Minnesota Public Radio features by Catharine Richert http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30960 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Fri, 26 Dec 2014 03:28:40 -0600 Minnesota Public Radio features by Catharine Richert http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Speaker to be: The education of Kurt Daudt It took Kurt Daudt only four years to rise from first-termer to House Speaker. Supporters say he has the skills to negotiate with the DFL without compromising GOP principles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/17/daudt?refid=0 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Transportation chief: $1 billion surplus can't fix road problems Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle said Tuesday that the Minnesota needs a reliable revenue stream to pay for the $6.5 billion in road improvements needed in the next decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/09/daily-circuit-transportation-funding?refid=0 Tue, 09 Dec 2014 11:06:00 -0600 State has a $1 billion surplus for next two years The budget forecast will guide Gov. Mark Dayton as he prepares his budget plan and sets the tone for policy debates at the Capitol this spring. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/12/state-has-a-1-billion-surplus-for-next-two-years/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 2014 09:39:13 -0600 Legislators to revisit key part of Mayo Clinic financing plan State legislators likely will have to go back to the drawing board to adjust the financing plan for Mayo Clinic's expansion, one of the biggest economic development projects in Minnesota's history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/26/destination-medical-center-finances?refid=0 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:00:00 -0600 How the GOP took the Minnesota House The Republican Party set its strategy months ago: to paint the powers that be in St. Paul as out of touch with rural Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/05/how-the-gop-took-the-minnesota-house?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14:08:04 -0600 Constitutional offices: DFLers Otto, Swanson, Simon win The DFL held its grasp of three statewide offices -- secretary of state, attorney general and auditor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/04/constitutional-offices-election?refid=0 Tue, 04 Nov 2014 23:36:00 -0600 The methodology behind PoliGraph's MNsure analysis PoliGraph looked at how much more it would cost people to buy an entry-level plan on MNsure with the help of a subsidy. Here's the methodology behind the analysis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/30/analysis-methodology?refid=0 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:07:16 -0500 PoliGraph: MNsure rate hike rhetoric flies; claims inconclusive MPR News ran more than 50 scenarios to test the Dayton administration's 4.5 percent claim about MNsure rate increases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/30/mnsure-poligraph?refid=0 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:02:37 -0500 Big money pours into battles for Minnesota House An MPR News analysis finds the GOP, DFL and their allies spending a lot more money on House races than on the high-profile governor's race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/28/minnesota-house-race-spending?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:56:01 -0500 Q&A: Wealth, elitism dominate Minnesota campaign ad themes Here's a look at some of the political ads flooding the airwaves this campaign season, and whether there's any truth behind them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/27/wealth-elitism-dominate-minn-campaign-ad-themes?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:00:00 -0500 Anti-Mills ads backfiring in 8th District, some Democrats say Independents and other swing voters may decide who wins the district. But many are turned off by attacks from groups backing incumbent DFL Rep. Rick Nolan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/22/anti-mills-ads-backfire?refid=0 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:14:09 -0500 In fight for Minn. House, GOP goes all-in on Willmar Neighboring districts in west-central Minnesota may help decide control of the House. With a few weeks to go before the election, the money's pouring in. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/15/willmar-races?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:13:53 -0500 Franken, McFadden complain about big money but still rake it in The two candidates are benefiting from a sophisticated network of donors and committees that have flourished in the wake of recent legal decisions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/30/mcfadden-franken-fundraising?refid=0 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:40:00 -0500 DFL has fundraising advantage, for now DFLers hope to keep control of the Minnesota House, and both parties are pouring a lot of money into the races. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/24/campaign-finance?refid=0 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:41:18 -0500 Democrats and their allies redouble efforts in changing 8th District Democrats say they can no longer take the northeastern part of the state for granted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/21/democrats-8th-district?refid=0 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0500 PoliGraph: DCCC Mills claim half wrong, half right The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is criticizing 8th Congressional District Republican candidate Stewart Mills for saying he would scrap the Affordable Care Act, including parts that both sides support. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/08/poligraph-dccc-mills-claim-half-wrong-half-right/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:00:36 -0500 PoliGraph: Klobuchar right on student debt, jobs Sen. Amy Klobuchar stopped by the MPR News State Fair booth this week to talk about beer, guns and the economy. But her answer to a question about student loan debt stood out to PoliGraph. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/08/poligraph-klobuchar-right-student-debt-jobs-stats/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:45:38 -0500 Inspired by Colbert, Minn. student creates superPAC Billy Czerwinski isn't old enough to vote, but the seventeen-year-old Minnetonka High School student created Americans for a Better Yesterday, Tomorrow for a school project on campaign finance laws. He wanted to show just how easy it is to establish a super PAC -- and just how unregulated the fundraising entities are. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/08/inspired-by-colbert-mn-student-creates-super-pac/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:31:22 -0500 Primary 2014: Johnson wins GOP race for governor Three influential Republicans are trying to push aside the GOP pick for the right to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/12/governor-primary-2014?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:15:00 -0500 PoliGraph: '1 percent' ad against GOP's Mills misleads As it was in 2012, the race for Minnesota's 8th Congressional District is expected to be one of the most hotly contested in the country this year. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/08/poligraph-1-percent-ad-against-gops-mills-misleads/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:30:20 -0500 To serve diverse students, school districts try to help minorities earn teaching licenses As Minnesota becomes more diverse, schools across the state are facing a shortage of teachers of color. Some school districts want to change that, mindful that the success of their students depends on it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/31/minnesota-school-diverse-staff?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:13:13 -0500 Schools scramble to meet health law regs, pay for coverage Most teachers get benefits now through their union contracts. But figuring out which newly eligible employees meet that 30-hour-per-week threshold is difficult because so many work part-time nine months out of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/17/schools-scramble-to-meet-health-law-regs-pay-for-coverage?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0500 St. Paul teachers union boss gets national post Mary Cathryn Ricker will leave her current post as president of the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers, to become the vice president of the America Federation of Teachers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/14/st-paul-teachers-union-boss-gets-national-post?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:16:03 -0500 Union votes at two charter schools could open door to others In a state that pioneered the charter school movement, the two Twin Cities unionized charter schools stand out. Whether those votes mark a new era for the state's teacher's union is up for debate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/30/minnesota-charter-schools-union-vote?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:15:08 -0500 PoliGraph: Parsing school funding claims The legislative session is over, and DFLers are back in their districts talking up their accomplishments, including efforts to reduce the funding gap between urban and rural school districts. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/06/poligraph-parsing-school-funding-claims/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:39:27 -0500 New poll shows Dayton, Franken with wide leads According to the survey, Franken leads all of his potential Republican opponents by double digits, including his most likely challenger Mike McFadden. In that match-up, Franken has an 11 percentage point advantage with 49 percent to McFadden's 38 percent. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/06/new-poll-shows-dayton-franken-with-wide-leads/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:48:12 -0500 With endorsement, Minn. Senate race may now attract national attention, money Now that the well-funded businessman Mike McFadden has won the GOP endorsement to challenge Sen. Al Franken, a broader coalition of national donors and political groups may throw their weight behind the former investment banker. But this influx of cash could give Franken a compelling reason for Democrats to give to him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/05/franken-mcfadden-fundraising?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Profiles: Sen. Al Franken and the candidates who want to replace him In preparation for this weekend's state political conventions, bone up on the candidates vying for party backing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/30/al-franken-challengers?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Profiles: Gov. Mark Dayton and the candidates who want to replace him Democrats and Republicans hold their state conventions this weekend, but most of the drama will come from the Republicans in Rochester as GOP contenders line up to try to take on Democratic Sen. Al Franken and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/30/mark-dayton-challengers?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Franken calls for VA chief Shinseki to resign Sen. Al Franken has joined the chorus of lawmakers calling for Veterans Affairs chief Eric Shinseki to resign. Franken is among a small but growing number of Senate Democrats calling for Shinseki's ouster. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/05/franken-calls-for-shinseki-to-resign/?