A big question on the minds of many in the public is whether the union protests in Wisconsin will occur in Minnesota.
On Thursday, Wisconsin Democrats fled the State Capitol in Madison to prevent a vote on an anti-union bill. Thousands of protesters gathered there.
The AP says Republicans are challenging unions across the country.
Unions have been vocal in committee hearings about some GOP bills that cut workforce or make Minnesota a "Right to Work" state.
MPR compares the benefits for public employees in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Minnesota workers already pay what WI Gov. Scott Walker is asking Wisconsin workers to kick in.
The Minnesota House voted in favor of a bill that moves the state toward more nuclear power. The bill will now head to conference committee where Gov. Dayton could play a factor in whether it becomes law or not. Many folks were watching the vote to see if it would receive a veto proof majority. It fell nine votes short so GOP lawmakers have to cut a deal with Gov. Dayton in order to get the bill into law.
GOP Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch complains about a lobbyist's actions. It centers around LGA.
Koch and GOP House Majority Leader Matt Dean will be on MPR's Midday at 11am.
MPR profiles Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. She's tasked with implementing the federal heath care law.
The federal government approved Minnesota's MA expansion.
On Thursday, Governor Dayton met with U.S. Commerce officials to talk exports.
Dayton isn't banking on the reciprocity payment from Wisconsin in his budget plan.
A GOP freshman wants to ease the potential loss of LGA by ending the state sales tax on local government purchases.
The PoliGraph says Dayton's accuracy on job growth claim depends on the data set.
Dayton criticizes a teacher licensure bill.
The Higher Ed Committees recommended their picks for the U of M regent picks. They are former House Speaker Steve Sviggum, former state Rep. Laura Brod, David McMillan, an executive at a Duluth-based power company, and current regent David Larson. Current Regent Steven Hunter, the AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer, lost his at large bid to Brod.
Target revises its political giving.
House Speaker John Boehner increased the prospects for a government shutdown.
The House is continuing to debate a bill that cuts spending.
DFL Rep. Betty McCollum got a death threat over her plans to cut federal funding for NASCAR sponsorships.
Planned Parenthood is caught in the budget feud.
GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack applauds a move to cut funding for the U.S. Peace Institute.
The House starts taking action on defunding the health care law.
GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen will hold a Congress on your Corner event on February 22nd in Bloomington City Hall.
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Tim Pawlenty will speak at a Tea Party Summit in Arizona next week.
The Hill takes a look at some of the lobbyists backing Pawlenty.
Bachmann's Chief of Staff says GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann will make more visits to New Hampshire.
Here is Bachmann's Thursday appearance on Good Morning America.
Sarah Palin is making a lot of money from her speaking engagements.
Republican leaders in the Minnesota House and Senate say public employee contracts will have to be part of a solution for the state's projected $6.2 billion budget deficit.
With a labor-friendly Democrat in the governor's office, GOP leaders say they are not pushing for the sweeping changes that Republicans have proposed in Wisconsin. But bills have been introduced here to reduce the state workforce, freeze wages and and trim benefits for public employees. House Majority Leader Matt Dean of Dellwood said Minnesota can't escape the issue.
"Any solution in any state in the country is going to involve changes in how we deal with our labor contracts," Dean said. "It's just a fact of life."
Dean and GOP Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch would not say if they supports a proposed constitutional amendment to block union membership and dues as a condition of employment in Minnesota.
Governor Dayton told MPR News on Friday that some of the Republican proposals put forward are "rash." He said the Legislature should be careful about considering these issues.
"It underscores how the deliberations need to be very careful and very respectful." Dayton said. "People whose lives that are going to be affected by actions that a Legislature takes and a governor takes deserve to be heard and their rights need to be respected."
Dayton has been endorsed by several public employee unions. His budget plan would cut six percent of the state's workforce, roughly 800 people.
Republican Tom Emmer got some major support in his quest to become a Republican National Committeeman. GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann, GOP Rep. John Kline and former GOP Sen. Norm Coleman announced they're supporting Emmer's candidacy.
"These leaders know the amount of fundraising, organization and effort that are required to win federal races. Therefore, their endorsements acknowledge the energy and assets they believe I offer to the state party as National Committeeman to the RNC," Emmer wrote.
Emmer, who lost his bid for governor in 2010 to Democrat Mark Dayton, is seeking the post being vacated by Brian Sullivan. Former MNGOP Executive Director Ben Golnik and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson are also running for the post. Delegates will vote on the position at the April State Party Central Committee meeting.
GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen has announced that he'll hold a Congress on your Corner event in Bloomington on Tuesday. Here's the info:
WHO: Rep. Erik Paulsen
WHAT: Will hold a "Congress on Your Corner" event at Bloomington City Hall on Feb. 22.
WHEN: Tuesday, February 22
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Bloomington City Hall
1800 West Old Shakopee Road