Catharine Richert Feature Archive

A big reason rates are so much higher in southeast Minnesota is because of the Rochester-based Mayo Clinic. (03/18/2014)
Peterson was first elected to Congress in 1990 but had been on the fence about running again in a district where the GOP sees opportunity this fall with a veteran state legislator likely to have that party's nomination. (03/17/2014)
If a recent special election in Florida tells us anything, the health care policy will be front and center in the 2014 elections. (03/14/2014)
Non-profits can skirt disclosure rules by avoiding using certain words in their ads, or by advocating for an issue rather than a candidate. Two legislative committees plan to debate a bill this week that would require some groups that conduct political activities to say more about their donors. (03/11/2014)
Republicans say property taxes have gone up this year. Democrats say they've gone down. Confused? So was PoliGraph. (03/07/2014)
When Republican operative Ben Golnik looks at a map of Minnesota, he sees opportunity. He thinks his party has a shot at taking over the state House and possibly the governor's mansion, and he formed a group called the Minnesota Jobs Coalition to do just that. (03/04/2014)
Gill Action is part of a highly coordinated effort to help Minnesota lawmakers who took tough votes in favor of same-sex marriage as they face re-election. (02/19/2014)
Internal documents and interviews with insurance company officials, county workers and other stakeholders reveal a more complicated story of MNsure's problems than the explanations offered by management. (02/12/2014)
The results of the non-binding poll came after a long night of caucusing around the state among Republican voters. The DFL Party held their own caucuses, but with Mark Dayton and Al Franken seeking re-election Democrats did not conduct a straw poll for the governor or Senate race. (02/04/2014)
Around the state, voters of all political stripes take part in community meetings which are the first step toward choosing who will be on the 2014 ballot this November. (02/04/2014)
Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth, performed a week-long analysis that found the project suffers from a lack of good management. (01/22/2014)
In an interview with MPR News, interim MNsure CEO Scott Leitz said the federal government issued two new deadlines in early 2013, forcing MNsure officials to put the project on an even faster track to be ready to launch Oct. 1. (01/10/2014)
In testimony to the MNsure Legislative Oversight Committee on Thursday, Jim Nobles said he plans at least two investigations into MNsure, and a third if the Legislature will let him. (01/09/2014)
The review's preliminary findings may be available as early as next week, interim executive director Scott Leitz said Wednesday. (The Daily Circuit, 01/08/2014)
Minnesota's legislative auditor is launching a wide-ranging inquiry into how the state handled contracts with several vendors that helped build MNsure, the state's new online health insurance marketplace. (01/06/2014)