Tim Pugmire Feature Archive

Republican gubernatorial nominee Jeff Johnson is promising to use several ideas from his primary opponents as he campaigns against Gov. Mark Dayton, who is already reminding voters about Democrats' accomplishments over the past four years -- including legalized same-sex marriage and a minimum wage increase. (08/13/2014)
Three influential Republicans are trying to push aside the GOP pick for the right to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton this fall. (08/12/2014)
In a letter to the president, Dayton said FEMA officials have not yet finalized the assessments for Dakota, Hennepin and Ramsey counties and are disputing some of the identified damage. Dayton asked Obama to direct FEMA to recognize and finalize those assessments. (08/08/2014)
There are just five days left before the primary election, and the four Republican candidates for governor are sharpening their attacks. Most of the barbs are aimed at Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, the GOP endorsed candidate. Johnson said his primary rivals are targeting him because he's the frontrunner. (08/07/2014)
Hennepin County Commissioner and Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson says he's focusing now on DFL Gov.Mark Dayton rather than his three rivals in next week's primary. (08/07/2014)
The $8 hourly minimum wage, up from $6.15, kicked in on Friday. It was the first increase since 2005 and the first of a series of hikes DFL Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law last spring. (08/04/2014)
DFL lawmakers on Wednesday proposed making it illegal for an employer to deny contraceptive coverage to employees if their health plan covers prescription drugs. (07/30/2014)
Heading toward next month's primary, the candidates are highlighting their different approaches. (07/29/2014)
Officials from the Department of Transportation, a highway contractor and the State Patrol hope the steeper penalty will serve as a deterrent. (07/28/2014)
On Monday, Dayton said he was not sure if MNsure should release the rates until the start of the next open-enrollment period on Nov. 15. The governor, who is seeking a second term, said the rates would only add to the political shots coming from his Republican critics. On Tuesday, he moved the date ahead. (07/22/2014)
President Obama issued a disaster declaration Monday for parts of Minnesota damaged by flooding, but only eight of 51 counties were on the list. (07/21/2014)
The four Republicans running for governor in next month's primary aren't saying much about a topic important to many Republicans: social issues. (07/20/2014)
State Auditor Rebecca Otto took a stand against exploratory mining leases, angering many people on the Iron Range. Former state Rep. Matt Entenza says that's not why he mounted a surprise last-minute primary challenge. (07/11/2014)
Home health care workers in Minnesota are moving ahead with a union election, even though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that similar workers don't have to pay any union dues. (07/08/2014)
President Barack Obama wrapped up a two-day trip to Minnesota Friday with a campaign-style speech, slamming congressional Republicans for standing in the way of middle class economic aid. (06/27/2014)