Standard and Poors downgraded Minnesota's credit rating.
Sheila Wright, director of the Office of Higher Education, has resigned her position. Gov. Dayton's spokesman would not offer further explanation when asked directly if Gov. Dayton asked Wright to resign. Wright could not be reached for comment.
Gov. Dayton is in South Korea on a trade mission.
Minnesota's ag officials are planning a trade mission to Vietnam.
AP takes a look at the fight over unionizing in-home day care.
The Star Tribune says Ron Schara, who sits on the Lessard-Sams Heritage Council and appears on Pheasnts Forever TV shows, voted on funding for Pheasants Forever.
AP says voter ID laws are targeting rarely occurring voter fraud.
17 state attorneys general support increased ways to fight Asian carp.
The state's low-income insurance shuffle has started.
Tim Pawlenty's official portrait will be unveiled in October.
Party leaders point fingers at each other in the latest spending fight in Washington.
President Obama is campaigning in western states to push for his jobs plan.
The St. Cloud Times takes a look at where the delegation stands on a balanced budget amendment.
Obama's planned waiver for the No Child Left Behind law clears the way for MN to change its rules.
DFL Sen. Al Franken is pushing for President Obama's jobs bill as a way to improve the state's bridges and other infastructure.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker considered cutting the pay of state employees.
Vladimir Putin is running again for the presidency of Russia.
The Palestinians submitted a UN statehood bid.
Race for President
The Washington Post says President Obama is putting more focus on his Democratic base.
Obama also took aim at Rick Perry at a fundraiser and said the GOP "would cripple America."
The comments come as voters in more states, like Indiana, say they're dissatisfied with POTUS.
Herman Cain won the Florida Straw Poll. Cain's victory is a blow to Texas Gov. Rick Perry who put in time and effort to do well there.
Perry and Mitt Romney are looking beyond the early primary states.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachman campaigns in Iowa today.
She says she's "in it for the long haul."
The New York Times picked up on Bachmann's relationship with controversial pastor Bradlee Dean.
Bachmann campaigned in Tennessee on Friday.
The Star Tribune picks up the story that Bachmann's farm received federal subsidies.
Bachmann backed Pete Hoekstra in Michigan's U.S. Senate race.
The PoliGraph says two Bachmann claims missed the mark in a recent debate.
Bachmann also took aim at Perry on immigration.
The Wall St. Journal says New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is being courted to run but still says no.
Saturday Night Live mocked the last GOP debate.
Gov. Dayton announced on his Facebook page today that the name of his new puppy is Itasca. Dayton announced on Thursday that he was starting a "Guess the name of the dog" contest on his Facebook page. He's expected to get another puppy to join Dayton's other dogs: Mingo and Mesabi.
Dayton announced on his Facebook page that Emily Flesch won the contest.
"Flesch is the winner of Mingo's "Guess My New Brother's Name" contest. He is Itasca. Emily was the first responder!," Dayton wrote. "Congratulations, Emily. I look forward to dinner with you and your friends at The Bachelor Farmer."
Flesch and a few friends will now have dinner with Dayton. Dayton said he's willing to pick up the tab at the Minneapolis restaurant that is owned by his two sons.
For the election geeks out there, Dayton won Itasca County with 52 percent of the vote in the 2010 race for governor.(2 Comments)
In one of the more heated moments of the Republican presidential debate in Orlando, Fla., last week, several of the candidates took turns criticizing Texas Gov. Rick Perry for giving undocumented immigrants college tuition breaks.
"If you say that we should not educate children that have come into our state for no other reason that they've been brought there by no fault of their own, I don't think you have a heart," he said, defending the bill he signed in 2001 that allows undocumented students who've graduated from a Texas high school and who have lived there for three years to pay in-state tuition at the state's public universities.
Rep. Michele Bachmann is among the chorus of critics, and she's using aspects of Perry's immigration record to fundraise.
"Perry was the first governor in America to give in-state tuition benefits to illegal immigrants and said to America that if you disagree... You don't have a heart," Bachmann wrote in a fundraising email over the weekend, according to the Huffington Post. "For too long, Washington has turned a blind eye to immigration and as President I will put an end to that."
It turns out that Bachmann voted for a similar measure in 2005 while serving in the Minnesota Senate. The language, which was included in a larger higher education funding bill, would have allowed students who had attended a Minnesota high school for three years or more, had graduated and had enrolled in public Minnesota college to pay in-state tuition.
During debate of the bill, Bachmann spoke in support of an amendment that would have required such students to be legal residents as well.
"Is citizenship a privilege, or is it a right?" she asked on May 5, 2005, the day the chamber debated the bill. "It seems like the understanding we've always had in this nation is that citizenship is a privilege for those who are not born in this nation... This [bill] is affirmatively having our state make a new decision about citizenship. And really by doing this, we are answering that citizenship is now a right as opposed to a privilege."
She voted for the amendment, which failed.
But when it came time to vote on final school funding bill, Bachmann was one of 63 senators who voted in favor of the legislation; three lawmakers, including two Republicans, opposed the bill.
Later that day, the Senate replaced the House's bill - which did not include the tuition language - with its version of the legislation; again Bachmann voted in favor of the bill.
Ultimately, the language was stripped in conference committee, so it never became law.
The following year, Bachmann voted against another bill that would have allowed undocumented students to get in-state tuition.
Perry and Bachmann appeal to similar voters, namely those who are evangelical Christians and those who identify with tea party ideals, making the Texas governor Bachmann's most obvious opponent during the primaries.
So, Bachmann's been highlighting other aspects of Perry's record on immigration to set herself apart.
For instance, Perry's opposed to building a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. For her part, Bachmann says she "would build a fence... on every yard, on every foot, on every inch of the southern border."