Jim Gibson has formally launched his campaign as the Independence Party's endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate. Gibson won his party's endorsement with ease, but faces a daunting race ahead. He faces at least two competitors in his party primary, and party officials are hinting others may still enter the race.
Vice President Al Gore's social call on Governor Jesse Ventura mixed some business with pleasure as Gore talked with DFL stalwarts in St. Paul, visited striking hotel workers in Bloomington, and attended a horse show with the Venturas. Gore made no public statements or speeches, but that didn't stop speculation about the political overtones of his visit.
Minority professionals across the Twin Cities testified before the Minnesota Senate that they believe they have been victims of racial profiling. Their experiences have state senators calling for data collection across Minnesota.
In his latest visit to Minnesota, President Clinton shows why he can still help win elections, even if he's not running. Clinton says he may be back again before November.
State leaders' reactions to the closing of the LTV mine in Hoyt Lakes, and the possible merger of Northwest Airlines, demonstrate the extreme philosophies of the government's role in influencing private business.
The DFL state convention has completed its work and the four remaining DFL candidates for U.S. Senate say they are ready for the primary race to begin. Jerry Janezich won the endorsement, but he's got company on the campaign trail.
Political contributions from lobbyists and political-action committees rose in Minnesota last year, and some political observers expect the trend to continue this campaign season. Fueling the flow of money, in part, is a Minnesota Supreme Court decision allowing parties to spend unlimited money to help their candidates. Since laws to curb spending have failed at the Legislature, reformers and political leaders are trying another tactic: they'll be offering more scrutiny of campaign advertising by political experts and, hopefully, citizens.
Governor Ventura may head the executive branch, but in its last day of work, the 2000 Legislature showed who's got the political muscle with a display of power through veto overrides not seen in the state in more than 60 years.
Governor Ventura made selective use of his veto pen while signing four major spending bills into law Monday. He eliminated funding for about $12 million in projects from the four bills, in contrast to vetoes totaling $140 million last year. But legislators are protesting what they say is Ventura's bias against the arts, and rural Minnesota.
Over half of the funding will be spent on schools, from childrens' programs to college campuses around the state. It survived protests by some House Republicans, brought on by Governor Ventura's last-minute insertion of transit money into the bill.
State Representative Betty McCollum of North St. Paul won the endorsement last weekend for the Fourth Congressional District race against Republican State Senator Linda Runbeck. But the DFL campaign to replace retiring Congressman Bruce Vento is just beginning. Three other DFLers are considering running against McCollum in a September primary. McCollum will try to persuade the other candidates to drop their bids against her in the name of party unity. But even if she were to succeed, the Fourth District race is shaping up to be a tough, expensive fight.
Negotiators on all sides of the budget dispute at the Capitol say this year's deal does not constitute very good policy, and should not serve as a precedent in future years.
Once given up for dead, Governor Jesse Ventura's legislative priority makes a return at the State Capitol.
House and Senate members pass a law cracking down on repeat drunk drivers, then refuse to fund its implementation.
Backed by the outrage of politicians against privacy invasions, privacy legislation seemed like a sure winner in this legislative session. But most meaningful legislation is dead; killed by a well-organized effort by businesses which want consumer information.