Catharine Richert Feature Archive

Now that the well-funded businessman Mike McFadden has won the GOP endorsement to challenge Sen. Al Franken, a broader coalition of national donors and political groups may throw their weight behind the former investment banker. But this influx of cash could give Franken a compelling reason for Democrats to give to him. (06/05/2014)
In preparation for this weekend's state political conventions, bone up on the candidates vying for party backing. (05/30/2014)
Democrats and Republicans hold their state conventions this weekend, but most of the drama will come from the Republicans in Rochester as GOP contenders line up to try to take on Democratic Sen. Al Franken and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. (05/30/2014)
Sen. Al Franken has joined the chorus of lawmakers calling for Veterans Affairs chief Eric Shinseki to resign. Franken is among a small but growing number of Senate Democrats calling for Shinseki's ouster. (05/28/2014)
The Minnesota branch of the Institute for Justice and four plaintiffs, including two current and former Minnesota lawmakers, used the Supreme Court's ruling in the McCutcheon case to argue that the state's limits on "special source" donations prevent free speech. (05/19/2014)
Minneapolis consultant Kevin Terrell announced he's seeking the Independence Party's nomination to run against DFL Sen. Al Franken. (05/16/2014)
Ortman is among a handful of candidates seeking the Republican Party's endorsement to run against Franken, a Democrat, in November's general election. (05/14/2014)
Who knew eight words could be so controversial? House Republicans and DFLers are sparring over a proposed constitutional amendment that will be listed on the 2016 ballot as "Remove lawmakers' power to set their own pay." (05/14/2014)
Late last year, emergency unemployment insurance expired and U.S. House Democrats have been on a crusade to renew it even though their Republican colleagues aren't interested. (05/09/2014)
Jim Oberstar served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 to 2011. The DFLer represented northeastern Minnesota's 8th District. (05/03/2014)
Gov. Mark Dayton gave a late-season State of the State address this week. In it, he highlighted some of the bright spots in Minnesota's economic, education and health outlook as evidence that changes made during his tenure are making the state better. PoliGraph looked at three of those statements this week. (05/02/2014)
Because there is no state-level data on health insurance costs or projected costs for school districts, MMB had to survey schools, and 22 responded. Of them, nine said the health care law's new mandates wouldn't cost them anything. (04/30/2014)
The Minnesota branch of the Institute for Justice says that "special source" limits on how much a candidate can take from lobbyists, wealthy donors and political funds have a chilling effect on free speech. Right now, state law limits the total amount Minnesota candidates can take from certain types of contributors. (04/28/2014)
According to a joint research effort between the University of Minnesota Humphrey School's Center on Women & Public Policy and the Women's Foundation of Minnesota, roughly 51 percent of working mothers were the primary breadwinner in their families in 2012. (04/25/2014)
Democrats say they're focusing on the issue to underscore their party's priorities, while Republicans are focusing on the law to fire-up the party faithful and to highlight their conservative credentials. (04/22/2014)