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2014 20:07:43 -0500 Judge suspends campaign cash limits The Minnesota branch of the Institute for Justice and four plaintiffs, including two current and former Minnesota lawmakers, used the Supreme Court's ruling in the McCutcheon case to argue that the state's limits on "special source" donations prevent free speech. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/05/judge-suspends-campaign-cash-limits/?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2014 15:44:43 -0500 Second IP candidate emerges to challenge Franken for Senate Minneapolis consultant Kevin Terrell announced he's seeking the Independence Party's nomination to run against DFL Sen. Al Franken. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/16/ip-terrell-franken-senate-challenger?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2014 16:24:09 -0500 Conservative doubts trail Ortman in Senate run Ortman is among a handful of candidates seeking the Republican Party's endorsement to run against Franken, a Democrat, in November's general election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/14/conservative-doubts-trail-ortman-in-senate-run?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2014 20:00:00 -0500 PoliGraph: The story behind the legislator pay commission Who knew eight words could be so controversial? House Republicans and DFLers are sparring over a proposed constitutional amendment that will be listed on the 2016 ballot as "Remove lawmakers' power to set their own pay." http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2014 15:16:15 -0500 PoliGraph: Ellison unemployment claim accurate Late last year, emergency unemployment insurance expired and U.S. House Democrats have been on a crusade to renew it even though their Republican colleagues aren't interested. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/05/poligraph-ellison-unemployment-claim-accurate/?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2014 17:59:00 -0500 Former US Rep. Jim Oberstar dies at 79 Jim Oberstar served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 to 2011. The DFLer represented northeastern Minnesota's 8th District. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/03/oberstar-dies?refid=0 Sat, 03 May 2014 10:01:28 -0500 PoliGraph: Dayton claims about economy, education accurate Gov. Mark Dayton gave a late-season State of the State address this week. In it, he highlighted some of the bright spots in Minnesota's economic, education and health outlook as evidence that changes made during his tenure are making the state better. PoliGraph looked at three of those statements this week. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/05/poligraph-dayton-claims-about-economy-education-accurate/?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2014 15:23:45 -0500 PoliGraph: ACA may cost schools $200M - or it may not Because there is no state-level data on health insurance costs or projected costs for school districts, MMB had to survey schools, and 22 responded. Of them, nine said the health care law's new mandates wouldn't cost them anything. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/04/poligraph-aca-may-cost-schools-200m-or-it-may-not/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:41:31 -0500 Legal group asks federal judge to suspend state campaign finance law The Minnesota branch of the Institute for Justice says that "special source" limits on how much a candidate can take from lobbyists, wealthy donors and political funds have a chilling effect on free speech. Right now, state law limits the total amount Minnesota candidates can take from certain types of contributors. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/04/legal-group-asks-federal-judge-to-suspend-state-campaign-finance-law/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:19:56 -0500 PoliGraph: Pappas stats about women workers correct According to a joint research effort between the University of Minnesota Humphrey School's Center on Women & Public Policy and the Women's Foundation of Minnesota, roughly 51 percent of working mothers were the primary breadwinner in their families in 2012. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/04/poligraph-pappas-stats-about-women-workers-correct/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:39:28 -0500 Anti-bullying law fires up both GOP, DFL party faithful Democrats say they're focusing on the issue to underscore their party's priorities, while Republicans are focusing on the law to fire-up the party faithful and to highlight their conservative credentials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/22/anti-bullying-bill-rallying-voters?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:31:28 -0500 PoliGraph: Dayton's tax cut claims leave out context It's true that Dayton signed a bill that lowered taxes by about $508 million, but he also raised taxes by $2.1 Billion in the previous session. And to say these cuts are all "new" is a stretch. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/04/poligraph-daytons-tax-cut-claims-leave-out-context/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:00:10 -0500 Peterson raises $218K in first quarter Seventh Congressional District Rep. Collin Peterson has raised nearly $218,000 since the start of the year. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/04/peterson-raises-218k-in-first-quarter/?refid=0 Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:20:50 -0500 Who's peeking over your digital shoulder? Democrats and Republicans Ask any political professional about how to win an election, and they will tell you voter turnout is key. With the 2014 mid-term election approaching, Democrats and Republicans are using a new set of digital tools to try to identify people who will vote for their candidates and ensure that those people cast ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/09/whos-peeking-over-your-digital-shoulder-democrats-and-republicans?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:08:39 -0500 PoliGraph: DFL claims about Ortman's record mostly true With the Republican endorsing convention more than a month away, the state's DFL party still has a wide field of GOP candidates to target. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/04/poligraph-dfl-claims-about-ortmans-record-mostly-true/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:00:13 -0500 PoliGraph: Bakk office building claim correct The proposed new Senate Office Building is getting a lot of attention at the Capitol right now, and will be getting a lot of attention this coming election season, too. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/03/poligraph-bakk-office-building-claim-correct/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:00:31 -0500 Eying Minnesota House, national GOP group targets candidates with corporate cash It's not unusual for national political groups to spend money on behalf of Minnesota candidates, but the RSLC's strategy is different. It's working closely with an independent in-state group, Minnesota's Future, to target money to candidates offering the best chance to restore a GOP majority to the state House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/27/republican-state-leadership-committee?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:10:43 -0500 PoliGraph: Thissen's minimum wage claims mostly true In a speech to union workers this week, House Speaker Paul Thissen said the Legislature is focusing on putting more money in the pockets of Minnesotans. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/03/poligraph-thissens-minimum-wage-claims-mostly-true/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:28:30 -0500 Insurers, doctors warn lawmakers: Don't tinker with insurance rules to aid SE Minn. A big reason rates are so much higher in southeast Minnesota is because of the Rochester-based Mayo Clinic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/18/health/southeast-minnesota-insurance-aid?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:27:16 -0500 Minn. Rep. Peterson to run for Congress again Peterson was first elected to Congress in 1990 but had been on the fence about running again in a district where the GOP sees opportunity this fall with a veteran state legislator likely to have that party's nomination. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/03/peterson-says-he-will-run-for-another-term/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:56:29 -0500 PoliGraph: AAN Nolan ad mostly accurate If a recent special election in Florida tells us anything, the health care policy will be front and center in the 2014 elections. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/03/poligraph-aan-nolan-ad-mostly-accurate/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 14:00:00 -0500 Interest groups ready to fight tougher donor disclosure rules Non-profits can skirt disclosure rules by avoiding using certain words in their ads, or by advocating for an issue rather than a candidate. Two legislative committees plan to debate a bill this week that would require some groups that conduct political activities to say more about their donors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/11/interest-groups-ready-to-fight-tougher-donor-disclosure-rules?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:05:24 -0500 PoliGraph: Who's right on property taxes? Republicans say property taxes have gone up this year. Democrats say they've gone down. Confused? So was PoliGraph. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/03/poligraph-dems-gop-both-right-and-wrong-about-property-taxes/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:59:02 -0600 Activist aims to update Minnesota GOP campaign efforts When Republican operative Ben Golnik looks at a map of Minnesota, he sees opportunity. He thinks his party has a shot at taking over the state House and possibly the governor's mansion, and he formed a group called the Minnesota Jobs Coalition to do just that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/04/activist-aims-to-update-minnesota-gop-campaign-efforts?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2014 14:05:16 -0600 Nationwide donors help Minnesota legislators who voted for same-sex marriage Gill Action is part of a highly coordinated effort to help Minnesota lawmakers who took tough votes in favor of same-sex marriage as they face re-election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/19/gill-action-minnesota-legislators?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:02:43 -0600 Management, technology failures, miscommunication plagued MNsure Internal documents and interviews with insurance company officials, county workers and other stakeholders reveal a more complicated story of MNsure's problems than the explanations offered by management. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/12/health/mnsure-tech-failures-management-issues?refid=0 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Seifert, Ortman top GOP straw polls The results of the non-binding poll came after a long night of caucusing around the state among Republican voters. The DFL Party held their own caucuses, but with Mark Dayton and Al Franken seeking re-election Democrats did not conduct a straw poll for the governor or Senate race. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/02/seifert-ortman-top-gop-straw-polls/?refid=0 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 23:45:27 -0600 FAQ: Everything you need to know to participate in Minn. caucuses Around the state, voters of all political stripes take part in community meetings which are the first step toward choosing who will be on the 2014 ballot this November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/04/politics/caucus-faq?refid=0 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 14:20:10 -0600 Independent report slams MNsure leaders, says state should consider scrapping system Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth, performed a week-long analysis that found the project suffers from a lack of good management. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/22/health/mnsure-report?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:24:17 -0600 MNsure chief: Feds' deadline pressure led to contract changes, problems In an interview with MPR News, interim MNsure CEO Scott Leitz said the federal government issued two new deadlines in early 2013, forcing MNsure officials to put the project on an even faster track to be ready to launch Oct. 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/10/new-mnsure-chief-sheds-light-on-state-management-of-website?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jan 2014 16:31:49 -0600 Legislative auditor: MNsure oversight, accountability 'top priority' In testimony to the MNsure Legislative Oversight Committee on Thursday, Jim Nobles said he plans at least two investigations into MNsure, and a third if the Legislature will let him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/09/legislative-auditor-mnsure-oversight-accountability-top-priority?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:41:02 -0600 MNsure interim CEO: More work needs to be done The review's preliminary findings may be available as early as next week, interim executive director Scott Leitz said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/08/daily-circuit-mnsure-review?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jan 2014 09:00:00 -0600 Minn. legislative auditor investigating MNsure contracts Minnesota's legislative auditor is launching a wide-ranging inquiry into how the state handled contracts with several vendors that helped build MNsure, the state's new online health insurance marketplace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/06/health/mnsure-contracts-investigation?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jan 2014 13:10:25 -0600 MNsure enrollment picked up at year's end Enrollment in health care policies sold on Minnesota 's online health insurance marketplace surged in the final days of 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/03/health/mnsure-enrollment-picks-up?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 12:55:41 -0600 7 things to know about MNsure and the Affordable Care Act in 2014 Jan. 1 marks the start of the New Year, but it's also an important date for the Affordable Care Act. Here are some of the law's biggest changes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/31/health/mnsure-affordable-care-act-things-to-know?refid=0 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:55:24 -0600 Faulty MNsure software never tested due to federal delays MNsure officials said the site's technical problems can be traced back to software sold to the state by a single vendor, IBM Curam, which was never tested by the state before officials bought it for millions of dollars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/20/faulty-mnsure-software-never-tested?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:55:33 -0600 MNsure extends enrollment deadline to Dec. 31 Anyone who signs up by Dec. 31 will have coverage starting on Jan. 1, 2014, says interim MNsure Executive Director Scott Leitz. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/20/daily-circuit-mnsure-leader?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 09:00:00 -0600 MNsure officials, insurance companies consider deadline extension Under current rules, consumers who use the MNsure site must pick a plan by Dec. 23 to be covered on Jan. 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/19/possible-deadline-extension?refid=0 Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:23:26 -0600 Dayton calls on contractor to make MNsure fixes Technological problems with the state's new online health insurance marketplace continue a few days before a critical deadline, prompting Gov. Mark Dayton to contact the Ireland-based contractor that has been the source of some of MNsure's most persistent problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/18/politics/dayton-mnsure-fixes?refid=0 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:16:20 -0600 MNsure chief resigns under fire; temporary replacement named April Todd-Malmlov, the head of Minnesota's health insurance marketplace resigned Tuesday after facing criticism over the troubled rollout and a questionably timed vacation in Costa Rica. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/17/mnsure-director-resigns?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 18:52:03 -0600 MNsure director, state Medicaid director vacationed in Costa Rica together The trip came during a time when the insurance marketplace was continuing to struggle with technical problems. The two are involved in the implementation of the insurance marketplace website. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/16/politics/mnsure-director-state-medicaid-director-vacationed-in-costa-rica-together-?refid=0 Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:21:12 -0600 US Men's Curling team qualifies for Winter Olympics The U.S. Men's Curling team -- made up entirely of Minnesotans -- has qualified to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/15/news/mens-curling-olympics?refid=0 Sun, 15 Dec 2013 13:29:34 -0600 Already covered, many still seek -- and find -- better options on MNsure Initial numbers from the state's new online marketplace suggest that the site is attracting an unexpected audience: Those who already carry insurance coverage, but are looking for a better deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/12/health/mnsure-customers-already-covered?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2013 13:49:28 -0600 Minn. insurers: Bad MNsure data could delay coverage Insurance carriers selling plans on the new insurance marketplace say enrollment information they're getting from MNsure is inaccurate and incomplete - and that time is running out to fix these problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/06/health/mnsure-problems?refid=0 Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:15:02 -0600 MNsure applicants in last stage double in November The number of people who are in the final stages of applying for health insurance through the state's new online insurance marketplace, has more than doubled since the beginning of November according to figures released today by MNsure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/04/health/mnsure-applicants-november?refid=0 Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:12:53 -0600 Some MNsure enrollees might not be covered as plans start up Insurance purchased through MNsure is set to take effect the first of the year for Minnesotans who sign up by Dec. 23. But some people who have signed up before the deadline could still find themselves without coverage, officials say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/03/health/mnsure-plans?refid=0 Tue, 03 Dec 2013 17:00:53 -0600 Translation key to helping immigrants understand MNsure Minnesota is home to at least 83,000 uninsured immigrants who may be eligible for health coverage through the state's new insurance marketplace. But convincing them to use the new exchange is proving to be a communications challenge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/26/health/immigrants-mnsure?refid=0 Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:38:29 -0600 Dayton: Minn. won't extend insurance plans made extinct by health law Gov. Mark Dayton has decided Minnesotans cannot keep health plans that are going away because of the Affordable Care Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/18/health/obama-extension-minnesota-health-insurance-companies?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:07:04 -0600 Change to health law has unclear Minn. impact The state Department of Commerce says it's not immediately clear how a revision to the federal health law will play out in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/14/health/health-care-law-change-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:02:54 -0600 MNsure addresses call center wait times by hiring more employees Higher-than-expected wait times at the MNsure call center have prompted the new insurance marketplace to hire extra employees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/13/health/mnsure-call-center?refid=0 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:57:15 -0600 Minnesota businesses with small group insurance plans renew early to avoid higher rates Numerous Minnesota businesses are joining the ranks of small group policy holders who are renewing insurance plans early to avoid higher insurance rates designed to make insurance more affordable for companies with unhealthy workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/11/health/minnesota-businesses-renew-small-group-insurance-plans-early-to-avoid-higher-rates?refid=0 Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:30:30 -0600 Republican starts bid for Minn. elections post Dennis Nguyen says if he's elected Secretary of State, he'll get the Legislature to approve online voter registration first. Nguyen also wants to expand voter participation through absentee voting and early voting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/10/politics/republican-starts-bid-for-minn-elections-post?refid=0 Sun, 10 Nov 2013 10:04:21 -0600 Probe: MNsure data breach was unintentional An investigation by the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor has found that a data breach at MNsure earlier this year was unintentional and that there was "no evidence of malicious intent." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/07/news/mnsure-data-breach-report?refid=0 Thu, 07 Nov 2013 13:59:46 -0600 If you buy a health plan on MNsure, will it cost you more? Opponents of MNsure say that a plan on the new health insurance exchange will cost you more than your old plan. But comparing 2013 plans to 2014 plans doesn't tell the whole story. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/11/if-you-buy-a-health-plan-on-mnsure-will-it-cost-you-more/?refid=0 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 11:20:59 -0600 Gov. Dayton defends MNsure from critics, potential challengers Dayton put MNsure on the fast-track when he took office in 2011, but was far from a public cheerleader at the outset. He's clearly gotten more comfortable with the plan, but his recent comments are also a response to a brewing political battle over the exchange in next year's gubernatorial race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/25/politics/gov-dayton-mounts-defense-of-mnsure-as-the-insurance-marketplace-become-a-politi?refid=0 Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:32:06 -0500 Credit report lock may hinder ability to sign up for MNsure People who have locked their credit reports may have trouble creating an account on the state's new insurance marketplace, MNsure officials said today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/24/health/credit-report-lock-may-hinder-ability-to-sign-up-for-mnsure?