Minnesota Public Radio features by Tom Scheck http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=62 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Thu, 21 Jun 2018 20:35:30 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Tom Scheck http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Rep. Cornish blurred boundaries between legislative, sexual pursuits New details have surfaced about the behavior of Republican Rep. Tony Cornish, with sources describing conduct to MPR News ranging from unwelcome sexual advances to unwanted flirtatious contact with staff, colleagues and lobbyists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/17/minn-rep-cornish-conduct-blurred-lawmaker-romance-lines?refid=0 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:21:27 -0600 Charges: Minn. medical marijuana execs illegally distributed oils The Wright County Attorney's office has brought felony charges against two ex-employees of Otsego-based Minnesota Medical Solutions, saying they smuggled concentrated marijuana oils out of state to aid their parent company. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/06/minn-medical-marijuana-illegal-distribution-charges?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:38:45 -0600 Prepare for another acrimonious year at the Capitol Divided government at the state Capitol has leaders saying they need to compromise, but that won't come easy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/10/capitol-gridlock-mn?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2016 05:59:38 -0600 Daudt: Health care cost worries helped drive GOP's Minn. gains Skyrocketing health care costs for individual buyers and problems with the MNsure insurance marketplace were huge concerns for Minnesota voters who delivered wins for the GOP, Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/09/gop-daudt-health-care-big-mn-voter-issue?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2016 14:19:02 -0600 Dayton: 'Harmony' unrealistic in divided Minnesota government Facing a more deeply divided Legislature, Gov. Mark Dayton expressed hope the parties could find an answer to the state's health insurance cost woes but conceded "peace" in state government was unlikely. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/09/dayton-mn-election-harmony-unlikely-divided-government?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2016 12:31:03 -0600 Where to go? The stories of three families after Mesabi Academy Families and counties are scrambling to place children after Mesabi Academy said it would close its doors June 30. http://www.apmreports.org/story/2016/06/08/where-to-go-three-stories-mesabi-academy?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2016 06:00:00 -0500 A failure of oversight at Mesabi Academy A flawed, confused system prevents judges, social services officials and guardians from discovering critical information about the condition of the residential treatment facilities regulated by the Department of Corrections. http://www.apmreports.org/story/2016/05/26/failure-oversight-mesabi-academy?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2016 05:47:54 -0500 Closure of juvenile center reveals Minnesota's lack of adequate treatment The decision to close Mesabi Academy raises short-term questions about where troubled boys will be sent but also longer-range questions about whether the state's system is sufficient. http://www.apmreports.org/story/2016/05/20/minnesota-juvenile-treatment?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2016 12:48:25 -0500 Mesabi Academy to close The parent company of an Iron Range juvenile residential treatment center said it planned to close the facility by the end of next month. The decision came after several counties pulled residents and the state froze new admissions, actions that followed several APM Reports stories about Mesabi Academy. http://www.apmreports.org/story/2016/05/19/mesabi-academy-closing?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2016 14:30:36 -0500 Mesabi Academy agrees to temporarily halt admissions The Minnesota Department of Corrections said the juvenile corrections facility agreed to suspend new admissions while an investigation proceeds into allegations of maltreatment. http://www.apmreports.org/story/2016/05/12/mesabi-academy-halts-admissions?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2016 14:06:54 -0500 Lawmaker on Mesabi Academy: State, counties overreacting DFL Sen. David Tomassoni, who represents the area that is home to Mesabi Academy, says agencies pulling boys from the facility are endangering jobs. http://www.apmreports.org/story/2016/05/11/mesabi-academy-tomassoni?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2016 15:29:22 -0500 State agency pulls boys from Mesabi, warns other states The Minnesota Department of Human Services is removing five boys it has jurisdiction over at the Iron Range residential treatment facility Mesabi Academy. It also told other states with boys there of its action. http://www.apmreports.org/story/2016/05/10/minn-warns-other-states-mesabi-academy?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2016 18:46:05 -0500 Ramsey County to remove all youth from Mesabi Academy County officials said Monday they would remove the remaining 21 boys the county's courts have sent to the private correctional facility in Buhl, Minn. http://www.apmreports.org/story/2016/05/09/ramsey-county-remove-mesabi-academy?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2016 13:53:02 -0500 Hennepin County removes all its kids from Mesabi Academy amid concerns Officials put 20 children into vans leaving the Iron Range juvenile correctional facility after news reports of mistreatment and inadequate staff training. Ramsey County said it's also considering taking kids out. http://www.apmreports.org/story/2016/05/06/hennepin-county-removes-kids-mesabi-academy?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2016 17:48:38 -0500 Claims of child maltreatment, meager staff training and inadequate programs at Mesabi Academy Interviews and records indicate troubling incidents and practices. Twin Cities counties are looking more closely at a facility where they've sent boys who need help. http://www.apmreports.org/story/2016/05/06/mesabi-academy-treatment-training-programs?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2016 05:01:00 -0500 Ramsey County freezes some placements at Mesabi Academy Ramsey County social services authorities said Thursday they are not placing any more boys in the care of Mesabi Academy, a treatment facility in Buhl, Minn., in the wake of an APM Reports investigation into the center. http://www.apmreports.org/story/2016/05/05/ramsey-county-pulls-boys-mesabi-academy?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2016 10:54:42 -0500 County reopens Mesabi Academy sex abuse inquiry St. Louis County investigators asked for a tape recording a woman made of her son, talking about whether he had sex with a staffer at Mesabi Academy. http://www.apmreports.org/story/2016/05/02/county-reopens-mesabi-academy-inquiry?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2016 18:18:10 -0500 Private juvenile center conceals abuse inquiries and pressures county to keep its business deal On the Iron Range, investigations have created tension between Mesabi Academy and St. Louis County. Job loss, though, was the main concern when county commissioners discouraged a county official from ending a critical contract with the company. http://www.apmreports.org/story/2016/05/02/mesabi-academy?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2016 04:00:00 -0500 What will happen to Prince's unreleased recordings? In a career that spanned five decades, Prince released 39 studio albums. Now, there's growing curiosity about what will happen to a vault of unreleased material. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/25/what-will-happen-prince-vault-unreleased-music?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2016 06:21:56 -0500 Minn. forecast: $1.9 billion budget surplus; 'modest' job, wage growth The budget numbers look bright and DFLers and Republicans on Thursday quickly laid out their spending priorities. Economists, however, also cautioned that Minnesota faces some long-term economic worries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/03/minnesota-budget?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2015 09:20:10 -0600 GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul stumps in Minnesota The Kentucky senator is holding a morning rally at the University of Minnesota campus, an afternoon rally at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a dinnertime event at the Rochester Eagles Club in Rochester. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/09/rand-paul-mn?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 06:48:05 -0600 Feds raid home of ex-Starkey Hearing president The attorney for a former Starkey Hearing Technology executive says he and his client have no idea why federal agents raided the executive's home Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/04/ruzicka?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2015 16:15:42 -0600 Minneapolis loses bid for 2020 college football championship game It's true, you can't win 'em all. Minneapolis came up short in its bid to host the 2020 national college football championship game at U.S. Bank Stadium. New Orleans won the bid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/04/college-football-championship-bid?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2015 13:23:14 -0600 Minnesota to ask feds for more time on Real ID The move is an attempt to ensure Minnesotans can still board airplanes with a driver's license after the first of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/04/minnesota-asks-feds-for-more-time-on-real-id?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2015 06:55:57 -0600 Dayton says PolyMet mine should have citizen oversight Governor Mark Dayton says he intends to apply some of the policies created for a mine in Michigan to a proposed mine in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/30/dayton-michigan-mine-visit?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 19:15:58 -0500 Does state dentistry board protect dentists over the public? The five dentists on the board voted against random inspections. The four non-dentists voted in favor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/30/state-dentistry-board?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton orders inspections as oil train traffic jumps in downtown Mpls. Minnesota officials will speed inspection of railroad tracks and grade crossings in response to a jump in oil train traffic rolling through downtown Minneapolis, Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/22/dayton-oil-trains?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2015 13:40:33 -0500 Minn. Democrats seek advantage in GOP House leadership struggles The DFL Party says electing Republicans in two key Minnesota districts will make Washington gridlock worse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/15/campaign-gop-leadership-struggle?refid=0 Thu, 15 Oct 2015 04:00:00 -0500 As Democratic debate nears, DFL leader says MN may aid insurgent As the Democratic presidential candidates take the stage tonight in Las Vegas for their first 2016 campaign debate, some say Minnesota may help a dark horse candidate make a run this spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/13/as-democratic-debate-nears-dfl-leader-says-mn-may-aid-insurgent?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 15:44:18 -0500 Ouch! Officials unveil big hikes in 2016 MNsure insurance rates Average rate increases for individual and family coverage will jump 14 to 49 percent next year, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Officials concede that changes are needed to MNsure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/01/insurance-rate-hike?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2015 12:30:00 -0500 Critic: Rep. Atkins' corporate ties at odds with regulatory role Big companies donate to the scholarship fund run by DFL Rep. Joe Atkins. He's the top Democrat on a House committee important to those firms. Atkins, who's mulling a U.S. House run, says there's no conflict. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/24/joe-atkins?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2015 16:35:45 -0500 Second Republican joins race to replace Kline Former state Sen. John Howe declared that he's seeking his party's endorsement for the U.S. House seat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/22/second-republican-joins-race-to-replace-kline?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2015 18:13:09 -0500 November trial set for nonprofit leader with political ties Bill Davis, who led the now-defunct Community Action of Minneapolis, pleaded not guilty during an initial appearance Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/14/november-trial-set-for-nonprofit-leader-with-political-ties-?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:40:55 -0500 Jordan Davis pleads not guilty in nonprofit theft case Davis is accused of conspiring with his father, ex-Community Action of Minneapolis CEO Bill Davis, to steal more than $250,000 in state and federal funds distributed to the nonprofit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/11/jordan-davis?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:30:44 -0500 Feds indict ex-CEO of controversial Mpls. nonprofit on theft charges Former Community Action of Minneapolis CEO Bill Davis and his son, Minneapolis Police Officer Jordan Davis, face 16 federal counts of fraud and theft. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/10/davis-indictment?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2015 16:14:45 -0500 Dayton to demand Mille Lacs open for walleye ice fishing Dayton left no doubt Thursday that the premier lake would have a winter season after the summer fishing season got suspended early. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/10/dayton-mille-lacs?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2015 14:00:14 -0500 With walleye in decline, DNR becomes prey The agency's job includes managing Minnesota's most popular fish. At Lake Mille Lacs, that effort has drawn criticism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/10/dnr-walleye-criticism?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Starkey fires president and other top officers Several of Starkey Hearing Technologies' top officers, including the company's president and chief financial officer, have been terminated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/09/starkey-shakeup?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2015 14:13:23 -0500 'Empty lake': Struggling Mille Lacs resorts hope for winter walleye Summer ended early for many Lake Mille Lacs business owners after the state abruptly close the walleye fishing season. Owners want a walleye ice fishing season. DNR officials aren't upbeat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/31/dnr-mille-lacs?refid=0 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 04:00:00 -0500 DNR makes changes to rebuild walleye population, mend Mille Lacs relations Natural resources officials say they're "redoubling" their efforts to boost walleye numbers in Lake Mille Lacs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/27/dnr-makes-changes-to-rebuild-walleye-population-mend-mille-lacs-relations?refid=0 Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:36:04 -0500 Regents will oversee Teague investigation The oversight committee will provide a single contact point for the independent counsel hired to conduct the investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/20/teague-investigation?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2015 17:13:21 -0500 U president: More complaints against former AD Teague University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler said Wednesday that more women have come forward to report sexual harassment by former Athletic Director Norwood Teague. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/19/kaler-teague-complaints?refid=0 Wed, 19 Aug 2015 08:41:07 -0500 Dayton names Natalie Hudson to state Supreme Court Hudson, who has been serving on the state Appeals Court since 2002, becomes the second African-American woman appointed to the Supreme Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/18/natalie-hudson?refid=0 Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:57:16 -0500 Search team didn't know Teague's history, members say Some involved in the 2012 athletic director search said that if they'd known of allegations against Norwood Teague, he wouldn't have been given an interview. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/17/teague?refid=0 Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:02:47 -0500 Documents: Tribal members sought ban on keeping Mille Lacs walleye Internal state documents show Mille Lacs tribal members wanted a no-keep rule on walleyes. They also show scientists doubt a state plan to stock walleye will help the fishery recover. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/07/walleye-mille-lacs-documents?refid=0 Fri, 07 Aug 2015 17:03:33 -0500 Mille Lacs walleye decline may spell trouble for DNR, too Some resort owners and legislators say they doubt the DNR had sound reasons for closing the walleye season early on that lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/04/dnr-troubles?refid=0 Tue, 04 Aug 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota's minimum wage hits $9 an hour The first of three increases in the state's minimum wage begins today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/01/mn-minimum-wage-9-dollars?refid=0 Sat, 01 Aug 2015 10:48:45 -0500 Some lawmakers push back on need for Mille Lacs special session The prospect of a shortened walleye season on Mille Lacs means big trouble for resort owners, says Dayton, who's holding a town hall meeting on the issue today in Isle, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/31/dayton-mille-lacs-special-session?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton declares windfall savings in health care bids Competitive bidding helps save taxpayers $650 million, but two care providers will take a big hit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/28/dayton-declares-windfall-savings-in-health-care-bids?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:29:49 -0500 Entrepreneur focuses on gift of hearing Bill Austin started out wanting to be a doctor. Instead, he launched a hearing aid company that has become the fifth largest in the world and now focuses his passion on giving away hearing aids to those without access to them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/24/starkey-austin?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2015 05:00:00 -0500 Paid celebrities give hearing foundation a louder voice Starkey Hearing Foundation raises millions with its celebrity-studded annual gala fundraiser. It uses some of the money to give away hearings aids all over the world. But some goes to the charities favored by Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and other celebrities it enlists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/23/starkey-hearing?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2015 05:00:00 -0500 Bernie Sanders to make second visit to Minnesota The presidential candidate will be in Rochester Thursday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/29/bernie-sanders-visit-to-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 05:12:00 -0500 Ad campaign to highlight Minnesota cops' good work Concerned about the national perception of police, the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association says a new public relations campaign will highlight the work officers do in their communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/28/police-union-ad-campaign?refid=0 Sun, 28 Jun 2015 06:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis residents speak up about police body cameras The Minneapolis Police Conduct Oversight Commission held its first public hearing on body cameras this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/27/public-hearing-body-cameras?refid=0 Sat, 27 Jun 2015 13:55:44 -0500 Catholic pastor calls for release of archdiocese's internal investigation into Nienstedt Father John Bauer said releasing the details of the internal investigation into Nienstedt is imperative if the archdiocese will be able to move forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/27/catholic-pastor-urges-investigation-release?refid=0 Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09:35:08 -0500 Science Museum to seek state funds for repairs on 15-year-old building In St. Paul, some worry that the museum's $13 million request could force out other city projects when state lawmakers write a public works bill next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/25/science-museum-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 01:00:00 -0500 New law offers utility rate cuts for big business A jobs and energy budget bill signed by Gov. Mark Dayton cuts rates for mining companies, paper mills and steel mills in northern Minnesota. But residential and small business rates will rise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/17/energy-rates?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Profile: Archbishop Bernard Hebda, temporary caretaker of the Twin Cities archdiocese Hebda will take on all responsibilities of leading the archdiocese following Nienstedt's resignation. He will fill the role until Pope Francis appoints a new, permanent archbishop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/15/hebda?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2015 17:39:41 -0500 Nienstedt resigns in cover-up scandal Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piche resigned Monday after prosecutors charged the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis with having failed to protect children from a pedophile priest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/15/nienstedt-resigns?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:44:55 -0500 Legislature special session: Where it stands The fate of an already fragile budget deal is in further question Friday afternoon, after the Minnesota Senate failed to pass a controversial agricultural and environmental budget bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/12/recap-special-session?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2015 17:32:05 -0500 Outmaneuvered: How Dayton's Minnesota priorities were sunk The governor has been left pleading with members of his own party to vote for budget bills that even he admits include bad policy. What happened? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/12/dayton-outmaneuvered?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Deals move Minn. budget toward finish line, but no one's thrilled A special session to finish the budget work is likely Friday. But even with the backing of DFL and GOP leaders, passage of the bills is not certain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/10/budget-deal?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jun 2015 18:52:44 -0500 Dayton relents in fight over auditor, paving way for budget deal Gov. Mark Dayton said for now he's dropping a fight with Republicans over the state auditor's role, opening the door to a special session to finish the budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/08/dayton-backs-off-auditor-fight?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jun 2015 17:44:13 -0500 Special session plans teeter as Dayton, GOP dig in on auditor fight The governor says he's unwilling to call lawmakers back into a special session to finish the budget until they agree to drop language stripping state auditor oversight of county government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/03/auditor-fight?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jun 2015 16:30:14 -0500 Before special session, a few details remain Monday's agreement between Gov. Dayton and GOP legislators cleared the way ... almost. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/02/special-session-details?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2015 16:26:46 -0500 Budget talks break through; Minn. government shutdown unlikely Gov. Mark Dayton and House GOP leaders on Monday tentatively agreed to a two-year school spending budget and are close on other issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/01/budget-talks?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2015 15:28:52 -0500 No budget deal means 9,451 MN workers to get layoff notices The layoffs won't take effect until July 1 and that's only if Dayton and the Legislature fail to agree on a budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/01/no-budget-deal-layoff-notices?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2015 07:27:25 -0500 Dayton vetoes education bill, slams Republicans Dayton said he's upset the Republican-controlled House would not agree to spend between $125 and $150 million more on education &mdash; especially when they left $1 billion unspent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/19/dayton-veto?refid=0 Tue, 19 May 2015 18:05:37 -0500 Despite budget surplus, session ends in disagreement, recriminations When there's a surplus, the governor and lawmakers traditionally cut a deal to give everyone a piece of the pie. This year, the focus seemed to be on ensuring neither got the upper hand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/19/session-ends-in-disagreements?refid=0 Tue, 19 May 2015 06:39:26 -0500 Session limps to a close with legislators dismayed The divided Minnesota Legislature on Monday finished a $41.5 billion budget. But Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to veto an education bill, requiring legislators to return for a special session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/18/legislature?refid=0 Mon, 18 May 2015 16:35:08 -0500 Still no budget deal as deadline approaches Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders are scheduled to resume budget talks Friday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/15/budget-talks?refid=0 Fri, 15 May 2015 05:51:24 -0500 Transportation bill may be doomed by fight over taxes Minnesota Democrats want to fund transportation projects with a boost in gas taxes and a Twin Cities sales tax. Republicans want a $2 billion tax cut. They're at a standstill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/11/transportation-bill?refid=0 Mon, 11 May 2015 18:23:00 -0500 Dayton, legislators add school spending to budget fight Gov. Mark Dayton wants $700 million in new spending on early childhood and K-12 education. Senate Democrats want $360 in additional spending, while House Republicans want $158 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/08/education-funding?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2015 16:56:51 -0500 Pawlenty: 'I declare myself retired politically' Former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he isn't interested in mounting a comeback for governor in 2018. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2015/05/pawlenty-i-declare-myself-retired-politically/?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2015 10:54:23 -0500 Senate passes limit on access to police body cam videos The Senate added the body camera language to a bill that regulates how police collect and retain information from automated license plate readers. The House version does not mention body cameras. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/07/body-cams-legislature?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2015 20:52:15 -0500 Oil train derailment prompts evacuations of central ND town Oil cars on a BNSF train were burning Wednesday near Heimdal, N.D. No injuries were reported. Gov. Dayton said the accident reinforces the need to boost Minnesota's rail safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/06/train-derailment?refid=0 Wed, 06 May 2015 09:25:39 -0500 New Vikings stadium makes bid to host 2020 college football championship If Minnesota lands the 2020 game, it will mark the third major sports event in a row hosted at the new Vikings stadium, which already has plans to host the 2018 Super Bowl and the 2019 NCAA men's Final Four. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/05/vikings-stadium-college-football-championship?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2015 18:02:50 -0500 Capitol leaders ready for high-stakes budget poker Top GOP and DFL lawmakers are deeply divided on a budget deal despite a huge surplus. As a crucial deadline approaches, the specter of a shutdown looms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/01/budget-negotations?refid=0 Fri, 01 May 2015 16:12:14 -0500 Minn. Senate approves tax boost to pay for transportation work The Senate bill would raise gas taxes and add a Twin Cities metro-area sales tax to pay for transit. Republicans oppose the plan. The two parties also differ on tax policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/27/transportation-bill?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:19:21 -0500 Dayton sees no easy solution to budget feud with Republicans Gov. Mark Dayton said Republicans appear bent on using a wrecking ball to tear down gains made by Democrats the past two years. Republicans acknowledged the need to compromise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/21/budget-feud?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:33:53 -0500 Sen. Sheran challenges Minnesota's public birth certificates State Senator Sheran is working to forbid public access to some information on birth certificates -- information that has been open to the public for more than a century. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/18/birth-certificate-access?refid=0 Sat, 18 Apr 2015 14:01:23 -0500 Republican rush to cut spending could put some in party at risk The push to cut taxes with the surplus rather than spend it is putting many committee chairs and politically vulnerable Republican House members in a tough spot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/17/republican-cuts?refid=0 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:02:43 -0500 MLS team seeks $3M in tax breaks to build Mpls. stadium State officials have ruled out a direct public subsidy, but the plan soccer executives laid out Tuesday was viewed as modest and possible. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/14/mls-tax-breaks?refid=0 Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:59:10 -0500 DFL leaders hope Clinton campaign boosts Democratic women In Minnesota, DFL leaders think Hillary Clinton's path to the Democratic nomination is so clear that they are recruiting female candidates for state and local offices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/14/clinton-women-running?refid=0 Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:55:56 -0500 Dayton unchained: Elections done, governor fights for legacy Freed from the political pressures of a coming election, Gov. Mark Dayton says he's ready to battle it out on issues he views as crucial to Minnesota's future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/08/dayton-priorities?refid=0 Thu, 09 Apr 2015 05:00:00 -0500 Health care advocates on edge as GOP pushes budget cuts Republicans want to cut $1.1 billion from health and human services to spend on tax cuts, education and transportation. Health care officials say that may harm needy Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/04/health-care-advocates-on-edge?refid=0 Mon, 06 Apr 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota farm lobbyists flex new political muscle GOP election wins in rural Minnesota have lawmakers in both parties looking to weaken environmental laws tied to agriculture. A key plan by Gov. Dayton faces stiff resistance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/31/farm-lobbyists?refid=0 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:46:56 -0500 Costs of major Minnesota Capitol renovation creeping up The renovation of the century-old building is threatening to run $30 million over budget, state officials advised lawmakers Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/27/capitol-renovation-costs?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:00:53 -0500 MPCA seeks lake-by-lake plan to protect wild rice The old sulfate standard poses a problem for mining, and the MPCA says it isn't the best way to protect wild rice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/25/mpca-wild-rice?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:43:35 -0500 Dayton: Outdated clean water standard could doom mining industry Gov. Mark Dayton is siding with U.S. Steel and Iron Range legislators who say a standard on how much sulfate companies can discharge into wild rice water is too high. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/24/dayton-water-standard?refid=0 Tue, 24 Mar 2015 05:00:00 -0500 Dayton takes his plan for universal pre-k to school Gov. Mark Dayton wants to spend $343 million of the budget surplus on universal all-day preschool. He said that would help make sure all children are prepared for kindergarten. But not everyone agrees with that approach. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/20/minnesota-universal-pre-k?refid=0 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 15:27:18 -0500 Uber protests bill to require more insurance Uber's general manager said Thursday the legislation is unreasonable and would result in higher rates for users. The insurance industry insists Uber drivers are riskier than others who drive for fares. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/19/uber-insurance?refid=0 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:13:45 -0500 Transportation funding clash sets up 2016 battles Gov. Mark Dayton and Senate Democrats want to spend far more than Republicans on transportation, a divide that if not closed could be a key campaign issue in 2016. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/16/transportation-funding?refid=0 Tue, 17 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0500 In good times, Minnesota shifts focus to training workers Now that most employers are adding jobs, state lawmakers and the governor are focusing on a host of ideas and programs designed to ensure that Minnesotans are ready to work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/12/job-training?refid=0 Fri, 13 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Party chair splits with House GOP on what to do with surplus Blaming Gov. Mark Dayton and Democrats for increased taxes, Republican Party Chair Keith Downey says in an ad that the Legislature should distribute the $1.9 billion surplus to taxpayers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/10/ad-campaign?refid=0 Tue, 10 Mar 2015 15:44:30 -0500 Documents: FBI, IRS probing Community Action of Minneapolis The federal inquiries, revealed in court-filed documents, indicate the investigation of Community Action of Minneapolis, its former CEO Bill Davis and its board is much broader than initially disclosed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/06/community-action?refid=0 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:12:59 -0600 Dayton, Bakk make up, attack Republicans on transportation There was no talk of back stabbing Thursday as the governor and Senate majority leader teamed up to slam Republicans over paying for roads and bridges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/05/dayton-bakk-transportation?refid=0 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:29:45 -0600 Dayton wants to talk to Target CEO about layoffs Gov. Mark Dayton, whose family founded Target, wants to meet with Target's CEO to discuss coming layoffs and the company's commitment to Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/04/dayton-cornell?refid=0 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:11:46 -0600 MPCA warns lower water standards could lead to federal oversight MPCA officials warned that a bipartisan push at the Capitol to ease state water pollution standards could lead the federal government to assert control of water rules. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/24/minnesota-water-standards?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:06:24 -0600 New standards for MN mine delayed for wild rice study The MPCA had planned to release proposed sulfate standards for U.S. Steel's Minntac plant this month, but decided to wait for a state study on sulfates and wild rice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/19/sulfates-minntac?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 20:39:31 -0600 Dayton, lawmakers reach deal on commissioner pay hikes State legislative leaders say they've reached a deal with Gov. Mark Dayton on the controversial pay increases for 26 commissioners and agency chiefs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/19/pay-hike-deal?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:51:52 -0600 Privacy advocates want amendment to protect personal data Privacy advocates are pushing to allow Minnesota voters to decide whether their electronic communication should be protected from unreasonable search and seizure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/16/privacy-amdendment?refid=0 Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:48:00 -0600 Bakk surprised by Dayton's stinging criticism Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, told reporters that he doesn't think political disputes should "get personal." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/16/bakk?refid=0 Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:49:47 -0600 Commissioner pay raise fight leads to Dayton-DFLer blowup Angry that Senate Democrats voted to freeze his commissioners' pay raises, Gov. Dayton said he no longer trusts Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk. The rift has put DFL politics into disarray. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/12/roll-back-raise?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:29:21 -0600 U.S. Steel fights new environmental standards for MN mine The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is set to propose new standards for U.S. Steel's Minntac Facility in Mountain Iron, but the company has launched an aggressive fight against them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/11/us-steel?refid=0 Wed, 11 Feb 2015 16:00:19 -0600 Minnesota's higher taxes on top earners didn't spark exodus The number of top Minnesota earners who filed 2013 tax returns was higher than expected -- a sign that Dayton's push to raise taxes on the state's wealthiest earners has not caused many to flee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/02/tax-plan-top-earners?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Legislator: Commerce Dept. shouldn't control energy grants State Rep. Tony Albright is concerned about allegations that the Commerce chief disregarded requests from career staffers to terminate a contract with Community Action Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/02/energy-grants?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2015 18:33:54 -0600 Bill to keep police body cam video private raises alarm Some legislators want to classify video from body cameras as private data accessible only to law enforcement and subjects of the video. Civil libertarians say that would hinder efforts to hold police accountable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/29/body-cameras?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:04:04 -0600 Dayton uses budget hammer to send a message While Dayton's $42 billion budget increases funding for education, human services and other areas, he says MnSCU and the Minneapolis Park Board have to do what he wants before they'll get more state money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/27/dayton-budget-mnscu-park-board?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:28:08 -0600 Dayton wants to fix state's student-counselor ratio, among worst in country Minnesota ranks 48th in the country for the number of school counselors per student. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/21/school-counselors?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Dayton taps political ally to chair Metropolitan Council Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Adam Duininck, a member of the Met Council for the last four years, as its chair. Some state legislators say the council is too powerful. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/16/met-council-chair?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:11:43 -0600 DFL plan for free two-year college draws fire Senate Democrats want to provide free education to students at Minnesota's two-year community and technical colleges. But Republicans and leaders of four-year colleges are wary of the plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/14/tuition-free-proposal?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Dayton pushes business to back transportation funding; House GOP offers short-term plan In a speech to a Minnesota Chamber of Commerce dinner Wednesday night, Dayton said revenue from the gas tax and license tab fees hasn't kept up with demand for road, bridge and transit projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/08/dayton-chamber-transportation?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2015 07:23:25 -0600 Dayton, Republican leaders say Southwest light rail not a priority Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday that he is not willing to back the state share of the $1.6 billion project until disputes over its route are settled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/07/southwest-light-rail?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Dayton begins 2nd term Gov. Mark Dayton starts his second term Monday. He and other statewide elected officials will be sworn in at a ceremony that starts at noon at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/05/inauguration?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:59:26 -0600 Sources: Sen. Hayden in the loop on Community Action's woes Documents and interviews indicate DFL state Sen. Jeff Hayden was in a position to know about questionable spending and other problems at Community Action of Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/30/hayden-community-action?refid=0 Tue, 30 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Suspended Community Action CEO denies wrongdoing, plans comeback "I believe that I will be vindicated," said Bill Davis, the suspended CEO of Community Action of Minneapolis. It's the first time Davis has spoken publicly since the state of Minnesota shuttered his nonprofit in September. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/19/cam-bill-davis-comeback?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:28:11 -0600 Rothman wants investigation of Commerce Department; GOP wants him out Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman has asked the state legislative auditor to investigate claims that he disregarded requests from key members of his department to terminate a contract with a controversial nonprofit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/11/daudt-rothman?refid=0 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:10:09 -0600 Despite warnings, state kept cash flowing to controversial nonprofit Commerce Department staffers say they told Commissioner Mike Rothman for years that his DFL political ally Bill Davis was mismanaging public money meant to aid poor people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/11/community-action-minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:10:00 -0600 With divided government, Dayton and GOP say they're willing to meet halfway Minnesota Republicans regained control of the House on Election Day, setting up a delicate political dance with Gov. Mark Dayton, who won a second term. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/05/divided-minnesota-government?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 16:08:06 -0600 The race for governor: Dayton re-elected With more than 78 percent of the vote in, Dayton had defeated his Republican challenger, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/04/minnesota-governor-election?