Mark Zdechlik Feature Archive

President Barack Obama used the first visit to Minnesota of his second term to push for a series of gun control measures he wants Congress to approve. (02/04/2013)
Monday is Minnesota Robotics Day at the state Capitol, where students and people who work in the robotics industry will be demonstrating what they do. (01/27/2013)
Some Minnesota business leaders say the governor's sales tax proposal is a terrible idea that would hurt the state's economy. (01/24/2013)
All but seven of the 50 states tax clothing sales, and the idea of extending the sales tax to clothing in Minnesota has been proposed many times in the Legislature. Supporters say it could help stabilize sales tax revenue, while critics worry that retailers would lose a competitive advantage. (01/14/2013)
If Democrats and Republicans fail to reach a tax and spending compromise before Tuesday, not a lot is going to change for most people, at least not right away. (12/31/2012)
Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz said he thinks Congress could act relatively soon on legislation aimed at preventing gun violence following the school shooting in Connecticut last week. (The Daily Circuit, 12/20/2012)
The Central Committee of the Minnesota Republican Party will meet on Saturday, and some are hoping for a resolution opposing a new National Republican Committee rule about national convention delegate selection. (12/08/2012)
The Minnesota Republican Party's central committee meets Saturday following big defeats at the polls last month. (12/07/2012)
After more than three decades, former DFL Rep. Rick Nolan is returning to Congress on Monday for freshman orientation sessions this week. Nolan, however stands out in the class of incoming representatives because he has already served three terms in Congress, which gives him instant seniority. (11/12/2012)
Former U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, a Democrat, has defeated Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack in the 8th District race. Cravaack conceded the race a short time ago. (11/06/2012)
At this late stage, for most campaigns the time for persuasion is over and all efforts are given to getting supporters to actually vote. On the last day before the election, Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack spent the final hours of the campaign to rally supporters in the southern part of the 8th District. His challenger, former Rep. Rick Nolan, tried to fire-up Democrats in the northern part of the district. (11/05/2012)
On the last weekend before the election, Minnesota Republicans and Democrats were making final appeals to get their supporters to the polls. (11/03/2012)
Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack and his DFL challenger, former Rep. Rick Nolan, met for their final debate Wednesday afternoon at Mesabi Range Community and Technical College in Virginia. (10/31/2012)
Polls show former Rep. Rick Nolan leads in the 8th District congressional race, but only slightly. Most view the race as too close to call. The DFL challenger Nolan meets Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack in a debate this afternoon. (10/31/2012)
Tea party supporters have not been as vocal this year as they were during the last round of Congressional elections, and that could be a bad sign for Republicans like Chip Cravaack who rode the conservative wave to Washington. (10/23/2012)