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 17:12:46 -0500 MNsure unaffected by federal exchange problems The problems that have plagued the federal insurance marketplace in the last two weeks have not affected the system in Minnesota, said the head of MNsure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/21/health/mnsure-unaffected-by-federal-exchange-problems?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:41:22 -0500 Five MNsure promises: Has the agency delivered? MPR News went back into the archives to find five of the biggest promises MNsure officials made about the future site before its launch -- and gauged whether they've delivered on them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/17/health/five-mnsure-promises?refid=0 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:52:44 -0500 MNsure releases enrollment numbers, still working on bugs Nearly 8,200 Minnesotans have completed the insurance application process after creating an account on MNsure. About one quarter of them had incomes low enough that they would qualify for federal subsidies to help pay for a commercial health plan. Nearly 3,800 people have enrolled in a plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/16/health/mnsure-enrollment-numbers?refid=0 Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:12:26 -0500 MNsure to be late delivering data to insurers That information is critical because someone hasn't officially enrolled in a plan until the insurance company processes the application. The system should be working at the end of this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/14/mnsure-data-to-insurers-delayed?refid=0 Mon, 14 Oct 2013 17:04:27 -0500 Brokers: Website delay stalling MNsure enrollment Insurance agents are key contacts for Minnesotans trying to navigate MNsure. They make up most of the 1,600 MNsure-certified helpers. Agents, however, say there's little they can do until MNsure gives them access to the broker site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/11/mnsure-broker-delay?refid=0 Fri, 11 Oct 2013 15:55:43 -0500 MNsure account verification problems to be fixed, officials say A technical problem that has prevented many Minnesotans from enrolling in the state's new health insurance marketplace should be resolved later Tuesday, MNsure officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/08/health/mnsure-account-verification?refid=0 Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:11:44 -0500 More problems with federal hub for MNsure For several hours this morning MNsure officials recommended that people hold off on trying to establish an account on the new health insurance marketplace. An alert on the MNsure website told people to come back in a few hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/04/mnsure-federal-hub-problems?refid=0 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 12:03:07 -0500 MNsure not releasing enrollment numbers yet MNsure isn't releasing enrollment numbers yet. The hold-up stems from unresolved questions about how to define enrollment. Some people have paid for plans, others have just selected a plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/03/mnsure-not-releasing-enrollment-numbers-yet?refid=0 Thu, 03 Oct 2013 17:06:25 -0500 Some MNsure glitches persist MNsure officials have said a server problem that prevented some people from creating accounts on the system was fixed Tuesday and that more than 1,600 people have been able to create accounts since the site opened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/02/some-mnsure-glitches-persist?refid=0 Wed, 02 Oct 2013 16:01:07 -0500 With a few glitches, MNsure goes live The massive, $100 million information technology project wasn't without glitches Tuesday afternoon. Most notably, the website wasn't always able to verify the identity of potential consumers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/01/mnsure-website-goes-live?refid=0 Wed, 02 Oct 2013 07:30:27 -0500 MNsure expected to launch Tuesday afternoon The MNsure website is slated to open sometime this afternoon, though officials haven't said exactly when. The delay has to do with MNsure's connection to the federal hub, a database filled with citizenship, tax and income information that will be used to determine whether someone is eligible for government programs or subsidies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/01/mnsure-expected-to-launch-this-afternoon?refid=0 Tue, 01 Oct 2013 12:06:59 -0500 MNsure to debut Tuesday afternoon Uninsured Minnesotans eager to check out health care coverage may have to wait just a little bit longer. The website for MNsure, the state's new online insurance marketplace, is scheduled to launch on Tuesday, but officials say it may not be available to the public until the afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/30/mnsure-afternoon-debut?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:24:32 -0500 Why MNsure rates are the lowest in the country When experts try to explain why rates are lower in the state they point to the fact that Minnesotans are healthier, the state's health care system is better and more people are insured. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/27/minnesota-has-lowest-rates-in-the-country?refid=0 Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:51:10 -0500 MNsure data security breach prompts new bill A data security breach at the state's new online insurance marketplace has prompted two members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation to write a bill designed to prevent confidential information from being leaked again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/19/health/mnsure-data-security-breach-bill?refid=0 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:09:36 -0500 MNsure client aid organizations feeling squeezed Groups chosen for federal grants to to help enroll people in MNsure are feeling pressure due to delays in accessing the funds. The compressed timeline, one group president says, is "disrespectful" to the organizations that will do much of the work helping more than 1 million Minnesotans get health insurance through the exchange. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/19/health/mnsure-aid-organizations?refid=0 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 04:00:00 -0500 MNsure to look for African American outreach funds The announcement Tuesday follows complaints from community leaders that no organizations primarily serving African Americans received state funding to provide assistance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/10/mnsure_africanamericans?refid=0 Tue, 10 Sep 2013 20:34:05 -0500 Top 5 myths about 'Obamacare' that refuse to die Reporter Catharine Richert, who writes MPR News' fact checking Poligraph series, breaks down the most persistent myths concerning the Affordable Care Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/09/top-5-affordable-care-act-myths?refid=0 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 14:29:45 -0500 Organizers trying to drum up support for Affordable Care Act Over the course of the next few months, as most of the final pieces of the Affordable Care Act are implemented, supporters of Obama's single largest domestic achievement will be making an aggressive push to drum up support for the law and educate the public about what they see as its benefits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/09/affordable-care-act-campaign?refid=0 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 14:05:53 -0500 MNsure unveils costs of health plans Minnesota consumers will be able to buy a health plan for as little as $90.59 per month on MNsure, the new state health insurance marketplace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/06/health/online-health-insurance-marketplace-mnsure?refid=0 Fri, 06 Sep 2013 07:50:57 -0500 New tax bites on the way for certain Minnesotans This year, the State of Minnesota will tax certain employer benefits such as tuition assistance and adoption subsidies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/05/new-taxes-on-the-way-for-certain-minnesotans?refid=0 Thu, 05 Sep 2013 16:07:56 -0500 State to end health care insurance safety net program The State of Minnesota is moving ahead with a plan to wind down the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association, a program that helped people with pre-existing conditions get insurance. Participants will be encouraged to find coverage either through MNsure, the state's online insurance market, or on the individual market through a broker. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/03/state-to-end-health-care-safety-net-program?refid=0 Tue, 03 Sep 2013 16:39:30 -0500 Worker health coverage to continue at Minnesota's top employers Despite looming changes to the nation's health care system, many of the state's top employers say they will continue offering coverage to their workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/31/health/employers-worker-health-coverage?refid=0 Sat, 31 Aug 2013 10:00:00 -0500 PoliGraph: MNsure won't block you from choosing your doctor A State Fair billboard paid for by the Citizens' Council for Health Freedom, a group that opposes the federal health care law, asks "Why can't I choose my own doctor?" But buying a plan through MNsure will not prevent you from choosing your own doctor. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/08/poligraph-mnsure-wont-block-you-from-choosing-your-doctor/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Aug 2013 07:50:55 -0500 Insurance companies in major effort to avert problems with MNsure MNsure, a huge Internet technology undertaking that is being built in a very short timeframe, is bound to experience bumps in the road, insurance company officials say. With that in mind, the companies are trying to anticipate potential problems with the online marketplace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/22/politics/effort-to-prevent-problems-with-mnsure?refid=0 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 16:57:10 -0500 Medica wants to educate public on Affordable Care Act One of Minnesota's leading health insurers has launched a campaign to educate the public about the Affordable Care Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/21/medica-aca-education?refid=0 Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:51:06 -0500 Minn. businesses struggle with ACA employer mandate The mandate that businesses offer health insurance is a particular problem for retail, hospitality and restaurant firms because they traditionally haven't extended benefits to all their hourly workers; doing so will cost them a lot of money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/16/business/health-care-insurance-mandate?refid=0 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:02:58 -0500 Switch to MNsure worries high-risk patients in state program Aimed at helping people who have been turned away by insurers for pre-existing conditions, the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association, a program has been a lifeline for some. But all that will change starting next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/07/health/mcha?refid=0 Wed, 07 Aug 2013 14:14:09 -0500 Dental insurers seek to sell coverage on MNsure People buying health insurance through MNsure, the state's new exchange, will also be able to purchase dental coverage. Of the nine insurers which have sought approval to sell health plans on MNsure, three have submitted dental-only insurance policies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/06/health/dental-insurers-mnsure?refid=0 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 17:28:43 -0500 Health care overhaul has Minnesota counties scrambling The expansion of Medicaid to more than 151,000 newly eligible residents is happening at the same time that the state is overhauling its computer systems. To better manage it all, most counties are also in the midst of a hiring frenzy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/24/health-care-overhaul-has-minnesota-counties-scrambling?