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 11:50:46 -0600 GOP presses Ebola, other hot buttons in campaign's final hours Democrats wasted no time in denouncing the Republican attack ad, which they said amounts to fear mongering. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/03/day-before-the-election?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2014 17:04:25 -0600 Democratic leaders try to boost Nolan's standing on Iron Range In the not-as-blue-as-it-used-to-be 8th Congressional District, Democrats are clearly worried about Rep. Rick Nolan's support in a region Democrats usually win by wide margins. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/02/campaign-wrap?refid=0 Sun, 02 Nov 2014 16:24:07 -0600 Johnson details plan for state audit if elected governor Gov. Mark Dayton said Johnson's plan duplicates a process that is already taking place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/30/johnson-details-state-audit-plan?refid=0 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:06:07 -0500 As the campaigns end, Democrats and Republicans focus on turnout From telephone calls and door-to-door meetings with voters, candidates, political parties and other groups are intent on motivating core supporters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/29/candidates-focus-on-turnout?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:51:48 -0500 As Republicans question response to Ebola, Democrats try to avoid politics There are no confirmed cases in Minnesota and only a few across the country, but fear of the highly contagious and often deadly disease is animating political debate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/27/ebola-politics?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:08:49 -0500 Dayton defends MNsure rate hike math as GOP criticism mounts GOP challenger Jeff Johnson isn't letting up on his criticism that Dayton's people low-balled the health exchange's 2015 increases and that the governor was "lying" about the size of the hikes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/24/dayton-defends-mnsure-rate-hike-math?refid=0 Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:12:34 -0500 Democrats Clinton, Biden headline rallies for Franken, Dayton and Nolan Two potential 2016 presidential rivals were in Minnesota Thursday, but not to campaign for themselves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/23/hillary-clinton-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:45:25 -0500 Dayton turns his attention to helping DFL House candidates Minnesota House Democrats are hoping Governor Dayton's standing in the polls is strong enough to help them keep control of several competitive House districts this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/22/dayton-campaigns?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Sharp focus, few votes for Cannabis, Libertarian governor hopefuls Their odds of winning are beyond long. But Chris Wright and Chris Holbrook are undeterred and determined to make their voices heard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/21/holbrook-wright-governor-candidates?refid=0 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:01:17 -0500 Health officials: Minn. tested 1 person for Ebola, results negative No one in Minnesota now is suspected of having Ebola, but officials are working to create a hospital unit to isolate and treat future cases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/17/ebola-minnesota-test-results-negative?refid=0 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:04:04 -0500 A fight is on for rural Minnesota votes The GOP strategy to win the governor's race and control the Minnesota House is on full display in the western part of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/14/rural-minnesota-battleground?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0500 New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stumps for Jeff Johnson In a campaign and fundraising swing, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he believes Republican candidate for governor Jeff Johnson can win. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/13/chris-christie-jeff-johnson?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:06:50 -0500 Gov. Dayton pitches gas sales tax in second debate The governor and his two challengers, Republican Jeff Johnson and Independence Party candidate Hannah Nicollet, met Wednesday night in Moorhead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/09/dayton-johnson-nicollet-debate?refid=0 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 05:06:21 -0500 In the Minnesota governor's race, Dayton and Johnson tell voters little For months, the campaign for governor has largely been about nothing, and that doesn't appear likely to change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/05/in-governors-race-dayton-and-johnson-tell-voters-little?refid=0 Sun, 05 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0500 Governor candidates spar over economy, MNsure Gov. Dayton and his Republican and IP challengers disagreed on the state of the economy, the efficacy of health insurance exchanges, and the wisdom of copper-nickel mining. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/02/governor-candidates-spar-over-economy-mnsure?refid=0 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 05:15:52 -0500 Solution to congested rail lines may be years away After hearing of hours of testimony that oil shipping from North Dakota is slowing key parts of Minnesota's economy, state officials say they want to find ways to relieve congestion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/30/unclogging-rail-traffic?refid=0 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:11:22 -0500 Democrats in fight to retain Minnesota House A St. Cloud contest offers a window into the tough environment for Democrats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/24/democrats-in-fight-to-retain-minnesota-house?refid=0 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:14:19 -0500 Abuse case drives Dayton to order county child welfare reviews The governor pushes reforms but child protection advocates say more needs to be done. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/22/gov-dayton-plans-measures-to-combat-child-abuse?refid=0 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:20:00 -0500 Capitol's gold charioteer coming down for a facelift The golden statue, placed on the Capitol in 1906, was last removed from the building in 1994. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/22/state-capitols-gold-charioteer-coming-down-for-a-facelift?refid=0 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 06:17:39 -0500 Republican challenger Johnson eager to use MNsure against Gov. Dayton Johnson is trying to capitalize on news that the state's online insurance exchange lost the insurer with the lowest rates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/19/republican-johnson-eager-to-use-mnsure-against-dayton?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:03:42 -0500 Business groups sitting on sidelines of governor's race In 2010, business groups spent heavily to support Republican Tom Emmer, but they have yet to step up for Jeff Johnson, this year's GOP candidate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/18/business-group-spending-governor-race?refid=0 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:22:03 -0500 Child abuse groups hope parents learn from Adrian Peterson case Peterson was booked and released from a Texas jail this weekend after being indicted for child abuse. The allegations say Peterson used a tree branch, or switch, to punish his son. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/14/peterson-abuse-lessons?refid=0 Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:59:32 -0500 Republicans target Peterson in 7th District showdown DFL Rep. Collin Peterson has been easily re-elected in his Western Minnesota district since he first took the seat in 1990. But this year Republicans in Washington have targeted him for defeat. Peterson says he isn't backing away from the challenge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/12/peterson-westrom-7thdistrict?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 01:00:00 -0500 With shortfall looming, Gov. candidates disagree on how to pay for roads State transportation officials project that gas tax revenue, the largest funding stream for road and bridge projects, will decline as people drive less and cars become more fuel efficient. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/27/minnesota-roads-governor-candidates?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:58:59 -0500 GOP leaders ask for apology from Franken The chair of the Minnesota Republican Party and two members of the Minnesota House are calling on DFL Sen. Al Franken to apologize for past writings and actions that Republican leaders say are offensive to women. They also want DFL Party Chair Ken Martin to denounce Franken. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/08/amid-their-own-apologies-gop-leaders-ask-for-one-from-franken/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:14:04 -0500 Dayton declines Johnson's request for multiple debates Republican gubernatorial nominee Jeff Johnson said he is requesting 13 debates to better inform the voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/21/dayton-debates?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:54:31 -0500 Dayton pushes education, labor-force agenda for 2nd term The 67-year-old is running for re-election for the first time in a career that includes one-time stints as state auditor and U.S. senator. And he said his next term, if he's re-elected, will be his last in office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/20/dayton-campaign?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:03:44 -0500 Poll: Dayton and Franken lead GOP rivals The poll was in the field just one day after last week's primary election. Both races are expected to be competitive heading into the November election. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/08/rasmussen-poll-dayton-and-franken-lead-gop-rivals/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:58:46 -0500 Voters pick for Independence Party Senate candidate throws party into disarray Self-proclaimed tea party member Steve Carlson won the primary with slightly more than 2,100 votes, defeating Kevin Terrell, the candidate party leaders had chosen to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken. Several prominent Independence Party members say they're worried about its future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/14/independence-party?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:39:33 -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 8 things to watch on primary night There are several competitive primary battles in both parties, so we've created a handy checklist of things to watch for. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/08/8-things-to-watch-on-primary-night/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:02:20 -0500 On primary eve, GOP governor hopefuls play to their strengths No one is quite sure who will win and go on to challenge DFL Gov. Mark Dayton in November. The four major candidates -- Jeff Johnson, Scott Honour, Marty Seifert and Kurt Zellers -- don't differ much on the issues so they've been using their experience to highlight their differences. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/09/governor-hopefuls-play-to-strengths?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 04:04:00 -0500 Minnesota voters can skip the ballot booth and vote early For years, Minnesotans could only vote early if they could provide a legally valid excuse, such as being outside of the district on Election Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/06/voting-early?refid=0 Wed, 06 Aug 2014 20:04:20 -0500 Will same-sex marriage vote cost Minnesota GOP a leader? Deputy Minority Leader Jenifer Loon was one of five Republicans in the Legislature to vote for a bill last year legalizing same-sex marriage and that's made her the target of a Republican challenger, Sheila Kihne. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/02/loon-marriage-vote?refid=0 Sun, 03 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0500 Republican candidates for governor want to change MNsure Each of the four Republican candidates for governor wants to make major changes to MNsure, which their party has criticized since its inception. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/17/republican-candidates-for-governor-want-to-change-mnsure?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:40:49 -0500 State Sen. Nienow files for bankruptcy Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, is in the process of liquidating his assets to pay more than $900,000 in debt he owes to the federal government, credit card agencies and a past business partner. Chief among Nienow's debts is a loan he and his wife secured through the U.S. Small Business Administration. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/07/state-sen-nienow-files-for-bankruptcy/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:21:28 -0500 Wisc. governor becomes issue in Minn. race Minnesota Democrats are using some remarks Jeff Johnson made about Wisconsin to rile up opposition to the Republican endorsed candidate for governor. Johnson told a tea party group recently that he'd like to implement Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's policies here. That has Democrats upset, but Johnson isn't backing down. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/07/wisconsin-an-issue-in-minnesota-governors-race/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:37:42 -0500 After Kahn complaint, a new GOP photo ID push The Republican candidate for Minnesota Secretary of State says concerns about improprieties in a Minnesota House primary election campaign validate his call to change the voting system. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/07/after-kahn-complaint-a-new-gop-photo-id-push/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:59:26 -0500 GOP says Dayton bungled economy, but will voters agree? This year Republicans are talking economy, not social issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/07/gop-says-dayton-bungled-economy-but-will-voters-agree?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:43:08 -0500 Flood damage tally for Minnesota so far: $32 million and rising Initial estimates show that the state will be eligible for federal funds to rebuild. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/01/minnesota-flood-damage-costs?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:23:01 -0500 Minnesota's budget reserve gets a boost State finance officials announced today that they deposited $150 million into the state's budget reserve - strengthening Minnesota's budget standing in case of an economic downturn. The state's total budget reserve is $811 million. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/07/minnesotas-budget-reserve-gets-a-boost/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:36:11 -0500 Anti-union MN child care workers buoyed by Supreme Court ruling The court on Monday ruled that thousands of Illinois home health care workers cannot be required to pay fees to cover collective bargaining costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/30/antiunion-mn-child-care-workers-buoyed-by-supreme-court-ruling?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:36:10 -0500 In Minneapolis, President Obama puts focus on middle class worries With Minnehaha Falls as the backdrop, President Barack Obama launched a two-day trip to the Twin Cities on Thursday with an hour-long town hall meeting in Minneapolis, designed to boost the spirits of people frustrated with nation's still sluggish economy -- and of Democrats uncertain about their prospects in the midterm elections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/27/obama-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2014 04:47:26 -0500 DFL, GOP both foresee boost from Obama visit Democrats think a visit from President Barack Obama will fire up their base and motivate rank-and-file DFLers to vote in November. Republicans, on the other hand, say Obama's visit will be a boon to their candidates, as his poll numbers sink and many Americans see the country as heading in the wrong direction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/25/obama-visit-democrats-republicans?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 06:30:04 -0500 Former Gov. Al Quie backs Seifert for governor Former Republican Gov. Al Quie is backing former state Rep. Marty Seifert's campaign for governor. The Seifert campaign made the announcement this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/25/former-gov-al-quie-backs-seifert-for-governor?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:06:07 -0500 Republican contenders for governor prepare for their primary fight With Minnesota's primary election about six weeks away, the four Republican candidates for governor have been busy raising money and reaching out to voters. But there's a big question hanging in the air: Will the summertime primary will generate much interest among voters? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/20/gop-governor-primary-in-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:56:00 -0500 Dispatches from the Green Line: Opening Day Follow along as MPR News reporter Jon Collins rides the Green Line all day, telling the stories from the stations, the train and the first-day festivities. There'll be speeches, celebrations, music, free rides and plenty of fanfare as the Green Line light rail project launches today. The first trains leave the station at 10 a.m., and rides on all Metro Transit buses and trains will be free all day. http://live.mprnews.org/Event/Opening_Day_The_Green_Line_light_rail?refid=0 Sat, 14 Jun 2014 09:38:10 -0500 DFLers say they're ready to get loud about federal health law, MNsure But after taking some early lumps on MNsure Democrats are becoming more aggressive about promoting what they say are the program's benefits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/12/democrats-ready-to-campaign-on-health-law?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:17:53 -0500 At Republican state convention, political purity takes a back seat After losing every election for top statewide office since 2006, Minnesota Republicans said they were looking for candidates at Saturday's state party convention who can win. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/01/gop-endorses-candidates-for-governor-us-senate?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 06:15:08 -0500 Dayton walks fine line on mining as he seeks second term Union members who are pushing for expanded mining say the governor needs to take a stronger stand in favor of mining or he could lose votes this fall. But taking that stand would put him at odds environmental groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/30/dayton-mining?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Politicking begins after legislative session ends Legislators are back in their districts Monday after finishing the 2014 legislative session on Friday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/17/politicking-begins-after-legislative-session-ends?refid=0 Sun, 18 May 2014 16:00:00 -0500 Minn. House OKs billion-dollar bonding bill Early Friday morning, the Minnesota House passed two bills that spend more than $1 billion on public works projects across the state. Later in the day they are poised to pass another round of tax cuts, as well as a bill that legalizes medical marijuana and a bill that increases spending for schools, health care and broadband. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/05/minn-house-oks-billion-dollar-bonding-bill/?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2014 04:37:55 -0500 Bakk: Legislative leaders signed off on bonding and taxes Bakk said he expects the House and Senate to vote on the tax bill, a medical marijuana bill and a bonding bill tonight. He says he expects lawmakers to finish their work by Friday night. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/05/bakk-legislative-leaders-signed-off-on-bonding-and-taxes/?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2014 21:50:48 -0500 Bill restricting e-cigarettes heads to Gov. Dayton The House and Senate both passed the bill earlier tonight. It would ban the use of e-cigarettes in government buildings, in schools and on the campuses of the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/05/bill-restricting-e-cigarettes-heads-to-gov-dayton/?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2014 21:39:44 -0500 Legislature moves to ban online lottery games Lawmakers have criticized Minnesota Lottery officials for expanding access to new games without getting legislative approval. But the lottery's executive director Ed Van Petten said banning the games could cost the state millions in lost revenue and lawsuits. He said he would prefer to see Gov. Mark Dayton veto the bill. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/05/legislature-moves-to-ban-online-lottery-games/?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2014 20:06:43 -0500 Medical marijuana deal headed toward passage Under the bill health care professionals could authorize people to get access to pill and liquid forms of cannabis through eight sites. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/05/medical-marijuana-deal-headed-toward-passage/?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2014 14:48:05 -0500 Republicans say not so fast on bonding bill For the past week, DFL legislative leaders have met privately with Republican leaders and individual Republican lawmakers, aiming to find the magic formula for a successful bonding bill. But those negotiations have proven fruitless. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/14/republicans-say-not-so-fast-on-bonding-bill?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2014 16:55:33 -0500 Panel passes partial e-cig ban A joint House/Senate conference committee has agreed to ban the use of e-cigarettes in government buildings, schools, the University of Minnesota and campuses in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/05/conference-committee-passes-partial-e-cig-ban/?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2014 20:11:14 -0500 House and Senate reach agreement on spending priorities Sen. Dick Cohen, DFL-St. Paul, and Rep. Lynn Carlson, DFL-Crystal, on Monday announced their spending targets for each budget division. Health and Human Services will see the biggest increase in spending - roughly $104 million - in the current budget cycle. Spending on early childhood and K12 education will increase $54 million. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/05/house-and-senate-reach-agreement-on-spending-priorities/?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2014 19:49:55 -0500 Agreement reached on cell phone tracking bill Sen. Branden Petersen, R-Andover, says the bill would require police and prosecutors to get approval from a judge before they can start tracking an individual's cell phone. He said that's a big change since current law does not require police to any approval to track someone's cell phone. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/05/agreement-reached-on-cell-phone-tracking-bill/?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2014 18:47:33 -0500 Dayton threatens bonding bill veto over sprinklers Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday he will veto a public works bill if the Legislature insists on including language in it that would ban the state from requiring sprinklers in any new homes. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/05/dayton-threatens-bonding-bill-veto-over-sprinkler-language/?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2014 16:08:50 -0500 Dayton open to indoor e-cig ban Gov. Mark Dayton said today that he would not would not veto a bill that would ban the use of e-cigarettes in public indoor spaces, if it is passed by the Legislature. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/05/dayton-open-to-indoor-e-cig-ban/?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2014 15:29:54 -0500 Hennepin cmr. seeks pension switch; critics cry foul While the Legislature has let employees buy back years of service to correct a mistake, it's never allowed anyone to join a pension after earlier electing to opt out of the plan, said Mary Most Vanek, executive director of the Public Employee Retirement Association of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/09/hennepin-cmr-seeks-pension-switch-critics-cry-foul?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2014 17:05:41 -0500 Women's pay, work equity bill clears Legislature "For 50 years we have assumed that we have equal pay for equal work," said DFL Sen. Sandy Pappas. "And the whole purpose of this bill is to see if that's the case, if we can get a handle on this stubborn pay gap." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/09/womens-pay-work-equity-bill-clears-legislature?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2014 08:04:21 -0500 House passes liquor bill without Sunday growlers The Minnesota House overwhelmingly passed a bill today extends bar hours during this summer's Major League Baseball All-Star Game, extends alcohol sales at the University of Minnesota's football stadium and allows taprooms to open on Sundays. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/05/house-passes-liquor-bill-without-sunday-growlers/?refid=0 Thu, 08 May 2014 16:24:11 -0500 Committee agrees to improve working conditions for women The agreement would expand unpaid family leave and require businesses to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant and nursing employees. It would also provide money to help increase the number of women working in high-wage, high-demand jobs. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/05/conference-committee-agrees-on-womens-economic-security-act/?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2014 20:17:20 -0500 Minn. Senate defeats Sunday booze sales bid The chamber voted in favor of allowing craft beer tap rooms to sell growlers for takeaway on Sundays, but then the bill got pulled from debate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/06/senate-sunday-liquor-sales?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2014 13:44:38 -0500 Sen. Committee approves tougher regulations on e-cigarettes The proposal would include electronic cigarettes under the same rules as smoking. The bill would also ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and keep e-cigs out of schools. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/05/senate-committee-approves-tougher-regulations-on-e-cigarettes/?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2014 15:47:23 -0500 Senate tax committee kills Sunday growler sales The measure would have opened the door to allowing a form of Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/05/senate-tax-committee-kills-sunday-growler-sales/?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2014 14:23:46 -0500 House bill would require judge's OK for cell phone tracking The Minnesota House unanimously passed a bill Friday that would require police to get a judge's approval before tracking the location of someone's cell phone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/02/house-bill-would-require-judges-ok-for-cell-phone-tracking?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2014 12:49:00 -0500 'Newborn screening bill' passes in House The bill comes after a 2011 Supreme Court ruling that the Minnesota Department of Health's policy of archiving newborn blood samples violated the state's Genetic Information Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/01/newborn-screening-bill-passes-in-house?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2014 20:32:23 -0500 Clinical trials deal moves medical marijuana bill forward in Minn. House The deal doesn't allow smoking of marijuana, but would allow for vapor delivery. It also includes the option of a state-based manufacturer of the medication if no federal source is available. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/01/medical-marijuana-bill-deal?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2014 13:28:01 -0500 Cops hint at medical marijuana compromise Law enforcement groups told the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday that they might not oppose marijuana extracts like oils or pills for treatment, but they don't want to see the creation of 55 marijuana dispensaries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/30/medical-marijuana-lawenforcement?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:18:07 -0500 Dayton to present vision for Minnesota, jumpstart campaign The annual address typically comes at the beginning, not the end of the legislative session, but Dayton's health problems led him to delay it. As a result, the speech comes as the governor prepares to jumpstart his re-election campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/29/state-of-state?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 05:00:00 -0500 Drug counselors worry as medical marijuana movement grows People who run drug treatment programs in Minnesota worry that opening the door to any form of legal marijuana will cause many more problems and could lead to greater abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/28/drug-counselors-worry-as-medical-marijuana-movement-grows?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 06:00:00 -0500 Franken chides FCC fast-lane Internet proposal The nation's top telecoms regulator is proposing to allow a pay-for-priority fast lane for movies, music and other services to get to people's homes. Under the proposal, an access provider could demand that high-traffic services such as Netflix pay for preferential treatment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/26/franken-chides-fcc-fastlane-internet-proposal?refid=0 Sat, 26 Apr 2014 11:59:52 -0500 Medical marijuana's prospects grow with Minnesota Senate panel vote The Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Committee followed through on Gov. Mark Dayton's recent suggestion that lawmakers need to "stop hiding behind their desks" on medical marijuana and take a stance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/25/medical-marijuanas-prospects-grow-with-minnesota-senate-panel-vote?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:53:37 -0500 Senate panel approves medical marijuana bill Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, says his bill would allow sick people to get a doctor's permission to use marijuana. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/04/senate-panel-approves-medical-marijuana-bill/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 11:41:24 -0500 Supporters of legal marijuana rally at Capitol Supporters of legal marijuana packed the Minnesota Capitol rotunda today. No bills have been introduced this session to legalize marijuana, but a Senate committee is scheduled to debate the medical marijuana bill on Friday. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/04/supporters-of-legal-marijuana-rally-at-capitol/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:18:11 -0500 Medical marijuana debate puts spotlight on law enforcement's political influence Some Minnesota legislators, frustrated with their inability to make any headway against law enforcement objections to a medical marijuana bill, are expressing concern that police and prosecutors are spending too much time at the Capitol protecting and serving their own interests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/20/medical-marijuana-backers-concerned-about-political-power-of-law-enforcement?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:45:00 -0500 Minnesota tourism office launches $3.7M campaign Minnesota is hitting the airwaves in 12 states and two Canadian provinces to try to lure more visitors to Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/17/minnesota-tourism?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:19:33 -0500 Teamsters lobby against proposed Sunday growler sales The Teamsters objection to a measure allowing taprooms to sell growlers on Sunday threatens to stall the entire omnibus liquor bill. This would affect the University of Minnesota's ability to sell at its football stadium and taprooms would not be able to open on Sundays at all. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/11/teamsters-lobby-against-proposed-sunday-growlers-sales?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:07:39 -0500 Minn. lawmakers boost minimum wage to $9.50 After several hours of contentious debate, the Minnesota House today passed a bill to make that the hourly wage by a vote of 71-60. The vote follows one by the Senate on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/10/minimum-wage-vote?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:21:39 -0500 Bill boosting women's income passes Minn. House The bill expands access to affordable health care, expands family leave and provides reasonable accommodations for pregnant and nursing employees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/09/womens-income-bill?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:15:56 -0500 Governor challenges GOP MNsure critics ahead of hearing Republicans want to use Wednesday's legislative oversight hearing on the state online insurance marketplace to focus on the problems that plagued the website since it went live in October. Gov. Mark Dayton calls the hearings "a farce. They're making a mockery of the word 'oversight.'" http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/08/governor-challenges-republican-critics-of-mnsure?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:00:00 -0500 Key win for $90M Senate building finance package Construction for the building is now expected to begin on July 1, provided the Minnesota Supreme Court dismisses a legal challenge to the building. The building relies on $76 million in taxpayer money and an additional $13 million in parking fees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/07/new-senate-building-financing?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:30:43 -0500 For it until he was against it? GOP hammers Dayton as flip-flopper It's a pattern of behavior his opponents say they've seen repeatedly during his first term as governor. Whether it's a Vikings stadium, business and cigarette taxes, or medical marijuana, some Republicans say Dayton's policy shifts show he's inconsistent and erratic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/01/gop-hammers-dayton-as-flipflopper?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:10:49 -0500 Dayton denies telling mother of sick child to buy marijuana illegally The allegation was made this week by a supporter of medical marijuana who met privately with Dayton. On Wednesday, Jessica Hauser of Woodbury said the governor suggested she buy marijuana for her son on the street, or in another state. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/03/dayton-denies-telling-mother-of-sick-child-to-buy-marijuana-illegally/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:44:35 -0500 Bill seeks compensation for those wrongly convicted, imprisoned Legislation would require the state provide at least $50,000 for every year a person wrongly served behind bars. A special judicial review panel appointed by the Supreme Court would determine the full amount of money to be awarded. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/27/bill-seeks-compensation-those-wrongly-sent-to-prison?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:25:33 -0500 Medical marijuana supporters soldier on, despite Dayton's dim diagnosis for bill Gov. Mark Dayton said today his proposal to study one type of medical marijuana has been rejected by those who want broader use of the drug. Still, supporters of medical marijuana say they're not giving up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/25/politics/medical-marijuana-prospects?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:12:52 -0500 Hold off Minn. tax filing until new cuts sorted out, state officials say The department is updating its software system to handle changes to the tax code that were made on Friday when Gov. Mark Dayton signed a $443 million tax cut bill into law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/24/politics/taxes-filing?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:57:48 -0500 Minn. bill aims to level playing field for women Backers say the Women's Economic Security Act, which has quietly made its way through the Legislature, would help ensure that women start earning as much as men. But one Republican lawmaker said the legislation makes women look like a bunch of "whiners," and could cause businesses to cut jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/19/politics/minnesota-womens-economic-security-act?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:13:29 -0500 Dayton hammers Senate on tax vote delay "The reality is they haven't agreed and it doesn't appear likely they're about to agree," Gov. Mark Dayton said. "So I need to take this to the people of Minnesota and make it clear to them that they have a big stake in this and that this is unacceptable." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/18/tax-bill-dayton-senate-office-building?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 07:41:51 -0500 Dayton says chances slim for legal medical marijuana Dayton said he's sympathetic with people who say they need medical marijuana to treat certain conditions. But he said as governor he must weigh the potential good of marijuana for some against the harm it could cause others. He suggested the failure to pass a new law would not create a great hardship. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/13/dayton-medical-marijuana-chances-slim?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:28:49 -0500 Bill to treat e-cigarettes like standard smokes moves forward A committee in the Minnesota Senate has approved a bill that would forbid people from using e-cigarettes indoors and prohibits the sale of electronic delivery devices to people under the age of 18. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/12/e-cigarette-bill-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:08:53 -0500 Advocates push to restore voting rights to felons when they leave prison Members of the Restore the Vote Coalition say a bill that would allow felons who have been released from prison to vote is a civil rights issue that will allow thousands of people, many of them minorities, to have a say in the political process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/11/politics/voting-rights?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:45:56 -0500 Minn. lawmaker Garofalo apologizes for NBA tweet Rep. Pat Garofalo, suggested in a tweet Sunday night that pro basketball players have criminal tendencies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/10/politics/garofalo-apology?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:07:24 -0500 People with disabilities ask public to keep sidewalks clear The winter has been dangerous for Minnesotans with disabilities, many of whom have had to navigate those areas in a wheelchair or without sight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/07/people-with-disabilities-ask-public-to-keep-sidewalks-clear?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:51:04 -0600 Minnesota House approves $503M tax-cut bill Thursday's 126-2 vote comes just 10 days since the legislative session began. The bill heads to the Senate, where leaders haven't publicly embraced the plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/06/house-tax-cut-bill-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:24:46 -0600 House debates tax conformity bill as filing deadline looms Although "federal tax conformity" might sound like a dry subject to some, it's an issue that touches hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans. Unless the state makes the change it could leave some people facing tax bills in the tens of thousands of dollars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/05/federal-tax-conformity-bill?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 07:10:47 -0600 Dayton, House DFLers want to repeal $600M in taxes The tax cut talk came as Minnesota lawmakers kicked off the 2014 legislative session on Tuesday, but DFL leaders in the Senate are reluctant to embrace the plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/25/minnesota-tax-repeals?refid=0 Tue, 25 Feb 2014 19:44:28 -0600 GOP same-sex marriage supporter FitzSimmons fights for his political life The first-term legislator's political future may come down to two votes: The one he took last May to legalize same-sex marriage and the one party delegates will cast on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/20/fitzsimmons-endorsement-battle?refid=0 Thu, 20 Feb 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Number of alleged sex abusers greater than church has revealed An MPR News investigation found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950 -- nearly double the church's official count. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2014/02/19/investigation-more-priests-accused-of-sexual-abuse-in-twin-cities-catholic-church/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:13:33 -0600 Accused priests: Who they are, where they've served, what's alleged An MPR News investigation found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950 -- nearly double the church's official count. Explore an interactive database with details of the allegations against those priests, deacons and monks, along with the locations of their service and their current status. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/priest-list/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:07:14 -0600 Archdiocese financial data show $3.9M operating loss The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis showed an operating loss in fiscal 2013 compared to a $1.5 million operating surplus the prior year. Officials attributed that loss to a big jump in reserves to cover unknown future costs tied to clergy abuse claims. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/13/news/archdiocese-financial-report?refid=0 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 04:21:22 -0600 Senate building delay could prove costly The current schedule for the Capitol renovation depends on the new Senate building. Construction is expected to start this spring with a goal of completing it by 2015. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/10/senate-building-delay-could-prove-costly?refid=0 Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:56:02 -0600 Ron Paul backer announces Minn. Senate bid as Independence Party candidate A Roseville resident who backed former Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul's campaign for president in 2012 plans to run for the Independence Party's nomination for U.S. Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/06/hannah-nicollet-senate-bid?refid=0 Thu, 06 Feb 2014 19:51:30 -0600 VP Biden to attend Joan Mondale service Biden's office confirmed that he and his wife, Jill, would travel to Minnesota for the service at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Carter and wife, Rosalynn, also will attend with the former president delivering remarks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/06/biden-mondale-funeral?refid=0 Thu, 06 Feb 2014 19:16:34 -0600 GOP straw poll winners prepare for campaign Former state Rep. Marty Seifert, running for governor, and State Sen. Julianne Ortman, running for Senate, came out on top of Tuesday's non-binding GOP straw poll. But they both still have the state party convention and primaries ahead of them. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/02/straw-poll-winners-embrace-frontrunner-status/?refid=0 Wed, 05 Feb 2014 17:28:05 -0600 Dayton picks chief of staff Tina Smith as running mate Tina Smith has served as Dayton's chief of staff since 2011. Prior to that, she did the same job for Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and worked for the Metropolitan Council. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/02/dayton-picks-tina-smith-as-running-mate/?refid=0 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 09:47:27 -0600 Choi: Church officials 'did not fail to comply with the law' in reporting Wehmeyer abuse Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said authorities had investigated whether officials of the Twin Cities archdiocese had failed to report suspicions of abuse in a timely way. He said that while he continued to be troubled by the church's communication practices, he had found no evidence that might persuade a jury. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/29/wehmeyer-investigation?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:37:18 -0600 Church leaders used hidden funds to cover for abusive priests Internal financial reports show the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for years spent millions of dollars dealing with clergy misconduct. It created a system that allowed church leaders to remove priests accused of misconduct without attracting attention. But it also left the church vulnerable to embezzlement. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2014/01/23/secret-accounts-kept-clergy-misconduct-quiet-but-left-archdiocese-finances-exposed?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0600 St. Cloud diocese releases list of 33 priests who 'likely abused minors' Twenty-one of the priests, the diocese said, are dead. Of the living: Four live in Collegeville, one lives in St. Cloud, one in the Twin Cities metro area and another in New York City. The diocese doesn't know the whereabouts of five of the priests on the list. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/03/catholic-church/st-cloud-diocese-releases-list-of-priests?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 17:40:32 -0600 Noor challenges DFLer Kahn for seat in Legislature Mohamud Noor says he's running against state Rep. Phyllis Kahn because he wants the Legislature to focus more attention on reducing the achievement gap in public schools, and connect better with members of the East African community and college students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/30/politics/noor-challenges-dfler-kahn-for-seat-in-legislature-?refid=0 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 06:27:57 -0600 Archdiocese: Two priests reported to police The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has forwarded information about two parish priests to law enforcement. The two priests in question are taking leaves from active ministry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/29/archdiocese-two-minn-priests-on-leave?refid=0 Sun, 29 Dec 2013 14:58:21 -0600 St. Paul says fewer violations during snow emergency A spokesperson for the city of St. Paul's public works department said 700 fewer cars were ticketed and 100 fewer cars were towed than during a typical early phase of a snow emergency. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/26/snow-plowing?refid=0 Thu, 26 Dec 2013 17:51:00 -0600 As Christmas approaches amid clergy abuse revelations, Catholics weigh options for giving Allegations against leaders of the Twin Cities Archdiocese in recent months have triggered anger among many parishioners. If they choose to take a stand with their dollars, it could affect how the church moves forward with projects throughout the coming year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/19/catholic-church/giving-at-christmas-amid-clergy-abuse-revelations?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Abuse claims kept secret allowed priest to minister and teach sex ed Harry Walsh wasn't included on a recent list of priests 'credibly accused' of sexual abuse. Church leaders knew his history, yet allowed him to continue working in parishes until the fall of 2011. Today Walsh teaches sex education to troubled teenagers and vulnerable adults in Wright Co., Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/12/19/abuse-claims-kept-secret-allowed-priest-to-minister-and-teach-sex-ed/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Dec 2013 03:57:00 -0600 Archdiocese officials meet with St. Paul police According to police, an archdiocese attorney and vicar general answered some questions and planned to meet again with police. No other details were provided. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/18/archdiocese-officials-meet-with-police?refid=0 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 17:46:09 -0600 Archbishop John Nienstedt's years in the Twin Cities The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced Dec. 17 that Archbishop John Nienstedt voluntarily 'stepped aside from all public ministry' while police investigate a claim that he touched a boy on the buttocks in 2009, an allegation the archbishop denies. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/12/17/nienstedt/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:28:43 -0600 Police: Archdiocese not cooperating with clergy abuse investigation St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith said the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is not cooperating with an ongoing criminal investigation into clergy sexual abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/17/police-investigate-archbishop?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:11:28 -0600 As Nienstedt steps back, an auxiliary bishop steps into the breach Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piche will temporarily be the public face of an archdiocese that is facing fierce criticism for how it handled clergy sexual abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/17/auxiliary-bishop-lee-piche?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:14:38 -0600 Nienstedt, facing claim he touched boy, steps aside during investigation, denies allegation The St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese says Archbishop John Nienstedt is being investigated by police for an allegation of touching a boy on the buttocks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/17/catholic-church/archbishop-nienstedt-investigation?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:04:05 -0600 At Sunday mass, Nienstedt apologizes, says he 'overlooked' clergy abuse Archbishop John Nienstedt has started addressing the clergy sex abuse scandal head on, telling parishioners and the media Sunday that he's sorry he overlooked issues of abuse among parish priests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/15/news/nienstedt-homily?refid=0 Sun, 15 Dec 2013 12:43:47 -0600 The list: Archdiocese names priests 'credibly accused' of sexual abuse A detailed look at the priests named by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as clergy with credible accusations of child abuse against them. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/special/archdiocese-priest-list?refid=0 Fri, 06 Dec 2013 02:17:17 -0600 Abuse victims: Church took too long to release priest names A list of priests who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children, released today by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, should have been made public decades ago, victims of abuse by clergy members said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/05/news/react-abusive-priest-list?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:29:16 -0600 Sexual misconduct charges filed against Maplewood priest According to the charges, Rev. Mark Huberty inappropriately touched a woman under his spiritual care. They later engaged in other sexual activity over several months in the woman's Maplewood home, at the church and in Huberty's car. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/19/news/maplewood-priest-sexual-misconduct-charges?refid=0 Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:05:33 -0600 Archdiocese hires Los Angeles firm to review priest files The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has hired a Los Angeles-based consulting firm to review the personnel files of all its priests, as part of the church's approach to dealing with allegations of clergy sexual abuse and misconduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/14/catholic-church/archdiocese-hires-lost-angeles-firm-to-review-priest-files?refid=0 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:27:44 -0600 Church leaders qualify promise to name priests who sexually abused children Archbishop John Nienstedt said on Friday that the Twin Cities archdiocese would release names of priests who have sexually abused children. A day and half later, church officials added caveats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/11/catholic-church/church-leaders-qualify-promise-to-name-priests-who-sexually-abused-childr?refid=0 Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:55:04 -0600 Abusive priest hid in plain sight for years, retired quietly to New Prague A retired priest who admitted to sexually abusing several young boys and a teenager on a South Dakota American Indian reservation now lives less than a block from a school in New Prague, Minn. Three archbishops and other leaders of the Twin Cities archdiocese kept Clarence Vavra's past a secret, moving him 17 times during his 38-year career. Today, Archbishop John Nienstedt acknowledges that "serious errors were made by the archdiocese in dealing with him," and pledges to disclose the names of other priests who have abused children. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/11/11/abusive-priest-hid-in-plain-sight-for-years-retired-quietly-to-new-prague/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Demonstrators call for Nienstedt's resignation Demonstrators said Nienstedt should resign over how he's handled alleged sexual misconduct by priests, his support for a failed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and the decision by church leaders to make extra payments to priests who have sexually abused children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/09/catholic-church/call-for-archbishop-nienstedt-to-resign?refid=0 Sat, 09 Nov 2013 16:06:30 -0600 Task force supervisor to control group's access to clergy abuse information A task force created to address the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the Twin Cities' Catholic Church will only have access to information provided by the Rev. Reginald Whitt, the church official appointed to oversee it, according to a letter he wrote to Twin Cities clergy last week. The move appears to contradict the archdiocese's earlier assertions that the task force would remain independent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/28/catholic-church/clergy-abuse-task-force-leaders-oversight-includes-full-control-of-inform?refid=0 Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:43:21 -0500 Archbishop Nienstedt will hire firm for external review of clergy files Writing in his weekly column, Nienstedt said he ordered the review after reading recent media reports and hearing from "so many Catholic faithful" that there is "real fear that some priests in ministry today constitute a danger to children." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/24/nienstedt-outside-firm-clergy-files?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 13:20:57 -0500 Amid calls for change, Nienstedt takes responsibility for church's response to abuse Two priests in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis have suggested a change in leadership at the local church is necessary in light of recent revelations of clergy misconduct. Today, Archbishop John Nienstedt said he accepts responsibility for the church's handling of the situation and said he regrets that a growing number of parishioners and priests have "lost confidence" in him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/23/amid-calls-for-change-nienstedt-takes-responsibility-for-churchs-response-to-abuse?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:37:24 -0500 Bankruptcy an option for church confronting clergy misconduct, financial uncertainty Recent reports about clergy misconduct in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis threaten to put new financial pressure on an institution already under some financial strain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/22/catholic-church/bankruptcy-an-option-for-archdiocese?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 00:13:00 -0500 N. St. Paul priest: 'Fresh start is needed' at archdiocese A priest representing a North St. Paul parish is calling for change in leadership in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis saying "sometimes a fresh start is needed for all involved." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/22/news/priest-archdiocese-leadership?refid=0 Tue, 22 Oct 2013 19:19:34 -0500 Twin Cities archdiocese delays $160M capital campaign Spokesman Jim Accurso said a final decision on the capital campaign "has been put on pause with the intention of revisiting it again in January." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/22/archdiocese-delays-capital-campaign?refid=0 Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:06:53 -0500 Archdiocese was warned of priest's correspondence with a possible minor In a letter to then-vicar general Kevin McDonough, parishioner Kate Ternus described her concerns about the contents of the Rev. Jon Shelley's computer. Her family received Shelley's used computer in 2004, and the archdiocese later determined it contained "borderline illegal" pornography. The letter dated Sept. 17, 2004 mentions a local Catholic high school and could indicate for the first time that Shelley's behavior may have gone beyond pornography. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/18/catholic-church/archdiocese-was-warned-of-priests-possible-correspondence-with-minor?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 05:03:29 -0500 St. Paul police urge any victims of clergy abuse to come forward The call was prompted by an ongoing criminal investigation, said Police Commander Mary Nash of the department's family and sexual violence unit. She declined to provide any details. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/17/st-paul-police-ask-any-victims-of-clergy-abuse-to-come-forward?refid=0 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:39:00 -0500 For an abusive priest, retirement income came with a premium The former accounting director of the Twin Cities archdiocese said recently that several accused priests receive pension payments higher than normal. Another former church official discovered them, too, over the past few years and had them stopped. The archdiocese says church law requires that offending priests must have 'financial, therapeutic and spiritual support.' The Rev. Robert Kapoun is one of them. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/10/09/for-abusive-priest-retirement-income-came-with-a-premium/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 02:30:57 -0500 St. Paul police will reopen child pornography investigation of priest The department had recently closed the case looking into allegations of child pornography found on computer files once belonging to the Rev. Jonathan Shelley for lack of evidence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/08/archdiocese-st-paul-police-report?refid=0 Tue, 08 Oct 2013 14:50:39 -0500 Victims group dismisses archdiocese review of clergy sexual abuse cases as 'nothing but a smokescreen' A Saturday letter from the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis asked priests to tell parishioners during Mass this weekend about Archbishop John Nienstedt's formation of a lay task force that will review the handling of clergy sexual misconduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/06/victims-group-dismisses-move-by-archbishop-nienstedt-to-review-handling-of-clergy-sexual-?refid=0 Sun, 06 Oct 2013 15:49:46 -0500 Nienstedt orders review of church handling of clergy sexual abuse The archdiocese urged priests to announce at mass this weekend that Archbishop John Nienstedt has appointed the Rev. Reginald Whitt, a Dominican priest and University of St. Thomas law professor, to lead the creation of a task force to review all issues related to clergy misconduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/06/archbishop-nienstedt-orders-independent-review-of-clergy-sexual-abuse?refid=0 Sun, 06 Oct 2013 12:50:06 -0500 Police to review priest's hard drive for pornography Joe Ternus of Hugo says he reached out to St. Paul police today to tell them that he made a copy of a large part of the Rev. Jonathan Shelley's computer hard drive before he turned over the laptop to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Ternus said he had forgotten he had made a copy of Shelley's hard drive until MPR News contacted him earlier this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/04/police-to-examine-priests-hard-drive?refid=0 Sat, 05 Oct 2013 13:12:00 -0500 Twin Cities Catholics react to news about church leaders, priests Catholics who gathered for the annual Candlelight Rosary Procession in St. Paul Friday night reacted to recent news about the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, including an MPR News report that found the archdiocese knew about a priests's sexual misconduct but failed to remove him from ministry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/04/catholics-react?refid=0 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 21:35:20 -0500 Church: Payments part of 'support' to ensure abusive priests don't reoffend Priests who were involved in misconduct received financial, therapeutic and spiritual support, the archdiocese said in a statement released Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/01/archdiocese-statement-on-priest-payments?refid=0 Tue, 01 Oct 2013 11:10:10 -0500 Former archdiocesan accountant: Church paid priests despite sexual misconduct A former top accountant for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis claimed Monday that the church has made payments to nine priests despite their sexual misconduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/30/catholic-church/former-archdiocesan-accountant-church-paid-priests-despite-sexual-miscond?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:33:00 -0500 County prosecutor 'troubled' by archdiocese's handling of clergy abuse case Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says he's looking into findings from a Monday MPR News investigation that shows Catholic Church leaders did not tell parishioners of the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer's sexual addiction and past misconduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/24/clergy-abuse/county-prosecutor-troubled?refid=0 Tue, 24 Sep 2013 06:02:55 -0500 Police investigating Maplewood priest for sexual misconduct The Rev. Mark Huberty, pastor of the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Maplewood, has taken a voluntary leave of absence over an allegation he inappropriately touched a woman, which he denies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/23/police-investigating-maplewood-priest-for-sexual-misconduct?refid=0 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:33:42 -0500 Ramsey Co. Attorney: Archdiocese's response to priest's misconduct 'troubling' Ramsey County's top prosecutor says he's deeply concerned about the way the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis handled the case of a priest who was known to be a sex addict -- and who was later convicted of child sexual abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/23/clergy-abuse/archdiocese-statement-on-priest-abuse?refid=0 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 17:17:37 -0500 Survivors group calls for inquiry into abusive priest, archdiocese response after MPR story The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests is calling for a criminal investigation of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, following revelations that archdiocese officials knew about a priest's sexual compulsions for at least a decade before police arrested him for sexually abusing two boys. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/23/survivors-group-calls-for-investigation?refid=0 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:33:51 -0500 Archdiocese knew of priest's sexual misbehavior yet kept him in ministry Curtis Wehmeyer's eight years as a St. Paul priest are dotted with episodes of risky, sex-fueled behavior -- and the leaders of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis knew all about it. Last year, the parish of Blessed Sacrament faced a horror: Wehmeyer was convicted for his sexual abuse of two teenage boys. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2013/09/clergy-abuse/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 04:08:19 -0500 Priest takes leave of absence after being accused of 'inappropriate contact' with woman During Sunday mass, the Rev. Mark Huberty, pastor of the chuch, characterized an allegation that he had inappropriate contact with a woman as a "serious concern." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/22/priest-takes-leave-of-absence-after-allegation?refid=0 Sun, 22 Sep 2013 14:35:24 -0500 Senate calls on judge to toss Brodkorb suit Attorneys for the Minnesota Senate have asked a federal judge to dismiss Michael Brodkorb's wrongful termination lawsuit against the Senate. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/08/senate-calls-on-judge-to-toss-brodkorb-suit/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Aug 2013 19:02:38 -0500 Panel divided over guns at Capitol A committee looking at security at the state Capitol held a discussion today about whether people should be allowed to carry guns at the public building. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/08/panel-divided-over-guns-at-capitol/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 18:07:49 -0500 Democrat Simon says he's running for Secretary of State The St. Louis Park Democrat is the third member of his party to announce a bid to replace Mark Ritchie, who announced in June that he's not running again. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/08/democrat-simon-says-hes-running-for-secretary-of-state/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 10:19:16 -0500 Ortman anounces bid for US Senate State Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen, kicked off her campaign for the U.S. Senate on Saturday. Ortman made the announcement in Waconia, the heart of her Senate district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/03/politics/ortman-announces-campaign-for-senate?refid=0 Sat, 03 Aug 2013 09:32:18 -0500 GOP gov hopefuls hold well-behaved 1st forum The four Republican candidates for governor introduced themselves to a group of several hundred of the party faithful at an event last night in Moundsview. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/08/few-disagreements-among-gop-gubernatorial-candidates-at-first-forum/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Aug 2013 07:01:25 -0500 Brodkorb attorney steps aside after errant filing Phil Villaume, the lead attorney representing Michael Brodkorb in his lawsuit against the Minnesota Senate, has withdrawn from the case because of an errant filing that released private documents to the public. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/08/brodkorb-attorney-steps-aside-after-errant-filing/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Aug 2013 17:16:39 -0500 Dayton still won't say where jobs hunt led Gov. Mark Dayton is refusing to divulge where he and the state's top economic development official went last week to encourage a business to expand in Minnesota. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/07/dayton-still-wont-say-where-jobs-hunt-led/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jul 2013 17:43:58 -0500 Dayton: Property taxes projected to go down in 2014 Gov. Mark Dayton is highlighting a study that projects property taxes statewide will go down in 2014. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/07/dayton-property-taxes-projected-to-go-down-in-2014/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jul 2013 14:48:20 -0500 Cities, counties cite confusion over tax-exemption law For two decades, cities and counties have lobbied the Legislature to stop forcing local governments to pay sales tax on purchases. They argued that it's silly to require local governments to pay sales taxes that ultimately get paid through the property taxes they collect. The Legislature passed a law this year that exempts that sales tax starting on January 1. But there now appears to be some confusion over what is taxed and what isn't. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/26/government/cities-counties-cite-confusion-over-taxexemption-law?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 19:19:16 -0500 Obama signs disaster declaration for storm-hit Minn. counties President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for 18 counties in Minnesota, making millions of dollars in federal aid available to help the state recover from June storms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/25/news/storm-obama-disaster-declaration?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:54:33 -0500 Franken, re-election campaign on horizon, attracts few challengers so far Five years after the narrowest of victories against incumbent GOP Sen. Norm Coleman , Sen. Al Franken re-election race nears. But so far, the only Republicans challenging him are a businessman with no political experience and a state lawmaker best known for bucking his party. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/24/politics/franken-reelection-challengers-so-far?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 14:00:00 -0500 Dayton's office defends stealth strategy Governor Dayton is due back in Minnesota this evening after leaving the state this morning to convince an unnamed business to expand or relocate to Minnesota. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/07/daytons-office-defends-stealth-strategy/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 13:21:21 -0500 Luger recommend for U.S. Attorney for Minn. DFL Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken are recommending President Obama nominate attorney Andrew Luger to be the next U.S. Attorney for Minnesota. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/07/franken-and-klobuchar-nominate-luger-for-u-s-attorney/?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jul 2013 14:33:25 -0500 Phil Krinkie running for Congress Former state Rep. Phil Krinkie is running for Congress in Minnesota's 6th District. Krinkie will officially announce his bid for Congress at the Sherburne County fair tomorrow in Elk River. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/07/krinkie-running-for-congress/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jul 2013 18:56:50 -0500 Dayton asks for federal aid following June storm Gov. Mark Dayton is asking for federal disaster relief after the late June storms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/17/news/storm-disaster-relief?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:36:13 -0500 Auditor questions state's accounting system Minnesota's Legislative Auditor is raising questions about how well the state's accounting system is working. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/07/auditor-questions-states-accounting-system/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:58:55 -0500 Rosen still consdering run for governor State Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, says she's strongly considering a run for governor but isn't ready to announce anything soon. Rosen didn't say when she'll make a final decision. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/07/rosen-still-mulling-run-for-governor/?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jul 2013 17:23:20 -0500 Senate to seek sanctions against Michael Brodkorb's lawyers Attorneys for the Minnesota Senate say they intend to ask a federal judge to impose sanctions against attorneys for former Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/11/politics/senate-sanctions-michael-brodkorb?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:26:39 -0500 Minnesota's chief backer of same-sex marriage takes a national job The leader of a group that successfully lobbied to make same-sex marriage legal in Minnesota has been hired to help get the law passed in other states. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/07/minnesotas-chief-backer-of-same-sex-marriage-takes-a-national-job/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jul 2013 11:58:33 -0500 Capitol renovation will be major disruption A plan to renovate the State Capitol hit a snag Monday after Gov. Mark Dayton, state lawmakers and other members of the Capitol Preservation Commission objected with concerns over both the short-term and long-term plans for the building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/08/news/capitol-renovation?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 16:51:55 -0500 Sen. Thompson resigns leadership position State Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, announced today that he's resigning his leadership position in the Minnesota Senate. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/07/thompson-resigns-leadership-position/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:17:46 -0500 DFL control drove big union wins in Legislature The state's labor unions had a big year at the Capitol. New state employee contracts, labor peace deals, unemployment aid for locked out workers and bills that let day care providers unionize all passed into law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/02/politics/dfl-legislature-big-union-wins?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jul 2013 18:05:34 -0500 GOP leaders mark start of budget year by bashing tax hikes Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature are marking the start of the state's budget year by criticizing tax hikes enacted by Democrats. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/07/gop-leaders-mark-start-of-budget-year-by-bashing-tax-hikes/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 16:17:27 -0500 Ellison, Klobuchar push Voting Rights update Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Keith Ellison want Congress to make changes to the Voting Rights Act, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has invalidated a key portion of the law. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/07/klobuchar-and-ellison-call-for-voting-rights-act-update/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 13:39:17 -0500 State Senate earmarks $500,000 for Brodkorb suit The Minnesota Senate is planning to spend $500,000 for litigation in the case involving former GOP communications director Michael Brodkorb. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/06/state-senate-earmarks-500000-for-brodkorb-suit/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:41:15 -0500 Bachmann and Nolan forge rare alliance on Syria GOP U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and DFL U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan disagree on many of the key issues facing the country. But they have reached an accord regarding military intervention in Syria. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/06/bachmann-and-nolan-forge-rare-alliance-on-syria/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 17:41:46 -0500 DFL lawmaker sorry for 'Uncle Tom' tweet State Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley,has apologized for calling U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas "Uncle Thomas" on Twitter. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/06/dfl-state-lawmaker-retracts-controversial-tweet/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:27:00 -0500 GOP looks to business leaders as candidates Republicans have long been linked to big business, but this year in Minnesota some top candidates for statewide office and Congress are actually business people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/21/politics/gop-business-leaders?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:22:09 -0500 State Rep. Abeler running for US Senate State Rep. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, announced today that he is forming a start-up committee to run in 2014 for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by incumbent Democrat Al Franken. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/18/politics/abeler-senate?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:58:40 -0500 Graves drops out of race to replace Bachmann Just days after Republican Michele Bachmann said she would not run for a fifth term in Congress, her declared DFL opponent Jim Graves is ending his 2014 campaign. Graves sent a letter to his supporters Friday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/31/politics/graves?refid=0 Fri, 31 May 2013 09:47:46 -0500 Republicans eye 2014 run for Minn. 6th District seat At least eight Minnesota Republicans are considering a run for the 6th District congressional seat that Rep. Michele Bachmann is leaving at the end of her fourth term. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/30/politics/republicans-sixth-district-seat?refid=0 Thu, 30 May 2013 07:55:00 -0500 Minn. child care union fight shifts to court A group of in-home child care providers and a conservative group plan to file a lawsuit Wednesday aimed at stopping a new law that allows state subsidized child care providers and personal care workers to unionize. Gov. Dayton signed the bill into law last week after a contentious debate in the Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/29/politics/minn-child-care-union-fight-shifts-to-court?refid=0 Wed, 29 May 2013 08:43:22 -0500 Dayton signs compact with Canada for mutual aid in disasters A mutual aid compact between the state of Minnesota and Canada will allow sharing of emergency personnel in certain disasters and emergencies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/28/politics/canada-mutual-aid-compact?refid=0 Tue, 28 May 2013 18:46:03 -0500 Political spin begins as 2013 session ends Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders will shift from policy to politics today, now that the 2013 session is over. Dayton will hold a press conference this morning, while Republican lawmakers will travel the state to give their spin on the session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/21/politics/political-spin-begins-with-2013-legislative-sessions-end?refid=0 Tue, 21 May 2013 06:56:05 -0500 Legislature sends pared down-bonding bill to Dayton The Minnesota Legislature Monday night passed a bill to pay for State Capitol renovations. The pared-down bonding bill includes $109 million to make extensive repairs to the State Capitol, as well as funding for flood mitigation projects and the Minneapolis veteran's home. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/05/legislature_sen_1.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 20 May 2013 23:16:05 -0500 Budget in limbo with legislative deadline just hours away Members spent most of the weekend working to pass pieces of a two-year, $38.3 billion budget -- the main work of the session. The House passed the tax bill that finances that spending earlier Monday morning after a six-hour debate by a 69-65 margin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/20/politics/budget-limbo-legislative-deadline?refid=0 Mon, 20 May 2013 06:02:37 -0500 House tables bill on unions for care workers After more than four-and-a-half hours of debate overnight, the Minnesota House has set aside for now a controversial bill that would let state-subsidized home health and child care workers form unions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/19/politics/house-sets-aside-unionization-bill?refid=0 Sun, 19 May 2013 10:47:17 -0500 Enviro budget bill requires DNR approval for frac sand mining Companies looking to mine frac sand in Minnesota would need to get approval from the Department of Natural Resources. The requirement was part of an environment budget bill passed by the Legislature on Saturday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/19/politics/legislature-passes-environment-budget-bill?refid=0 Sun, 19 May 2013 09:43:33 -0500 Minn. House passes K-12 finance bill The Minnesota House passed a K-12 finance bill that would increase funding by $485 million for all-day kindergarten, special education, early childhood education and the classroom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/19/politics/house-passes-school-finance-bill?refid=0 Sun, 19 May 2013 09:35:44 -0500 House and Senate OK HHS bill with 5 percent hike for nursing homes The Minnesota Legislature has passed a health and human services budget bill that increases funding for nursing homes and other long-term care facilities by 5 percent over the next two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/18/politics/hhs-bill-gives-increase-to-nursing-homes?refid=0 Sat, 18 May 2013 11:43:38 -0500 Mayo Clinic expansion plan makes headway A plan to provide state money to help Rochester handle a planned Mayo Clinic expansion is one step closer to reality. The plan would rely on $327 million in state aid to help Rochester build roads, bridges and other amenities to grow along with the Mayo Clnic's $3 billion planned expansion. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/05/mayo_dmc_plan_i.shtml?refid=0 Sat, 18 May 2013 08:00:00 -0500 Gas tax hike and sales tax for transit get scrapped DFL legislative leaders say plans to raise the gas tax for road projects and a metrowide sales tax for transit projects are dead for the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/05/gas_tax_hike_an.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 17 May 2013 20:32:32 -0500 Minnesota budget deal: Higher taxes for top earners, smokers Minnesota would have the fourth highest income tax rate in the nation under a deal reached by Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL legislative leaders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/17/politics/minnesota-budget-deal-higher-taxes-for-top-earners-smokers?refid=0 Fri, 17 May 2013 11:10:22 -0500 Tax subsidies aimed at specific companies to encourage job creation A jobs and economic development budget bill headed to the Minnesota Senate cuts the unemployment insurance tax for businesses, provides funding for job training and spends taxpayer money to jumpstart business expansion in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/16/politics/business-subsidies-job-creation?refid=0 Thu, 16 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Same-sex marriage supporters jubilant; opponents say issue not settled Gov. Mark Dayton is scheduled to sign a bill Tuesday afternoon that will legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota. But opponents of the legislation argue even though they lost this round the issue is not settled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/14/news/same-sex-marriage-supporters-opponents?refid=0 Tue, 14 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 For Minn., big changes on same-sex marriage in short amount of time With Minnesota now poised to become the 12th state to legalize same sex marriage it's worth pausing a moment to consider how we got here. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/10/politics/same-sex-marriage-changes?refid=0 Fri, 10 May 2013 16:26:02 -0500 Legislators brace for marriage vote fallout Same-sex marriage is a big step closer to being legal in Minnesota, with Thursday's state House vote 75-59 in favor. But groups on both sides of the issue are already measuring the political fallout from the vote and what it will mean for next year's election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/09/politics/political-fallout-vote-same-sex-marriage?refid=0 Thu, 09 May 2013 21:30:00 -0500 Same-sex marriage bill heads to House floor, supporters confident The Minnesota Legislature is close to deciding whether to legalize same-sex marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/07/politics/house-same-sex-marriage?refid=0 Tue, 07 May 2013 15:51:34 -0500 Johnson, entering governor's race, aims to build new coalition Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, the latest Republican to enter the race for Minnesota governor, is hoping to stitch together a GOP coalition from factions that have been at odds with each other in the last few election cycles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/05/politics/johnson-entering-governors-race-aims-to-build-new-coalition?refid=0 Mon, 06 May 2013 10:00:00 -0500 Dayton opens the door to alcohol tax Gov. Mark Dayton has opened the door to supporting an increase in the alcohol tax. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/05/as_budget_talks.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 01 May 2013 14:02:57 -0500 State budget negotiations set to begin The next chapter in the 2013 legislative session is about to begin as Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL legislative leaders start negotiating major tax and spending bills. All three want to increase income taxes on top earners and raise cigarette taxes, but significant differences in each plan could mean an overall deal will take some time to come together. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/30/politics/state-budget-negotiation?refid=0 Tue, 30 Apr 2013 15:10:17 -0500 Senate Dems turn around tax bill vote after initial defeat It took two tries for the Minnesota Senate to pass a tax bill raising $1.8 billion in new revenue. Two Senate Democrats were forced to switch their votes after the bill was initially defeated. The failure prompted Republicans to claim Senate DFL leaders could pass their tax hikes only by twisting arms of some nervous first-term members. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/30/politics/senate-dems-turn-around-tax-bill-vote-after-initial-defeat?refid=0 Tue, 30 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Minn. Republican gubernatorial hopeful pushes business savvy The first Republican hoping to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton says the governor's tax plans are sending the state in the wrong direction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/25/politics/scott-honour-republican-gubernatorial-candidate?refid=0 Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:13:08 -0500 Minn. House passes bill raising tax on income, alcohol, tobacco The Minnesota House has passed a tax bill that raises a number of taxes, gives subsidies to businesses and provides property tax relief to homeowners and renters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/24/politics/minn-house-passes-bill-raising-tax-on-income-alcohol-tobacco?refid=0 Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:07:07 -0500 Senate DFL tax plan worries some Dems State Senate Democrats released a plan today that increases income taxes on wealthiest 6 percent of Minnesotans, raises the sales tax on clothing and services and increases the cigarette tax. DFL leaders say the $1.8 billion tax increase is needed to erase the state's budget deficit and increase spending for schools and property tax relief. Republicans don't like it and even some Democrats in competitive districts are uneasy about the taxes and spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/23/politics/senate-dfl-income-tax-plan?refid=0 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:11:42 -0500 Fee increases proposed at Capitol could rake in hundreds of millions New fees and fee increases are scattered throughout the budget bills moving through the Legislature. Minnesotans may be asked to pay more over the next two years. Lawmakers are proposing raising fees, surcharges and other specialized taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars to erase the state's budget deficit and spend more on education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/19/politics/legislature-fee-increases?refid=0 Fri, 19 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Tax breaks slated to lure Baxter International expansion Top Minnesota lawmakers say they either don't know or can't say which pharmaceutical company they're trying to lure to the state with a tax break gaining steam at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/16/politics/biotech-firm-tax-break?refid=0 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 14:08:27 -0500 House Dems eye alcohol tax bump A tax increase on alcohol has been added to the list of ways Minnesota House Democrats are proposing to help balance the state's budget and spend more money for schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/15/politics/house-dems-alcohol-sales-tax?refid=0 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 17:04:49 -0500 New Mayo plan emerging at Capitol Mayo Clinic is dropping a complicated tax plan that relies on more than $500 million in state funds to make improvements in Rochester in favor of a plan that would rely on a more direct contribution from the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/12/business/mayo-clinic-alternate-plan?refid=0 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Senate Dems want more funding for all-day kindergarten Increases to state spending for schools and early childhood education by $356 million over the next two years are being proposed by Democrats in the Minnesota Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/11/politics/senate-dems-want-more-funding-for-allday-kindergarten?