Laura McCallum Feature Archive

Advocates of early childhood education are optimistic that the upcoming legislative session will include a major funding boost for programs that prepare children for school. (12/26/2006)
Math is a challenge for many Minnesota high school students, judging from the math scores on a new statewide test. (12/03/2006)
The Twin Cities have been selected by KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program, as one of two expansion sites for 2008. (11/28/2006)
The number of women representing Minnesota in Washington and at the state Capitol will hit a historic high when a new crop of lawmakers is sworn in next January. (11/20/2006)
Nearly a quarter of Minnesota's public schools didn't meet student performance goals last year under the federal No Child Left Behind law. (11/15/2006)
In his first news conference since winning the election, the Republican governor pledged to serve a full second term, despite regional and national speculation about his prospects for higher office. (11/09/2006)
Tim Pawlenty survived a scare and claimed a second term as Minnesota governor in come-from-behind fashion. His DFL opponent, Mike Hatch, conceded the race this morning. (11/08/2006)
Tax topics took top billing Sunday night as the debate season closed in Minnesota's tight race for governor. (11/05/2006)
Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been seen as a rising star in the Republican Party, but he's locked in a close race with DFL candidate Mike Hatch. (11/03/2006)
Independence Party candidate Peter Hutchinson faces long odds in his race for Minnesota governor. But the public policy consultant is undaunted, because he says Minnesota voters want a change from politics as usual. (11/03/2006)
Mike Hatch is well-known to Minnesotans as a scrappy -- sometimes confrontational -- politician, and he's embracing his bulldog image in his third run for the governor's office. (11/01/2006)
Minnesota's candidates for governor sparred Sunday night in their first televised debate of the campaign. Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, DFL candidate Mike Hatch and the Independence Party's Peter Hutchinson disagreed on issues such as transportation, immigration and property taxes. (10/29/2006)
You won't find anything about social issues such as abortion and same sex marriage on the gubernatorial candidates' Web sites, but they're important to many voters. (10/24/2006)
DFL gubernatorial candidate Mike Hatch says he won't make any promises about education spending until it's clear that Minnesota has a budget surplus. (10/19/2006)
Minnesota lost nearly 13,000 jobs in September, the third largest monthly job loss in more than 50 years. (10/17/2006)