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 16:06:30 -0500 U of M wants to scale back employee health care coverage One of the state's largest employers is proposing to scale back its employee health care coverage to avoid a massive tax penalty under the new health care law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/18/health/university-of-minnesota-employee-health-care-scale-back-coverage?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:33:25 -0500 MNsure buyers could get early look at rates People interested in buying health insurance through the state's new online marketplace, MNsure, may get an early look at premium rates, according to a Minnesota Department of Commerce official. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/17/health/buyers-could-get-early-look-at-mnsure-rates?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jul 2013 19:55:55 -0500 Affordable Care Act has unique proving ground in Minnesota No state is set to embrace the Affordable Care Act as thoroughly as Minnesota, the only one that will implement the "big three" components of health insurance expansion. Minnesota will expand Medicaid, develop an online insurance marketplace, and offer a Basic Health Program. It's the third component that really sets Minnesota apart. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/09/health/affordable-care-act-minnesota-proving-ground?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jul 2013 17:19:42 -0500 MNsure health plan rates may be secret until October If you're wondering how much you might have to pay for a health plan sold on MNsure, Minnesota's health insurance exchange, you're going to have to wait. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/11/health/health-exchange-premium?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jun 2013 06:43:00 -0500 Obama's Minn. campaign pivots to leverage volunteers Using volunteers nationwide who worked to elect Obama in 2008 and 2012, Organizing for Action is aimed at advancing the president's agenda in Washington. Minnesota is one of 19 states where a paid coordinator is working with volunteers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/03/politics/organizing-for-action-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jun 2013 12:30:56 -0500 Bachmann's political career: from school issues to presidential run From her involvement with the Stillwater school board to her failed run for president, Michele Bachmann has earned a reputation as a strong spokeswoman for conservative causes but also leaves behind a with a weak legislative record. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/29/politics/bachmann-profile?refid=0 Wed, 29 May 2013 11:47:18 -0500 PoliGraph: Tax bill raises taxes on some, not all This year's legislative session may be over, but that doesn't mean you'll be hearing less from state lawmakers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/05/poligraph_tax_b.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 24 May 2013 15:11:11 -0500 Tougher disclosure rules dropped from campaign finance bill Three provisions have been dropped from a campaign finance bill that would have required some political groups to say more about where their money is coming from and how it is being spent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/20/politics/tougher-disclosure-rules-dropped-from-campaign-finance-bill?refid=0 Mon, 20 May 2013 14:11:54 -0500 PoliGraph: Bachmann health premium claim leaves out key details On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted for the 37th time to undo the new healthcare law - a bill sponsored by Sixth Congressional District Rep. Michele Bachmann. But the vote was largely symbolic; the Senate has no plans to pass the bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/05/poligraph_bachm_14.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 17 May 2013 20:01:35 -0500 Same-sex marriage: Lobbying, polling, timing, key lawmakers led to victory Despite the DFL's new majorities in the Minnesota House and Senate, and the defeat of the marriage amendment in 2012, few people thought the Legislature would move this quickly to turn around and make same-sex marriage legal. Looking behind the scenes at the process, the effort hinged on careful lobbying, polling, timing, and the votes of a few key lawmakers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/14/politics/samesex-marriage-lobbying-polling-timing-key-lawmakers-led-to-victory?refid=0 Tue, 14 May 2013 09:34:17 -0500 Franken: E-Verify ID check 'isn't ready for prime time' Sen. Al Franken is raising concerns about a provision in the Senate immigration bill that would make E-Verify mandatory for all businesses. He said the requirement could be burdensome for small businesses. Although E-Verify is good at detecting the use of fake identification, research says it's not very good at detecting unauthorized workers who are using stolen or fraudulent documents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/25/politics/franken-e-verify-not-ready-for-prime-time?refid=0 Thu, 25 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 'Medi-scare:' Behind the sinister fundraising mailers sent to Minn. seniors Many senior citizens in Minnesota and around the nation are the target of fundraising mail. Tax-exempt political groups pledging to protect Medicare and Social Security send out sinister, sometimes false, missives asking for money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/03/news/mediscare-fundraising-mailers?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jan 2013 14:25:10 -0600 PoliGraph: Ellison Social Security claim inconclusive Rep. Keith Ellison says a fiscal cliff proposal that would slow the growth of spending on Social Security would mean big cuts to benefits. If approved, it's difficult to say exactly how much of a cut would happen per beneficiary. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/12/poligraph_ellis_5.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 14:18:57 -0600 PoliGraph: Little evidence to support Cornish's gun claims Rep. Tony Cornish says a law allowing teachers to carry guns would put Minnesota in line with other countries and states. There's little evidence to support those claims. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/12/poligraph_littl.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 14:12:55 -0600 Minn. campaign board may ask for more power over political ads The state's Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board says it is considering asking for more power to crack down on campaign spending by outside political organizations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/11/politics/campaign-finance-board-more-power?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2012 11:40:05 -0600 PoliGraph: DFLers won, but Bakk's claim goes too far Incoming Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said in a recent interview on TPT's Almanac that a close look at the votes shows what a huge responsibility this win is for his party. It's entirely true that Democrats got more votes than Republicans this election, but Bakk's statement goes a bit too far. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/11/poligraph_dfler.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 14:51:18 -0600 Poligraph: Daudt's numbers correct, but there's more to the story Incoming House Minority Leader Rep. Kurt Daudt says he's surprised there's even talk of a tax increase given the Legislature will have more money to spend next year. But Daudt doesn't factor the state's spending obligations into his claim. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/11/poligraph_daudt.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 14:46:17 -0600 How the DFL and its allies engineered a takeover of the Legislature ABM spent at least $1.1 million targeting 32 races this year, many that the DFL narrowly lost in 2010. It lost only 6, and the DFL re-took control of both the Minnesota House and Senate, further cementing ABM's reputation as a juggernaut in Minnesota politics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/20/politics/alliance-for-a-better-minnesota-dfl-legislature-takeover?refid=0 Tue, 20 Nov 2012 12:48:47 -0600 DFL takeover of State Capitol raises new questions about Brodkorb suit Behind headlines about the impending change in leadership at the State Capitol is the looming question of what newly empowered Democrats will do about a lawsuit filed against the Senate by former Republican staffer Michael Brodkorb. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/14/politics/brodkorb-capitol-dfl-takeover?refid=0 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 13:58:07 -0600 How voter ID opponents defeated the amendment For months, it appeared certain that the proposed voter ID amendment on Tuesday's ballot would be approved by Minnesota voters. Just two weeks ago, two polls found the proposal had a healthy lead among voters. But as Election Day came closer, that support quickly eroded -- and the amendment that appeared poised for success, failed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/07/politics-voterid-amendment-how-was-it-defeated?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 15:51:05 -0600 Minnesota DFL, now controlling Legislature, looks ahead Over the din of victory bellows and a band playing Michael Jackson covers at their victory parties, DFL lawmakers and leaders said that progress may mean tax increases, property tax changes, increased school spending and even legislation to legalize same-sex marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/07/politics/dfl-legislature?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 11:36:22 -0600 Bachmann holds off Graves; six incumbents win Rep. Michele Bachmann eked out a victory over DFL challenger Jim Graves. Meanwhile, six other incumbents won easily. Reps. Keith Ellison, Erik Paulsen, Betty McCollum, Tim Walz, Collin Peterson and John Kline all won re-election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/politics/sixth-district-bachmann-graves?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 02:35:31 -0600 Money pours into Minn. legislative campaigns An MPR News analysis of campaign finance reports shows that at least $10.4 million has been invested by candidates, parties, unions and political groups on both sides of the aisle to defend or challenge the Republican majorities at the state Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/05/politics/legislative-races-money?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 12:12:39 -0600 In campaign's closing days, Minn. DFL has more cash than GOP As legislative candidates vie for votes in the final days of the campaign, there's a separate, less obvious battle going on between the parties: In the money war between the state's Democrats and Republicans, the Democrats have the clear upper hand a week from Election Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/30/politics/democrats-vs-republicans-fundraising-advantage?