Minnesota Public Radio features by Mike Mulcahy http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=48 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:07:20 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Mike Mulcahy http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Franken declines MPR State Fair debate invitation A Franken spokeswoman didn't give a reason for the decision to decline the invitation. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/07/franken-declines-mpr-state-fair-debate-invitation/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:24:35 -0500 Civil War flags displayed at Capitol as Gettysburg anniversary nears The state Historical Society is bringing some rare items out of its collection and putting them on display at the Capitol to mark the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/06/as-gettysburg-anniversary-approaches-civil-war-flags-displayed-at-capitol/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:37:40 -0500 Bachmann rumors pointed to decision to not run for re-election Minnesota Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says she won't run for re-election in the state's Sixth Congressional District. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News political editor Mike Mulcahy about Bachmann's move. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/29/mulcahy2?refid=0 Wed, 29 May 2013 09:06:53 -0500 Michele Bachmann won't run again for Congress Rep. Michele Bachmann says she won't seek re-election in 2014. The four-term congresswoman announced her decision in a nearly 9-minute video posted on her website early Wednesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/29/politics/bachmann?refid=0 Wed, 29 May 2013 06:01:19 -0500 Minn. legislators still divided on gun control after hearings After three days of hearings this week at the state Capitol, legislators remain divided on the issue of gun control with some believing compromise and consensus can be reached, while others believe the debate to be a distraction from important budget work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/08/politics/minn-legislature-gun-control?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2013 19:35:44 -0600 Walz presses for lame-duck farm bill as 'fiscal cliff' looms As President Barack Obama and congressional leaders begin to negotiate over the series of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes known as the fiscal cliff, some members of Congress say a bill to extend food stamp and farm subsidy programs could help bridge the impasse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/18/politics/farm-bill-fiscal-cliff?refid=0 Sun, 18 Nov 2012 11:06:15 -0600 Political Editor Mike Mulcahy previews GOP budget targets Tomorrow, Republican members of Minnesota's House and Senate are expected to release outlines for their plan to balance the state budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/09/budget-targets?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2011 16:33:03 -0600 Minn. political vets: Let retired judges run redistricting Former Vice President Walter Mondale and some other former officeholders are asking Minnesota lawmakers to give up their power to redraw political boundaries and let retired judges do it instead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/08/redistricting?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 13:34:53 -0600 GOP leaders: Deficit fix to involve public workers Republican Legislative leaders say they want to work with state employees to balance Minnesota's budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/18/minn-budget-public?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 12:32:48 -0600 Ted Mondale to lead key Minn. stadium panel Former state Sen. Ted Mondale will run the commission that operates the Metrodome and may have a role in determining whether and how a new Minnesota Vikings stadium is built. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/14/sports-dome-commission?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jan 2011 10:14:24 -0600 The Week in Politics with political editor Mike Mulcahy An inauguration, a change in the balance of power, a former governor's book and a possible presidential run by former Gov. Tim Pawlenty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/07/week-in-politics?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jan 2011 17:39:28 -0600 The week in politics with political editor Mike Mulcahy MPR News political editor joins All Things Considered host Steven John to discuss the week in politics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/17/week-in-politics?refid=0 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 19:25:42 -0600 Report: Mpls no longer in running for 2012 DNC The website Politico is reporting that Minneapolis and Cleveland have been "all but" eliminated from the list of possible 2012 Democratic National Convention sites. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/17/politico-mpls-convention?refid=0 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 10:47:29 -0600 Emmer running out of options in gov. recount The state Supreme Court released an opinion on Tuesday that closes off Emmer's attempt to disqualify some votes in the race. The court last month had rejected his petition to make local officials match the number of votes and voters using polling place rosters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/07/supco-ruling-ballots?refid=0 Tue, 07 Dec 2010 14:23:31 -0600 Ballot challenges mounting in governor's race recount Elections officials kicked off a statewide hand recount of 2.1 million ballots this morning. The recount will help determine who Minnesotans elected the next governor of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/29/recount-first-day?refid=0 Mon, 29 Nov 2010 10:20:35 -0600 The latest developments in the governor's recount There were some developments in the likely recount in the Minnesota governor's race Friday afternoon, and MPR's political editor Mike Mulcahy discussed their significance with host Tomm Crann. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/19/recount-mulcahy-debrief?refid=0 Fri, 19 Nov 2010 18:39:27 -0600 Dayton hires Franken's recount attorney Marc Elias Democrat Mark Dayton announced Friday that he has hired the attorney who led Al Franken's successful recount fight to help in the gubernatorial recount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/19/dayton-hires-elias?refid=0 Fri, 19 Nov 2010 15:48:19 -0600 Bachmann willing to compromise on Bush tax cuts Rep. Michele Bachmann said Monday she is willing to compromise on a tax bill and still expects to have a big impact on the next Congress even though she has ended her bid for party leadership. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/15/bachmann-leadership-bush-tax-cuts-compromise?refid=0 Mon, 15 Nov 2010 12:45:20 -0600 The week in politics with political editor Mike Mulcahy Minnesota's candidates are wrapping up their last full week of campaigning before Tuesday's elections. To catch up again on the week's political news, All Things Considered host Tom Crann was joined by Minnesota Public Radio political editor Mike Mulcahy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/29/week-in-politics?refid=0 Fri, 29 Oct 2010 19:37:12 -0500 The week in politics with political editor Mike Mulcahy MPR News' political editor Mike Mulcahy takes a look back on the week's political stories, including visits by Vice President Joe Biden and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, updates on the 2010 Minnesota race for governor, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/08/week-in-politics?refid=0 Fri, 08 Oct 2010 18:09:58 -0500 The week in politics with political editor Mike Mulcahy MPR News political editor Mike Mulcahy joins All Things Considered host Tom Crann to discuss the week in politics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/01/week-in-politics?refid=0 Fri, 01 Oct 2010 15:00:00 -0500 Emmer says he would cap Minn. spending if elected Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer is betting his campaign on whether Minnesotans will accept a state budget for the next two years that cuts spending on higher education, aid to cities and counties and state agencies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/14/emmer-budget-plan?refid=0 Tue, 14 Sep 2010 14:51:19 -0500 Emmer's latest plan: Don't tax tips A week after igniting a firestorm over restaurant worker pay, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Emmer on Tuesday proposed eliminating Minnesota income taxes on some tipped wages. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/13/emmer-tip-taxes?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jul 2010 16:59:22 -0500 Ramsey County charges 28 for 2008 voting fraud Ramsey County officials say they've charged 28 people for illegally voting or registering to vote in the 2008 election and are investigating more than 180 more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/12/voting-fraud?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jul 2010 18:34:23 -0500 Harrington to run for state Senate Outgoing St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington is running for the state Senate. Harrington announced last year that he would not seek another term as chief. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/28/harrington-senate?refid=0 Fri, 28 May 2010 14:00:28 -0500 Thousands turn out for Palin-Bachmann rally Several thousand people packed the Minneapolis Convention Center today see former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's rally for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and the Minnesota Republican Party. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/07/palin-rally?refid=0 Wed, 07 Apr 2010 14:39:43 -0500 Pawlenty to lead trade mission to China, Japan Governor Tim Pawlenty will lead a trade mission to China and Japan this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/02/pawlenty-trade-mission?refid=0 Fri, 02 Apr 2010 12:27:54 -0500 Minn. Dems looking to override Pawlenty veto this week DFL legislative leaders say they may try this week to override Gov. Pawlenty's veto of a bill that extends funding for a health care program for some of the state's poorest residents. But the override vote will not come on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/22/pawlenty-override?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2010 06:18:21 -0600 Poll: Obama would beat Pawlenty if election held now A new poll by St. Cloud State University shows President Obama would defeat Gov. Tim Pawlenty if the 2012 presidential election were held today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/17/pawlenty-obama-poll?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2009 17:12:31 -0600 Rep. John Kline elected to education and labor committee Republican congressman John Kline today was elected the ranking GOP member of the House Education and Labor Committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/17/johnkline?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2009 17:18:28 -0500 Coleman ordered to pay Franken $95,000 in legal fees A three-judge panel has ordered Norm Coleman to pay Al Franken nearly $95,000 related to Coleman's lawsuit over the still-unresolved U.S. Senate race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/10/coleman_franken_legal_fees?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jun 2009 16:08:41 -0500 Franken hires chief of staff Even though the Minnesota Senate seat is still in legal dispute, Democrat Al Franken announced today that he has hired a chief of staff for his Washington office. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2009/04/franken_hires_c.