Mark Zdechlik Feature Archive

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)
The Minnesota Medical Association has come out against the legalization of medical marijuana in Minnesota as the proposed legislation is written. (03/15/2014)
In announcing her campaign outside a church in Plymouth, Sund criticized Paulsen for supporting what she called "endless cuts" to federal programs and his brinksmanship over budget matters. (03/13/2014)
Democrats in the Minnesota House want to set the minimum wage at $9.50 an hour. Senate Democrats agreed this week to that rate for large businesses, but oppose a provision for automatic future increases based on inflation. (03/07/2014)
Xcel Energy officials say the cost of natural gas is about 15 percent higher this heating season than the previous one. (03/03/2014)
The president announced his plan at the Union Depot rail and bus station after touring a light rail maintenance facility. Funding for surface transportation programs expires later this year, and the White House says 700,000 jobs could be at risk unless Congress renews them. (02/26/2014)
Transportation tops the agenda today as President Obama visits Minnesota. But with the president's popularity here at an all time low, his presence may hurt Democrats at the polls in November. (02/26/2014)
With almost $1.7 million in campaign cash at the end of last year McFadden has far outraised his Republican opponents. He's defended his concentration on fundraising and reiterated that he's running against Franken, not Republicans. (02/20/2014)
Restaurateurs invited state lawmakers to 20 restaurants around Minnesota to tell them how increasing the minimum wage would hurt them and drive up prices for customers. (02/18/2014)