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2012 17:14:17 -0500 Presidential candidates raise millions in Minnesota, but spend their time elsewhere The final campaign finance reports of the election are in, and they show that President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have raised millions but have spent relatively little in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/26/politics/presidential-fundraising-in-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 16:02:59 -0500 PoliGraph: Kline debt ad scores In his latest television ad, 2nd Congressional District Republican Rep. John Kline uses a familiar Minnesota landmark to emphasize how dire the nation's debt problems are. Kline's numbers are right, but his ad deserves some context. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/10/poligraph_kline_1.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 15:27:14 -0500 Candidate Stacey Stout:Mailers from both sides lead voters astray "She helped turn a $6 BILLION deficit into a $1 BILLION surplus" one campaign flier says, alluding to Minnesota's budget battle last session. But she's never served in the Legislature. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/10/in_stout-fische.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 10:15:00 -0500 State budget trouble surfaces as issue in Minn. legislative campaigns Here's something property taxes, school funding and the state's budget have in common: Each is center stage in some of the most contested legislative races in the state, from the suburbs of the Twin Cities to the north woods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/24/politics/legislative-races-and-state-spending?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 09:00:00 -0500 Dem. PR consultant created alternate identity to promote clients Meet Joe Forkeybolo, a popular "friend" to Minnesota Republicans on Facebook. Forkeybolo isn't a real person, though. He's the conservative alter-ego of Democratic operative Nate Dybvig. Dybvig has used the Forkeybolo persona to promote his clients from a Republican perspective, at times to a largely Republican audience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/19/politics/consultant-creates-alternate-identity?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:18:41 -0500 Ellison, Fields trade verbal blows in KFAI debate DFL Rep. Keith Ellison and his Republican opponent Chris Fields traded some heated verbal blows during a debate on radio station KFAI today, resulting in Ellison calling Fields a "low-life scumbag." /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/10/ellison_fields.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:55:56 -0500 Lack of a third party candidate clouds 6th District race For the first time since Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann ran for Congress in 2006, there's no third-party candidate on the ballot. And that means a swath of voters is up for grabs, a development that could shift the race in favor of her DFL opponent, hotel magnate Jim Graves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/politics/bachmann-graves-no-third-party-candidate?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 14:17:29 -0500 The campaign on your TV is expensive, but cheaper than '08 Millions of dollars are being poured into the Twin Cities television market on ads targeting the top of the ticket down to the legislative races. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/11/politics/campaign-television-advertisements?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:54:31 -0500 Voter ID, marriage amendment opponents outraising supporters If dollars equaled votes, it would seem that separate campaigns to defeat two proposed constitutional amendments on this fall's ballot would be winning by a landslide. But polls show both amendments are on track to pass. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/26/politics/voter-id-marriage-amendment-opponents-outraising-supporters?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:06:06 -0500 Wealthy outside political groups find a home in Minnesota Next weekend, residents of southern Minnesota may notice a black bus painted with the words "Obama's Failing Agenda Tour" out on the road. The bus is owned by Americans for Prosperity, a political pressure group founded by wealthy conservative donors Charles and David Koch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/politics/wealthy-outside-political-groups-target-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Poll: Voters split on marriage amendment Minnesota voters are split on the marriage amendment, according to a new poll from the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling (PPP). /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/09/poll_voters_spl.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:06:58 -0500 Senate candidates Klobuchar, Bills tangle in State Fair debate The pair, both vying to represent Minnesota in the Senate, traded barbs on nearly every major issue facing Minnesota and the nation, from taxes and the economy to the Obama administration's timeline for pulling troops out of Afghanistan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/30/mpr_news_presents?refid=0 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 14:17:13 -0500 Tax, budget issues divide Ellison and challenger Fields When it comes to policy issues facing Minneapolis residents and the nation, Minnesota's 5th Congressional District Rep. Keith Ellison and his Republican opponent Chris Fields couldn't be further apart. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/29/mpr_news_presents?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:32:19 -0500 Some Democrats using Akin abortion remarks in Congressional races This election season, Democrats have tried to frame Republicans as hostile to women. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/28/politics/some-democrats-using-akin-abortion-remarks-in-congressional-races?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Fiscal concerns dominate 4th District State Fair debate The three candidates vying for Minnesota's 4th Congressional District seat say job creation would be their top priority in Congress - but they have dramatically different views on how to grow employment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/28/mpr_news_presents?refid=0 Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:04:55 -0500 Franken creates potent fundraising machine in advance of re-election bid Even though Sen. Al Franken is facing what's expected to be a tough re-election race in 2014, he's spending a lot of time helping other Democrats this election year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/15/politics/al-franken-fundraising?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2012 11:45:23 -0500 Dayton endorses Nolan in congressional race Gov. Mark Dayton has endorsed Rick Nolan, a former DFL congressman who wants to challenge 8th Congressional District Rep. Chip Cravaack this fall. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/07/dayton_endorses.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 08:40:43 -0500 Minnesota candidates collect money from outside the state Just because you live in California, doesn't mean you can't help out one of Minnesota's candidates for Congress. According to recent campaign finance reports, contributors living as far away as Alaska are pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into Minnesota's congressional races. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/16/politics/out-of-state-campaign-donors?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jul 2012 15:05:34 -0500 Union policy presents a tough campaign issue for Bills As it did in Wisconsin, union policy presents a tough situation for Kurt Bills: he's been a union member much of his professional life, but he's also an outspoken critic of the organizations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/05/politics/kurt-bills?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jul 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Pro-marriage amendment group raises $588K since Jan. 1 Minnesota for Marriage, the primary group backing a state constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and a woman, has raised roughly $588,000 so far this year, according to a new finance report. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/06/pro-marriage_am.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jun 2012 16:36:32 -0500 Challenger to Rep. Kline gets a boost from Washington It looks like Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District just got a more competitive. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/06/obermueller_get_1.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 11:23:19 -0500 Poll: Klobuchar opens up big lead Public Policy Polling released another look at its poll from this week, this one showing DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar with a lead over her Republican opponent, Rep. Kurt Bills, of 26 percentage points. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/06/poll_klobuchar_1.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2012 16:44:54 -0500 Poll: Obama up big on Romney in Minnesota A new poll shows President Barack Obama leading Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney by 15 percentage points in Minnesota. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/06/poll_obama_up_i.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2012 14:19:54 -0500 Marriage amendment motivates voters on both sides Many people told MPR News the constitutional amendment on the ballot this fall that would define marriage is a bigger factor motivating them to vote than the presidential election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/05/politics/marriage-amendment-motivates-voters-on-both-sides?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 14:14:51 -0500 Poll: More Minnesotans oppose marriage amendment Roughly 49 percent of registered Minnesota voters oppose the effort compared to the 43 percent that support it, according to Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/06/poll_more_minne.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 12:50:51 -0500 Helen Meyer to leave Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Helen M. Meyer will leave her post, effective Aug. 10. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/05/meyer_to_leave.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2012 11:38:25 -0500 Minnesota Vikings stadium bill wins House approval By a 73-58 margin Monday night, the Minnesota House of Representatives approved funding for a $975 million Vikings stadium at the site of the Metrodome in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/07/politics/vikings-stadium-house-vote?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2012 05:00:00 -0500 Internal Minnesota GOP finance probe finds lack of controls but no crime An internal investigation by the Minnesota Republican Party into its finances found an ongoing deficit of more than $26,000 left from a conference last fall, questionable payments to contractors, and heavy credit card spending by the former party chairman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/07/gop-finance-probe?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2012 16:33:50 -0500 Obama to visit Minnesota President Barack Obama will pay a visit to Minnesota on June 1, according to a person close to the president's Minnesota campaign. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/05/obama_to_visit_3.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2012 12:57:59 -0500 Some shareholders call for companies to disclose political giving Shareholders of Minnesota's most well-known companies will vote this spring on board members and various proposals from shareholders — standard annual meeting fare. But for at least five local companies, the hot topic will be political spending and lobbying disclosure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/26/companies-disclose-political-giving?