Tim Pugmire Feature Archive

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)
Minnesota's 2015 premiums will be the lowest of any in the nation, the Commerce Department says. Critics argue the 4.5 percent average masks some big rate hikes. (10/01/2014)
The death penalty hasn't surfaced as an issue in the race for governor in Minnesota. But it's another area on which the candidates disagree. (09/30/2014)
The move comes after a scathing audit found the group overcharged state and federal programs. State officials say they'll take steps to get that money back. (09/26/2014)
Gov. Dayton isn't saying whether he'll soften his own stand on medical marijuana in a second term. His rivals are staking out other positions. (09/11/2014)
In different speeches at the same venue, Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican challenger Jeff Johnson offer contrasting views about how government should work. (09/04/2014)
Andy Dawkins may be the Green Party's best chance in years to regain major-party status. (09/02/2014)