Catharine Richert Feature Archive

The governor and legislators will have a chance to see how far they can stretch a billion-dollar surplus. (01/02/2015)
What to spend on transportation projects and where to find the money will be among the highest profile debates in the session that starts Tuesday. (01/02/2015)
It took Kurt Daudt only four years to rise from first-termer to House Speaker. Supporters say he has the skills to negotiate with the DFL without compromising GOP principles. (12/17/2014)
Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle said Tuesday that the Minnesota needs a reliable revenue stream to pay for the $6.5 billion in road improvements needed in the next decade. (The Daily Circuit, 12/09/2014)
The budget forecast will guide Gov. Mark Dayton as he prepares his budget plan and sets the tone for policy debates at the Capitol this spring. (12/04/2014)
State legislators likely will have to go back to the drawing board to adjust the financing plan for Mayo Clinic's expansion, one of the biggest economic development projects in Minnesota's history. (11/26/2014)
The Republican Party set its strategy months ago: to paint the powers that be in St. Paul as out of touch with rural Minnesota. (11/05/2014)
The DFL held its grasp of three statewide offices -- secretary of state, attorney general and auditor. (11/04/2014)
PoliGraph looked at how much more it would cost people to buy an entry-level plan on MNsure with the help of a subsidy. Here's the methodology behind the analysis. (10/30/2014)
MPR News ran more than 50 scenarios to test the Dayton administration's 4.5 percent claim about MNsure rate increases. (10/30/2014)
An MPR News analysis finds the GOP, DFL and their allies spending a lot more money on House races than on the high-profile governor's race. (10/28/2014)
Here's a look at some of the political ads flooding the airwaves this campaign season, and whether there's any truth behind them. (10/28/2014)
Independents and other swing voters may decide who wins the district. But many are turned off by attacks from groups backing incumbent DFL Rep. Rick Nolan. (10/22/2014)
Neighboring districts in west-central Minnesota may help decide control of the House. With a few weeks to go before the election, the money's pouring in. (10/15/2014)
The two candidates are benefiting from a sophisticated network of donors and committees that have flourished in the wake of recent legal decisions. (09/30/2014)