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 29 Apr 2009 14:12:25 -0500 Judge grants injuction against gang members A Ramsey County district judge Friday granted Saint Paul's request for a temporary injunction that will prohibit 10 leaders of a gang known as Sureno 13 from associating with other known members of the criminal gang at the city's annual Cinco de Mayo festival next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/24/judge_grants_injuction_against_gang_members?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2009 17:16:33 -0500 Coleman campaign continues call for court intervention on absentee ballots Republican Senator Norm Coleman's campaign is once again asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to intervene in the counting of wrongly rejected absentee ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/31/coleman_campaign_continues_call_for_court_intervention_on_absentee_ballots?refid=0 Wed, 31 Dec 2008 19:47:29 -0600 Where our numbers are coming from Minnesota Public Radio News is displaying the election recount numbers as they are provided by the Secretary of State's office. Other media organizations are using a different method to calculate the margin in the recount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/03/recount_tallies?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2008 11:31:57 -0600 Gov. tells Republicans to be optimistic Gov. Tim Pawlenty told Republican activists in Rochester today that the party needs to be hopeful and optimistic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/31/pawlenty?refid=0 Sat, 31 May 2008 10:40:48 -0500 Gov. admits 'cheap shots' line pushed the boundary Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he's tried to maintain civility in his dealings with lawmakers and he acknowledges his recent "cheap shots" line pushed that boundary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/18/remark?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2008 10:38:41 -0500 State's jobless rate rises Minnesota lost 6,300 hundred jobs in September compared to August, and the state's unemployment rate now stands at 4.9 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/16/unemployment?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2007 15:02:38 -0500 Pawlenty's performance ratings rise since re-election After being re-elected in November with 47 percent of the vote, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty's job performance is now rated good to excellent by 55 percent of Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/11/pawlentyapproval?refid=0 Fri, 11 May 2007 06:15:26 -0500 Minnesota senators split over Bush's Iraq veto Minnesota's two U.S. senators have very different reactions to President Bush's veto of a $124 billion Iraq war spending bill. Republican Norm Coleman supports the president's veto, while DFLer Amy Klobuchar is critical. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/02/iraqvetoreax?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2007 10:16:54 -0500 Klobuchar travels to Iraq Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., was in Iraq Saturday as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/17/klobucahariraq?refid=0 Sun, 18 Mar 2007 04:00:00 -0500 Terrorism assessment becomes political football Minnesota U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton is urging the Bush administration to fully release a National intelligence estimate on the war on terror. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/28/dayton_nie?refid=0 Thu, 28 Sep 2006 12:52:40 -0500 A scorecard on the stadium debate The stadium debate at the Capitol grows more confusing by the day. Earlier in the session it seemed as though the Twins stadium plan would have smooth sailing. But the Senate Taxes Committee has been proposing big changes to the stadium proposals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/03/stadiumexplainer?refid=0 Wed, 03 May 2006 14:47:56 -0500 No deal; lawmakers give up for the weekend Both the House and the Senate met briefly on Saturday, then went home for the holiday weekend. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/02_mulcahym_day2/?refid=0 Sat, 02 Jul 2005 18:41:00 -0500 Vets, families urge Bush administration to do more to protect troops A group of Minnesota veterans is calling for a congressional inquiry into whether troops in Iraq have adequate supplies and protective equipment. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/14_mulcahym_vetsrally/?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2004 13:55:00 -0600 Severe storms bring tornadoes, funnel clouds, hail Xcel Energy says all of its metro area crews are out Monday trying to restore power to several thousand customers. Some areas of the Twin Cities reported winds of more than 70 mph Sunday evening as a strong line of storms moved through much of the state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/10_ap_storms/?refid=0 Mon, 10 May 2004 10:20:00 -0500 Bob Dylan: Pitch man Reports have reached the Minnesota Public Radio newsroom that Minnesota icon Bob Dylan has branched out and is currently appearing in an ad campaign for Victoria's Secret lingerie company. Bob Dylan is pitching women's underwear. It's hard to say what this bodes for Dylan's musical career. But the Hibbing native, whom some call the conscience of his generation, has at last shown his enthusiasm for a venture into advertising, It got us thinking, what if Bob Dylan broadened his commercial appeal and applied his considerable talents to assisting other businesses? We got help from MPR's Mike Mulcahy and Chris Roberts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/04/02_mulcahym_dylan?refid=0 Fri, 02 Apr 2004 12:00:00 -0600 Civics quiz Here's a short quiz to test your knowledge in civics and American government. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/04_mulcahym_civicsquiz/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jul 2003 08:30:00 -0500 The budget mess: How we got here Minnesota went from record budget surplus under Gov. Jesse Ventura to record budget shortfall under new Gov. Tim Pawlenty in a few years. How did it happen? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/10_mulcahym_howwegothere/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2003 06:55:00 -0600 House dumps profile of learning The Minnesota House voted overwhelmingly on Monday to repeal the Profile of Learning graduation standards. It's the fifth straight year the House has voted to repeal the profile. Supporters are more confident than ever that this is the year the standards will be scrapped. The Pawlenty administration has indicated its support of new standards by creating a task force to make new ones. The Minnesota Senate, which has voted to preserve the Profile in the past, is also inclined to make major changes. Several senators, however, say they don't want to move too quickly until they know what they're going to replace it with. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/17_scheckt_profile/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Feb 2003 17:00:00 -0600 Barkley sworn in; Senate pays tribute to Wellstone Independent Dean Barkley of Minnesota is the newest member of the U.S. Senate. Vice President Cheney administered the oath on the Senate floor Tuesday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/13_zdechlikm_senatetribute/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Nov 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Senators pay tribute to Wellstone As Congress and the White House move toward passage of a homeland security bill, Minnesota's interim senator, Dean Barkley, says he plans to vote for something that the White House will support. Vice President Dick Chaney swore in Barkley on the floor of the Senate on Nov. 12. Following that brief ceremony, Republican and Democratic senators praised Wellstone for hours with eulogies. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/12_zdechlikm_senatetribute/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2002 17:05:00 -0600 Session 2000: It's a Wrap Legislative leaders say they want to be judged on the results of their work rather than the admittedly messy process they used to get them. The results include tax cuts and another rebate, higher spending for education, and about $600 million for building projects around the state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200005/10_mulcahym_sessionwrap/?refid=0 Wed, 10 May 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Three-Way Deal Solves Budget Impasse Lawmakers agree to split more than $500 million of on-going budget surplus money three ways; between the House Republicans, Senate Democrats and Governor Ventura. Top lawmakers say the process wasn't pretty, but the results will be good for Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200005/04_mulcahym_budget/?refid=0 Thu, 04 May 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Dayton Joins Senate Race Another DFLer has entered the race against incumbent Republican Senator Rod Grams. Department store heir and former state auditor Mark Dayton surprised officials from his own party by saying he intends to run. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200004/03_mulcahym_dayton/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Apr 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Legislator Arrested Republican leaders of the Minnesota House are trying to decide what to do about one of their members after he was charged with three counts of criminal sexual conduct. Republican Jim Rostberg is accused of repeated sexual assaults on a juvenile. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200003/03_mulcahym_rostberg/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Mar 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Surplus Could Lead to Capitol Deal-making The governor is still at loggerheads with the Republican majority in the House and DFL majority in the Senate over what to do with the $1.8 billion projected budget surplus. While some at the Capitol say the impasse could delay the end of the legislative session, there are at least some signs that all sides are willing to deal. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200003/01_mulcahym_surplus/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Mar 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Penny Opts Out Just one day before he was scheduled to announce his candidacy, former DFL congressman Tim Penny did an about face and said he will <i>not</i> run for U.S. Senate. Penny cited personal reasons for his decision, and the other DFL candidates hoping to run against incumbent Republican Rod Grams rushed to try to convince his supporters to join their camps. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200002/28_mulcahym_penny/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Feb 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Senate Approves Rebate The Minnesota Senate jumps to the head of the line among those at the Capitol trying to give your money back. The Senate approved a bill that would rebate $453 million of sales tax money to taxpayers. DFL leaders say this rebate would be more fair than last year's because it would go to more people. Republicans say some of the money would go to people who don't deserve it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200002/10_mulcahym_rebate/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Ventura Rates as Popular Governor MPR - St. Paul Pioneer Press poll shows public support for Ventura and his policies is overwhelming. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199904/13_mulcahym_poll/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Apr 1999 12:00:00 -0500