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.
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.
Republicans are hammering away at Democrats as state officials move forward with the construction of a new office building for the Minnesota Senate.
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.
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.
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.
The memorial will be Cowles Auditorium. Two other services are scheduled the following day in Duluth and Chisholm, Minnesota.
Republicans haven't seen a competitive state primary in two decades. The impending one gives the candidates only about 10 weeks to make their case to voters.
The Minnesota secretary of state position has taken on a much higher profile since after election recounts in 2008 and 2010. Democrats and Republicans are set to pick their candidates this weekend.
Minnesota revised, reduced or eliminated 1,175 laws and regulations this year, an effort that will make state government work better, Dayton said Tuesday.
Lawmakers approved $20 million for the effort as part of a larger supplemental spending bill that they passed on the last day of the 2014 session.
Craft beer tap rooms in Minnesota will now be able to open their doors on Sundays under legislation DFL Governor Mark Dayton signed into law.
The governor, who did not use any line-item vetoes to trim the bonding or spending bills, said the progress of the past two sessions working with DFL majorities, was a sharp contrast to the previous two years, when he frequently clashed with the Republican-controlled House and Senate.
The long, last day was packed with final votes on several key issues, including a bonding bill, tax bill, supplemental budget bill and medical marijuana.
Minnesota lawmakers moved closer to adjourning the 2014 legislative session on Friday with a last-minute work list that included a final Senate vote the $1.1 billion package of public construction projects the House passed about six hours earlier.