Tim Pugmire Feature Archive

Minnesota's next lieutenant governor is promising to change a job that kept many of her predecessors out of the public eye. But Tina Smith says she's still figuring out what her role will be. (12/29/2014)
Rep. Joe Schomacker said the committee's work in 2015 will include funding issues for nursing homes and assisted living programs and addressing workforce challenges. (12/22/2014)
After reclaiming the House in the November elections, the GOP appears eager to focus on Greater Minnesota through the creation of several new committees. (12/10/2014)
Hundreds of people met to discuss ways to hold police more accountable for their actions. About 200 people marched down Broadway Avenue before blocking the intersection leading to northeast Minneapolis. (12/06/2014)
State Rep. Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, wants more scrutiny of the Minnesota State High School League after its vote to allow transgender athletes play on the team that suits their identity. (12/06/2014)
An audit of the nonprofit known as TIES highlighted a host of financial irregularities. Some school districts, though, say they'll continue working with the education technology group. (12/05/2014)
Many at the Capitol expect today's new economic forecast to show a surplus, but leaders from both political parties are trying to dampen expectations for more state spending. (12/04/2014)
When voters gave Republicans control of the Minnesota House, they set up potential conflict between the GOP and Gov. Mark Dayton and a DFL-controlled Senate. (11/25/2014)
When Republicans take control of the Minnesota House, their focus will be on transportation, lowering taxes and supporting traditional and rural values, new members say. (11/19/2014)
Republicans promise more scrutiny of MNsure during the session that begins in January. But with Gov. Mark Dayton and a Democratic Senate still in place, big changes remain unlikely. (11/11/2014)
The Independence Party on Tuesday fell short of the 5 percent needed to keep major party status. Officials insist the third-party movement is not dead. (11/05/2014)
Minnesota again has a divided state government. Although Gov. Mark Dayton won re-election, Republicans regained control of the Minnesota House. (11/05/2014)
Democrats wasted no time in denouncing the Republican attack ad, which they said amounts to fear mongering. (11/03/2014)
The lively, hour-long broadcast on Twin Cities Public Television got the candidates talking about a few new things, including Ebola, police surveillance and professional soccer. (11/01/2014)
The battle for majority control is being waged in fewer than two dozen of the state's 134 House districts. Republicans need to pick up seven seats to win majority control. (10/30/2014)