Tim Pugmire Feature Archive

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie's contention that a 13-year-old law gave him the green light to launch a new online voter registration system is getting support from two former legislators who sponsored the measure. But others who worked on the law disagree. (11/13/2013)
Despite increases in funding for schools and local governments approved during the 2013 legislative session, property taxes appear to be going up. (11/12/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton's total income last year was $343,234, according to the 2012 tax return that he released today. (11/12/2013)
An advisory committee on Minnesota Capitol security is preparing recommendations that could include a new notification process for handgun permit holders who want to bring firearms into the building. (11/05/2013)
State Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, is planning to introduce legislation next year that would prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in public places. (11/01/2013)
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will take over a Minnesota education advocacy group once he leaves office in January. (10/30/2013)
GOP delegates will meet Saturday to vote their early preferences for governor and U.S. Senate in a non-binding straw poll. The poll is imperfect -- many past winners did not end up as the party nominee. GOP leaders, though, still see it as an important test for candidates and their messages. (10/25/2013)
The 66-year-old governor initially injured his hip back in June when he was hurrying down a flight of stairs. The procedure is designed to promote healing of the torn muscle in his left hip, according to a statement from the governor's office. (10/21/2013)
Gov. Dayton has already dubbed 2014 the "unsession," because he wants legislators to spend much of their time eliminating old, outdated state laws rather than adding new ones. He's been collecting suggestions on what to get rid of, as well as ideas for making government better, faster and simpler. (10/21/2013)
Republican lawmakers have been pounding Mark Ritchie for developing an online voter registration system without first obtaining legislative approval. Republicans want the Senate Subcommittee on Elections to hold a hearing to address their concerns. (10/16/2013)
The Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department concluded that implementation through legislative action is "the more sound legal approach to this type of policy change." (10/10/2013)
Members of the House Select Committee on Controlled Substances and Synthetic Drugs have been gathering testimony around the state in preparation for a report to the Legislature early next year. (10/07/2013)
New accountability ratings released Tuesday show 17 schools will no longer carry the lowest-performing "priority school" label. Another 10 schools were removed from the so-called "focus" list of schools struggling with wide performance disparities among student racial groups. (10/01/2013)
Members of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration must OK a $30,000 payment as part of an agreement announced last week to settle Brodkorb's wrongful termination lawsuit. (09/30/2013)
A minimum wage debate is expected to be reheated when state lawmakers return for the start of the 2014 legislative session. Democrats in the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton's office want workers to be paid more, but to pass a bill they will have to find a wage they can agree on. (09/16/2013)