Two recent high-profile killings in Minneapolis have prompted a round of finger-pointing between state and local officials, over whether the city is spending is money wisely on public safety.
Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson on Monday
apologized publicly - for a second time - for remarks he made about
the gay marriage issue to a group of pastors.
Sen. Dean Johnson, under pressure for
embellishing remarks on the gay marriage issue, will make a public
apology on the Senate floor as part of a resolution of an ethics
The Minnesota Senate took unusually quick action Thursday to pass the primary legislation of this year's session, a bill authorizing the state to borrow money for construction projects.
A bill that would ask voters to dedicate a portion of the sales tax to environmental projects has become so loaded down with other proposals that even the bill's sponsor says he doesn't recognize it. Supporters of the measure are upset with the changes.
Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson says he
embellished when he said Supreme Court justices told him they
wouldn't overturn the state's marriage law, and he's sorry. The Republican Party wasted no time in producing a new ad that criticizes Johnson's actions.
In what sounded like a test of possible themes for a re-election campaign, Pawlenty said he's completed the biggest financial turnaround in state history.
Attorney General Mike Hatch appeared to be the
favorite candidate for governor among those attending DFL precinct caucuses Tuesday night.
In the DFL's U.S. Senate contest, a straw poll showed Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar had nearly 77 percent to veterinarian Ford Bell's 16 percent.
The two leading health care experts at the state Capitol are calling for changes to Minnesota's health care system, but their ideas differ dramatically.
The 2006 legislative session got underway Wednesday, with plenty of talk about bipartisan cooperation. State leaders are pledging a short, productive session. But they disagree on what the agenda should be, and that is already threatening their pledge of harmony.
More than half of the surplus is set aside for Minnesota schools. And if a pending court ruling goes against the state, the surplus could evaporate and become a shortfall.
Minnesota lawmakers return to the Capitol Wednesday for what they're hoping will be a brief and productive session. They want to avoid a repeat of last year, when gridlock resulted in the state's first partial government shutdown.
A candidate forum on business issues was the latest in which Attorney General Mike Hatch chose not to participate. Some Democrats are wondering why Hatch is keeping a low profile on the campaign trail.
The warden of Minnesota's only women's prison goes before the Shakopee city council Tuesday night to describe plans to expand the prison. Despite objections from some neighbors, Gov. Pawlenty also wants to build a fence around the prison
As the president spoke in Maplewood, about 100 people protested his policies nearby. The crowd included anti-war activists and supporters of same sex marriage.