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Axelrod: Obama not taking MN for granted President Barack Obama's senior campaign adviser David Axelrod says he doesn't expect Minnesota to be a battleground state in 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/24/axelrod-obama-not-taking-minnesota-for-granted?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2012 15:21:36 -0500 On Meet the Press, Bachmann praises Romney Rep. Michele Bachmann and former candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, says she is "very seriously looking at an endorsement for Mitt Romney." /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/04/on_meet_the_pre.shtml?refid=0 Sun, 15 Apr 2012 11:37:39 -0500 Brodkorb to add privacy invasion claim to lawsuit After news that he was denied unemployment benefits, Michael Brodkorb plans to expand his wrongful termination lawsuit. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/04/brodkorb_planni.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2012 15:51:23 -0500 Other states offer clues on how voter ID would work in Minnesota It's nearly certain that Minnesotans will decide this November whether they want to change the state's Constitution to require voters to show photo ID at the polls. What's less certain is how a voter ID law would play out in future elections in Minnesota. The experience of other states paints a picture of what we can expect from a voter ID requirement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/03/voter-id-in-other-states?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Short on cash, campaign board struggles to keep up The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, which monitors political financing and lobbying, struggles to get all the resources and authority it needs from the Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/27/campaign-finance-board?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 MPR News Primer: The Michael Brodkorb case Former Senate Republican caucus staffer Michael Brodkorb's gender discrimination claim against the Minnesota Senate raises questions about the legal issues involved and how the case might play out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/15/primer-michael-brodkorb?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2012 16:45:53 -0500 Business-backed ALEC's relations with conservative lawmakers riles Democrats ALEC is best known for bringing together legislators and corporations to write model legislation, drafts that are meant to inspire bills introduced at the state level. The organization has become a key player in a broader effort to advance conservative ideas in state houses across the nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/14/alec-helps-conservatives-model-legislation?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 A closer look at the numbers in the Vikings stadium plan At first blush, the new proposal to build a football stadium for the Minnesota Vikings in downtown Minneapolis would cost just under $1 billion. But a closer look shows the cost might be higher than that, and that some of the money stadium supporters are counting on may not materialize. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/01/vikings-stadium-financing-analysis?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 17:49:14 -0600 New political boundaries drawn for Minnesota Along with a new congressional map, a special court panel released the new political boundaries the Minnesota Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/21/minnesota-political-boundaries?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2012 19:35:48 -0600 Reps. Bachmann, McCollum paired in new 4th District A special court panel's new maps of Minnesota congressional districts would throw incumbent Reps. Michele Bachmann and Betty McCollum into the same district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/21/minnesota-redistricting?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2012 12:57:02 -0600 DFL-backed organizations set sights on winning Legislature After its efforts to help elect Mark Dayton as governor paid off in 2010, Alliance for a Better Minnesota is turning its sights on helping the DFL win back control of the Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/20/dfl-alliance-for-a-better-minnesota-legislature?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Stealth donor gives millions to GOP candidates, causes Today is a deadline for campaigns in Minnesota to release detailed reports about who gives them money. One of the names that is sure to surface in those reports is Robert Cummins, a wealthy donor who stays out of the spotlight but wields tremendous power over Republican candidates and campaigns. Cummins and his family have given millions to conservative Minnesota candidates and causes over the past 15 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/01/robert-cummins-profile?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2012 05:00:00 -0600 Minn. GOP looks to recover from $2M debt Minnesota Republican Party leaders are trying to restore confidence among donors and rank-and-file party members who are troubled by financial mismanagement over the last two and a half years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/20/minnesota-gop-debt-folo?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jan 2012 17:00:57 -0600 Chairman's spending decisions on insiders helped lead to GOP debt Tony Sutton, a Republican leader with 25 years of hard-earned respect from the party that prides itself on fiscal discipline, awarded contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to consultants, lawmakers, candidates and party insiders over the course of nearly 30 months as state party chairman, contributing to the financial wreckage the party is trying to fix today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/19/minnesota-republican-party-finances?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jan 2012 05:00:00 -0600 Bachmann ends White House bid Rep. Michele Bachmann announced Wednesday morning that she is suspending her bid for the White House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/04/bachmann-south-carolina-decision?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jan 2012 10:30:00 -0600 Bachmann tells supporters she's staying in race After placing first in the Iowa Straw Poll less than five months ago, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann finished last Tuesday among the candidates actively campaigning in the Iowa caucuses. But Bachmann sounded upbeat at her post-caucus party, and gave no indication she was ready to drop out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/03/bachmann-asks-iowa-voters-to-back-her-bid?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 19:25:48 -0600 Iowa caucuses: One day to go Iowa Republicans will decide tomorrow who they want to be their presidential nominee, and all the candidates vying to win the Iowa caucuses criss-crossed the state making one last pitch for support. /collections/special/columns/bigstory/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jan 2012 18:02:52 -0600 Bachmann last in Des Moines Register poll Only seven percent of likely Republican caucus-goers will vote for Rep. Michele Bachmann in Tuesday's caucuses, according to the Des Moines Register's latest poll. /collections/special/columns/bigstory/archive/2011/12/bachmann-comes-in-last-in-latest-des-moines-register-poll.shtml?refid=0 Sun, 01 Jan 2012 08:06:18 -0600 As Bachmann lags, Santorum surges in Iowa Here are some signs of a successful Iowa caucus campaign: rising poll numbers, a super PAC and attention from competitors. Quite suddenly, Rick Santorum can lay claim to all three. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/31/santorum-catches-up?refid=0 Sat, 31 Dec 2011 06:00:00 -0600 In Ames, Romney is light on policy, heavy on personality Mitt Romney showed up to his Ames, Iowa, campaign rally like most contenders for the Republican presidential nomination: in a bus. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/12/in_ames_romney.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 30 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Iowa's undecided voters: Here's what they're saying If there's a new character in the story of the 2012 Iowa caucuses, it's the undecided voter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/29/meet-undecided-iowa-caucus-goers?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2011 10:17:03 -0600 Former top Koch staffer raised concerns about her conduct months ago Cullen Sheehan was the top staffer in the Minnesota Senate. He is also the first person to blow the whistle on an alleged inappropriate relationship between Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and a male staffer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/21/koch-staffer?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2011 17:22:50 -0600 Sawalich backs out of race for top GOP party spot Less than a week after declaring his candidacy for the Republican Party of Minnesota's top spot, Starkey Laboratories Senior Vice President Brandon Sawalich has dropped his bid. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/12/sawalich_backs.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 16:26:35 -0600 Daycare unions? Other states offer clues about what to expect Some say child care could cost parents and the state more. Others believe that unionization will lead to better child care options, and will give providers a unified voice in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/14/daycare-union?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2011 10:05:44 -0600 PoliGraph: Drazkowski same-sex marriage claim misleading Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, fired an early shot in the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Those who argue that banning same-sex marriage will be bad for the economy are wrong, he wrote in a November 21, 2011, opinion piece. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/12/poligraph_drazk.shtml?refid=0 Sat, 10 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0600 FAQ: What is pull-tab gambling? Why all this talk about pull-tabs and gambling, and what does this have to do with funding a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/02/faq-pull-tabs?refid=0 Wed, 02 Nov 2011 15:17:47 -0500 Bachmann PAC donation may violate campaign finance rules Using a secondary pot of money not meant for her presidential race, Rep. Michele Bachmann donated $5,000 to Iowa's Polk County GOP in August - money that the campaign and the group agreed to spend on an event exclusively for Bachmann, according to the Polk County GOP officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/27/bachmann-polk-county-republicans-donation?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2011 15:38:46 -0500 Bachmann leads GOP candidates in Minn. Campaign contributions Of the still viable Republican presidential candidates, Rep. Michele Bachmann is leading Minnesota's money race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/26/minnesota-presidential-campaign-donors?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 10:28:14 -0500 Bachmann camp pushes back on reports of staff departures U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign is pushing back on a swirl of reports that her paid staff in New Hampshire has quit. