Tim Pugmire Feature Archive

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)
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson's re-election strategy has been to avoid responding to candidate criticisms. But she'll be part of Saturday's debate and her challengers plan to make some noise. (10/27/2014)
Democratic Attorney General Lori Swanson and Republican Scott Newman did not respond to an invitation by the St. Paul NAACP. (10/27/2014)
In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Michael Davis said the plaintiffs are not required to join SEIU, and there is no infringement on their first amendment rights. (10/22/2014)
The candidates for governor have one more debate scheduled for Oct. 31. (10/20/2014)
They aren't getting a lot of attention, but three major party candidates trying to replace outgoing DFLer Mark Ritchie have sharply different messages. Here's a look. (10/17/2014)
Democrats hold a 12-seat advantage after their wins in 2012. Republicans must win seven of those seats back this year to be the majority. (10/16/2014)
Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican nominee Jeff Johnson debate in Moorhead today. Education spending will be a key issue. Dayton wants to boost per-pupil spending. Johnson won't make any promises. (10/08/2014)
The project is expected to generate nearly 20 percent of the airport's total electricity. (10/02/2014)