After hearing their party's standard bearer, President Barack Obama, ask for a second term last night, Minnesota's delegates at the Democratic National Convention left the arena motivated for a fall campaign fight.
Many white, blue-collar workers who have soured on the president and his policies want to know what he will do to improve the economy. And no single group wants to know that more than blue-collar workers.
Minnesota's senior senator is in Charlotte this week encouraging delegates to work hard to re-elect President Barack Obama.
Addressing the Democratic National Convention Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak focusing less on President Barack Obama's promise four years ago to change the country and more on his contrast to his 2012 Republican rival, Mitt Romney.
Delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte have adopted a plank in their party platform supporting same-sex marriage -- the first time a major party formally endorses same-sex marriage. Gay and lesbian people in Minnesota are hailing the move, and say it could have an impact on the November ballot meaure that seeks to ban same-sex marriage through the state constitution.
The party conventions in Tampa and Charlotte highlight the strength of the political party system. Tens of thousands of rank-and-file state party delegates, consultants, donors and journalists spent last week at the Republican National Convention. Now, it's the Democrats' turn in Charlotte.
While Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, and other Republican leaders call on Rep. Kerry Gauthier, DFL-Duluth, to resign because he brought "dishonor" to the Legislature, an employee of the Minnesota House is drawing a public paycheck even though he's been charged with 12 counts of possessing child pornography.
There are serious discussions underway among Republican legislators to take up a motion to expel Rep. Kerry Gauthier, DFL-Duluth during today's special session.
Mitt Romney attended two events in Minnesota Thursday evening to raise money for his presidential campaign.
Vice President Joe Biden spoke to a crowd of about 1,500 people in Minneapolis this afternoon.
At least 20 state employees and the state's largest public employee union are complaining that the state's decision to cut off 3,100 people from the state health insurance program is overreaching.
Cindy Pugh, a co-founder of the Southwest Metro Tea Party, easily defeated Republican Rep. Steve Smith, who was the longest serving member in the House.
The longest-serving House Republican lost to a tea party challenger in Tuesday's primary as voters in 44 primaries in 40 legislative districts picked candidates for a big November fight to control the Minnesota Legislature.
Following an audit, the state of Minnesota is terminating health insurance coverage for about 3,100 family members of state employees. The action stands to save the state about $10 million.
A legislative subcommittee is holding a hearing Thursday morning to discuss the recently negotiated state employee contracts.