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:59:52 -0500 Lawmakers irked by Mayo Clinic CEO's comments Members of the state House Tax Committee had some sharp words Wednesday for Mayo Clinic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/10/politics/lawmakers-irked-by-mayo-clinic-ceo-comments?refid=0 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 17:13:30 -0500 DFL spending cuts target hospitals, HMOs Minnesota House Democrats are proposing a health and human services budget that spares drastic cuts to poor people, the elderly and people with disabilities. Instead, the proposal would raise about $152 million through additional charges on the state's hospitals and HMOs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/09/politics/dfl-spending-cuts-target-hospitals-hmos?refid=0 Tue, 09 Apr 2013 16:31:11 -0500 Dayton forces DFL to reconsider gas tax hike The chairs of the House and Senate Transportation committees are redrafting their budget bills after Governor Dayton repeated his opposition to a gas tax increase. Rep. Frank Hornstein, DFL-Minneapolis, says they are reworking the bill after Dayton's comments earlier in the day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/09/politics/gas-tax?refid=0 Tue, 09 Apr 2013 12:06:40 -0500 Outside groups take over where Minn. GOP falls short The Minnesota Republican Party is deep in debt and facing uncertainty about its future. Meanwhile, several outside groups have formed to start on work that has traditionally been done by the party. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/05/politics/independent-groups-minnesota-republican-party?refid=0 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Sweeping property tax relief bill approved by House committee A committee in the Minnesota House has approved a sweeping property tax bill that would provide property tax relief to 300,000 homeowners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/03/politics/property-tax-relief-bill?refid=0 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 18:44:29 -0500 Tax chair: More local $ needed in Mayo bill The chair of the Minnesota House taxes committee says she thinks Rochester and Olmsted County need to kick in more taxes to pay for local improvements as part of the Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center plan. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/04/house_tax_chair_3.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 06:49:11 -0500 Legislators balk at $500M request from Mayo to aid expansion When Minnesota lawmakers return to the state Capitol on Tuesday to focus on a two-year budget, they will also weigh whether to approve the Mayo Clinic's request for $500 million to support its $3 billion expansion plan. Lawmakers say they want to help the hospital and clinic system grow, but some have concerns about the size of its funding request and the overall financing plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/31/politics/legislators-consider-mayo-expansion-plan?refid=0 Tue, 02 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 I-94 resurfacing, new Lafayette Bridge among planned Minn. road projects The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced its construction schedule for the year, and it's likely to cause significant traffic delays around the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/27/news/road-projects?refid=0 Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:21:01 -0500 Dayton names Lillehaug to Minn. Supreme Court Lillehaug served as Dayton's attorney in the 2010 gubernatorial recount against Republican Tom Emmer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/26/politics/dayton-will-name-lillehaug-to-minnesota-supreme-court?refid=0 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:53:19 -0500 Bill allowing distribution of I-35W bridge remnants passes Senate committee Remnants of the collapsed Interstate 35W bridge would be allowed to be given to the public, under a bill approved Friday by a state Senate committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/22/politics/bill-allowing-distribution-of-i35w-bridge-remnants-passes-senate-committee?refid=0 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 18:35:46 -0500 Event ticket disclosure bill defeated in Senate committee A committee in the Minnesota Senate has defeated a bill that would have required sellers of concert tickets to disclose how many tickets are being held back from the public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/22/politics/bill-requiring-event-ticket-disclosure?refid=0 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 16:40:48 -0500 DFL's plan to cut health, human services spending comes as surprise With Minnesota House and Senate Democrats proposing $2 billion in new taxes to erase the budget deficit and spend more on schools, economic development and other state services, one area -- health and human services -- is getting left out. In fact, DFLers propose a spending cut. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/21/politics/dfl-cut-health-human-services?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0500 House DFL calls for income tax surcharge on wealthiest Democrats in the Minnesota House want the state's wealthiest residents to temporarily pay an income tax surcharge to eliminate a funding delay to state schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/19/politics/thissen-income-tax-surcharge?refid=0 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:46:45 -0500 Dayton, lawmakers likely to differ on plans to pay back schools Gov. Dayton hits the road this week to promote his budget plan, which proposes raising taxes to erase the state's budget deficit and increase funding for schools and economic development. Democrats in control of the House and Senate are set to release their budget outlines this week and one key spending difference will be in the area of education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/19/politics/governor-democrats-school-paybck?refid=0 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0500 DFL spending targets due this week DFL legislative leaders say they plan to release their spending targets for the next two-year budget this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/18/politics/dfl-spending-targets-due-this-week?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 07:46:44 -0500 Gun proposals split DFLers at Capitol A Minnesota House committee is scheduled to debate a gun bill this week that is dividing Democrats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/17/politics/gun-background-checks-bill?refid=0 Sun, 17 Mar 2013 09:53:49 -0500 This week at the Capitol MPR's Tom Scheck sums up the week's events at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/15/politics/capitol-week?refid=0 Fri, 15 Mar 2013 18:15:35 -0500 Dayton's revised budget raises $1.8B for education, economic development Gov. Mark Dayton's revised budget plan relies on higher income taxes for the state's top earners and an increased cigarette tax to erase a projected deficit and increase spending for education. The revised plan does not include a sales tax on services and does away with Dayton's earlier $1.4 billion plan to give homeowners a $500 property tax credit. Dayton said increasing taxes on the wealthy is a matter of fairness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/14/politics/dayton-revised-budget?refid=0 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:33:13 -0500 Minn. Senate panel approves 5-year wolf hunt moratorium A Minnesota Senate committee approved a bill Thursday that would put a five-year moratorium on wolf hunting in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/14/politics/senate-committee-approves-wolf-hunt-bill?refid=0 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:09:34 -0500 Dayton sticks to guns on income tax hike on top earners Gov. Mark Dayton has no plans to capitulate on his proposal to raise income taxes on top earners to erase the state's projected $627 million deficit and provide more money for education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/13/politics/dayton-tax-hike-top-earners?refid=0 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:37:46 -0500 House Taxes chair has strong reservations about Mayo Clinic plan The chair of a key legislative committee says supporters of a plan that relies on more than $500 million to help the Mayo Clinic expand in Rochester should go back to the drawing table. In a hearing Tuesday, House Taxes Committee chair Ann Lenczewski said she has deep concerns about the plan's financing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/12/politics/house-tax-committee-mayo-clinic-plan?refid=0 Tue, 12 Mar 2013 17:11:36 -0500 Dayton's budget: What's in? What's out? Gov. Mark Dayton says his revised budget plan will include the same spending increases for education and economic development as his original proposal from six weeks ago, but he's hinting that the $500 property tax rebate from his first plan is likely to be scrapped. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/03/daytons_budget.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 12 Mar 2013 14:09:00 -0500 Dayton hints at $750M construction plan Dayton says the plan will include funds to renovate the Minneapolis Veterans Home and the expansion of civic centers in Mankato, Rochester and St. Cloud. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/12/dayton-foreshadows-750m-construction-plan?refid=0 Tue, 12 Mar 2013 10:33:07 -0500 Same-sex marriage battle focuses on rural, freshman DFLers Committees in the House and Senate will hold hearings today on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota. Groups on both sides of the issue are especially focused on newly elected Democrats from rural Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/12/politics/same-sex-marriage?refid=0 Tue, 12 Mar 2013 08:40:00 -0500 Minn. hospital staffing bill appears stalled A bill that would require Minnesota hospitals to meet national standards on nurse staffing appears headed for a roadblock in the Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/10/politics/nurse-staffing-bill-stalled?refid=0 Sun, 10 Mar 2013 09:53:50 -0500 Financial disclosure bill on hold for a year Supporters of a bill that would require constitutional officers, state lawmakers and other public officials to disclose more about their sources of income may have to wait another year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/09/politics/financial-disclosure-bill-delayed?refid=0 Sat, 09 Mar 2013 10:16:13 -0600 Bill allowing larger political contributions passes House committee A Minnesota House committee today approved a bill that would allow higher contributions to political candidates running for state office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/07/politics/bill-political-contributions?refid=0 Thu, 07 Mar 2013 17:15:27 -0600 Fight looming in Minnesota Legislature over gun legislation A bipartisan group of lawmakers Wednesday announced a bill that aims to toughen penalties for criminals who carry guns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/06/politics/minnesota-legislature-gun-legislation?refid=0 Wed, 06 Mar 2013 17:35:08 -0600 Dueling gun bills create rift in Minnesota House The chief sponsor of a bill that would require universal background checks for gun buyers is not backing down, despite signs the measure doesn't have enough support to pass the House. A bipartisan group of lawmakers will announce today a separate gun bill that does not include universal background checks. The dispute is creating a rift between two powerful DFL legislators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/06/competing-gun-bills-create-rift-in-minnesota-house?refid=0 Wed, 06 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Care provider unionization bill heard in Senate committee A bill that would allow in-home child care providers and home care assistants for adults to decide whether they want to join a union was given its first hearing in a Minnesota Senate committee today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/04/politics/care-provider-unionization-bill-heard-in-senate-committee-?refid=0 Mon, 04 Mar 2013 21:51:49 -0600 Minn. lawmakers consider minimum wage bills Committees in the Minnesota House and Senate will hold hearings this week on raising the state's minimum wage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/24/politics/minnesota-minnimum-wage?refid=0 Sun, 24 Feb 2013 09:29:22 -0600 Traffic camera bill hits a red light at Minnesota House A bill that would allow cities to install cameras designed to catch red light runners at intersections hit a red light of its own in a House committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/20/politics/traffic-camera-bill?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:28:50 -0600 Contentious frac sand mining hearings start at Capitol Opponents of the new mining process packed a legislative hearing to urge Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers to regulate the sand mining industry. But industry officials say such regulations will limit job growth and create unnecessary burdens on them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/19/politics/frac-sand-mining-capitol-hearing?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:53:42 -0600 Theis, Johnson sworn in; state House to full strength The Minnesota House is going back to full strength again with 134 members after DFLer Clark Johnson and Republican Tama Theis take the oath of office Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/19/theis-johnson-minnesota-house?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2013 09:52:06 -0600 Frac sand mining fissures exposed at Legislature For the past two years, cities and towns in southeastern Minnesota have been grappling with how to regulate frac sand mining. The debate over the issue is also creating some fault lines at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/19/politics/lawmakers-regulate-frac-sand-mining?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2013 06:30:00 -0600 Tax conformity bill heads to Dayton for his signature A bill that would adjust state tax law to match the federal tax changes Congress made at the end of 2012 is headed to Governor Dayton. The Minnesota House passed the so-called tax conformity measure today 109-19. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/02/tax_conformity.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:31:20 -0600 Looming federal budget cuts a job killer, says Rep. Kline Looming across-the-board federal spending cuts could cost as many as 4,000 jobs in Minnesota, according to Minnesota Republican Representative John Kline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/18/sequestration-kline?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Mayo expansion bill eases past 1st Capitol hurdle A bill that would finance redevelopment around the Mayo Clinic's proposed expansion in Rochester is starting to move through the Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/14/politics/mayo-clinic-bill-committee?refid=0 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:31:38 -0600 Impact of Dayton's tax plan worries local governments Gov. Mark Dayton's sales tax proposal is attracting attention for how it would lower the tax rate but expand it to more services. In addition to people and businesses, the tax changes would apply to cities and counties, which also have to pay the sales tax. Some officials say expanding the sales tax to services would put a dent in their budgets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/14/politics/tax-plan-worries-local-government?refid=0 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Minn. House passes Medicaid expansion The Minnesota House voted to expand Medical Assistance to cover more low income and disabled people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/11/politics/minn-house-votes-to-expand-federal-medical-assistance?refid=0 Tue, 12 Feb 2013 06:03:32 -0600 Campaign finance board urges Legislature to approve tougher economic disclosure rules Legislators are being asked to pass a bill that would require public officials to disclose more about where they earn their money. The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board voted Monday to encourage the Legislature to pass tougher economic disclosure laws. A proposal backed by the board would require officials to make public their consulting interests and details about income earned by their spouses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/05/politics/campaign-finance-board-disclosure-rules?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2013 16:36:05 -0600 Effort afoot for repeat gov run by Emmer Some Republicans are pining for a repeat campaign for Minnesota governor by former state Rep. Tom Emmer. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/02/draft_emmer.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 04 Feb 2013 12:21:38 -0600 Some DFL lawmakers say Mayo Clinic finance plan is a bad idea Some state lawmakers say questions the wisdom of financing public improvements around the Mayo Clinic's proposed expansion in Rochester. The health care provider announced a plan this week for investments totaling more than $5 billion over the next two decades that rely on about a half a billion dollars in taxpayer money. Even Gov. Mark Dayton expressed concern about the precedent it would set, but he said he doesn't want Minnesota to lose the clinic's headquarters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/01/business/dfl-lawmakers-mayo-clinic-finance-plan?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 17:53:00 -0600 Mayo Clinic seeking state help for major Rochester expansion The Mayo Clinic is proposing to invest $5 billion in Rochester and surrounding communities to build what the health provider is calling a "Destination Medical Center." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/30/politics/mayo-clinic-seeks-state-funds-for-expansion?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:00:00 -0600 Dayton and GOP clash over fairness of tax plan Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature blasted the Gov. Mark Dayton's budget plan today because they say it would force middle income Minnesotans to pay more in sales taxes. Dayton disputes the claim and says that by lowering property taxes and the sales tax rate he is creating a fair playing field for all Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/29/politics/republicans-criticize-daytons-tax-plan?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2013 17:14:06 -0600 State employee contracts win committee approval A two percent across-the-board pay hike for state employees is one step closer to reality. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/01/employee_contra.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jan 2013 20:25:18 -0600 Dayton defends budget in speech to Minn. newspaper editors If Gov. Mark Dayton was hoping Minnesota newspapers would endorse his tax plan on their editorial pages, he may be disappointed. Dayton faced criticism on his budget proposal Thursday when he gave a speech to the Minnesota Newspaper Association at its annual convention in Bloomington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/24/politics/dayton-newspaper-editors-budget-speech?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2013 19:32:28 -0600 Senate approves 2 Dayton cabinet members The Minnesota Senate has confirmed two of Gov. Dayton's appointments. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/01/senate_confirms.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:24:32 -0600 DFL lawmakers hold off on endorsing Dayton budget plan Committees in the Minnesota Legislature will start holding hearings Wednesday on the plan that overhauls the state's tax code, erases the projected budget deficit and increases spending by $1 billion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/23/politics/dayton-budget-dfl-republican-reaction?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Dayton's budget plan includes higher taxes, spending Calling for an end to "gimmicks and fiscal games," Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday proposed an overhaul of Minnesota's tax and budget system that would raise hundreds of millions more from high-income taxpayers and high-dollar clothing sales, and pump much of the new money into education and property tax relief. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/22/politics/dayton-releases-minnesota-state-budget-plan?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:00:21 -0600 Dayton's budget a gamble on his political future Gov. Mark Dayton is scheduled to release his budget proposal on Tuesday, and his key advisers are suggesting that the plan will mark a cultural change in Minnesota government. But Dayton, who has not been shy about calling for higher taxes, will be laying out an agenda that could put him in a politically dicey position. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/21/politics/dayton-budget-political-future?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2013 08:13:00 -0600 Dayton administration tries to soothe business fears as DFL readies tax bills At a dinner Wednesday evening, a top aide to Gov. Mark Dayton urged business leaders to work with the governor to fix the state's long-term budget problems and assuage a mostly anti-tax audience leery of what the DFL majority may do in the upcoming session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/10/politics/chamber-commerce-address?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Taxes will rise, some business lobbyists say At least some members of the business community appear to be softening their hard line stance against tax increases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/09/politics/business-lobby?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Board votes to tighten politician income disclosure laws The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board voted Tuesday to come up with a plan that would tighten the state's disclosure laws for public officials. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/01/campaign_financ_11.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2013 12:07:25 -0600 Disclosure forms offer little information about lawmakers' outside jobs An MPR News analysis of the disclosures by current and incoming lawmakers finds that the forms do not provide meaningful information that could alert the public to potential conflicts of interest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/07/politics/legislators-disclosure-form?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 06:55:00 -0600 Minnesota Legislature preview: 10 issues to watch The Minnesota Legislature reconvenes for a new session at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 8., with DFL majorities controlling both the House and the Senate. Here are 10 issues that lawmakers will likely address in the coming months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/03/politics/legislature-preview-10-issues?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2013 06:00:00 -0600 Minnesota Legislature preview: Key players to watch The Minnesota Legislature reconvenes for a new session at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 8., with DFL majorities controlling both the House and the Senate. Here are the key players to watch as the session unfolds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/03/politics-minnesota-legislature-preview?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2013 06:00:00 -0600 Gottwalt resigning from Legislature Rep. Steve Gottwalt, R-St. Cloud, announced tonight that he's resigning from the Minnesota Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/01/gottwalt_resign.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jan 2013 19:02:54 -0600 Dayton staying extra day at Mayo Clinic Gov. Mark Dayton is spending one more day at the Mayo Clinic to recover from back surgery. He had initially planned to be released Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/31/politics/dayton-staying-extra-day-at-mayo?refid=0 Mon, 31 Dec 2012 13:32:55 -0600 Dayton to undergo back surgery Gov. Mark Dayton expects to be hospitalized for a few days next week for back surgery. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/12/dayton_to_have.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 08:53:29 -0600 Twin Cities Boys and Girls Clubs closing for two weeks The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities announced Thursday that it will close the clubs for the next two weeks as a budget balancing measure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/20/business/budget-shortfall-twin-cities-boys-girls-clubs?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 06:18:08 -0600 MN United for All Families to lobby to legalize same-sex marriage The group, Minnesotans United for All Families, is shifting roles from a group that worked to defeat a constitutional amendment to a group that will lobby for the legalization of same-sex marriage. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/12/mn_united_for_a.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2012 14:53:41 -0600 Gun control efforts in Minn. face cloudy future In the wake of the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Connecticut last week, some lawmakers at the Minnesota Capitol say they're considering changing state law to make it tougher to buy guns. But lawmakers disagree over what should be done, http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/18/politics/gun-control-debate-expected-in-legislature?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2012 16:27:15 -0600 Bus company leader named Minn. transportation head Gov. Dayton today appointed Charlie Zelle to be state transportation commissioner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/12/politics/new-mndot-commissioner-charlie-zelle-jefferson-lines?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 09:23:59 -0600 MinnesotaCare shift to vouchers off to slow start The Healthy Minnesota Contribution Program was supposed to shift 4,200 people from the MinnesotaCare program to a voucher system. But the program itself is having a hard time getting off the ground. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/11/health/minnesotacarevouchers?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2012 06:45:00 -0600 GOP legislators who pushed MinnCare cuts under scrutiny for ties to insurers A Republican state representative who steered legislation through the House to drop thousands of people from state-run MinnesotaCare is an independent contractor for an insurance brokerage firm that lobbied for the change. Rep. Steve Gottwalt and his Senate counterpart, David Hann, have business links to the insurance industry, which has some other lawmakers asking whether the arrangement violates ethics rules. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/08/politics/gop-gottwalt-health-insurance?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Dayton says he'll end state's budget deficit cycles Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders are not saying how they plan to erase a projected $1.1 billion deficit in the next two-year budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/06/politics/dayton-state-budget-deficit?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2012 06:24:00 -0600 Minnesota faces $1.1 billion deficit The new analysis of state revenue and spending obligations shows the same pending shortfall that was projected last March. Minnesota Management and Budget will release the full revenue forecast at 11:45 a.m., but it seems to indicate that the state's economy is continuing to improve slightly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/05/politics/state-revenue-forecast?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 10:12:14 -0600 Minnesota same-sex marriage activists gather to plan strategy Same-sex marriage supporters in Minnesota gathered on Saturday to talk about the best ways to translate their defeat of the marriage amendment into other ways of advancing their goals, including making same-sex marriage legal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/02/politics/same-sex-marriage-summit?refid=0 Mon, 03 Dec 2012 07:33:00 -0600 What did the election mean? Look at Edina The political parties disagree over whether voters gave Democrats a mandate to govern -- or whether 2012 is another example of a fickle electorate looking for instant results from elected officials. In Minnesota the answers to those questions can be found in the city of Edina. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/11/politics/what-message-did-the-voters-send-in-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Thunderstruck by losses, Minn. Republicans face sobering post-mortem Republicans in Minnesota were reeling on Wednesday from election losses and trying to figure out why they lost key races across the state. For the first time since 1978, Democrats now control every statewide office and both chambers of the Legisalture. They also now hold five of the state's eight congressional seats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/07/politics/minn-republican-aftermath?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 16:18:26 -0600 Minnesota Democrats dominate Election Day For the past two weeks, Republicans have said Minnesota is a swing state. If that's the case, it swung hard to the DFL on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/07/politics/democrats-dominate-election-day-in-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 08:18:02 -0600 Democrats win Minnesota House, Senate After two years of Republican control, DFL comes back strong. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/07/legislature?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Klobuchar easily wins second term U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has won a second term with a sound victory over her Republican challenger, Kurt Bills. Klobuchar was declared the winner shortly after the polls closed at 8 p.m. Bills called her to concede the race,a staffer for Klobuchar said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/politics/senate-klobuchar-bills?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 20:54:11 -0600 Klobuchar, Bills square off in final Senate debate Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, DFL, and her Republican challenger, State Rep. Kurt Bills, faces off this evening in their final debate of the campaign season at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. The debate is hosted by MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/04/politics/amy-klobuchar-kurt-bills-senate-debate?refid=0 Sun, 04 Nov 2012 21:55:00 -0600 Far behind in the polls, Kurt Bills still hopes to sway voters As the race for U.S. Senate in Minnesota is headed into its last weekend, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Kurt Bills faces an uphill battle -- one he hopes will turn on voter discontent with the fiscal mess in Washington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/02/politics/kurt-bills-still-hopes-to-sway-voters?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Fierce battle for control of the Minnesota Legislature The races for president and U.S. Senate and the proposed constitutional amendments on the Minnesota ballot have received plenty of attention this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/01/politics/parties-fight-control-minnesota-legislature?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Clinton stumps for Obama in Minnesota as election draws near Aiming to boost the prospects of President Barack Obama and other Democratic candidates in Minnesota as voters prepare to go to the polls next week, former President Bill Clinton visited Minnesota today to make the case for the Obama administration's economic record. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/30/politics/clinton-campaign-for-obama?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2012 16:23:09 -0500 Clinton rallies DFL faithful in Minn. Former President Bill Clinton is making the pitch for Democratic President Barack Obama at two campaign stops in Minnesota Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/30/politics/minnesota-clinton-rally?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2012 12:26:38 -0500 Poll sparks new interest in Minnesota from presidential campaigns Until this week, the campaigns of President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney had treated Minnesota as if Obama would win the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/29/politics/minnesota-presidential-campaigns?refid=0 Mon, 29 Oct 2012 16:59:35 -0500 Klobuchar running hard despite lead in polls With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is traveling the state urging her supporters to vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/26/politics/klobuchar-campaign?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:40:36 -0500 Bills' first TV ad accuses Klobuchar of shielding felon; senator says ad is 'desperate attack' Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Kurt Bills will run his first television advertisement of the campaign tonight during the Vikings game. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/25/politics/bills-first-tv-ad?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 17:07:59 -0500 Special interests use issue advocacy loophole to influence legislative races Candidates for Minnesota Legislature and special-interest groups that support them are using various tactics to try to win in November. The money that some outside groups are spending is not required to be disclosed. That has some politicians frustrated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/23/politics/groups-influencing-vote-spending?refid=0 Tue, 23 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Ryan raising cash at Mpls. event Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan will be in Minnesota on Saturday raising campaign money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/13/politics/ryan-fundraiser?refid=0 Sat, 13 Oct 2012 09:26:48 -0500 Minn. losing swing state status as Obama, Romney campaign elsewhere The decision by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan not to publicly campaign in Minnesota shows the state is losing the swing state status it held over the past few elections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/12/politics/minnesota-losing-battleground-state-status?refid=0 Fri, 12 Oct 2012 16:33:24 -0500 Bills on offense, says Klobuchar accountable for budget dilemma DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is coming under fire for a vote that her Republican opponent Kurt Bills said could lead the country to an economic fiscal cliff. Bills said Klobuchar should have played a larger role in working out a budget deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/11/politics/kurt-bill-amy-klobuchar?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 07:40:00 -0500 Downey, Franzen Senate race in suburbs key to controlling Legislature A senate race in the western Minneapolis suburbs could help determine which party will be in charge of the Minnesota Senate next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/05/downey-franzen-senate-district-49-race-key-to-controlling-legislature?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2012 15:40:17 -0500 Black voters may back Obama and marriage amendment Minnesota Democrats and President Barack Obama's reelection campaign face a conundrum this election cycle. On the one hand, they are counting on heavy support and turnout in the black community. But on the other hand, many members of that same community support the proposed state constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage -- an amendment the Democrats oppose. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/26/politics/democrat-black-voters-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Lt. Gov. Prettner Solon skydives to support troops Minnesota Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon jumped out of an airplane today and said she's willing do it again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/news/prettner-solon-skydive?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 16:24:49 -0500 Libertarian candidate speaks at Macalester Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson told an audience of about 150 people in Minnesota today that if he is elected he would abolish the Federal Reserve, legalize marijuana and repeal personal and corporate income taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/21/politics/gary-johnson?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2012 20:30:00 -0500 Officials fear 'fiscal cliff' on Jan. 1 could devastate Minn. economy Congress returns to Washington this week to continue its short session before the November election, but political observers say lawmakers are unlikely to agree on a plan for taxes and spending, a stalemate that bodes poorly for the states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/16/politics/fiscal-cliff?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 DFL sues to remove Gauthier from ballot The DFL Party and their endorsed candidate Erik Simonson are asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to remove state Rep. Kerry Gauthier, DFL-Duluth from the November ballot and put Simonson on instead. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/09/dfl_sues_to_rem.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2012 13:04:13 -0500 Minn. tax collections up $41M in August Minnesota Management and Budget says Minnesota's tax collections are $41 million more than forecast for the month of August. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/09/minnesota_takes.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:48:48 -0500 Minnesota's DNC delegates ready for fall campaign After hearing their party's standard bearer, President Barack Obama, ask for a second term last night, Minnesota's delegates at the Democratic National Convention left the arena motivated for a fall campaign fight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/07/politics/dnc-minnesota-delegates-reaction?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2012 06:13:31 -0500 Obama struggles with blue-collar workers Many white, blue-collar workers who have soured on the president and his policies want to know what he will do to improve the economy. And no single group wants to know that more than blue-collar workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/06/politics/blue-collar-workers-disenchanted-with-obama?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2012 07:00:00 -0500 Klobuchar raises her national profile at DNC Minnesota's senior senator is in Charlotte this week encouraging delegates to work hard to re-elect President Barack Obama. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/05/klobuchar?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2012 12:45:37 -0500 Four years after promising change, Democrats shift focus in fight for White House Addressing the Democratic National Convention Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak focusing less on President Barack Obama's promise four years ago to change the country and more on his contrast to his 2012 Republican rival, Mitt Romney. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/05/politics/rt-rybak-dnc-speech?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Dems platform supports same-sex marriage Delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte have adopted a plank in their party platform supporting same-sex marriage -- the first time a major party formally endorses same-sex marriage. Gay and lesbian people in Minnesota are hailing the move, and say it could have an impact on the November ballot meaure that seeks to ban same-sex marriage through the state constitution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/04/dnc-same-sex-marriage-plank?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2012 16:55:47 -0500 Parties highlight their influence amid super PAC landscape The party conventions in Tampa and Charlotte highlight the strength of the political party system. Tens of thousands of rank-and-file state party delegates, consultants, donors and journalists spent last week at the Republican National Convention. Now, it's the Democrats' turn in Charlotte. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/03/politics/dnc-preview?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 House GOP employee facing felony charges still on payroll While Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, and other Republican leaders call on Rep. Kerry Gauthier, DFL-Duluth, to resign because he brought "dishonor" to the Legislature, an employee of the Minnesota House is drawing a public paycheck even though he's been charged with 12 counts of possessing child pornography. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/08/house_gop_emplo.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 18:59:12 -0500 Minn. House may move to expel Gauthier There are serious discussions underway among Republican legislators to take up a motion to expel Rep. Kerry Gauthier, DFL-Duluth during today's special session. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/08/house_may_move.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 11:09:49 -0500 Romney's Minnesota sprint raises $875K Mitt Romney attended two events in Minnesota Thursday evening to raise money for his presidential campaign. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/08/romneys_quick_m.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 06:26:04 -0500 In Mpls., Biden tries to kick-start Minn. Democrats Vice President Joe Biden spoke to a crowd of about 1,500 people in Minneapolis this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/21/politics/joe-biden-minneapolis?refid=0 Tue, 21 Aug 2012 15:03:15 -0500 State workers say they unfairly lost health benefits At least 20 state employees and the state's largest public employee union are complaining that the state's decision to cut off 3,100 people from the state health insurance program is overreaching. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/16/politics/audit-costs-state-workers-benefits?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2012 17:15:03 -0500 Tea party wave rolls over Lake Minnetonka's suburbs Cindy Pugh, a co-founder of the Southwest Metro Tea Party, easily defeated Republican Rep. Steve Smith, who was the longest serving member in the House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/15/politics/tea-party-strength-shows-primary-races?