Tim Pugmire Feature Archive

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)
The annual Local Government Lobbying Services Report released today said the 2013 total of $8,066,489 spent on lobbying activities was a 3.3 percent increase over the amount spent in 2012. (06/23/2014)
Republicans are hammering away at Democrats as state officials move forward with the construction of a new office building for the Minnesota Senate. (06/19/2014)
The governor is praising Medtronic's plan to acquire Covidien, saying it will keep jobs in the state. GOP rivals say the deal shows that state tax policy is driving away businesses. (06/17/2014)
The Independence Party of Minnesota will try to remain a major party this year, largely with young candidates who are politically inexperienced and favor legalizing marijuana. (06/11/2014)
Humphrey School dean Eric Schwartz said the event is part of an ongoing series to mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. (06/09/2014)