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/10/bachmann_camp_p.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 21 Oct 2011 17:14:31 -0500 Bachmann's fundraising shows grassroots support may not be enough The Minnesota congresswoman is still doing quite well among grassroots voters compared to other candidates, but she's been slow to expand her army of loyal donors to other states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/18/bachmann-third-quarter-fundraising?refid=0 Tue, 18 Oct 2011 13:50:16 -0500 Bachmann's jobs plan: Could it work? While the plan promises to eliminate "job killing" regulations, repeal "Obamacare," cut taxes and promote free trade, it doesn't offer much in the way of new ideas, is sparse on details, and its effectiveness is debateable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/14/bachmann-jobs-plan?refid=0 Sat, 15 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Bachmann distant 2nd in Midwest Leadership Conference poll Rep. Michele Bachmann took a distant second place in the Midwest Leadership Conference straw poll. Herman Cain captured 52.6 percent of the vote followed by Bachmann with 12.2 percent and Mitt Romney at 11.1 percent. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/10/bachmann_takes_1.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 10 Oct 2011 06:15:59 -0500 Obama jobs bill may offer hope for Minnesota's unemployed Frustrated by congressional inaction on a bill that he says has the potential to create upwards of 1.9 million jobs, 26,000 of them in Minnesota, President Barack Obama laid down an ultimatum Thursday for Capitol Hill lawmakers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/06/obama-jobs-bill-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2011 13:57:58 -0500 Bachmann's third quarter fundraising ability faces questions It may be that Michele Bachmann is simply hoarding her dollars at the end of the third quarter fundraising cycle, but political strategists speculate that the campaign is in financial straits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/01/bachmann-third-quarter-fundraising?refid=0 Mon, 03 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Poll: Bachmann stuck in single digits in South Carolina 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. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/09/poll_bachmanns.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 13:45:30 -0500 Candidate Bachmann puts faith in challenging mainstream science While Bachmann's rhetoric may seem overtly political during the battle for the Republican nomination - and certainly, her skepticism plays well among some voters - a look back at her record shows she's long doubted mainstream science on an array of issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/15/bachmann-challenges-mainstream-science?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 14:36:15 -0500 Failed HPV requirement haunts Perry's campaign Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has become the leading critic of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's efforts, attempting to capitalize on his order requiring young girls to be vaccinated for a sexually transmitted disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/13/failed-hpv-requirement-haunts-perrys-campaign-?refid=0 Tue, 13 Sep 2011 14:49:57 -0500 Bachmann Super PAC typifies new election ground rules A new class of political fundraising organizations stand to have a major impact on the 2012 election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/13/bachmann-super-pac-typifies-new-election-ground-rules?refid=0 Tue, 13 Sep 2011 07:11:53 -0500 PoliGraph: Fact-checking the GOP presidential debate After several weeks of disappointing polling results, the Republican presidential debate was an important moment for Rep. Michele Bachmann. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/09/poligraph_fact-.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2011 22:09:37 -0500 Bachmann's Everglades drilling comment doesn't resonate in Florida Former Gov. Jeb Bush spent on average $100-$200 million annually on restoring the area during his tenure, calling it "an important Florida treasure" and his "highest environmental priority." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/29/bachmann_everglades_drilling_head_scratching?refid=0 Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:51:29 -0500 Bachmann vs. Perry: How similar are they? Recent polls show Texas Gov. Rick Perry leading Rep. Michele Bachmann in the race for the GOP presidential nomination. Analysts say the candidates are vying for the same socially conservative voters and self-identified members of the tea party. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/26/comparing-michele-bachmann-and-rick-perry?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2011 11:58:47 -0500 Poll: Bachmann slips, Perry moves up With Rick Perry's entrance into the race, Rep. Michele Bachmann's lead in Iowa appears to be slipping, according a new survey conducted by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic polling company. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/08/public_policy_p_3.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 23 Aug 2011 11:28:01 -0500 Profile: Michele Bachmann Rep. Michele Bachmann officially declared her run for the White House in June 27, 2011. She was born in Waterloo, Iowa, but moved to Minnesota when she was in sixth grade. She's was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2006, and served in the Minnesota State Senate from 2000-2006. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/10/michele-bachmann-bio?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2011 10:42:05 -0500 Profile: Tim Pawlenty On May 23, 2011, the former Minnesota governor declared his run for the White House. He grew up in South St. Paul and has spent 22 years working in politics, with positions ranging from city council to GOP Majority Leader in the Minnesota House of Representatives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/10/tim-pawlenty-bio?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2011 10:29:29 -0500 Poligraph: Cravaack's claim on defense cuts is false U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack, a Republican from Minnesota's 8th District, was one of four Minnesota lawmakers who voted against the bill to raise the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling. Among his reasons for rejecting the measure is a claim that it would cut defense spending by half. But that's false. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/08/the_daily_diges_1113.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 05 Aug 2011 15:36:58 -0500 Poligraph: Ellison wrong on debt limit history U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., voted against the debt ceiling bill earlier this week, in part because he said it's the "first time in history" that a debt ceiling increase has been linked to budget cuts. But Ellison, and the others who have repeated this claim, are all wrong. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/08/poligraph_ellis_1.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 03 Aug 2011 16:26:02 -0500 Bachmann adamantly opposes raising debt ceiling The Minnesota congresswoman burnishes her conservative credentials at the National Press Club. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/28/bachmann-press-club-titanium-spine?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jul 2011 14:31:00 -0500 Pop quiz: Is Minnesota's new budget $34.3B or $35.9B? Clue: The answer depends on your math and your politics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/26/analysis-of-size-of-minnesota-budget?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jul 2011 10:42:13 -0500 Dayton, GOP leaders announce budget agreement Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders have announced a deal on a budget "framework agreement" to end the Minnesota state government shutdown. The agreement was reached after about three hours of talks among the parties this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/14/dayton-republican-offer?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 As Pawlenty touts his budget record, critics point to failed one-time fixes The ex-governor recently touted his fiscal actions during the 2005 state government shutdown and in following years, but the tactics he used are a big reason why the state is in its current budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/13/pawlenty-2005-shutdown?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2011 10:03:45 -0500 FAQ on Minnesota's state government shutdown Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the state government shutdown in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/13/minnesota-government-shutdown-faq?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2011 00:54:22 -0500 Budget talks: Where new revenues might come from As Gov. Dayton and Republican legislative leaders continue to negotiate over the state budget, they are likely discussing various sources of new revenue to close the projected $5 billion budget deficit. Here's a look at some of those potential money makers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/05/shutdown-revenue-sources?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jul 2011 17:12:49 -0500 Details emerge of budget offers, negotiations More than 14 hours into a government shutdown, details emerged Friday about the budget haggling between Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/01/shutdown-negotiation-offers?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 15:34:23 -0500 Shutdown: what will be the first effects we see? We're getting a better picture of what will happen if lawmakers don't reach a budget deal and the state government is forced to shut down starting tomorrow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/30/richert-debrief?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2011 11:01:19 -0500 Shutdown scorecard Here's a quick look at how the court's ruling affects individual government programs and departments, and how many employees will continue working in each area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/29/shutdown-scorecard?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 12:23:04 -0500 More groups want their say on gov't shutdown A list of the most recent organizations and individuals who've filed paperwork with the Ramsey County District Court weighing in on which government services and jobs should be sustained during a shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/06/more_groups_wan.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jun 2011 11:49:14 -0500 PoliGraph: Koch claim on Dayton's shutdown statement is right As the state faces a government shutdown, Senate Republican Majority Leader Amy Koch has been pointing out that Dayton said he would never let it come to this. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/06/poligraph_koch.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jun 2011 14:57:53 -0500 Some at liberal conference disenchanted with Obama Attendees of the 2011 Netroots Nation conference in Minneapolis today packed a session called, "What to Do When the President is Just Not That Into You." For a segment of the progressive bloggers, writers, activists and voters at the meeting, the title of the seminar sums up the mood here perfectly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/16/netroots-obama-disenchantment?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jun 2011 17:40:39 -0500