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2012 06:09:43 -0500 Voters seeking greater change toss out longtime GOP legislator The longest-serving House Republican lost to a tea party challenger in Tuesday's primary as voters in 44 primaries in 40 legislative districts picked candidates for a big November fight to control the Minnesota Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/14/politics/primary-results-minnesota-legislature?refid=0 Tue, 14 Aug 2012 22:09:47 -0500 State to cut some off public employee health benefits Following an audit, the state of Minnesota is terminating health insurance coverage for about 3,100 family members of state employees. The action stands to save the state about $10 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/14/politics/state-health-benefits-audit?refid=0 Tue, 14 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Public employee contracts face tough review A legislative subcommittee is holding a hearing Thursday morning to discuss the recently negotiated state employee contracts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/09/politics/public-employee-contracts?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2012 07:19:29 -0500 Romney campaign fundraiser in Minnetonka Beach Republican Mitt Romney will be in Minnesota later this month to raise money for his presidential campaign for. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/07/politics/romney-minnesota-fundraiser?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2012 22:01:32 -0500 Dayton: Parry's pill comment is 'gutter politics' State Sen. Mike Parry, who is also seeking the Republican nomination for Congress in the 1st District, is under fire for claiming that he saw Gov. Mark Dayton take pills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/07/politics/dayton-parry-gutter-politics?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2012 11:50:05 -0500 Bill Clinton to speak at Humphrey statue dedication Former President Bill Clinton will be in Minnesota on Saturday to dedicate a statue at the state Capitol in honor of the late Vice President Hubert Humphrey. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/04/regional/humphrey-clinton?refid=0 Sat, 04 Aug 2012 11:30:18 -0500 Clark supporters raise abortion issue against 8th District opponent Abortion has become an issue in the DFL primary contest in Minnesota's 8th Congressional District. A group backing former state Sen. Tarryl Clark sent out campaign mailings criticizing one of Clark's opponents, former Congressman Rick Nolan, for his past abortion votes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/02/politics/eighthdistrict-abortion-issue?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2012 15:52:44 -0500 Supreme Court weighs authority to title proposed amendments The Minnesota Supreme Court heard arguments today in a lawsuit that accuses Secretary of State Mark Ritchie of overstepping his authority by rewording the titles of two proposed constitutional amendments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/31/politics/court-weighs-edited-ballot-question-titles?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 06:34:49 -0500 GOP race between Parry and Quist gets nasty After months of avoiding direct shots at each other, the two Republican candidates competing for the right to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz in Minnesota's 1st Congressional district, are going on the offensive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/27/politics/parry-quist-gop-race?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jul 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton backs new rules for crime labs Gov. Mark Dayton says he supports legislation that would require crime labs in the state of Minnesota to be accredited. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/26/regional/dayton-crimelab?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jul 2012 13:16:50 -0500 Dayton calls aid denial 'cruel and wrong' Gov. Mark Dayton is criticizing a decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to deny federal assistance to northeastern Minnesotans whose homes were damaged in the summer flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/26/regional/dayton-flood-fema?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jul 2012 11:54:53 -0500 Brodkorb sues over firing; alleges wrongful dismissal The Minnesota Senate is being forced to answer a lawsuit that claims a former staffer was wrongfully dismissed. Michael Brodkorb is suing for wrongful termination, invasion of privacy and defamation of character. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/24/law/michael-brodkorb-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jul 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Ellison demands apology from Bachmann for Muslim Brotherhood claim U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, a Democrat, is demanding that Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann apologize for suggesting he has connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist political movement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/20/politics/ellison-denounces-bachmann-accusations?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jul 2012 06:57:31 -0500 Common Cause seeks criminal charges against MNGOP, Sutton The advocacy group's leader alleges the party and its ex-chairman "conspired" to violate campaign finance laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/18/politics/common-cause-wants-criminal-charges-filed-against-mngop?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jul 2012 13:01:08 -0500 Does Pawlenty make sense as Romney's choice for VP? Four years ago, then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty did everything but announce that he wanted to be U.S. Sen. John McCain's pick for vice president. But Pawlenty missed becoming part of the presidential ticket when McCain instead picked former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running-mate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/18/politics/vice-president-pawlenty?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jul 2012 07:10:00 -0500 Minn. GOP, former chairman fined over recount Campaign finance regulators have fined the Minnesota Republican Party, former chairman Tony Sutton and a separate corporation over the financing of recount in the 2010 governor's race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/13/politics/sutton-gop-recount-fines?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:34:22 -0500 Dayton, lawmakers agree on flood aid special session Gov. Dayton says he wants to call a one-day special session in late August to deliver disaster assistance to northeastern Minnesota and other communities. Dayton made the announcement this afternoon after meeting privately with legislative leaders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/11/politics/special-session-for-disaster-assistance?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2012 16:36:47 -0500 Behind in the polls, Bills calls on Klobuchar to debate Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills told Morning in America radio host William Bennett this morning that he's polling about 26 percentage points behind DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/07/behind_in_the_p.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2012 13:26:19 -0500 Applications pile up for state economic development funds Ninety Minnesota communities are seeking a total of $288.4 million from a state business development fund for projects ranging from sewer upgrades to recreational facilities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/10/politics/bonding-requests?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2012 06:27:48 -0500 Campaign against Obama and health care to focus on taxes A group funded by billionaire industrialist David Koch will begin running $600,000 in ads in Minnesota to criticize President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/29/politics/ad-campaign-affordable-care-act?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 16:13:44 -0500 Minnesota officials say they will press ahead with new health care system State efforts toward affordable health care got a new push Thursday when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld virtually all of the federal law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/29/politics/health-care-policy-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 06:33:00 -0500 Senate GOP leaders meet privately with Brodkorb Republican Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem and Deputy Senate Majority Leader Julianne Ortman met privately today at a St. Paul coffee shop with former Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/06/senate_gop_lead.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jun 2012 14:51:01 -0500 Documents: Zoo officials discuss dolphin exhibit According to documents obtained through the state Data Practices Act, zoo officials started discussing the future of the dolphin exhibit in February -- a full month before the House and Senate released their bonding bills. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2012/06/documents/minn-zoo.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Legislators want review as Minn. Zoo ends dolphin exhibit Days after the Legislature approved $4 million for the Minnesota Zoo, it was announced that the popular dolphin exhibit would come to an end. Some legislators say they would have reconsidered their vote had they known the dolphins were leaving the zoo for good. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/20/government/zoo-bond?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Wis. recall outcome emboldens Minn. Republicans on union issues One big question of Minnesota's 2012 legislative session was if the Republican majority would ask voters to decide whether unions could require all workers to belong to a union and pay dues. Lawmakers never voted on the matter, but its supporters are emboldened by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's victory in Tuesday's recall election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/06/poltics/wisconsin-fallout?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jun 2012 18:06:45 -0500 As Bills helps Walker in Wisconsin, Klobuchar courts female voters The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Minnesota Kurt Bills spent some time today campaigning in Wisconsin.. Bills was in Hudson making get out the vote calls for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Bills said he's from Wisconsin and believes Walker's efforts to change government are important. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/06/as_bills_helps.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2012 18:17:16 -0500 Obama raises $1.8 million in Minn. after speech President Obama raised as much as $1.8 million at three fundraisers in Minneapolis Friday afternoon, after he spoke to a crowd at the Honeywell International operation in Golden Valley. Obama held the events at the Bachelor Farmer restaurant in downtown, which is owned by Gov. Mark Dayton's two sons. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/06/obama_hauls_in.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2012 20:24:53 -0500 Presidential race off to a quiet start in Minn. Unlike four years ago when Obama and his Republican opponent visited Minnesota frequently, it looks like the state may not draw as much attention from the presidential candidates -- in part because Mitt Romney has not started an active campaign here. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/01/politics/presidential-race-off-to-a-quiet-start-in-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Legislative races likely to draw lots of attention, money About 50 Republican candidates filed paperwork together today to run for the Minnesota House, an event meant to show that the party is unified in its effort to keep control of the Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/31/politics/house-republicans-legislative-campaign?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2012 15:22:50 -0500 GOP officials call for unity as national delegate vote looms GOP officials call for unity as national delegate vote looms /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/05/gop_officials_c.shtml?refid=0 Sat, 19 May 2012 12:31:25 -0500 Kurt Bills wins GOP Senate endorsement, will face Klobuchar State Rep. Kurt Bills won the Minnesota Republican Party's endorsement for U.S. Senate after two ballots at the party convention Friday. He will face incumbent Democrat Amy Klobuchar in the November election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/18/kurt-bills-wins-gop-senate-endorsement?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2012 16:41:09 -0500 As session ends, lawmakers spar over results of work The Minnesota Capitol is quiet this morning for the first time in more than three months. The state Senate adjourned the legislative session Thursday afternoon after passing a bill to finance a new football stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/11/legislature-wraps-up?refid=0 Fri, 11 May 2012 07:20:00 -0500 Senate scales back tax bill, sends to Dayton The Minnesota Senate has given final legislative approval to a tax bill smaller and less expensive than one vetoed earlier by Gov. Mark Dayton. Republican leaders say they hope the governor will sign this one. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/09/house-tax-bill?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2012 06:50:27 -0500 Minnesota Vikings stadium bill clears state Senate The Minnesota House and Senate will start negotiating their differences Wednesday on a bill that would finance a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings after the Senate passed its version of the bill late Tuesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/09/vikings-stadium-bill-wins-senate-approval?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2012 09:10:05 -0500 Senate passes Vikings stadium bill 38-28 The Minnesota Senate has voted 38-28 in favor of a bill that would finance a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. The vote came just before midnight Tuesday, after 10 hours of debate. The Senate version of the bill must now be reconciled with the House version, which was approved Monday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/08/politics/vikings-stadium-senate-vote?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2012 23:59:50 -0500 Minnesota Senate passes bonding bill Republican Sen. Sean Nienow, of Cambridge, said the money should be spent on roads and bridges instead of on projects like gorilla cages for the Como Park Zoo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/08/minnesota-senate-passes-bonding-bill?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2012 06:42:41 -0500 Key legislators to watch on Vikings stadium vote Today's expected vote on the stadium bill is likely to be close and there's no certainty it will pass. Redistricting, upcoming retirements and other factors give clues to how certain lawmakers might vote. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/05/stadium_vote_le.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2012 11:02:09 -0500 Stadium outcome in question when House votes Monday Republicans spent the better part of the week working on an alternate stadium plan that they eventually realized could not work. On Thursday, Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers announced he was scrapping the plan and scheduling a vote on the original stadium proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/stadium-outcome-in-question?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Republicans split on stadium as they try to convince skeptics they're serious Minnesota Republican lawmakers are trying to build support for a stadium financing plan that was initially panned by DFL lawmakers and the Minnesota Vikings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/03/republicans-split-on-stadium?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2012 08:50:00 -0500 Legislature blows past self-imposed deadline The Minnesota Legislature is back in session this morning after missing a self-imposed deadline to finish its work by Monday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/01/legislature-misses-deadline?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2012 09:00:00 -0500 GOP lawmakers stuck on Vikings stadium issue It's unlikely that state lawmakers will meet their self-imposed deadline to adjourn the legislative session today. One of the main sticking points is a new Vikings stadium, which is putting Republican lawmakers in a political bind because they want to act on other issues first. It's not the way top Republicans were expecting this session to play out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/30/legislative-session-gop-food-fight?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Speaker stalls stadium vote, citing lack of House support Supporters of a Vikings stadium bill in the Minnesota House don't have enough votes to pass the legislation, Speaker Kurt Zellers said late Saturday as he put off bringing the measure up for a full vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/28/zellers-votes-not-there-for-stadium?refid=0 Sat, 28 Apr 2012 19:44:34 -0500 Herman Cain rouses waterlogged anti-tax rally Several hundred people braved cold weather and rain to listen to former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain at an anti-tax rally Saturday afternoon at the State Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/28/herman-cain-anti-tax-rally?refid=0 Sat, 28 Apr 2012 14:57:43 -0500 No 'Friday Night Lights' at the legislature There won't be any breakthrough deals on the main issues being debated between Governor Dayton and legislative leaders. The Minnesota House adjourned this afternoon after doing limited work on the floor. The House is scheduled to come back in session on Saturday at 3p.m. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/04/no_friday_night.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2012 20:43:44 -0500 Legislative log jam piles up unfinished work as session nears end With the legislative session heading into what is expected to be its final weekend, there's still no agreement on major issues including a Vikings stadium, a public works bonding bill or a tax bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/27/legislature-log-jam?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2012 06:15:12 -0500 State has $1.5B left to spend from past bonding bills Minnesota Management and Budget released a report that details how much money has yet to be spent from past bonding bills. The report says $1.5 billion has yet to be spent on projects. The report comes at a time when Gov. Dayton is negotiating the importance of a new bonding bill with legislative leaders. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/04/mmb_state_has_1.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Legislators look for path to finish session There are four major pieces of legislation being discussed for vote at the State Capitol, but the Vikings stadium dominates the attention. The other three are a tax bill, a public works construction bill and a bill that would change teacher tenure rules. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/26/four-bills-legislative-session?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 June primary efforts fizzle Efforts to create an earlier primary in the state Legislature have fizzled tonight after a joint House/Senate conference committee stripped the measure from a broader elections bill. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/04/june_primary_ef.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 State offers same-sex domestic partner benefits in contract talks Same-sex domestic partner health benefits are in play as part of Minnesota state employee contract talks, reopening a debate that raged at the Capitol a decade ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/24/domestic-partner-benefits?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2012 20:23:01 -0500 House bill restores some of last year's human services cuts The Minnesota House on Tuesday passed a bill that restores some spending cuts made last year to health and human services programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/24/house-bill-restores-some-of-last-years-human-services-cuts?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2012 15:34:25 -0500 MN Senate rejects bill to move up primary The Minnesota Senate rejected an elections bill today that would have created an earlier primary date in Minnesota. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/04/senate_rejects.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2012 13:59:44 -0500 Senate is paying attorney $330 an hour The Minnesota Senate has revealed how much it is paying a lawyer to represent it in any legal action involving former Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/04/senate_is_payin.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2012 17:14:38 -0500 With many unfinished bonding projects, is a new bill needed? Gov. Mark Dayton says he wants a bonding bill to create jobs, but there are dozens of projects on the books from previous years that haven't started yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/20/bonding-bill-projects?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2012 16:10:59 -0500 Brodkorb denies misconduct during unemployment hearing In his application for unemployment benefits former Minnesota Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb said he didn't violate Senate policies or commit misconduct. His application was rejected and he has appealed. An unemployment judge held a two-hour hearing on Brodkorb's appeal this afternoon. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/04/brodkorb_denies.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 21:29:06 -0500 House immigration bill aims at cities The Minnesota House has passed legislation aimed at ensuring all cities enforce immigration laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/19/house-immigration-bill-aims-at-cities?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Senate ethics panel at odds again over Michel A committee charged with investigating whether Republican Sen. Geoff Michel broke the Senate's code of conduct is still deadlocked. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/04/senate_ethics_c_1.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 13:34:01 -0500 Dayton gets child care union bill The Minnesota Legislature has sent Gov. Mark Dayton a bill that would forbid state child care assistance money from being used to pay union dues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/16/dayton-gets-child-care-union-bill?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 16:54:56 -0500 A big agenda awaits lawmakers' return Minnesota lawmakers are hoping to finish the 2012 legislative session with a flourish when they return to the State Capitol on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/13/big-agenda-awaits-lawmakers?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2012 18:47:52 -0500 Dayton raised $82,000 in first quarter Gov. Mark Dayton released his fundraising reports for the first quarter of this year. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/04/dayton_raised_8_1.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2012 18:09:03 -0500 Michael Brodkorb's request for unemployment benefits rejected The state has rejected Michael Brodkorb's request for unemployment benefits. Brodkorb is the former Republican Senate staffer who was fired after he had an affair with his boss -- Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch. Brodkorb is appealing the state's decision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/13/state-denies-unemployment-benefits-to-brodkorb?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Zellers suggests House will vote on stadium plan In his strongest comments to date, Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers is suggesting the Minnesota House could vote on a Vikings stadium plan before the end of session. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/04/zellers_suggest.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 22:34:04 -0500 Lawmakers, business group want tax on online sales Legislators and business owners want a bill to force online retailers to collect state sales tax. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/12/internet-sales-tax?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16:20:27 -0500 Biden in Minneapolis for Klobuchar fundraiser Vice-President Joe Biden will be in Minneapolis Wednesday morning to raise money for Sen. Amy Klobuchar's re-election campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/11/biden-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 08:12:20 -0500 Koenen wins special election to replace Kubly State Rep. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, has won a special election to replace Sen. Gary Kubly. Koenen received 54 percent of the vote. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/04/koenen_wins_spe.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 22:22:47 -0500 Pawlenty terminates presidential campaign Tim Pawlenty filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission this week indicating he erased his campaign debt and terminated his campaign committee. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/04/pawlenty_termin_1.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 11:45:25 -0500 Lawsuits likely before and after Voter ID balloting Only days after the Legislature approved a proposed constitutional amendment that will ask voters this November to require that Minnesotans show photo identification at the polls, groups that oppose the measure vowed to fight it in court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/10/lawsuits-voter-id?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 With Legislature about to break, opinions differ on accomplishments State government leaders began the 2012 legislative session with a goal of creating jobs. But after more than 10 weeks, the two sides have yet to agree on how to do so. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/06/legislature-job-creation?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton vetoes school payback bill Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a Republican-crafted bill that would have repaid state IOUs to Minnesota public schools more quickly. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/?utm_source=mprnews&utm_medium=homepage&utm_campaign=blogindex?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 10:15:46 -0500 House votes for earlier primary date The Minnesota House passed legislation today that would shift the August primary to early June. The House approved the measure on a 66-65 vote. The measure was amended to broader elections bill that also passed. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/04/house_votes_for.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2012 20:20:46 -0500 Dayton signs 'Jacob's law' child abuse bill Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill Wednesday that will require law enforcement personnel to notify both parents if their child is the potential victim of neglect, abuse or sexual assault. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/04/dayton-jacobs-law?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2012 13:54:20 -0500 Stadium bill could get House hearing next week Stadium opponents on the Minneapolis City Council will have public hearings on the proposal to build a new home for the Vikings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/30/opponents-of-stadium-proposal-to-have-public-hearings?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 18:31:12 -0500 Senate OKs bill allowing alcohol sales at TCF Bank Stadium The Minnesota Senate passed a bill today that would allow the University of Minnesota to sell alcohol at college football games. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/28/tcf-stadium-alcohol-sales?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2012 14:05:23 -0500 House bill passes to allow event ticket resales The Minnesota House passed a bill today that would allow people who buy event tickets to resell them or give them away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/27/ticket-resales?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 16:05:36 -0500 Vikings stadium clears hurdle; more to come in Legislature When it comes to the Vikings stadium debate, the focus is back on the Minnesota Legislature this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/27/legislature-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Senate passes voter ID requirement, critics vow litigation Minnesota voters are steps away from seeing a photo ID constitutional amendment on the ballot. The full Senate passed the amendment Friday in a 36-30 vote after six hours of debate. The House passed the amendment Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/23/senate-voter-id?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 21:11:21 -0500 Minn. Senate set to vote on Voter ID amendment The Minnesota Senate is expected to vote sometime today on a constitutional amendment that would require people to present photo identification to vote. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/03/senate_set_to_v.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 15:45:14 -0500 Voter ID bill headed to Senate floor The Minnesota Senate is set to vote on a measure that would ask voters to change the state constitution to require people to show photo identification to vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/21/voter-id-bill-headed-to-senate-floor?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 18:54:41 -0500 House bonding plan totals $500 million with Capitol repairs Republicans in the Minnesota House propose borrowing $500 million for public works projects across the state. Their proposal has two parts: repairing the aging state Capitol building, and mostly renovating and repairing existing buildings across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/20/house-senate-gop-bonding-bills?refid=0 Tue, 20 Mar 2012 13:18:01 -0500 House GOP focuses on asset preservation in $280M bonding bill House Republicans are putting forward a $280 million public works bill that focuses mostly on asset preservation at the state's higher education institutions, correctional facilities and local road and bridge improvement. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/03/house_gop_puts.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 19 Mar 2012 22:32:08 -0500 DFLers file ethics complaint over Brodkorb affair Democrats in the state Senate have filed an ethics complaint against Sen. Geoff Michel for how he handled the affair between ex-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and Senate Republican Caucus spokesman Michael Brodkorb. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/19/democrats-file-ethics-complaint-over-brodkorb-affair?refid=0 Mon, 19 Mar 2012 13:03:02 -0500 Bakk: Brodkorb scandal brings 'dishonor' to Senate Republicans in the Minnesota Senate weren't saying much Friday about a potential lawsuit from former staffer Michael Brodkorb. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/16/bakk-brodkorb-scandal-brings-dishonor-to-senate?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2012 13:56:31 -0500 Brodkorb asserts other staffers had affairs with government officials, weren't fired An attorney for a fired Senate staffer says he is prepared to file a lawsuit against the State of Minnesota, claiming unlawful dismissal and gender discrimination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/15/michael-brodkorb-amy-koch-affair-minnesota-senate?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2012 13:10:23 -0500 Senate panel vote on Vikings stadium delayed indefinitely The chairman of the Senate Local Governments Committee said the bill needed more work and postponed a vote on it indefinitely. It wasn't clear if the bill would have had enough votes to win approval if the committee had voted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/14/senate-panel-vote-on-vikings-stadium-delayed-indefinitely?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2012 06:20:23 -0500 Dayton lobbies Legislature as stadium hearing starts Gov. Dayton sent a letter to members of the Senate Local Government and Elections Committee urging them to approve a Vikings stadium bill. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/03/dayton_lobbies.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:44:52 -0500 As stadium battle starts, House Speaker Zellers is non-combatant The first committee hearing on a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings will be held today at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/14/stadium-battle-zellers-sideline?refid=0 Wed, 14 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Senate committee expects quick action on Vikings stadium bill The Senate Local Government and Elections Committee has scheduled the first hearing on the Vikings stadium bill. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/03/senate_committe_3.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2012 13:34:32 -0500 Dayton proposes tax breaks for hiring vets, jobless Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing a revised budget that would give tax breaks to companies that hire veterans and unemployed workers, restore some health care cuts and increase benefits for veterans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/12/dayton-supplemental-budget-tax-credits?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 11:38:04 -0500 As Vikings stadium bill is unveiled, even supporters raise questions The debate over a Vikings stadium will finally begin in earnest next week at the State Capitol, as legislative supporters officially introduce a bill outlining the details of how it will be built and who will pay for it. The text of the bill was released today, and shows that Gov. Dayton made a concession to try to get one key interest group on board. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/09/vikings-stadium-bill?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2012 14:50:52 -0600 By dog team, ex-lawmaker delivers sulfide mining petitions A group of several hundred people asked Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers on Thursday to oppose copper and nickel mining permits in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/08/frank-moe-copper-nickel-mining?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2012 13:49:04 -0600 House GOP plans to tap budget reserve to reduce K12 shift Republicans in the Minnesota House are proposing to tap two thirds of the state's budget reserve to pay back a portion of a K12 school shift they used to balance the budget in 2011. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/03/house_gop_plans.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Minn. legislators offer competing changes to health care Republicans legislators Monday introduced a bill that they say would be an alternative to a state-based health insurance exchange that is being considered by Gov. Mark Dayton's administration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/05/gop-legislators-health-exchange?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 21:33:54 -0600 Redistricting puts House Majority Leader in tough spot Minnesota's new political boundaries puts the state's second-most powerful House representative up against a member of his own party - and he has yet to say what he will do. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/02/redistricting-house-majority-leader-dean?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2012 17:23:19 -0600 Vikings stadium plan faces tough road in Legislature State lawmakers are now waiting for more specifics of the Vikings stadium plan that was announced Thursday by Gov. Mark Dayton and other stadium supporters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/01/vikings-stadium-plan-legislature-reax?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 16:45:19 -0600 With budget surplus in hand, Dayton wants session to focus on jobs With the state budget appearing to be on track, Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders say they want to focus the rest of the legislative session on jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/01/minnesota-economy-jobs?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Bill would reduce foreclosures, DFLers say Minnesota House Democrats are proposing legislation that they say would help reduce the number of home foreclosures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/28/minnesota-foreclosure-bill?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 14:38:51 -0600 DFLers push to pay back schools with corporate tax hike Democrats in the Minnesota Legislature say they want to end a tax break for foreign operating corporations to help pay back recent payment delays to K-12 schools. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/02/dflers_push_to.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:05:13 -0600 Dayton signs bill to close gap in public notifications of sex offender release Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill today to require community notification in certain cases where sex offenders are released to halfway houses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/23/sex-offender-law?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2012 18:52:52 -0600 Legislators consider future in new political boundaries A set of new boundaries released this week by court-appointed panel pairs 48 incumbents in the House and Senate, forcing those lawmakers to consider their political futures: run against an incumbent, move to a new district or retire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/23/redistricting-political-future?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -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 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 Dayton speech presses GOP to back jobs proposals Gov. Mark Dayton used his State of the State address to push lawmakers to adopt his top proposals while reminding them that Minnesota voters will render a verdict on their performance in November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/15/minnesota-state-of-state?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2012 04:50:00 -0600 Sviggum apologizes for pamphlet mistake Republicans should not have used public money to print a pamphlet that was distributed at GOP precinct caucuses last week, said Senate Republican caucus spokesman Steve Sviggum. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/14/sviggum-apology?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2012 16:33:20 -0600 DFLers cry foul over GOP fliers printed with public money Some Republican state senators handed out pamphlets that were printed at taxpayer expense, drawing objection from Democrats who allege that it violates Senate rules and state law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/13/gop-fliers?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2012 17:10:00 -0600 Legislators contentious over Voter ID Several groups are ramping up opposition to a constitutional amendment that would require Minnesotans to present a photo identification to vote. It's an issue that is gaining momentum across the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/08/voter-id-debate?refid=0 Wed, 08 Feb 2012 16:58:15 -0600 Rep. Ellison speaks against Voter ID amendment Opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment to require voters to show photo identification at polls want to make it an issue at Tuesday's precinct caucuses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/06/voter-id-opponent?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2012 17:38:18 -0600 Anti-tax group says lawmakers broke pledge A leading anti-tax group in Minnesota is criticizing some of the most conservative members of the Legislature for breaking a pledge not to raise taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/03/lawmakers-tax-pledge?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 19:19:09 -0600 DFLers want more info on Republicans' legal hire Democrats in the Minnesota Senate are calling on the Republican majority to be more transparent about their decision to hire an outside attorney. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/03/dflers-want-more-info-on-republicans-legal-hire?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 15:16:15 -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 Senate expected to reject Dayton's utilities appointment The Minnesota Senate is expected to reject Gov. Mark Dayton's appointment of Ellen Anderson to chair the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/27/senate-anderson-confirm?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2012 14:16:30 -0600 Bill allowing prosecutors to carry firearms out of committee A Minnesota House committee has approved a bill that would allow county prosecutors carry firearms on the job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/26/prosecutors-guns?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 16:15:07 -0600 Minn. House panel passes bills aiming to protect prosecutors A Minnesota House committee approved two bills Thursday designed to make county prosecutors safer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/26/house-bill-prosecutor-guns?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 13:22:25 -0600 Gov. asks leadership for cooperation to improve business climate Gov. Mark Dayton wants to cooperate with Minnesota's business leaders and Republicans who control the Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/25/dayton-chamber?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0600 DFL chair files complaint over GOP senator's income Minnesota DFL Party Chair Ken Martin has filed a complaint with the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board against Republican state Sen. Dave Thompson for failing to disclose money he received from the state Republican Party. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/23/ken-martin-files-complaint-about-dave-thompson-income?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 12:41:37 -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 Government watchdog groups say MNGOP should face fines Two government watchdog groups are calling on state and federal regulators to fine the Minnesota Republican Party for violating campaign finance laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/05/watchdog-groups-after-mn-gop?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jan 2012 07:00:00 -0600 Minn. political parties 'at a crossroads' 2012 will be an active political year in Minnesota, with races for president, U.S. Senate, the eight members of the U.S. House and all seats in the Minnesota Legislature to be decided in the November election. But a shifting political landscape could make it more difficult for the state's two major political parties to operate the same way they have in the past. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/02/future-of-political-parties?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jan 2012 17:01:13 -0600 Pat Shortridge elected Minn. GOP Chair after party's tumultuous year Pat Shortridge faces a tough task -- getting the party out of debt in a major election year. Minnesota Republicans are hoping to start 2012 with a clean slate after a tumultuous year that featured the downfall of the Senate majority leader, numerous party resignations and a debt of nearly $2 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/31/gop-elects-pat-shortridge?refid=0 Sat, 31 Dec 2011 14:43:52 -0600 Republican official: MN GOP's debt load 'some ugly stuff' The Republican Party of Minnesota is heading into 2012 facing a debt of nearly $2 million, although they say they're contesting more than $700,000 in legal bills that make up part of that total. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/30/mn-gop-debt-load?refid=0 Fri, 30 Dec 2011 11:47:21 -0600 Stadium support boosted with Senjem in Senate's top position Support for a new football stadium got a boost this week when Minnesota Senate Republicans elected Dave Senjem of Rochester as majority leader. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/30/stadium-support-senjem?refid=0 Fri, 30 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Senate Republicans vote today on Koch replacement The 37 members of the Minnesota Senate's Republican caucus are scheduled to vote Tuesday on who should succeed Senator Amy Koch as Majority Leader. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/27/senate-republican-leadership-koch?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2011 06:39:10 -0600 Sunset Commission could determine fates of state boards, agencies The future of 25 state boards, councils and agencies is at the mercy of a group of 12 policy makers called the Minnesota Sunset Commission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/15/sunset-commission?refid=0 Mon, 26 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Fired Senate staffer hires attorney Michael Brodkorb, who was fired from his job as the top communications director in the Minnesota Senate, has retained a lawyer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/23/brodkorb-attorney?refid=0 Fri, 23 Dec 2011 16:58:23 -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 Minn. GOP sorts out what's next for leadership The Minnesota Republican leadership is left sorting out what's next for the party as they continue to manage the political and public relations fallout of last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/19/what-next-minn-gop?refid=0 Mon, 19 Dec 2011 19:24:00 -0600 Minn. GOP left shaky after Sen. Koch steps down Amy Koch's abrupt resignation as majority leader had already thrown Senate Republicans for a loop - now the Minnesota GOP must deal with the scandal as an election year approaches. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/16/koch-resignation-folo?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 15:01:13 -0600 MSP airport police back off on arrest of GOP chair candidate The Minneapolis-St. Paul airport police arrested Brandon Sawalich last night for expired license plate tabs. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/12/msp_airport_pol.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 02:10:26 -0600 State Sen. Amy Koch stepping down Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch announced Thursday she's resigning her post and not seeking re-election next year. In a letter, the Republican leader says it's been a "challenging, exciting and exhausting year." Koch also said she was resigning as majority leader because the Senate "cannot afford a lame duck leader." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/15/amy-koch-steps-down?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2011 16:42:27 -0600 Dayton pursuing state-led ammunitions plant site cleanup Gov. Mark Dayton says he's pursuing the possibility of spending state money to redevelop the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills if a proposed Vikings stadium is built elsewhere. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/13/dayton-ammunition-plant-cleanup?refid=0 Tue, 13 Dec 2011 13:19:03 -0600 Dayton, state lawmakers want credit for budget surplus Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers are headed into the 2012 legislative session with a budget surplus, news that has a lot of elected and appointed officials taking credit for the state's return to the black. But much of the $876 million surplus has little to do with the actions taken in the past year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/10/taking-credit-budget-surplus?refid=0 Mon, 12 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Dayton to visit China on trade mission in 2012 Gov. Mark Dayton says he intends to take a trade mission to China next spring or summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/07/dayton-china-trade-mission?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2011 14:45:38 -0600 Dayton: Electronic pull-tabs for stadium are best option so far Gov. Mark Dayton says he thinks the recent hearings in the Minnesota Senate are helping build consensus about the best way to finance a new Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/07/dayton-electronic-pull-tabs?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2011 14:37:50 -0600 Minn. leaders, ranchers praise end of bovine TB Gov. Mark Dayton, state lawmakers, cattle producers and others are praising efforts to end bovine tuberculosis in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/07/minnesota-leaders-ranchers-praise-end-of-bovine-tb?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2011 14:32:33 -0600 Minn. GOP tries to pull party together, organize for future As the critical 2012 presidential election year approaches, the Minnesota Republican Party is in disarray, trying to unravel the after-effects of the 2010 election - in which it captured the Legislature but lose the governor's race - and has now lost its party chairman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/05/minn-gop-disarray?refid=0 Mon, 05 Dec 2011 18:01:05 -0600 Minn. GOP Party Chairman Tony Sutton resigns Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Tony Sutton has apparently resigned. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/12/sutton_quits_as.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2011 16:37:07 -0600 Surplus shakes up politics at the state Capitol Minnesota's forecast for a revenue surplus is giving state lawmakers new fodder in their battles over taxes and spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/02/surplus?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2011 10:54:57 -0600 Budget surplus gives state officials wiggle room in legislative session The surprising news about Minnesota's projected $876 million budget surplus gives state officials some breathing room heading into the 2012 legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/02/budget-surplus?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Minn. state budget forecast shows $876 million surplus Today's state revenue forecast shows Minnesota's budget is running a surplus of $876 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/01/state-budget-forecast?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2011 09:54:26 -0600 Minn. budget forecast to be released today; state leaders prepare responses The latest state budget forecast gets released Thursday, and will be the first look at the budget since Gov. Mark Dayton and the GOP-controlled Legislature enacted a budget plan that delayed school aid and borrowed against future tobacco payments to erase a $5 billion deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/01/minnesota-budget-forecast?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Study reports growing number of uninsured children in Minn. The number of Minnesota children without health insurance grew by nearly 12,000 between 2008 and 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/29/study-uninsured-children?refid=0 Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:03:24 -0600 Stadium debate likely front and center next year The Minnesota Vikings stadium debate is likely to be front and center when lawmakers return for the 2012 session in late January. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/25/stadium-debate-next-year?refid=0 Fri, 25 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Minn. shutdown costs offset by cut state worker pay, report says Minnesota finance officials released a report Tuesday that says last summer's 20-day state government shutdown had a minimal cost to the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/22/minnesota-state-shutdown-costs?refid=0 Tue, 22 Nov 2011 11:37:01 -0600 Proposed DFL redistricting map irks McCollum The Minnesota DFL Party submitted a congressional redistricting plan Friday that would place Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum into a district with GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/18/redistricting?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2011 17:59:43 -0600 Dayton orders simplification of environmental permitting Gov. Mark Dayton issued an executive order Wednesday that requires the state to simplify Minnesota's environmental review process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/16/dayton-environmental-review-permits?refid=0 Wed, 16 Nov 2011 13:27:30 -0600 Dayton orders union vote by child care providers Supporters and opponents of allowing in-home day care providers to join unions are gearing up for a vote on the issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/15/child-care-union-vote?refid=0 Tue, 15 Nov 2011 11:35:36 -0600 DFL veteran Sen. Linda Higgins announces retirement Democratic state Sen. Linda Higgins says she won't run for re-election next year in her Minneapolis District. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/14/higgins-retirement?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2011 16:44:48 -0600 Poll: Split support for amendment seeking same-sex marriage ban SCSU researchers also tried to measure how attitudes toward religion might affect answers to the marriage question. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/11/st-cloud-state-marriage-poll-split?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2011 06:02:01 -0600 Dayton proposes expansion to veterans programs On the eve of Veterans Day, Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing two initiatives designed to help and honor Minnesota's military veterans. One would help more veterans find work. The other would restore funding for honor guards at military funerals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/10/minn-veterans-assistance?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2011 16:02:54 -0600 Dayton says GOP senator imperiling health grants Gov. Mark Dayton says one Republican member of the Minnesota Senate is putting the lives of sick children and the elderly in jeopardy by putting a hold on federal funds directed to the state of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/08/dayton-hann-health-care-grants?refid=0 Tue, 08 Nov 2011 12:12:12 -0600 Vikings, stadium officials disagree over when Dome lease expires A new disagreement has emerged between the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission and the Minnesota Vikings over just how much time remains on the NFL team's Metrodome lease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/04/metrodome-lease-vikings?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2011 15:33:27 -0500 Stalled Vikings stadium bill gets new lease on life Lawmakers who support a taxpayer subsidized stadium met with Gov. Dayton Thursday and emerged saying they will work to revive the issue and present a bill that they hope will pass in a special session this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/03/vikings-stadium?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2011 12:17:35 -0500 No sales tax for Vikings stadium Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders announced Tuesday that there isn't enough support in the Legislature to pass a local sales tax hike to help pay for Minnesota Vikings stadium unless it has voter approval. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/02/dayton-no-sales-tax-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Wed, 02 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton, Capitol leaders say no to stadium sales tax hike State leaders say the Legislature won't support an exemption for Ramsey County or Minneapolis from holding a referendum on a sales tax hike to pay for the Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/01/vikings-stadium-sales-tax?refid=0 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:26:41 -0500 GOP lawmakers in charge of Legacy funds oppose stadium plan Two Republican lawmakers who oversee the state's Legacy Amendment money say they think other funding sources should be considered to finance a new Vikings stadium. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/11/urdahl_and_inge.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 12:51:03 -0500 Dayton on stadium: 'No breakthrough moment' Legislative leaders stretched an hour-long meeting about the Vikings stadium into more than two hours of discussion without resolution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/28/dayton-stadium-no-breakthrough?refid=0 Fri, 28 Oct 2011 12:49:05 -0500 Field is wide open for stadium proposals Gov. Mark Dayton's openness to entertaining stadium proposals has set off a lobbying frenzy aimed at convincing the governor to accept &mdash; or reject &mdash; ideas as varied as to where a stadium should be located, how to pay for, who should pay for it, or even if a new stadium is necessary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/28/wide-open-stadium-proposals?refid=0 Fri, 28 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 GOP and DFL lawmakers unite against gambling for stadium A bipartisan group of nine lawmakers held a news conference Thursday to oppose any use of gambling proceeds to pay for a new Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/27/republican-and-dfl-lawmakers-gambling-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2011 12:25:36 -0500 GOP, DFL argue principles in redistricting map case A five-judge panel that's likely to end up drawing the state's political boundaries heard arguments Wednesday about the best way to do it. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/10/parties_make_th.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 08:22:19 -0500 Jobs a key issue in Vikings stadium debate Supporters of a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings say the jobs it will create are a key benefit. They say the stadium will help bolster a struggling construction sector. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/26/jobs-key-issue-stadium-debate?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Stadium by 2015 is feasible, says construction execuctive An construction company executive says a new Vikings stadium could be built in Arden Hills in time for the 2015 football stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/25/stadium-2015-feasible?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 18:59:09 -0500 Republicans want sales tax referendum for stadium The GOP-led Legislature appears to be at odds with Minnesota Vikings officials, who don't want a Ramsey County referendum. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/25/stadium-options-debated?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 06:00:00 -0500 Some Republicans want arts amendment money for Vikings stadium A Republican leader says some of his colleagues in the Minnesota Legislature are considering a plan that would rely on a portion of the state's Legacy funds to pay for a new Vikings Stadium. It's an option they say must be considered as Gov. Mark Dayton and lawmakers continue to discuss a new stadium. But critics say voters didn't intend to use that money for professional sports stadiums when they approved a higher sales tax in 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/21/republicans-legacy-money-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Fri, 21 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Human Services Commissioner: Health care bidding to save state $240M The state Human Services commissioner said Thursday that competitive bidding for health care services will save the Minnesota $240 million over the next two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/20/health-care-bidding?refid=0 Fri, 21 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Dayton hopes to make stadium recommendation in Nov. Gov. Mark Dayton will make his own recommendation for a Vikings stadium in two weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/19/dayton-stadium-recommendation?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2011 16:34:52 -0500 Dayton huddles with NFL on Vikings stadium deadline Lawmakers have to make a few difficult decisions. Chief among them is how the state finances its portion of the stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/18/vikings-stadium-dayton-meets-nfl?refid=0 Tue, 18 Oct 2011 06:23:10 -0500 Key meetings set for next week on Vikings stadium Next week is shaping up as pivotal in the Minnesota Vikings' bid for a new football stadium partially financed by the public. Gov. Dayton has scheduled a series of meetings with the major stakeholders to discuss whether a deal can be done before the end of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/14/vikings-stadium?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2011 14:21:26 -0500 Met Council report says Vikings' stadium schedule unrealistic and aggressive A long-awaited report commissioned by Gov. Mark Dayton, set to be released Wednesday, says the Vikings stadium proposal "sets forth an aggressive schedule that is unrealistic." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/11/report-stadium-proposal?refid=0 Tue, 11 Oct 2011 18:45:00 -0500 Pawlenty not done with politics just yet Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty jokes that he has a lot more time on his hands now that he's not running for president. Since he dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination in August, Pawlenty has been looking for work. He doubts he will make another run for president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/11/pawlenty-on-campaign-media-romney?refid=0 Tue, 11 Oct 2011 17:08:00 -0500 DFLer announces congressional bid in 3rd District Brian Barnes, a businessman and Navy Reserve veteran from Edina, is seeking the DFL endorsement to run against Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen in Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/10/barnes_to_chall.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 10 Oct 2011 11:48:12 -0500 In Minn., Walker says Wisconsin's union law is a national model Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says changes similar to the ones he made to his state's collective bargaining laws could be accomplished elsewhere as long as Republicans think about the next generation instead of the next election. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/10/walker_says_wis.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2011 16:41:25 -0500 State likely to face another deficit Economic growth in Minnesota is slowing to the point that Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature will likely have to overcome another budget deficit, state economist Tom Stinson told lawmakers on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/06/state-likely-to-face-another-deficit?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2011 06:00:00 -0500 GOP, DFL line up arguments to fight over redistricting A court-appointed panel will have a second hearing Wednesday evening tonight in St. Paul to gather input on drawing the state's political boundaries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/05/parties-line-up-arguments-to-influence-redistricting?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2011 06:00:00 -0500 Interest groups open check books as court grapples with redistricting A court-appointed panel will take public testimony Tuesday evening in Bloomington on the best way to redraw the state's political boundaries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/03/interest-groups-watch-as-state-districts-are-redrawn?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 07:00:00 -0500 Abortion foes criticize GOP allies for failing to uphold cloning ban Angered that a ban on spending state funds on human cloning was dropped, the state's largest anti-abortion group is targeting some of its traditional allies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/27/abortion-opponents-criticize-gop-allies?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Possible child care workers' union vote rankles Republicans Some state lawmakers continue to raise questions over whether Gov. Mark Dayton has the authority to use an executive order to allow private, in-home day care providers to vote on forming a union. Dayton hasn't said whether he'll actually issue the executive order. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/23/republicans-oppose-child-care-unuion-vote?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 07:21:59 -0500 Some Minn. businesses sitting out Dayton's trade trip Gov. Mark Dayton begins his first international trade mission this weekend in Japan and South Korea, without some of Minnesota's largest businesses or the state's two business groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/21/dayton-trade-mission?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2011 17:13:51 -0500 Dayton says Legislature's child care hearings waste time and money Gov. Mark Dayton says he's none too pleased that Republicans in the House and Senate plan to hold hearings to discuss whether Dayton has the legal authority to allow people working for in-home daycare providers to join unions. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/09/dayton_says_leg.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 14:51:13 -0500 New state-mandated counseling for seniors irks assisted-living industry One of the ways lawmakers put the breaks on health and human services spending is to require seniors to receive counseling before they enter assisted living facilities and other senior housing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/18/new-state-mandated-counseling-for-seniors-irks-assisted-living-industry?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Special primary election today for two state senate seats Voters in parts of Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park head to the polls today for a special primary election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/12/special-primary-election-today-for-two-state-senate-seats?refid=0 Tue, 13 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis Mayor tapped for national Democratic post Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will be become a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee this weekend, one of five such surrogates working to get President Barack Obama re-elected next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/08/rybak-tapped-for-national-democratic-post?refid=0 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 06:50:00 -0500 State employee sentenced to 5 years for tax fraud A judge has sentenced a former Minnesota Department of Revenue employee to five years in prison for creating false tax returns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/07/state-employee-sentenced-to-five-years-for-tax-fraud?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2011 13:09:05 -0500 Reps. Paulsen, Kline doubt wisdom of proposed Obama tax cut As the president proposes a permanent cut in the payroll tax as part of a larger stimulus package set to be unveiled next week, Capitol Hill Republicans are sounding skittish. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/01/kline-paulsen-doubt-wisdom-of-obama-tax-cut?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Budget eliminates funding to local groups for honor guard services As the American Legion hosts its national convention in Minneapolis this week, veterans groups in Minnesota learned that the state has eliminated funding to help pay for honor guards at veterans funerals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/30/budget-eliminates-funding-honor-guard-services?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton gets an earful on Vikings stadium from fairgoers At the State Fair Thursday, Gov. Mark Dayton was lobbied by several people about a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/25/dayton-fair-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 16:04:39 -0500 Bachmann's campaign activities give uncertainty for future of congressional seat As Michele Bachmann sets her eyes on the White House, Minnesota's Republican Party leaders watch the race and ponder the future of her congressional seat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/24/bachmanns-campaign-activities-give-doubt-to-future-of-congressional-seat?refid=0 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Poll: Minnesotans dissatisfied with budget deal, leadership A new poll finds many Minnesotans feel the state is headed in the wrong direction and are dissatisfied with the budget deal that erased a $5 billion deficit. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/08/poll_majority_o.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty won't run for U.S. Senate in 2012 The ex-governor's spokesman said Pawlenty will not run against Sen. Amy Klobuchar in 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/17/pawlenty-not-running-for-senate?refid=0 Wed, 17 Aug 2011 14:54:30 -0500 Obama seeks to reconnect with voters in Minnesota In what could be considered his campaign kickoff for the 2012 election, President Barack Obama told a town hall audience Monday that the nation's slowly improving economy is hampered by the impasse in the nation's capital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/15/obama-seeks-to-reconnect-with-voters?refid=0 Tue, 16 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Fact check: Pawlenty and Bachmann's debate claims Minnesota Republicans Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmman spent a large part of Thursday night's GOP presidential debate criticizing each other. Here's an assessment of the accuracy of their statements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/12/pawlenty-bachmann-debate-fact-check?refid=0 Fri, 12 Aug 2011 16:16:54 -0500 Dayton says jobs more important than stock market Gov. Mark Dayton says he's working to create more jobs in Minnesota and not focusing on the downturn in the stock market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/10/dayton-jobs-stock-market?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2011 13:45:55 -0500 Official: State worker pensions weathering market turmoil The head of the one of the state's pension funds says the funds are positioned to ride out the market downturn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/09/state-pension-funds?refid=0 Tue, 09 Aug 2011 13:06:52 -0500 Minnesota's financiers closely watch market performance Minnesota's finance officials monitored closely as stocks across the globe declined on the first day of trading after Standard & Poor's downgraded the nation's debt credit rating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/08/minnesotas-financiers-closely-watch-market-performance?refid=0 Mon, 08 Aug 2011 20:55:37 -0500 Dayton holding onto $80K in campaign funds Gov. Mark Dayton has raised $80,000 dollars in campaign funds since he took office in January. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/28/dayton-campaign-holdings?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jul 2011 19:55:03 -0500 Long-term budget pain assured by shutdown solution The state's failure to fix the underlying problems of the state budget means Democrats and Republicans could be at odds for years to come. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/28/minnesota-long-term-budget-problems?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jul 2011 14:21:19 -0500 Longtime Minn. legislator, Linda Berglin, leaving Senate State Sen. Linda Berglin, who served in the Minnesota Legislature for nearly 40 years, has announced she's retiring from the Senate next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/25/linda-berglin-reitres-from-senate?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 12:10:01 -0500 Did government deliver on jobs? For the past seven months, jobs and the state budget were atop of the discussion for Gov. Mark Dayton and lawmakers. But did they deliver on jobs? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/21/budget-jobs-lawmakers?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:46:51 -0500 Special session is over The state budget and the end of the 20 day state government shutdown are now in DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's hands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/20/special-session-over?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 05:59:52 -0500 Lawmakers pass tax bill, borrowing on tobacco payments The Minnesota Legislature has passed a package of changes to state tax law that maintains state aid to cities and counties at levels from last year. The bill also includes the provision to let the state borrow against future tobacco settlement payments, which is a key piece of new revenue that led to the budget deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/19/special-session-announced?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2011 11:01:26 -0500 Shutdown: three budget bills down, six more to go It's day 19 of the State government shutdown and there's still no word about when Governor Mark Dayton will call a special session to finally pass a state budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/19/scheck_capitol?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2011 09:48:17 -0500 Dayton, GOP continue hammering out budget details The two sides are meeting in private and the public is locked out of the Capitol. At stake is billions of dollars of spending for schools, health care and aid to cities and counties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/16/weekend-capitol-budget-work?refid=0 Sat, 16 Jul 2011 15:57:30 -0500 GOP leaders confident they have support for budget Republican leaders of the Legislature are confident they have the votes to pass the bills that make up the budget framework they and Gov. Mark Dayton agreed to on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/15/gop-confident-budget-support?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 17:37:34 -0500 Leaders now tasked with writing, passing budget With Minnesota's government impasse close to over, Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders are tasked with writing budget bills and passing them in a special legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/15/shutdown-over-pass-budget?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Several rank and file Republicans open door for more revenue While GOP leaders are resisting the governor's calls for new revenue, several rank and file members are starting to say more money is needed to end the government shutdown that is now in it's 14th day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/13/shutdown-day14?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2011 05:00:00 -0500 In St. Cloud, Dayton lays out budget impasse, shutdown Gov. Mark Dayton said he feels emboldened about his stand on the state budget after a Tuesday morning forum in St. Cloud, in which state residents and workers urged the governor and Republican leaders to compromise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/12/dayton-shutdown-saint-cloud?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2011 11:03:20 -0500 Still no deal; Dayton hits road to put pressure on GOP After spending much of the last week away from public view, Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday that he will be taking his case to the public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/12/shutdown-day12?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Shutdown's eighth day passes with no talks, no movement Minnesota's state government shutdown is headed into its second week, and Gov. Dayton and GOP legislative leaders appear no closer to a budget deal. The two sides didn't meet today, and there are no meetings scheduled for this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/08/shutdown-friday-no-talks?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jul 2011 16:29:11 -0500 If it lasts, shutdown could make history State government has been shut down now for a full week, and a budget agreement between Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders is nowhere in sight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/08/shutdown-day-8?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jul 2011 05:00:00 -0500 More negotiations, but no fix yet from Dayton and GOP Republicans are calling for a special session, but Gov. Mark Dayton said he's isn't willing to call lawmakers back yet. "We've got the same gulf between us that we've had all along," Dayton said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/06/shutdown-tuesday-budget-meeting?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 21:44:57 -0500 Pawlenty on Meet the Press on Sunday Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is scheduled to be on NBC's Meet the Press this Sunday. The Republican candidate for president is the latest presidential hopeful to appear on the Sunday morning show. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/07/pawlenty_on_mee_1.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jul 2011 12:54:15 -0500 Shutdown: Gov. Dayton and Republican leaders fundamentally opposed, must find alternatives Last week Republican lawmakers said that a budget deal was close to being made, but Governor Dayton indicated in an interview today on Morning Edition that negotiations are not as close as they seem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/05/scheck-shutdown?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jul 2011 10:24:38 -0500 Why a budget deal didn't get done A look at the budget proposals shows that both sides were willing to move on their long-standing positions, but they weren't willing to fully give in to the other's demands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/01/budget-negotiations-talks-failed?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 17:57:52 -0500 State government halts, finger pointing starts The Minnesota state government shut down early Friday after budget talks broke down Thursday between Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/01/shutdown-negotiation-finger-pointing?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 01:44:36 -0500 GOP, Dayton end Wednesday meetings with no budget deal Budget talks between lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton ended Wednesday night without negotiating a budget. Minnesota state government will shutdown at the end of Thursday unless an agreement is reached. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/29/shutdown-talks-break-off?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 21:50:40 -0500 Who is to blame if govt. shuts down? Lawmakers stay mum Legislators are saying little about their closed-door meeting and negotiations, so who takes the political blame if government shuts down? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/29/shutdown-taking-blame?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Judge considers whether courts should shut down A judge is considering whether the state's judicial system should continue to be funded in the event of a government shutdown. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/06/judge_considers.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jun 2011 13:11:35 -0500 Judge declines Dayton's request for budget mediator The governor had suggested in early June the state hire a mediator to help bridge the gap between himself and Republican legislative leaders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/23/judge-dayton-budget-mediator?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2011 10:54:06 -0500 Budget dispute moves from Capitol to courtroom A Ramsey County judge today will look at which parts of state government will continue operating if there's a government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/23/scheck-petitions?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2011 09:46:21 -0500 Construction projects likely to come to halt during shutdown Thousands of state employees and private sector businesses are scrambling to gauge the impact of a possible government shutdown, which is only nine days away. One area that will surely be hard hit is the already struggling construction sector. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/21/shutdown-construction?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jun 2011 04:00:00 -0500 GOP senators asking court to prevent spending obligations during shutdown Four Republicans in the Minnesota Senate will ask the Minnesota Supreme Court to prevent a Ramsey County District Court judge from continuing many state spending obligations if state government shuts down on July 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/17/shutdown-gop?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jun 2011 14:37:59 -0500 Swanson: Keep courts open if gov't shuts down Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and the Minnesota Judicial Branch are petitioning Ramsey County District Court Judge Kathleen Gearin to issue an order keeping Minnesota's court system operating if state government shuts down. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/06/courts_to_court.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jun 2011 11:01:02 -0500 Dayton outlines services he wants protected in shutdown The governor filed a petition today outlining the government functions that he views as essential, including prisons, emergency highway repair and programs for the poor, elderly and disabled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/15/dayton-services-protected-in-shutdown?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2011 11:13:01 -0500 Minn. Human Services warns clients of gov't shutdown The state Department of Human Services is notifying hundreds of thousands of clients that they might lose access to health care assistance and other services if Minnesota government shuts down on July 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/14/minnesota-human-services-warns-clients-of-shutdown?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2011 13:44:10 -0500 Courts' role in deciding state spending is questioned A Ramsey County judge will decide whether Minnesota should continue funding essential services if state government shuts down on July 1. Attorney General Lori Swanson filed a petition asking a judge for authority to continue funding some services. But some lawmakers question the courts' role in funding state services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/13/shutdown-legal-questions?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Shutdown raises questions that have few answers right now Unless DFL Governor Mark Dayton and the Republican leadership in the legislature can agree on a compromise budget, the state government will shutdown in 18 days. We still don't know what the full impact of that shutdown would be. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/13/shutdown?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jun 2011 09:01:37 -0500 Dayton administration continues preparations for shutdown Layoff notices started to arrive at the homes of state workers who may be losing their jobs if no budget agreement can be reach. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/10/shutdown-preparations?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2011 17:29:06 -0500 Fear of shutdown grows each day for state workers State employees will start receiving layoff notices in the mail as early as today. Many of the 36,000 employees are wondering whether they'll continue working in July, when the government will shut down if a deal isn't reached. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/10/shutdown-worries?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Another budget meeting, but no progress for Dayton, GOP Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders talked about the state budget again behind closed doors Wednesday, but emerged no closer to a budget deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/08/budget-impasse?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2011 15:51:25 -0500 Despite budget woes, many lawmakers collected expense payments As many lawmakers were calling for holding the line on state spending during the legislative session, they were taking expense payments that cost taxpayers a total of nearly $2 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/07/per-diem-reports?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500 GOP offer to increase K-12 not paired with more revenue Republicans were willing to increase spending on K-12, courts and public safety but say they won't budge on total tab of $34 billion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/06/budget-talks-1?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jun 2011 20:20:08 -0500 Republicans make concessions on spending in budget talks They say they're willing to spend more money on K12 schools, public safety and the courts, but they don't want to increase the size of their overall budget. That means Republicans would be forced to make cuts in other areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jun 2011 19:21:24 -0500 Minn. budget talks resume, but no movement on K-12 Lead Republican lawmakers for a schools spending bill say they're disappointed Gov. Mark Dayton didn't meet with them on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/06/dayton-budget-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jun 2011 12:45:17 -0500 Longtime Minn. Sen. Scheid stops cancer treatment State Sen. Linda Scheid, DFL-Brooklyn Park, announced today that she is ending her cancer treatment and has entered hospice care. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/06/sen_scheid_has.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2011 12:05:08 -0500 GOP legislative leaders rule out mediator GOP legislative leaders say they are ruling out Gov. Mark Dayton's suggestion that they bring in an outside mediator to help bridge the divide on the state's budget. Dayton made the proposal earlier today. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/06/gop_legislative_1.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2011 13:19:54 -0500 Dayton says no to GOP budget panel, wants mediator Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton wants to hire an outside mediator to help break his budget impasse with Republican lawmakers over the state's budget. But his proposal was rejected Thursday by GOP legislative leaders. The two sides had nothing to show for another day of lobbing criticism at each other. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/02/budget-meeting?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2011 10:10:47 -0500 Dayton, GOP numbers on budget solutions don't line up Experts say Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton are using different numbers to make their case for their respective budget shortfall solutions to the public. They say neither side is wrong as long as they don't mix figures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/01/budget-numbers?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500 State starts sending out layoff notices As many as 36,000 state employees will get the notices as the government starts to prepare for a possible July 1 shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/31/layoff-notices?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2011 17:08:40 -0500 Party chairs take off the gloves in war of words over budget stalemate Minnesota Republican Party Chair Tony Sutton said any government shutdown should be pinned on Mark Dayton, calling the governor "erratic." DFL Chair Ken Martin accused Sutton of character assassination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/26/budget-battle?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2011 16:01:35 -0500 Dayton vetoes Voter ID bill Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a bill that would require Minnesotans to show photo identification to vote. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/05/dayton_vetoes_v.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Rhetoric gets more heated between Dayton, GOP lawmakers DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is calling out first-term GOP lawmakers as "right-wing extremists" who are blocking a compromise on a state budget deal. and defends his budget plan, which would cut spending and raise income taxes on Minnesota's top earners. Republicans say their plan is better because it doesn't raise taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/25/dayton-budget-words?