Gov. Mark Dayton will be in Isabella for a briefing on the wildfire.
Correction: Dayton was in Isabella yesterday. He's delivering remarks at the Minnesota Bioscience Summit today.
Isabella residents are questioning an early decision to let the fire burn.
A second judge must sign a bail deal before two American hikers arrested in Iran can go free.
Brooklyn Center voters are mailing in their ballots on a school levy referendum.
In a report, the Office of the Legislative Auditor suggests the state should consider retooling its approval of online schools.
Transportation officials were in Minnesota to tout President Barack Obama's jobs plan.
Don't Ask Don't Tell is no more.
As part of his $3 trillion deficit reduction plan, Obama is calling for $1.5 trillion in new tax revenue.
He said he'll veto any plan that cuts Medicare benefits without raising taxes on the wealthiest.
Congressional Republicans quickly rejected the plan.
Add this phrase to your public policy lexicon: "Buffett Rule." It's a provision in Obama's proposal that would essentially require the nation's wealthiest to pay the same share of their income in taxes as middle income earners do. It's named after Warren Buffet, a billionaire who believes people like him should pay more in taxes.
Frank James with National Public Radio writes that the 2012 election could come down to "what side of the 'Warren Buffett Rule' line one stands on."
Does Obama's plan cut taxes or raise taxes? It turns out it does both depending on the budget baseline.
As part of the bill, Obama wants $33 billion in farm subsidy cuts.
The Obama administration says it's still committed to closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay.
A former staffer for Sen. Al Franken has taken a job with a renewable energy company.
On the Campaign Trail
Rep. Michele Bachmann reacted to Obama's call for a tax increase by saying that "you don't create jobs by increasing taxes on job creators."
Bachmann was in Iowa yesterday. She'll be making the rounds again today.
She said people should buy their own health insurance with tax-free money.
Bachmann criticized Texas Gov. Rick Perry's immigration record.
Perry, also in Iowa, said a health care plan supported by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is "socialized medicine."
Bachmann doesn't have the resources or ability to go beyond the Iowa caucuses at this point, said her former campaign manager Ed Rollins.
The Obama campaign is opening offices in eight Iowa cities this week.
Bachmann said she was just repeating a claim that the HPV vaccine causes mental retardation.
On Midmorning, scientists talked about the HPV vaccine.
Rep. Michele Bachmann isn't doing any better in South Carolina than she was a few months ago, according to a new poll conducted by Winthrop University.
In April, 3.7 percent of Republican voters who planned to participate in the South Carolina primaries said they would support Bachmann. In the latest survey, she's captured 3.5 percent support among the same group of voters.
Bachmann's struggled to regain momentum from her Iowa Straw Poll victory since Texas Gov. Rick Perry entered the race in August.
The survey also shows that Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are running a tight race among Republicans.
Perry has 30.5 percent of GOP primary voter support and Romney has 27.3 percent - within the survey's margin of error.
Read more about the poll here.
Two Committees in the Minnesota Senate will hold a joint hearing to discuss the unionization of private day care facilities. The hearings come after Gov. Dayton said he was interested in allowing workers in private, home-based child care facilities to vote on whether to form a union. The proposal prompted an outcry from Republican legislative leaders and other groups. Dayton has not issued an executive order and hasn't definitively said whether he will.
House and Senate Republican both question whether Dayton has the legal authority to take such an action.
The Senate hearing is scheduled for 6pm in Room 15 of the State Capitol on Thursday.
The House Commerce Committee and the Health and Human Services Reform Committtee will hold a joint hearing at 7pm on Thursday.
An earlier version of this blog post said the House and Senate would both hold hearings on Thursday. House Republican spokeswoman Jodi Boyne says the House hearing has been postponed:
"Out of respect for the citizens and organizations interested in participating in the hearings on unionizing private, in-home child care providers, the Minnesota House has postponed its September 22 joint informational hearing."
Gov. Mark Dayton says he's none too pleased that Republicans in the House and Senate plan to hold hearings to discuss whether Dayton has the legal authority to allow people working for in-home daycare providers to join unions.
Dayton has said he's considering an executive order that would allow for those employees to vote on union membership, but he said he hasn't made a final decision. Dayton said lawmakers' decision to hold hearings before he takes any action is a "political ploy" and a waste of taxpayer money.
"Why don't they start by reforming themselves and recognize that they're a part-time Legislature that has been in session overtime all the way until the latter part of July?" Dayton said. "I'm well aware of the legal parameters that are available, but that doesn't dictate policy. But I have a general counsel. I have the Attorney General. I don't need a legislative show to trot this out, but that's their prerogative and I think they need to hold themselves accountable as they want to hold the executive branch and stop fooling around."
Dayton didn't just criticize lawmakers for holding a hearing on the child care issue. He also ripped House Republicans for holding a news conference a few weeks ago to announce their efforts to reform state government. And he mocked committee chairs for holding hearings across the state on job creation - just weeks after the Legislature left St. Paul following the three week government shutdown.
"They had six months and they did very little on job creation," Dayton said. "And I'm taking the initiative now, and we're proactively engaged in it as we will be for the next three and a half years. So you missed your chance back then folks when taxpayers were paying for your salaries and your per diems."
Dayton has held what he called job summits in places like Fergus Falls, Faribault, International Falls and the Iron Range.
Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers defended the hearings and their work:
"We are, true, a part-time Legislature meaning we don't meet and we're not in session every month or every week," Zellers said. "But we are full-time legislators. Our constittuent service work doesn't end when the session ends."
Zellers said the Legislature wants hearings on the child care issue because lawmakers and their constituents have questions about the legality of a union.
GOP Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch says she doesn't understand why Dayton is criticizing their efforts to discuss jobs and the economy with Minnesotans.
"We welcome the governor's ideas and I would hope that he would be open and welcome to our ideas.," Koch said. "Having the executive branch and the legislative branch going out and listening to the people of Minnesota about the number one issue (jobs) and then coming back in January in session and passing some great legislation that helps clear the way for more job creation in the state. That's only a good thing."