Catharine Richert Feature Archive

Many people told MPR News the constitutional amendment on the ballot this fall that would define marriage is a bigger factor motivating them to vote than the presidential election. (06/05/2012)
Roughly 49 percent of registered Minnesota voters oppose the effort compared to the 43 percent that support it, according to Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling. (06/05/2012)
Associate Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Helen M. Meyer will leave her post, effective Aug. 10. (05/10/2012)
By a 73-58 margin Monday night, the Minnesota House of Representatives approved funding for a $975 million Vikings stadium at the site of the Metrodome in Minneapolis. (05/08/2012)
An internal investigation by the Minnesota Republican Party into its finances found an ongoing deficit of more than $26,000 left from a conference last fall, questionable payments to contractors, and heavy credit card spending by the former party chairman. (05/07/2012)
President Barack Obama will pay a visit to Minnesota on June 1, according to a person close to the president's Minnesota campaign. (05/03/2012)
Shareholders of Minnesota's most well-known companies will vote this spring on board members and various proposals from shareholders — standard annual meeting fare. But for at least five local companies, the hot topic will be political spending and lobbying disclosure. (04/26/2012)
President Barack Obama's senior campaign adviser David Axelrod says he doesn't expect Minnesota to be a battleground state in 2012. (04/24/2012)
Rep. Michele Bachmann and former candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, says she is "very seriously looking at an endorsement for Mitt Romney." (04/15/2012)
After news that he was denied unemployment benefits, Michael Brodkorb plans to expand his wrongful termination lawsuit. (04/13/2012)
It's nearly certain that Minnesotans will decide this November whether they want to change the state's Constitution to require voters to show photo ID at the polls. What's less certain is how a voter ID law would play out in future elections in Minnesota. The experience of other states paints a picture of what we can expect from a voter ID requirement. (04/04/2012)
The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, which monitors political financing and lobbying, struggles to get all the resources and authority it needs from the Legislature. (03/28/2012)
Former Senate Republican caucus staffer Michael Brodkorb's gender discrimination claim against the Minnesota Senate raises questions about the legal issues involved and how the case might play out. (03/15/2012)
ALEC is best known for bringing together legislators and corporations to write model legislation, drafts that are meant to inspire bills introduced at the state level. The organization has become a key player in a broader effort to advance conservative ideas in state houses across the nation. (03/15/2012)
At first blush, the new proposal to build a football stadium for the Minnesota Vikings in downtown Minneapolis would cost just under $1 billion. But a closer look shows the cost might be higher than that, and that some of the money stadium supporters are counting on may not materialize. (03/01/2012)