic Health Program. It's the third component that really sets Minnesota apart. (07/09/2013)
If you're wondering how much you might have to pay for a health plan sold on MNsure, Minnesota's health insurance exchange, you're going to have to wait. (06/11/2013)
Using volunteers nationwide who worked to elect Obama in 2008 and 2012, Organizing for Action is aimed at advancing the president's agenda in Washington. Minnesota is one of 19 states where a paid coordinator is working with volunteers. (06/03/2013)
From her involvement with the Stillwater school board to her failed run for president, Michele Bachmann has earned a reputation as a strong spokeswoman for conservative causes but also leaves behind a with a weak legislative record. (05/29/2013)
This year's legislative session may be over, but that doesn't mean you'll be hearing less from state lawmakers. (05/24/2013)
Three provisions have been dropped from a campaign finance bill that would have required some political groups to say more about where their money is coming from and how it is being spent. (05/20/2013)
On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted for the 37th time to undo the new healthcare law - a bill sponsored by Sixth Congressional District Rep. Michele Bachmann. But the vote was largely symbolic; the Senate has no plans to pass the bill. (05/17/2013)
Despite the DFL's new majorities in the Minnesota House and Senate, and the defeat of the marriage amendment in 2012, few people thought the Legislature would move this quickly to turn around and make same-sex marriage legal. Looking behind the scenes at the process, the effort hinged on careful lobbying, polling, timing, and the votes of a few key lawmakers. (05/14/2013)
Sen. Al Franken is raising concerns about a provision in the Senate immigration bill that would make E-Verify mandatory for all businesses. He said the requirement could be burdensome for small businesses. Although E-Verify is good at detecting the use of fake identification, research says it's not very good at detecting unauthorized workers who are using stolen or fraudulent documents. (04/25/2013)
Many senior citizens in Minnesota and around the nation are the target of fundraising mail. Tax-exempt political groups pledging to protect Medicare and Social Security send out sinister, sometimes false, missives asking for money. (01/03/2013)
Rep. Keith Ellison says a fiscal cliff proposal that would slow the growth of spending on Social Security would mean big cuts to benefits. If approved, it's difficult to say exactly how much of a cut would happen per beneficiary. (12/21/2012)
Rep. Tony Cornish says a law allowing teachers to carry guns would put Minnesota in line with other countries and states. There's little evidence to support those claims. (12/21/2012)
The state's Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board says it is considering asking for more power to crack down on campaign spending by outside political organizations. (12/11/2012)
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said in a recent interview on TPT's Almanac that a close look at the votes shows what a huge responsibility this win is for his party. It's entirely true that Democrats got more votes than Republicans this election, but Bakk's statement goes a bit too far. (11/30/2012)
Incoming House Minority Leader Rep. Kurt Daudt says he's surprised there's even talk of a tax increase given the Legislature will have more money to spend next year. But Daudt doesn't factor the state's spending obligations into his claim. (11/30/2012)