In the wake of the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Connecticut last week, some lawmakers at the Minnesota Capitol say they're considering changing state law to make it tougher to buy guns.
But lawmakers disagree over what should be done,
Gov. Dayton today appointed Charlie Zelle to be state transportation commissioner.
The Healthy Minnesota Contribution Program was supposed to shift 4,200 people from the MinnesotaCare program to a voucher system. But the program itself is having a hard time getting off the ground.
A Republican state representative who steered legislation through the House to drop thousands of people from state-run MinnesotaCare is an independent contractor for an insurance brokerage firm that lobbied for the change. Rep. Steve Gottwalt and his Senate counterpart, David Hann, have business links to the insurance industry, which has some other lawmakers asking whether the arrangement violates ethics rules.
Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders are not saying how they plan to erase a projected $1.1 billion deficit in the next two-year budget.
The new analysis of state revenue and spending obligations shows the same pending shortfall that was projected last March. Minnesota Management and Budget will release the full revenue forecast at 11:45 a.m., but it seems to indicate that the state's economy is continuing to improve slightly.
Same-sex marriage supporters in Minnesota gathered on Saturday to talk about the best ways to translate their defeat of the marriage amendment into other ways of advancing their goals, including making same-sex marriage legal.
The political parties disagree over whether voters gave Democrats a mandate to govern -- or whether 2012 is another example of a fickle electorate looking for instant results from elected officials. In Minnesota the answers to those questions can be found in the city of Edina.
Republicans in Minnesota were reeling on Wednesday from election losses and trying to figure out why they lost key races across the state. For the first time since 1978, Democrats now control every statewide office and both chambers of the Legisalture. They also now hold five of the state's eight congressional seats.
For the past two weeks, Republicans have said Minnesota is a swing state. If that's the case, it swung hard to the DFL on Tuesday.
After two years of Republican control, DFL comes back strong.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has won a second term with a sound victory over her Republican challenger, Kurt Bills. Klobuchar was declared the winner shortly after the polls closed at 8 p.m. Bills called her to concede the race,a staffer for Klobuchar said.
Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, DFL, and her Republican challenger, State Rep. Kurt Bills, faces off this evening in their final debate of the campaign season at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. The debate is hosted by MPR's Cathy Wurzer.
As the race for U.S. Senate in Minnesota is headed into its last weekend, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Kurt Bills faces an uphill battle -- one he hopes will turn on voter discontent with the fiscal mess in Washington.
The races for president and U.S. Senate and the proposed constitutional amendments on the Minnesota ballot have received plenty of attention this year.