Catharine Richert Feature Archive

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)
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)