Mark Zdechlik Feature Archive

Some of the best-known Republicans in Minnesota are lined up behind Mike McFadden's U.S. Senate campaign, but not because he has a strong track record in elective office. (05/21/2014)
Electronic cigarette users are firing up their devices in all kinds of places people wouldn't consider lighting a conventional cigarette. That's inspired moves in the Minnesota Legislature to regulate "vaping" - the vaporizing of nicotine. (05/11/2014)
Democrats in the race are pledging to stick by the endorsement and DFL leaders say that could boost their chances on Election Day. (05/02/2014)
Republicans hope to press that mid-term dissatisfaction by leveraging President Barack Obama's low approval ratings and skepticism over his Affordable Care Act against Democrats. (05/01/2014)
Earlier this week the other two candidates, former state Rep. Phil Krinkie of Circle Pines and Anoka County Board Chair Rhonda Sivarajah of Lino Lakes, announced primary campaigns, acknowledging that most delegates are backing Emmer for the GOP endorsement. (04/11/2014)
Republican Mike McFadden called reporters to a news conference Thursday to talk about his plans to fight wasteful government spending, but when reporters started asking questions about other issues McFadden declined to offer specifics. (04/10/2014)
Former Republican state Rep. Phil Krinkie will skip Saturday's 6th District GOP convention and fight instead for the party nomination in a primary. (04/09/2014)
South-metro Republicans Saturday endorsed 2nd District Republican Congressman John Kline for a seventh term. (04/05/2014)
Longtime DFL State Rep. Phyllis Kahn will seek to fight off an endorsement challenge today from Minneapolis School Board member Mohamud Noor. (04/05/2014)
Several Minnesota Republicans vying to run against U.S. Sen. Al Franken this fall sharply criticized the Democrat during a candidate forum in St. Louis Park on Tuesday. (04/02/2014)
Demand for charter school education is outpacing the growth of charter schools and Congress can help by making it easier for states to develop charter schools and replicate successful charter school models from state to state, Republican Rep. John Kline said. (04/01/2014)
After essentially going dormant for almost a year, MichelePAC is again sending out email fundraising solicitations. Some MichelePAC donors, though, might be surprised by what their money is being spent on. (03/31/2014)
The changes Dayton wants would align Minnesota's child care tax credit with the federal government's. Depending on income and the number of children in a family, the total annual credit would range from $600 to $2,100. (03/18/2014)
Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans says his department needs tax bill information as soon as possible to accommodate this year's filers because some of the cuts will likely be retroactive. (03/17/2014)
A few dozen people gathered in the basement of church in south Minneapolis to talk about the importance of paying minimum wage workers more. (03/15/2014)