Catharine Richert Feature Archive

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)
DFLers hope to keep control of the Minnesota House, and both parties are pouring a lot of money into the races. (09/24/2014)
Democrats say they can no longer take the northeastern part of the state for granted. (09/21/2014)
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is criticizing 8th Congressional District Republican candidate Stewart Mills for saying he would scrap the Affordable Care Act, including parts that both sides support. (08/29/2014)
Sen. Amy Klobuchar stopped by the MPR News State Fair booth this week to talk about beer, guns and the economy. But her answer to a question about student loan debt stood out to PoliGraph. (08/22/2014)
Billy Czerwinski isn't old enough to vote, but the seventeen-year-old Minnetonka High School student created Americans for a Better Yesterday, Tomorrow for a school project on campaign finance laws. He wanted to show just how easy it is to establish a super PAC -- and just how unregulated the fundraising entities are. (08/21/2014)
Three influential Republicans are trying to push aside the GOP pick for the right to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton this fall. (08/12/2014)
As it was in 2012, the race for Minnesota's 8th Congressional District is expected to be one of the most hotly contested in the country this year. (08/08/2014)
As Minnesota becomes more diverse, schools across the state are facing a shortage of teachers of color. Some school districts want to change that, mindful that the success of their students depends on it. (07/31/2014)
Most teachers get benefits now through their union contracts. But figuring out which newly eligible employees meet that 30-hour-per-week threshold is difficult because so many work part-time nine months out of the year. (07/18/2014)
Mary Cathryn Ricker will leave her current post as president of the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers, to become the vice president of the America Federation of Teachers. (07/14/2014)
In a state that pioneered the charter school movement, the two Twin Cities unionized charter schools stand out. Whether those votes mark a new era for the state's teacher's union is up for debate. (06/30/2014)
The legislative session is over, and DFLers are back in their districts talking up their accomplishments, including efforts to reduce the funding gap between urban and rural school districts. (06/20/2014)
According to the survey, Franken leads all of his potential Republican opponents by double digits, including his most likely challenger Mike McFadden. In that match-up, Franken has an 11 percentage point advantage with 49 percent to McFadden's 38 percent. (06/17/2014)
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)