Mark Zdechlik Feature Archive

Ellison said he thinks the pope's decision to put the issue of poverty front and center could have significant implications in the effort to improve conditions for the poor. (11/29/2013)
About 150 people took part in the peaceful demonstration, organized by the Service Employees International Union, where non-unionized minimum-wage workers gathered at the airport to demand higher pay. They say they can't live on the less than $8 per hour they're currently paid. (11/27/2013)
When Minnesotans last fall rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have required voters to present photo identification at the polls, it represented a huge victory for liberal groups that had fought to oppose it. On the front lines of that effort was TakeAction Minnesota. (11/25/2013)
AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile have agreed to stop billing their customers for text message charges they didn't know they were racking up. (11/22/2013)
Despite the governor's support, whether a state-run casino at the airport would fly is unclear. Casino plans have always been controversial and it's not clear how much money airport gambling would generate. (11/20/2013)
The task force looking at how to handle the potential release of nearly 700 civilly committed sex offenders in Minnesota will release recommendations on Dec. 1. (11/14/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton said today that his administration will not recommend the provisional release of any more civilly committed sex offenders until the Legislature has a chance to revisit the issue. (11/13/2013)
If being the Republican candidate nominee for U.S. Senate next year has anything to do with the size of a candidate's bank account and campaign headquarters, businessman Mike McFadden would have it wrapped up. (11/08/2013)
Fed up with tea party movement adherents in Congress who insisted upon a government shutdown, some business groups are signaling they've had enough. (10/28/2013)
Sen. Al Franken says he and other lawmakers are not giving up their effort to repeal the medical device tax passed as part of the Affordable Care Act. (10/24/2013)
The latest temporary budget fix in Washington means hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers are back on the job. (10/17/2013)
Grams, who served a term in the U.S. House and a term in the Senate in the 1990s, is being remembered as a principled, humble conservative who helped usher in a new era of politics in Minnesota and Washington. (10/09/2013)
One week into the government shutdown, 148 more federal employees in Minnesota were sent home on furlough Tuesday. (10/08/2013)
Democrats and Republicans blame each other for the first federal government shutdown in 17 years, but they're also asking themselves who will voters blame in next year's Congressional elections? (10/03/2013)
The biggest effect of the federal government shutdown will be felt by government employees. In Minnesota as many as 19,000 people work for the federal government. Many are coming to terms with the reality that they may not be working for a while - or that they may be working without pay. (10/01/2013)