Tim Pugmire Feature Archive

Independence Party delegates were gathering Saturday in St. Cloud for a state convention that will include decisions about the party's constitution, platform and leaders. (06/01/2013)
The Independence Party of Minnesota could soon be amending its platform to include support for legalized marijuana. (05/31/2013)
Minnesota business executive Mike McFadden announced today that he'll be a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014. He is the first GOP candidate to announce he will try to unseat incumbent Democrat Sen. Al Franken. (05/30/2013)
A Minnesota business executive announced today that he'll be a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014. (05/29/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton has line-item vetoed two provisions from a bill that distributes sales-tax money by way of state grants for the outdoors, parks and trails and arts and cultural programs. (05/23/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton signed an education budget bill Wednesday that boosts funding for public schools over the next two years, funds all-day kindergarten statewide for the first time and retools high school testing requirements. (05/22/2013)
The last votes included the Senate's passage of a massive tax bill, and House approval of a measure to finance state government operations. Both votes were delayed most of the final day by negotiations on a new, smaller bonding bill that covers repairs on the State Capitol. (05/21/2013)
The House concluded a debate that stretched over a couple of days over the unionization of two groups of government-subsidized workers. (05/20/2013)
Republicans in the Minnesota House have blocked an $800 million package of public construction projects from moving forward this year, including the next phase of renovation work on the State Capitol. (05/17/2013)
Significant differences remain in the tax bill, and DFL leaders appear willing to throw in the towel on a minimum wage increase. (05/16/2013)
A 17-hour debate in the Minnesota Senate over the unionization of child care providers and personal care assistants could be just a taste of things to come in the closing days of the legislative session. (05/15/2013)
The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill allowing the unionization of home child-care workers in Minnesota after an all-night debate that saw Republicans trying to block the bill. (05/15/2013)
With the same-sex marriage bill now passed and signed into law, state lawmakers are again turning their attention to passing a state budget before next Monday's scheduled session adjournment. (05/14/2013)
State lawmakers are heading into the final week of the 2013 legislative session with a pivotal Senate vote to legalize same-sex marriage, and a framework for balancing the budget and ending the session on time. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Pugmire about the week ahead at the state capitol. (05/13/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature's top Democrats have reached a budget deal that includes income tax increases on wealthier Minnesotans and a cigarette tax increase, and aims to provide property tax relief. (05/12/2013)