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2011 16:16:40 -0500 No budget deal makes Minn. special session certain With Dayton promising to veto the Republicans' budget bills, a special session is likely. With neither side talking about compromise yet, the state appears headed for a July 1 government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/24/budget-gridlock?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 00:43:30 -0500 Supporters, opponents prepare for long campaign on same-sex marriage amendment Supporters and opponents of a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage are now organizing to lobby voters on the ballot measure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/23/same-sex-marriage-campaign?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2011 06:40:08 -0500 House debates same-sex marriage amendment The Senate has already passed the amendment. If the House follows suit, a question would be put on the 2012 ballot asking voters whether marriage should be defined as "between one man and one woman." The State Constitution would be amended if a majority of those voting in the election vote yes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/?refid=0 Sat, 21 May 2011 17:10:43 -0500 Minn. House defeats $47M for flood projects The Minnesota House defeated $47 million in state bonding for projects to control flooding in the Red River Valley and other parts of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/21/house-defeats-flood-project-package?refid=0 Sat, 21 May 2011 09:21:50 -0500 Pawlenty plans Monday announcement of 2012 bid A campaign staffer told MPR News that former Gov. Tim Pawlenty will announce his official bid for the presidency on Monday morning in Des Moines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/20/pawlenty-presidential-bid-announcement?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2011 09:40:00 -0500 Some Republicans question same-sex marriage vote before budget is done The Minnesota House could take up a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage as early as Friday. Republicans appear to have enough votes to pass the measure, but some of their members are urging leaders to hold off because they don't believe it's the right time to take up the issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/20/same-sex-marriage?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2011 05:58:15 -0500 Minnesota budget talks turn to blame game As the clock ticks closer to Monday's deadline for the end of the legislative session, Gov. Dayton and Republican leaders are talking less about whether a budget agreement can be reached, and more about who is at fault for forcing a likely special session. The parties can't agree on a plan to close the projected $5 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/18/minn-budget-update?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Optimism is waning over reaching a budget deal The Minnesota Legislature is another day closer to the end of the legislative session and lawmakers are still no closer to a budget deal with Gov. Dayton. The optimism over reaching a compromise, which was displayed earlier in the session, is being replaced by increasingly heated rhetoric. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/17/minnesota-state-budget-update?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Budget deal still eludes GOP lawmakers, Dayton Republicans in the Minnesota House and Senate plan to start negotiating Tuesday with Gov. Mark Dayton's commissioners on individual budget bills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/16/gop-dayton-tax-offer?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2011 00:00:19 -0500 With session winding down, progress toward budget deal is very slow The Minnesota Legislature has only 10 days left in its session, and it still must reach agreement with Gov. Dayton on how to close the state's projected $5 billion deficit. Capitol reporter Tom Scheck gives us an update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/16/session-update?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2011 12:16:02 -0500 Minn. Senate approves limits on liability lawsuits The Minnesota Senate has passed several bills, backed by the business community, that would restrict the rights of plaintiffs who file civil lawsuits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/14/minn-senate-malpractice-bills?refid=0 Sat, 14 May 2011 14:51:21 -0500 Minn. GOP lawmakers agree on plan to slash services for the poor Thousands of Minnesotans would be left without health insurance under the Republican proposal for the state's Health and Human Services budget, DFL lawmakers and state officials said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/14/hhs-budget?refid=0 Sat, 14 May 2011 12:52:29 -0500 Slight movement on budget, but big issues remain at Capitol The deadlock over Minnesota's projected $5 billion budget deficit showed the smallest signs of cracking Friday, but the Republican-controlled Legislature and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton remain fundamentally opposed over the best way to erase the shortfall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/13/minnesota-budget-update?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2011 18:14:43 -0500 Minn. Senate OKs same-sex marriage ban amendment The proposal that would ban same-sex marriage in the state Constitution is now closer to the November 2012 ballot, where a majority vote of Minnesota residents would enact it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/11/same-sex-marriage-senate?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2011 14:30:02 -0500 House OKs bill to clear way for Surly tap room Surly Brewing Company also will build a new brewery and entertainment center in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/10/surly-brewery?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2011 17:38:07 -0500 Minn. House committee approves congressional redistricting plan The state House Redistricting Committee has approved a plan that would redraw Minnesota's congressional districts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/10/redistricting-plan?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2011 12:59:36 -0500 Cravaack would have easier re-election bid under GOP plan The plan would mean Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson would swap districts with Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/09/redistricting?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2011 16:17:57 -0500 Dayton administration warns of cuts to veterans' services Republicans say Dayton is mischaracterizing their budget proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/06/cuts-to-veterans?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2011 18:53:15 -0500 GOP criticizes Dayton over talking stadium with Wilfs After Gov. Mark Dayton met with Vikings ownership last night, some Republicans say he should be focused on working with the Legislature to balance the state's $5 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/06/vikings-stadium-dayton-wilfs?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2011 15:12:02 -0500 Dayton, Republicans still circling on Minn. budget Gov. Mark Dayton says Republicans in the Legislature need to reach agreement on a state budget, meanwhile Republicans say the governor needs to begin negotiating with them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/06/dayton-gop-budget-standstill?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2011 14:01:49 -0500 Dayton to GOP: Tax hike plan isn't going to change Gov. Mark Dayton says Republican legislative leaders are underestimating his resolve if they think he'll back off his plan to raise taxes on Minnesota's top earners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/05/dayton-tax-plans?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2011 16:22:45 -0500 Dean apologizes to Gaiman for tone but not content The House majority leader says he shouldn't have called the author a "pencil-necked little weasel" but maintains Gaiman shouldn't have accepted a $45,000 speaking fee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/04/dean-vs-gaiman?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2011 19:49:24 -0500 GOP stands together on Minn. redistricting plan Republicans in the Minnesota Senate say they plan to redraw the boundaries of the state's 201 legislative districts just as House Republicans are -- changes that set up a confrontation with Gov. Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/03/redistricting-folo?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2011 16:59:55 -0500 First wave of Minnesota redistricting fights arrives The proposal would eliminate some inner-city legislative districts currently held by DFLers and create new districts in faster growing exurban areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/02/gop-redistricting-plan?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Legislator who lost legs in Iraq pleased by death of Bin Laden John Kriesel said President Obama made the right decision by sending in elite Navy SEALs into Pakistan to kill him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/02/legislator-osama?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2011 18:42:01 -0500 Emotional testimony precedes Senate panel vote on same-sex marriage ban A Minnesota Senate committee approved a measure Friday that would allow Minnesota voters to decide whether to ban same-sex marriage in the Minnesota Constitution. After three hours of testimony and debate, the measure passed on a party-line vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/29/same-sex-marriage?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 16:53:53 -0500 Some fear a new push against same-sex marriage will come with a backlash Some opponents of a constitutional amendment -- and some businesses -- say it hurt the state's economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/28/economic-cost-of-same-sex-marriage-fight?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Dayton holds forum to discuss cuts to transit House Republicans are proposing a $120 million cut over the next two years to transit services. Senate Republicans would cut $32 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/21/dayton-transit?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 16:38:03 -0500 Klobuchar says gray wolves should be removed from protected list Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., says gray wolves should be removed from the Endangered Species list. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/20/wolves-delist?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2011 14:31:04 -0500 USDA chief discusses renewable energy in Minn. U.S. Secretary Tom Vilsack says Congress should not end subsidies for the ethanol industry but should look at ways to change who gets them in the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/20/vilsack?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2011 14:04:26 -0500 Dayton hears concerns of seniors over budget cuts Senior citizens and advocates for nursing homes and other senior services told the governor that they were concerned that the budget cuts proposed by Republicans in the House and Senate would cause real harm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/19/dayton-hears-seniors-concerns?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2011 18:29:38 -0500 Legislature's GOP freshmen on the front lines of session This year's GOP freshman class is bigger and bolder than those in past legislative sessions and many say they aren't going to compromise with the governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/18/freshman-lawmakers?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Business groups to run ads opposing proposed tax hikes The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, the Minnesota Business Partnership and other business groups will start running radio ads this week encouraging state lawmakers not to raise taxes to erase the state's $5 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/18/business-ads?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2011 06:07:21 -0500 One bill down, but the hard work at the Capitol is still to come The just-signed Agriculture bill is less than 1 percent of the state's total budget for the next two years and does little to erase the projected $5 billion deficit. And the governor and the Legislature are having a much harder time agreeing on what to do next. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/15/legislative-update?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 16:18:13 -0500 Dayton signs ag bill, hopes for future agreements with GOP Gov. Mark Dayton signed an agriculture budget bill Friday morning that spends nearly $80 million over the next two years on food inspections, alternative energy and other agriculture programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/15/dayton-ag-budget-bill?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 14:01:01 -0500 Photo ID bill clears House committee, inches toward vote A House committee approved a bill Thursday that would require people to show a photo ID before they can vote, and with Republicans in control in the Legislature, the bill has a stronger chance of passing than in years past. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/14/voter-id-bill?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2011 15:49:16 -0500 Hearing on Dayton's tax plan loud, but short When the House Tax Committee got a chance to discuss the particulars of DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's tax plan Wednesday, some of the panel's Republican lawmakers spent more time criticizing Dayton's plan than listening to the 40 people who came to talk about it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/13/minn-budget-battle?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 17:06:28 -0500 Dayton says GOP budget plan pulls savings 'out of thin air' He said the budget plan put forward by House Republicans is $1.2 billion out of balance and the Senate GOP plan is $1.1 billion out of whack. Dayton said his plan is based on solid fiscal analysis and the Republican plans aren't. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/12/dayton-budget?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 00:31:59 -0500 House, Senate Republicans will work with Dayton -- on their terms Republican Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch says Republicans intend to pursue their budget plan, in particular a federal waiver that allows the state to change how it administers the federal Medicaid law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/12/gop-budget?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 16:08:22 -0500 Dayton optimistic but still plans for possible government shutdown Delays in federal funding for health care and federal grants could cause cash flow problems for the state if a shutdown lasts several weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/08/dayton-shutdown?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 18:50:59 -0500 Dayton sets goals for cutting energy use Gov. Mark Dayton signed three executive orders Friday that direct state agencies to identify and make energy improvements to government buildings. He is setting a goal of a 20 percent reduction in state energy consumption within five years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/08/dayton-energy-savings?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 15:52:58 -0500 'Surly bill' wins support of Senate panel A Minnesota Senate has panel unanimously approved a bill that would allow breweries in Minnesota to sell alcohol at their establishments. The "Surly bill" now goes to a vote in the full Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/06/surly-beer-senate-bill?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2011 00:22:59 -0500 Minn. HMOs agree to give back excess '11 profits Gov. Mark Dayton says four large health plans have agreed to cap 2011 profits from state business and give back excess earnings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/05/dayton-hmos?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2011 09:49:20 -0500 Website shows how $3 billion to cover uninsured Minnesotans is spent The website details how much nonprofits health plans were paid to administer state-sponsored health insurance programs over the last few years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/04/human-services-website-low-income?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 17:33:13 -0500 House GOP wants to end Dayton's Medicaid plan Republicans in the Minnesota House say they want to end the state's early expansion of the federal Medicaid program, setting up a showdown with Gov. Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/04/house-republicans-medicaid-expansion?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 15:22:03 -0500 GOP rejects fiscal analysis of its budget plans Republicans in the Legislature are ignoring or foregoing fiscal analysis as they put together their plan to erase the state's $5 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/25/fiscal-notes?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2011 16:29:46 -0500 A no new taxes pledge, but GOP still finds new revenue Republicans say they are building a budget "based on what is in Minnesota's checking account," but they are using special revenue accounts and dedicated funds to help balance the state's budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/24/state-budget-gop?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2011 17:02:11 -0500 Senate GOP health bill moves 100K people off state plan Republicans in the Minnesota Senate are proposing a Health and Human Services budget bill that would transfer more than 100,000 people with low incomes from state-subsidized health insurance to the private marketplace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/23/senate-gop-health-bill?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2011 16:00:54 -0500 Analysis of numbers hard to see in GOP budget cuts Republicans in the Minnesota House are moving forward with a budget plan that they say erases the state's $5 billion projected deficit through spending reductions. But some of their proposals are sketchy on details, and Democrats say the savings may not add up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/22/budget-debate-details?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Sheriffs concerned about proposed cuts to public safety House Republicans are recommending a measure that would require counties to house state prisoners with less than two months remaining on their sentence in the local jail or workhouse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/22/corrections-dept-budget?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2011 22:42:35 -0500 Injured police dog witnesses bill signing Gov. Dayton signed a bill Tuesday to increase penalties for people who harm police dogs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/22/police-dog-law?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2011 16:53:40 -0500 House GOP calls for cuts to state's workforce Republicans in the Minnesota House are proposing a 12 percent reduction in the state's workforce, a salary freeze for state employees and other cuts to state agencies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/21/state-employees-cuts?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2011 23:33:15 -0500 Dems question GOP numbers on human services cuts The bill would change how counties deliver service to the disabled and the elderly, cut rates to doctors who provide unnecessary treatments and attempt to change how the state delivers Medicaid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/21/gop-budget-bill-health-and-human-services?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2011 22:00:43 -0500 Job training a casualty in GOP jobs budget bill Republicans in the Minnesota House released Monday a Jobs and Economic Development budget bill that makes deep cuts to job training and uses one-time money to help balance the state's budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/21/gop-jobs-bill?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2011 17:51:08 -0500 Bills with big pieces of Minn. budget circulate Democrats in the Minnesota Legislature are criticizing the Republican majority for pushing through several budget bills without giving the public enough time to know what's in the bills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/21/budget-bills?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2011 06:15:14 -0500 If cities lose LGA money, will property taxes rise? The governor contends that if aid to cities were cut, property taxes will go up for many. But others point to the early 1990s, when property taxes increased at the same time as a boost in LGA spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/21/local-government-aid-property-taxes?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0500 GOP income tax cut bill advances in Minn. legislature A committee in the Minnesota House approved Saturday a bill that would cut income taxes for all Minnesotans, but could also force property tax hikes in cities across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/20/minnesota-republican-income-tax-plan?refid=0 Sun, 20 Mar 2011 10:52:32 -0500 Minn. House GOP releases sweeping K-12 funding bill Republicans in the Minnesota House have outlined their K-12 finance proposal, which would dramatically alter the how the state's schools are funded, change teacher seniority rules and allow public money to be spent for low-income students to attend private schools. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/03/house_gop_relea.shtml?refid=0 Sat, 19 Mar 2011 22:52:00 -0500 Dayton casts GOP tax cuts as giveaway to rich Gov. Mark Dayton says the budget targets released by GOP legislative leaders would also have a dramatic impact on state services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/14/dayton-gop-budget-plan?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 12:00:04 -0500 GOP majorities lay out tax cuts, less spending in budget For months, Republicans have said that they can balance the budget by spending only as much as the state is already collecting in revenue, and they intend to take in even less. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/11/republicans-budget-plans?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0600 GOP looks to legacy amendment funds in budget fix When GOP leaders craft a detailed plan to erase the state's projected $5 billion deficit, they likely will take aim at money voters dedicated to support the arts and outdoors projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/10/legacy-amendment-funding-budget-target?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Dayton's snowbird tax plan may be hard to enforce A key part of Gov. Mark Dayton's plan to balance Minnesota's budget is a provision designed to collect state income taxes from snowbirds -- people who flee the state in the winter for warmer weather elsewhere. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/08/dayton-state-budget-snowbird-tax-plan?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Lawmakers consider sales tax on all Internet retailers Members of the Senate Taxes Committee heard testimony from supporters and opponents of the measure Wednesday. Several companies, including Best Buy, argue the tax is needed for a level playing field. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/02/internet-sales-tax?refid=0 Wed, 02 Mar 2011 18:26:59 -0600 House bill forbids mandatory sprinkers in new homes A Minnesota House committee has approved a bill that would forbid state officials from requiring that new homes built in Minnesota include fire sprinklers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/01/sprinkler-new-homes?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2011 17:32:27 -0600 No sign of compromise despite smaller deficit forecast Now that the state's budget forecast shows Minnesota with a $5 billion deficit for the next two years, Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers will sharpen their talking points to make their case to the general public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/01/smaller-budget-deficit-gop-dayton-compromise?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Dayton drops 'surcharge' on rich plan as deficit shrinks Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday he will restore proposed cuts to nursing homes and eliminate a temporary surcharge on the state's wealthiest after a new budget forecast showed the state's deficit should shrink by $1 billion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/28/budget-forecast?refid=0 Mon, 28 Feb 2011 09:50:40 -0600 House debating bill to cap property tax increases A committee in the Minnesota House has started debating a bill that would put a cap on property tax increases by cities and counties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/25/property-tax-cap?refid=0 Fri, 25 Feb 2011 06:36:13 -0600 Minn. Senate GOP to Dayton: We won't raise taxes Republicans in the Minnesota Senate have put in writing what they've been saying publicly about Gov. Mark Dayton's budget plan: They don't like it and won't go along with his call for higher state taxes. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/02/senate_gop_oppo.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 24 Feb 2011 17:02:14 -0600 Will tax increase make millionaires flee Minnesota? Republicans in the Minnesota House and Senate say Gov. Mark Dayton's plan to raise income taxes on Minnesota's top earners will encourage those wealthier Minnesotans move to states with lower taxes. But a new report from New Jersey says higher taxes had little effect on who chose to live in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/24/dayton-taxemillionaires?refid=0 Thu, 24 Feb 2011 16:27:40 -0600 Republican senator looking at cutting tax breaks as budget fix The chair of the Minnesota Senate Tax Committee says she's going to look at eliminating some tax deductions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/23/tax-breaks-budget?refid=0 Wed, 23 Feb 2011 12:29:20 -0600 Minn. House to hold hearing on Dayton's $1B bonding bill A Minnesota House committee will hold a hearing Wednesday on Gov. Dayton's proposal to borrow $1 billion dollars for public works projects across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/23/bonding-bill?refid=0 Wed, 23 Feb 2011 06:26:21 -0600 Minn. bill would broaden CPR training for day care A Minnesota House committee approved a bill Tuesday that would require CPR training for all teachers and assistant teachers in Minnesota's day care centers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/22/cpb-rules?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2011 17:43:22 -0600 Dayton may restore cuts to nursing homes, home health care Gov. Mark Dayton says he intends to restore some of the funding he's proposed to cut from nursing homes and home health agencies if the state's economic picture improves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/22/nursing-home-cuts?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2011 17:20:41 -0600 U of Minn. students rally at Capitol Several hundred students from the University of Minnesota were at the state Capitol Tuesday, sking lawmakers to preserve funding for the state's colleges and universities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/22/student-protest?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2011 17:10:10 -0600 GOP lawmaker backs off on trying to repeal Medicaid expansion A Republican state senator is backing off an effort to repeal early expansion of Medicaid in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/22/medicaid-expansion?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2011 14:35:21 -0600 Two former Republican lawmakers join U of M Board of Regents The Minnesota Legislature elected two former Republican lawmakers and two businessmen to the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/21/um-regents?refid=0 Mon, 21 Feb 2011 19:37:18 -0600 Dayton not alone in raising taxes to fix state budget gap Republican legislative leaders have criticized the proposed income tax portion of Gov. Dayton's budget plan as being out of step with the rest of the country, but other states have been raising taxes to fix their budget problems as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/18/budget-taxes-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 15:51:57 -0600 Dayton says he'd reconsider cuts if fiscal outlook improves Gov. Mark Dayton is suggesting that he'll restore some of the cuts he's proposing in his budget plan if the state's fiscal outlook improves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/17/dayton-cuts?refid=0 Thu, 17 Feb 2011 07:07:42 -0600 Union members gather to lobby for Dayton's bonding bills About 300 union members gathered at the Minnesota Capitol today to lobby for Gov. Dayton's budget and bonding bills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/16/unions-bonding-bill-dayton?refid=0 Wed, 16 Feb 2011 14:30:24 -0600 With budget out, Dayton and GOP can start dealing Gov. Mark Dayton proposed a budget plan yesterday that is dramatically different from the ideas put forward by Republican lawmakers. They'll try to reach a deal by the end of session in May. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/16/dayton-republicans-budget-compromise?refid=0 Wed, 16 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Dayton's budget spares state aid to cities and counties An official who has seen Gov. Mark Dayton's budget says the governor will not cut any funding to local government aid in his budget plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/14/mark-dayton-state-budget-plan?refid=0 Tue, 15 Feb 2011 00:41:17 -0600 Dayton hints that income tax hike might be temporary During an appearance on MPR's Midmorning Thursday, Dayton said he'll continue to push for an income tax increase on Minnesota's top earners, but suggestied that the tax could be temporary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/10/dayton-tax-hike?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2011 16:28:32 -0600 Dayton vetoes $900M in cuts from GOP Legislature Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has swiftly vetoed a GOP-crafted budget bill cutting $900 million from the state's budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/10/legislature-sends-budget-cuts-to-dayton?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2011 14:29:18 -0600 Dayton, GOP on collision course for budget balancing Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders have been pledging to work together on the state's projected $6.2 billion budget deficit. But Dayton wants to raise income taxes on the state's top earners, and the Republicans don't. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/10/dayton-gop-budget-balance-cuts-package?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Child protection among losers in first round of budget cuts Republicans have said cuts to state spending would not impact the state's most vulnerable residents, but their first budget bill may break that promise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/09/state-budget-deficit-county-child-protection-cuts?refid=0 Wed, 09 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Dayton opposes GOP budget cuts, mum on veto Gov. Mark Dayton told reporters Tuesday that he doesn't support the GOP efforts to take a piecemeal approach to erasing the state's $6.2 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/08/dayton-gop-budget-cuts?refid=0 Tue, 08 Feb 2011 13:57:35 -0600 Pawlenty showcases conservative values in Iowa Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty tried to burnish his credentials on abortion and gay marriage in Iowa on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/08/pawlenty-iowa?refid=0 Tue, 08 Feb 2011 06:22:28 -0600 Minnesota's Congressional delegation watching redistricting process closely Every 10 years, the Legislature and the governor have to create new districts for the state's members of Congress and other lawmakers based on population shifts in the Census, and Minnesota's eight members of the U.S. House are watching the process closely and working behind the scenes to make sure they play a role in the process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/06/minnesota-redistricting?refid=0 Mon, 07 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0600 DFL to elect party chair Saturday; 1 candidate in race The state DFL plans to elect a new party chair Saturday, and Ken Martin is the only candidate who is currently running for the position. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/04/state-dfl-chair?refid=0 Fri, 04 Feb 2011 16:48:51 -0600 Senate takes $930M whack at Minn. budget shortfall Republicans in the Minnesota Senate passed a bill Thursday that would cut nearly $1 billion in state spending. Based on the debate, Democrats intend to force Republicans to account for every dollar they cut. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/03/state-budget-senate-action?refid=0 Thu, 03 Feb 2011 13:50:37 -0600 Report shows influence of outside groups on gov campaign Democrat Mark Dayton and his allies outspent Republican Tom Emmer and his supporters by nearly 2-1 in last year's race for governor. Campaign finance reports released Tuesday also show that spending by outside political groups outpaced spending by candidates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/01/campaign-spending-folo?refid=0 Tue, 01 Feb 2011 17:20:43 -0600 Dayton: No gambling in Minnesota budget proposal Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday he doesn't intend to rely on any gambling revenue to help balance the state's budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/01/dayton-gambling?refid=0 Tue, 01 Feb 2011 16:52:17 -0600 Dayton, allies outspent GOP to win governor's race Democrat Mark Dayton and his allies spent significantly more than Republican Tom Emmer and his allies to win the race for Minnesota governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/01/dayton-labor-donors?refid=0 Tue, 01 Feb 2011 09:00:34 -0600 Dayton unveils $531M bonding plan, GOP scoffs Gov. Mark Dayton has revealed $531 million in projects that he hopes become part of a $1 billion bonding bill to improve public buildings and create construction jobs across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/31/dayton-reveals-bonding-projects?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 11:27:38 -0600 A preview of the week ahead at the State Capitol Governor Mark Dayton releases his preferred list of public works projects today at the State Capitol. Cathy Wurzer talked with MPR's Tom Scheck about this and other issues this week in Minnesota politics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/31/scheckpreview?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 09:46:23 -0600 Gov. Dayton to propose $1B bonding bill for public works Gov. Mark Dayton will propose a bill Monday that aims to jump start public works projects across Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/31/bonding-bill?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 06:31:43 -0600 Republican senators hope to pass bill cutting $1B in state spending Republicans in the Minnesota Senate hope to pass a bill this week that cuts $1 billion in state spending and is designed to be the first step toward erasing a projected $6.2 billion shortfall for the next two year budget cycle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/31/senate-budget-bill?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 06:27:07 -0600 Minn. House passes $1 billion state budget cut The Minnesota House has approved $1 billion in state budget cuts that would reduce aid payments for local governments, colleges and community health programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/27/house-passes-state-budget-cuts?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jan 2011 00:00:14 -0600 Dayton opposes gun background check repeal efforts Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday he will oppose efforts to repeal the law that requires state permits and background checks for people buying handguns and semiautomatic weapons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/27/dayton-gun-background-check-repeal?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jan 2011 15:27:02 -0600 Lois Quam to lead U.S. State Department's Global Health Initiative Lois Quam, a former executive with UnitedHealth Group and senior adviser to former First Lady Hillary Clinton's health care task force, has been appointed to lead the President's Global Health Initiative. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/01/quam_to_lead_st.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 10:14:59 -0600 Bachmann approaches Iowa with trail of misstatements U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has everything a cable TV talk show producer wants. She's outspoken and reliably controversial. But in some instances, Bachmann is also wrong. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/21/michele-bachmann-iowa-misstatements?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Dayton says administration is 'dedicated' to Medicaid expansion Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday that the state will accelerate efforts to enroll 95,000 low-income Minnesotans into the federal Medicaid program by March 1. He said his administration is "dedicated to carrying out" the plan on a short timeline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/20/dayton-medicaid-expansion?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jan 2011 17:17:39 -0600 Dayton: Wisconsin's new welcome signs not insulting Gov. Mark Dayton says he doesn't consider it an insult that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is touting new road signs that proclaim Wisconsin is open for business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/18/dayton-walker-jobs-wisconsin?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jan 2011 19:33:52 -0600 House Republicans eye state workforce for budget savings Republicans in the Minnesota House are proposing legislation that would cut the number of state employees by 15 percent and freeze their salaries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/13/republicans-state-workforce-wage-freezes?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Dayton to demand $58M payment from Wisconsin Wisconsin owes Minnesota the money because Minnesota ended its tax reciprocity arrangement with the Badger state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/12/wisconsin-payment-minnesota-reciprocity?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jan 2011 14:48:48 -0600 Dayton picks Sertich for Iron Range board; Jesson for human services Gov. Mark Dayton has tapped Hamline University professor Lucinda Jesson to direct the Department of Human Services and state Rep. Tony Sertich to run Iron Range Resources Board. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/11/dayton-sertich-iron-range?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jan 2011 06:08:22 -0600 Minnesota's Capitol 'vulnerable' to security breaches A report issued nearly two years ago calls into question the security of the Minnesota State Capitol, saying it has "significant vulnerabilities" which have not yet been addressed. The issue has become more urgent in the aftermath of the shooting in Arizona on Saturday, in which a member of Congress was seriously wounded. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/10/dayton-capitol-security?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jan 2011 16:45:46 -0600 Gov. Dayton calls for probe of Revenue Department Gov. Mark Dayton is calling on the Legislative Auditor to review the internal controls at the Minnesota Department of Revenue after charges were filed against an employee who is allegedly responsible for more than 200 fraudulent tax refund payments, totaling approximately $1.9 million. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/01/dayton_calls_fo_1.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jan 2011 19:51:29 -0600 Governor's radio show up in the air It's Friday, which for many of the last 12 years has meant an hour of statewide radio hosted by Minnesota's governor. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/01/dayton_wants_a_1.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jan 2011 07:20:00 -0600 Dayton pushes taxes to skeptical business leaders Gov. Mark Dayton laid it on the line to state business leaders Thursday night when he told the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce that Minnesota is under taxed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/07/dayton-chamber-dinner?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jan 2011 06:31:22 -0600 At Medicaid order signing, Dayton gives critics podium Gov. Mark Dayton's signing of an order expanding the federal Medicaid program in Minnesota wasn't a surprise. The surprise came from how he handled a rowdy group of people who showed up to protest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/05/dayton-medicaid-order?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jan 2011 09:46:47 -0600 Dayton set to expand state's Medicaid enrollment Gov. Mark Dayton is expected today to put an end to an eight-month discussion over whether the state should enroll thousands of low- and middle-income Minnesotans into an expanded federal health care program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/05/dayton-mn-medicaid-expansion?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Deficit will test new leaders' post-partisan promises Republicans will control of both the House and Senate for the first time since 1972, and it will be the first time in decades that every member in a position of authority will be new to the job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/04/state-budget-deficit-new-legislature?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty defends latest judicial pick, denies cronyism Governor Pawlenty is defending his latest judicial pick. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/22/pawlenty-judicial-pick?refid=0 Wed, 22 Dec 2010 12:33:22 -0600 Veteran official fills Dayton cabinet labor spot Gov.-elect Mark Dayton has selected a veteran public official to lead the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/22/dayton-cabinet?refid=0 Wed, 22 Dec 2010 10:02:09 -0600 Looking back at Pawlenty's record Pawlenty has wrestled with budget problems since he first took office. It's partly due to a sputtering economy, but it's also due to the failure to enact permanent spending cuts or tax increases that would have balanced the budget over the long-term. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/22/gov-tim-pawlentys-record?refid=0 Wed, 22 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Study: Slow FDA approval of medical devices harms industry Some Minnesota medical device companies are highlighting a new study that says delays by the Food and Drug Administration are putting U.S firms at a disadvantage against their European counterparts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/13/fda-medical-device-industry-study?refid=0 Mon, 13 Dec 2010 13:01:57 -0600 Brian Melendez stepping down as chair of DFL Party Melendez says he made his decision shortly after the Election Day but wanted to hold off on the announcement until the recount in Minnesota's governor's race ended. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/10/dfl-party-chair-brian-melendez-steps-down?refid=0 Fri, 10 Dec 2010 13:59:34 -0600 After election, Republicans make the case for photo IDs Mark Dayton won the governor's election by nearly 8,800 votes but the victory came after Republicans repeatedly questioned the integrity of the state's election system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/10/voting-photo-id-requirement-republicans-legislature?refid=0 Fri, 10 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty passes the baton to Dayton Outgoing Gov. Tim Pawlenty and his successor, Mark, Dayton, met Thurday afternoon to discuss the details of the transition to a new administration. Pawlenty said he would make that process as smooth as possible for Dayton, who has barely a month to build the first Democratic administration in two decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/09/pawlenty-meets-dayton?refid=0 Thu, 09 Dec 2010 17:05:16 -0600 For Gov.-elect Mark Dayton, now comes the hard part When he takes office next month as Minnesota's governor, Dayton will inherit a $6.2 billion state budget deficit, a 7 percent unemployment rate and concerns that Minnesota's schools are underfunded. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/09/mark-dayton-administration-governor?refid=0 Thu, 09 Dec 2010 02:00:00 -0600 Mark Dayton declared winner, finally Democratic Gov.-elect Mark Dayton vowed Wednesday to make improving Minnesota's economy his first order of business when he takes office as governor in January. "Now the real work begins," Dayton said during a news conference at the State Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/08/emmer-recount-concession?refid=0 Wed, 08 Dec 2010 06:53:04 -0600 Tom Emmer to concede Minnesota race for governor to Mark Dayton Republican Tom Emmer will concede the race of Minnesota governor, according to a person with knowledge of Emmer's plans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/07/tom-emmer-concedes-minnesota-race-for-governor?refid=0 Tue, 07 Dec 2010 23:27:36 -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 Minn. GOP punishes leaders who supported IP's Horner Delegates at the Republican Party State Central Committee on Saturday approved a two-year party ban on 18 high-profile Republicans who supported Independence Party candidate Tom Horner for governor in the November 2010 election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/04/republican-central-committee?refid=0 Sat, 04 Dec 2010 17:50:21 -0600 Recount is done; board lets Emmer review frivolous challenges The manual review of ballots in the Minnesota governor's race has concluded. Hennepin County wrapped up its recount Friday evening, joining the other 86 counties that finished their hand tallies earlier in the week. Meanwhile, ballot challenges called frivolous will get additional scrutiny from lawyers in the Minnesota governor's recount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/03/emmer-recount-press-conference?refid=0 Fri, 03 Dec 2010 17:09:02 -0600 A $6 billion deficit and already little agreement The next governor and Legislature are facing a $6.2 billion projected deficit over the coming two years and there are widely varying views on how to fix it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/03/state-budget-deficit-6-2-billion-governor?refid=0 Fri, 03 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Clinton to headline Dayton fundraiser in New York Democrat Mark Dayton is calling in the heavy hitters to help him raise money for his expenses in the Minnesota governor's recount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/02/dayton-clinton-recount-fundraiser?refid=0 Thu, 02 Dec 2010 10:31:50 -0600 Elections experts say Emmer win unlikely after recount With five counties left to finish recounting ballots, experts say Republican Tom Emmer has to find widespread problems with the elections system if hopes to successfully contest the election in court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/02/recount-tom-emmer-mark-dayton-day-4?refid=0 Thu, 02 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Recount Day 2: Emmer camp steps up ballot challenges With nearly 70 percent of ballots recounted in Minnesota's governor's race, there has been little change in the Election Night result that showed Mark Dayton with a lead of more than 8,700 votes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/30/mn-governors-recount-tom-emmer-mark-dayton?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2010 00:14:51 -0600 Recount Day 1: Dayton gains 20 votes, Emmer down 4 After the first day of the recount in Minnesota's statewide governor's race, Democrat Mark Dayton picked up 24 votes over Republican Tom Emmer compared to Election Night tallies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/29/mark-dayton-tom-emmer-recount-day-1?refid=0 Mon, 29 Nov 2010 20:22:32 -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 PACs can donate as much as they want to recount efforts The state agency tasked with overseeing political donations in Minnesota has ruled that political action committees can give unlimited funds to the recount committees for Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/24/recount-fundraising?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2010 15:22:52 -0600 Minn. lawmaker suspended over incident with gun GOP House Speaker-elect Kurt Zellers announced Wednesday that he's suspending GOP Rep. Tom Hackbarth's role as chair of the House Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Policy & Finance Committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/24/minn-lawmaker-stopped-with-gun-at-abortion-clinic?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2010 12:40:43 -0600 Minn. lawmaker wants to ban synthetic marijuana A Minnesota state senator wants to crack down on fake marijuana sold as herbal incense but potentially more dangerous. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/24/sythetic-marijuana-ban?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2010 06:37:02 -0600 Board orders recount, chills further legal action "I don't want you guys coming and challenging this in court. I want to do it right," Justice Paul Anderson told attorneys for Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer. The recount is scheduled to begin Monday and finish by mid-December. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/23/canvassing-board-recount-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2010 10:00:00 -0600 Emmer will ask Canvassing Board to square voter tallies Tom Emmer's campaign will move forward with a backup plan as the start of recount in the race for governor looms after the Minnesota Supreme Court handed his campaign a defeat Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/23/emmer-recount-supreme-court-defeat-dayton-governor?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Minn. high court denies GOP petition to check vote math The Minnesota Supreme Court denied a GOP request that it force county elections officials to count voter signatures to compare them with the number of votes cast on Election Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/22/emmer-dayton-gubernatorial-recount-hearing?refid=0 Mon, 22 Nov 2010 16:27:19 -0600 GOP sues over ballots in Minn. gov race The Republican Party of Minnesota took the governor's race to the state Supreme Court on Wednesday, seeking to shrink the ballot pool in the undecided governor's race before a recount begins after Thanksgiving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/17/gop-lawsuit?refid=0 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 13:02:12 -0600 Little change after Hennepin County vote review finishes Hennepin County Elections Manager Rachel Smith said the county has finished its post-election review and Democrat Mark Dayton picked up five votes on Republican Tom Emmer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/16/hennepin-county-vote-review?refid=0 Tue, 16 Nov 2010 11:42:32 -0600 Election officials reviewing voting equipment accuracy Local elections officials across the state are conducting post-election reviews to ensure that voting equipment counted accurately on Election Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/15/voting-equipment-review?refid=0 Mon, 15 Nov 2010 11:46:23 -0600 Dayton lawyers question Pawlenty holdover status The attorneys for Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer are starting to take center stage in Minnesota's unresolved gubernatorial race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/12/recount-folo?refid=0 Fri, 12 Nov 2010 12:33:36 -0600 Emmer says he won't stretch out recount Republican Tom Emmer says he will not support prolonging a gubernatorial recount just for the sake of keeping fellow Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty in office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/11/emmer-recount-folo?refid=0 Thu, 11 Nov 2010 17:26:49 -0600 GOP leaders hopeful, but Emmer's deficit looms large Republicans point to "a number of concerns," including questions over absentee ballots, military votes and a filing error in Hennepin County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/11/recount-minnesota-election-governor?refid=0 Thu, 11 Nov 2010 15:29:52 -0600 Dayton, Emmer stake out positions on recount Republican Tom Emmer says he hasn't made a decision about whether he'll file a legal challenge, if he can't find enough votes to overcome Democrat Mark Dayton in the race for governor. Dayton is confident he will be delcared the winner, and discouraged those involved from dragging out the process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/09/emmer-press-conference?refid=0 Tue, 09 Nov 2010 18:57:11 -0600 Dayton: 'The next governor should take office on Jan. 3' Democrat Mark Dayton says he thinks any likely recount in the governor's race should be finished by the middle of December. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/05/dayton-recount?refid=0 Fri, 05 Nov 2010 11:55:37 -0500 Dayton, Emmer start assembling recount teams Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton, Republican Tom Emmer and Gov. Tim Pawlenty are all preparing for a recount of the election that could spill into early next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/04/dayton-emmer-recount-teams-governor-election?refid=0 Thu, 04 Nov 2010 19:09:58 -0500 The impact of a recount on governing Minnesota It looks like the race for Minnesota governor is headed to a recount. DFL candidate Mark Dayton holds a very narrow 9,057 vote lead over Republican Tom Emmer. 100 percent of the precincts have reported. The small margin points to an automatic recount. The GOP also took control of the Minnesota House and Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/03/scheck?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2010 11:41:20 -0500 Emmer, Dayton and Horner make last pitch across Minn. The three major party candidates for governor are traveling the state Monday making one final pitch to voters before Election Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/01/emmer-dayton-horner-last-pitch?refid=0 Mon, 01 Nov 2010 16:00:53 -0500 Candidates rally voters on weekend before election On the last weekend before Election Day, Minnesota's leading candidates for governor are making their final efforts to get out their message and to get their supporters to the polls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/30/campaign-home-stretch?refid=0 Sat, 30 Oct 2010 19:16:05 -0500 In 8th District, an unusually tight race for Oberstar Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., is facing a stiff challenge from a former Navy pilot who has his sights set on Washington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/01/oberstar-cravaack?refid=0 Fri, 29 Oct 2010 16:00:00 -0500 For Emmer, focus on jobs means tax cuts, small gov't In the first part of a series on the major-party candidates for governor, we profile Republican Tom Emmer, a state representative from Delano who insists that he's the only candidate who would cut taxes and reduce government regulations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/27/emmer-profile?refid=0 Wed, 27 Oct 2010 13:01:28 -0500 Candidates release fundraising information The final campaign fundraising reports before next Tuesday's general election are out. These reports tell us what the candidates for governor of Minnesota have raised and spent on their campaigns. Political reporter Tom Scheck talked with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/26/campaign-fundraising?refid=0 Tue, 26 Oct 2010 11:10:51 -0500 Dayton spent most, Emmer most funds remaining in Minn. race Democrat Mark Dayton topped the Minnesota governor's race field with his campaign spending, but Republican rival Tom Emmer has more left for the final push. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/26/campaign-finance?refid=0 Tue, 26 Oct 2010 09:04:50 -0500 Emmer's campaign raises $2.8 million Republican Tom Emmer's campaign for governor has raised $2.8 million over the last two years, it announced Monday. Emmer, a legislator from Delano, said the bulk of that money -- nearly $2.7 million -- was raised in 2010 alone, more than half of it since July. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/25/emmer-fundraising?refid=0 Mon, 25 Oct 2010 19:09:36 -0500 On tax policy, gov candidates find little common ground Republican Tom Emmer would cut expenses rather than add revenue, Democrat Mark Dayton wants to tax the rich, and the Independence Party's Tom Horner focuses on a sales tax increase. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/25/dayton-emmer-horner-taxes?refid=0 Mon, 25 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Candidates for governor talk education in latest debate DFL candidate Mark Dayton withstood criticism from his two opponents over his education plan and relationship with the teachers' union. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/24/kstp-debate?refid=0 Sun, 24 Oct 2010 20:50:55 -0500 Emmer, GOP hold rallies as Obama stumps for Dayton Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Emmer says President Obama's decision to campaign for Democrat Mark Dayton Saturday means nothing to Emmer's campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/23/emmer-rally?refid=0 Sat, 23 Oct 2010 13:27:14 -0500 Al Quie endorses Horner; second former GOP gov to do so Quie is the second former Republican governor to announce his support for Horner's campaign. Arne Carlson is also backing Horner, instead of Republican candidate Tom Emmer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/21/quie-endorses-horner?refid=0 Thu, 21 Oct 2010 16:03:55 -0500 DNC chairman Kaine comes to Twin Cities to campaign The chair of the Democratic National Committee was in Minnesota Wednesday to raise money for the DFL Party and kick off efforts to get Democrats to the polls on Election Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/20/kaine-dnc-twin-cities?refid=0 Wed, 20 Oct 2010 17:25:47 -0500 Outstate Republican mayors split over support for Emmer Several Republican mayors are unsure of their support for the GOP's candidate for governor because of his plans to cut local government aid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/18/emmer-rural-mayors?refid=0 Mon, 18 Oct 2010 14:30:00 -0500 What Mark Dayton is not saying about his education funding plan We are exploring what the candidates for governor are saying on the campaign trail and what they're NOT saying. This time we look at what Democrat Mark Dayton has been saying and NOT about his education funding proposals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/18/dayton_education?refid=0 Mon, 18 Oct 2010 10:53:27 -0500 Walz wants Coleman to disclose funders behind new ads U.S. Rep. Tim Walz's campaign is calling on former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman to disclose who is funding his political organization. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/15/walz-coleman?refid=0 Fri, 15 Oct 2010 15:28:15 -0500 Lawmakers to meet Monday on flood, tornado relief State lawmakers will return to St. Paul on Monday to act on flood relief legislation for southern Minnesota. Gov. Pawlenty called the Monday special session after President Obama issued a disaster declaration Wednesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/14/flood-session?refid=0 Thu, 14 Oct 2010 07:54:27 -0500 MCCL supports Cravaack in 8th Congressional District The move is a dramatic departure for the organization, which has backed Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar since the 1970s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/12/mccl-cravaack?refid=0 Tue, 12 Oct 2010 13:17:24 -0500 Gov candidates differ on education priorities The three candidates for governor discussed early childhood education, health care for children and the state budget at a debate Monday afternoon in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/11/gov-debate?refid=0 Mon, 11 Oct 2010 17:06:35 -0500 What Horner's not saying about his sales tax idea Every Monday leading up to election day, we're zeroing in on what the candidates for governor are saying on the campaign trail and what they're not saying. This week, we look at part of Independence Party candidate Tom Horner's plan to solve the state's projected budget deficit. Horner says the budget can't be balanced through cuts alone, and the state needs to increase revenue. He says he would lower the rate on the sales tax by one percent, and then expand it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/11/sales?refid=0 Mon, 11 Oct 2010 10:47:12 -0500 Gov. candidates debate budget, higher education In the first debate on commercial television of the 2010 governor's race, the three major party candidates worked hard to distinguish themselves from their opponents. At various times during the confrontation on Fox9, all three candidates worked to portray their two opponents as having the same policies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/10/govdebate?refid=0 Sun, 10 Oct 2010 01:01:12 -0500 Special session for flood relief delayed Gov. Tim Pawlenty's office says a special session tentatively scheduled for Monday to deal with the flooding in southern Minnesota has been delayed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/08/flood-relief-special-session-delayed?refid=0 Fri, 08 Oct 2010 18:24:02 -0500 Minn. groups plans polling place surveillance A coalition of conservative groups says it's enlisting volunteers to become "voter surveillance teams" at polling places on Election Day, to watch for possible cases of voter fraud. But others say the effort appears to have more to do with suppressing voter turnout. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/07/poll-watchers?refid=0 Thu, 07 Oct 2010 12:56:06 -0500 Newt Gingrich in Minnesota to raise money for Emmer Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will be in Minnesota Wednesday to raise money for Republican Tom Emmer's campaign for governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/06/emmer-gingrich?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2010 06:33:12 -0500 Pawlenty sets Monday for flood-relief special session The date is tentative, because if President Obama makes the declaration after Friday, Pawlenty's office said the special session could be held later. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/05/flood-special-session?refid=0 Tue, 05 Oct 2010 15:54:46 -0500 What Emmer's not saying on the budget Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer is on the campaign trail downplaying the state's projected $5.8 billion deficit. The state government is expected to take in about 7 percent more money in the next two-year budget cycle than in the current bienium. But, he says, expenditures are expected to go up 17 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/04/notsaying?refid=0 Mon, 04 Oct 2010 11:10:47 -0500 Complaint: Groups behind anti-Dayton ad violated financial disclosure law Common Cause of Minnesota is alleging that the Republican Governors Association and the group Minnesota's Future violated the law by not properly disclosing contributions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/30/rga-minnesotas-future-complaint?refid=0 Thu, 30 Sep 2010 13:48:31 -0500 Donors funding multiple Pawlenty PACs in Iowa, N.H. Gov. Tim Pawlenty heads to New Hampshire today to campaign for Republicans running for governor and Congress in that state, the governor's fourth trip to the Granite State and another sign he is building the foundation to run for president in 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/29/pawlenty-freedom-first-pac-donors?refid=0 Thu, 30 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Gov candidates face hard choices on health, human services programs The three major-party candidates for governor are proposing dramatically different plans for the health care system, plans that could cost Minnesotans billions and literally involve life and death decisions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/27/govs-race-hhs-programs?refid=0 Tue, 28 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Legislators set early October session for flood money Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he'll call legislators into special session for one day in early October to approve flood relief money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/27/pawlenty-considers-special-session?refid=0 Mon, 27 Sep 2010 08:13:49 -0500 Minn. Chamber of Commerce endorses Tom Emmer The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce's political action committee has endorsed Republican Tom Emmer's campaign for governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/22/chamber-endorse-emmer?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 2010 14:05:02 -0500 Group reports spending nearly $3M on anti-Emmer ads A liberal group called The Alliance for a Better Minnesota reports spending nearly $3 million on ads criticizing Republican Tom Emmer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/22/anti-emmer-ads?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 2010 09:42:59 -0500 Candidates long on budget proposals, short on specifics All three major party candidates for governor have been talking a lot about their plans to fix the state's projected $5.8 billion shortfall. But for all they've proposed, each candidate's plan lacks some specific details about how they would solve the state's budget problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/21/governor-candidates-state-budget-proposals?refid=0 Tue, 21 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Checking Horner's unfunded mandate statements MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News politics reporter Tom Scheck about Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner's plans for eliminating unfunded mandates. It's the next installment in a regular feature on Morning Edition where we put a statement from one of the candidates for governor into context for you. We're calling it: "What they're NOT saying." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/20/scheck?refid=0 Mon, 20 Sep 2010 10:39:58 -0500 Minn. starts absentee voting Friday under new law Absentee voting begins Friday under a new, earlier schedule designed to give military and overseas voters more time to cast their ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/17/absentee-voting-begins?refid=0 Fri, 17 Sep 2010 12:40:44 -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 Revenue Dep't: Dayton's income tax hike well short of his projections Democrat Mark Dayton's campaign for governor released revenue estimates crunched by the Minnesota Department of Revenue that shows Dayton's proposed tax hike on Minnesota's top earners is well short of the $4 billion he's been projecting. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2010/09/daytons_income.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 14 Sep 2010 13:41:31 -0500 Bill Clinton in Minneapolis tonight for Dayton fundraiser Former President Bill Clinton will be in Minneapolis Tuesday to raise money for Democrat Mark Dayton's campaign for governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/14/bill-clinton-emmer?refid=0 Tue, 14 Sep 2010 06:36:04 -0500 Scrutinizing Emmer's 45-day budget clock for lawmakers MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News politics reporter Tom Scheck about a plan that Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer talks about in debates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/13/notsaying?refid=0 Mon, 13 Sep 2010 10:57:59 -0500 Emmer, Dayton fundraisers get out-of-state help Two of the candidates for governor will be getting a financial boost from out of state politicians this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/13/emmer-dayton-support?refid=0 Mon, 13 Sep 2010 06:26:44 -0500 Emmer's education plan holds the line on funding The proposal does not call for any changes in the current funding levels for K-12 education, and would delay until 2014 the payback of funding to school districts, which was postponed earlier this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/10/emmer-education-plan?refid=0 Fri, 10 Sep 2010 09:15:12 -0500 Clinton, Biden to campaign for Dayton Democrat Mark Dayton's campaign announced today that former President Bill Clinton and Vice-President Joe Biden will campaign for Dayton's campaign for governor. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2010/09/clinton_and_bid.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 08 Sep 2010 11:12:30 -0500 Dayton refutes GOP claim of evading state income taxes A MN GOP official has accused DFLer gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton of avoiding state income taxes with trust funds located outside of the state, but Dayton said the GOP's information is outdated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/08/dayton-taxes?refid=0 Wed, 08 Sep 2010 11:09:34 -0500 Candidates for governor compare budget plans at Duluth debate The three candidates for governor debated tax policy, job creation and business permits at a debate in Duluth Tuesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/07/duluth-debate?refid=0 Tue, 07 Sep 2010 11:20:36 -0500 Tax increases in Dayton, Horner budget plans; Emmer downplaying deficit Both Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton and Independence Party candidate Tom Horner have suggested that tax increases are needed to balance the budget. But Republican Tom Emmer is downplaying the problem and is even suggesting the deficit doesn't really exist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/01/emmer-budget-deficit?refid=0 Wed, 01 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Three gov candidates would look at gambling expansion Minnesota's three major party gubernatorial candidates would consider expanding gambling to help the state recover from the economic downturn, a prospect that has brightened the hopes of those lobbying to put slot machines in the state's horse tracks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/25/gov-race-gambling?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Minn. officials to meet with Ford execs, hope to keep St. Paul plant open Gov. Tim Pawlenty, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and others will present a variety of tax breaks that they hope will convince Ford executives to keep the St. Paul plant open beyond next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/24/ford-visit?refid=0 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 20:23:12 -0500 Top Minn. companies weigh political donations after Target flap As criticism mounts over a big political donation by Target Corp., executives at several other Minnesota companies are weighing whether to get involved in this year's governor's race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/20/corporate-politics-donations?refid=0 Fri, 20 Aug 2010 03:00:00 -0500 General election strategy emerges in debates There have already been three Minnesota gubernatorial debates in the eight days since the August 10 primary election. DFLer Mark Dayton, the Independence Party's Tom Horner, and Republican Tom Emmer have participated in all three so far. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/18/debates?refid=0 Wed, 18 Aug 2010 11:43:08 -0500 Gov candidates discuss business growth in Chamber debate The state's three candidates for governor debated jobs, the economy and education issues on Tuesday before the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, stressing their executive credentials to an audience that cares about business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/17/nisswa-debate?refid=0 Tue, 17 Aug 2010 15:33:30 -0500 Dayton calls for less aggressive 'trackers' Democratic candidate for governor Mark Dayton is calling on the state Republican Party and Tom Emmer's campaign for governor to tell their political trackers to stop harassing him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/16/political-trackers-dayton?refid=0 Mon, 16 Aug 2010 14:38:23 -0500 Candidates get fired up in first debate Last night, Democrat Mark Dayton, Republican Tom Emmer and Independence Party candidate Tom Horner took part in a feisty debate on Twin Cities Public Television, and it showed the candidates clearly disagree on taxes, the budget and the future of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/14/candidates-first-debate?refid=0 Sat, 14 Aug 2010 08:58:35 -0500 After primary, kid gloves come off gov candidates Based on the day after the primary, the general election contest between Dayton and Republican nominee Tom Emmer is likely to be spirited and maybe even nasty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/11/gubernatorial-campaign?refid=0 Thu, 12 Aug 2010 05:00:00 -0500 Political reporter Tom Scheck looks to the road ahead for candidates Political reporter Tom Scheck joined Cathy Wurzer in the studio this morning to discuss the road ahead for last night's primary winners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/11/political-reporter-tom-scheck-looks-to-the-road-ahead-for-candidates?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 09:40:41 -0500 Parsing the differences among DFL gov candidates With the primary election nearly here, Democratic voters will have to decide between three candidates that agree on many issues, but have important differences of opinion on others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/09/dfl-candidates-differences?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 2010 14:53:56 -0500 Republican Tom Emmer shakes up campaign Republican candidate for governor Tom Emmer has hired veteren campaign staffer Cullen Sheehan to run his campaign after a consultant quit. The shakeup comes just days before Emmer knows who he'll run against in November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/07/tom-emmer-campaign?refid=0 Sat, 07 Aug 2010 15:06:36 -0500 Target apologizes for donation to MN Forward Target Corp. is apologizing for a political donation to a conservative group that angered some employees and sparked talk of a customer boycott. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/05/target-apology-donation?refid=0 Thu, 05 Aug 2010 12:55:54 -0500 Emmer, DFLers skirmish over budget, biofuels at Farmfest The three Democratic candidates for governor took aim at Republican Tom Emmer on Wednesday, using a forum at Farmfest near Redwood Falls to criticize Emmer's no-taxes pledge as short-sighted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/04/dfl-forum-farmfest?refid=0 Wed, 04 Aug 2010 16:02:44 -0500 After 24 year drought, can DFL win governor's race? It's been 24 years since Minnesotans elected a Democrat to the governor's office - one of the longest droughts in the nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/03/dfl-governor-drought?refid=0 Tue, 03 Aug 2010 13:18:43 -0500 1st District foes Walz, Demmer spar at Farmfest The candidates for Congress in the 1st Congressional District traded barbs today over who is best equipped to serve southern Minnesota in Washington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/03/walz-demmer-farm-fest?refid=0 Tue, 03 Aug 2010 12:38:40 -0500 Minn. Democratic gov. hopefuls spar in TV debate Three Democrats running for Minnesota governor mixed it up in their final televised debate on Sunday, sparring over everything from taxes to their personal finances. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/01/dfl-debate-writeup?refid=0 Sun, 01 Aug 2010 21:53:13 -0500 Emmer says Target donation controversy 'too personal' Republican candidate for governor Tom Emmer said the controversy over Target Corporation giving money to a group supporting him in the Minnesota governor's race is getting too personal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/29/emmer-target-donation-controversy?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jul 2010 18:24:33 -0500 Wide cash disparities mean varying tactics in gov race Campaign finance reports released Tuesday show that the race for governor could be the most expensive political race in Minnesota history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/27/gubernatorial-campaign-finance-folo?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jul 2010 16:34:44 -0500 Spending on governor's race could surpass previous elections Democrats Mark Dayton and Matt Entenza have spent more than $7 million of their own money in the race for governor, according to new campaign finance numbers released Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/27/dfl-campaign-spending?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jul 2010 09:08:28 -0500 Entenza brings $4 million of his own money to campaign Entenza's campaign confirms the former state representative gave $3.5 million of his own money to the campaign through July 20. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/26/entenza-campaign-spending?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jul 2010 18:23:01 -0500 Gov. Pawlenty visits Iraq Pawlenty says briefings from military officials and his meetings with soldiers convince him that the situation on the ground is "heading in a hopeful direction." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/21/pawlenty-iraq?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jul 2010 13:23:50 -0500 Democrats argue over tax increases during MPR debate The three Democrats running for governor debated everything from taxes to job creation to education during a feisty exchange on MPR's Midmorning today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/20/debate-live-blog?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jul 2010 08:31:53 -0500 New Emmer ad funded by new business money A group funded by Minnesota corporations has recently started running a TV ad praising Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Emmer. The ad is the latest effort by an independent group that hopes to influence elections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/19/emmer-ad?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jul 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Emmer faces testy group as he tries to fix tip jam Republican Tom Emmer faced a testy audience of restaurant workers at a Roseville restaurant Wednesday, who lashed out at the Minnesota gubernatorial candidate over recent comments he made over their pay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/14/emmer-roseville?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jul 2010 16:06:31 -0500 Emmer keeps tips talk alive, says they could be tax-free After taking heavy criticism for suggesting that restaurant wait staff should be paid less than the minimum wage, Republican Tom Emmer is saying servers should be able to earn a portion of their tips tax-free. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/14/emmer-minimum-wage-tips?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jul 2010 19:00:00 -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 Gildea sworn in as Minn. chief justice Lorie Gildea will be sworn in Monday as Minnesota's 22nd chief justice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/12/gildea-swearing-in?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jul 2010 06:52:37 -0500 DFLer Entenza inflates role in '05 showdown with Gov. Pawlenty In 2005, Gov. Tim Pawlenty agreed to a 75-cent fee on a pack of cigarettes to help solve a budget impasse with the Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/06/entenza-pawlenty-health-care-fee?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jul 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Dayton: Minn. should cut ties to bridge consultant Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton wants the state to end all contracts with a transportation firm that advised the state on the Interstate 35W bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/02/dayton-bridge-contracts?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jul 2010 13:15:31 -0500 DFL candidates for governor spar over deficit crisis in TV debate The three rivals engaged in a few sharp exchanges over financial issues at the first TV debate of the year last night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/02/dfl-candidates-spar-in-debate?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jul 2010 06:05:45 -0500 New laws take hold It's July 1, which means new laws take effect in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/01/laws?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jul 2010 11:16:08 -0500 Emmer now says he's open to rail projects Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Emmer says he's open to considering rail projects even though he repeatedly voted against those projects during his time in the Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/30/emmer-rail-projects?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jun 2010 18:21:46 -0500 In rare move, DFL takes endorsement away from Sen. Chaudhary The central committee took the rare action Monday night after meeting behind closed doors for more than two hours. Sen. Satveer Chaudhary and his supporters say they'll fight on to win the DFL primary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/29/chaudhary-loses-endorsement?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Candidates encourage absentee voting in early primary Absentee voting opens today in Minnesota's Aug. 10 primary election, and at least some candidates are trying to encourage it more than ever. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/25/primary-absentee-ballots?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Kelliher weighs in on single-payer health care pledge Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher pledged to DFL delegates this spring that she would enact a single-payer health plan in Minnesota, but now she says she wants to study the cost first. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/21/kelliher-single-payer-pledge?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 IP candidate for gov proposes riverboat casinos One of the Independence Party candidates for governor is proposing the state open six riverboat casinos to help the state's budget problem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/17/riverboat-gambling?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jun 2010 12:30:31 -0500 Spokesman McClung to leave Pawlenty's office Gov. Tim Pawlenty is losing his longtime spokesman, Brian McClung, to the private sector. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/16/mclung-leaving-pawlenty?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jun 2010 10:27:41 -0500 IP candidate for governor Horner splits from PR firm Himle Horner Independent Party candidate for governor Tom Horner said Monday that he's leaving the public relations firm he co-founded in 1989. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/14/tom-horner-sells-stock?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2010 12:45:11 -0500 A closer look at Tom Emmer's plan to cut state agencies Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer says he wants to dramatically redesign and reform state government, but has yet to release the specifics of his budget plan. One thing he has talked about is cutting the number of state departments and agencies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/12/emmer-budget-changes?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2010 04:00:00 -0500 DFLers Dayton, Entenza spending thousands on TV ads DFL gubernatorial hopeful Mark Dayton is scheduled to start running TV ads next week. Dayton has purchased at least $354,000 worth of ads on Twin Cities TV stations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/10/campaign-tv-ads?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jun 2010 18:31:57 -0500 Pawlenty, U.S. Steel sign Lake Vermilion land deal Officials say the park will provide incredible opportunities for visitors, but it will cost millions more to create. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/08/pawlenty-us-to-sign-vermillion-land-deal?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jun 2010 06:24:29 -0500 UAW endorses Kelliher The United Auto Workers union today endorsed Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher's campaign for governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/03/uaw-endorses-kelliher?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jun 2010 13:57:40 -0500 Fish flap prompts challenger to Chaudhary's seat A former three-term state representative says she'll challenge DFL Sen. Satveer Chaudhary in the August primary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/01/chaudhary-challenger?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jun 2010 12:16:02 -0500 Horner/Mulder ticket looks to fill political outsider niche in gov race The Independence Party's endorsed candidate for governor Tom Horner today named Jim Mulder as his running mate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/01/horner-running-mate?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jun 2010 07:53:52 -0500 Gov. Pawlenty says he would have let AIG fail Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he would have let insurance giant AIG fail in 2008 -- even if it caused further turmoil in the financial markets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/28/pawlenty-aig?refid=0 Fri, 28 May 2010 06:51:41 -0500 Democrat Matt Entenza picks Robyne Robinson as running mate in the governor's race Democrat Matt Entenza has chosen TV personality Robyne Robinson as his running mate in the governor's race. Entenza said Robinson is not a political insider, something that could help his chances of winning the DFL primary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/27/entenza-picks-robinson?refid=0 Thu, 27 May 2010 09:56:20 -0500 Federal health law becoming an issue in governor's race A plan that would shift about 100,000 low-income Minnesotans from two state health programs into a federal program has the support of three Democratic and the Independence Party candidates for governor. Rep. Tom Emmer, the Republican candidate, opposes the plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/25/medical-assistance-campaign-issue?refid=0 Tue, 25 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Conservatives criticize IP's Horner on social issues Tom Horner, the Independence Party's endorsed candidate for governor, is taking heat from both DFLers and Republicans. Most of the recent attacks are coming from Republicans who point out Horner's differences with Republicans on social issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/24/tom-horner?refid=0 Mon, 24 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 IP candidate Horner says schools should borrow for tech Independence Party endorsed candidate for governor Tom Horner said he's open to giving schools greater borrowing authority to pay for technology like iPads and computers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/21/ip-candidate-schools-borrowing?refid=0 Fri, 21 May 2010 17:24:25 -0500 Pawlenty has 'deep concerns' over fishing bill Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he has "deep concerns" over several provisions in a Game and Fish bill passed by lawmakers is the closing hours of the session, but he wouldn't go so far as to say he'll veto it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/21/pawlenty-fishing-bill?refid=0 Fri, 21 May 2010 10:31:16 -0500 Gunyou's financial background lands him on Kelliher's ticket Kelliher said John Gunyou, who worked in the administration of Republican Gov. Arne Carlson, is best suited to help her get the state out of its looming fiscal mess. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/21/kelliher-running-mate?refid=0 Fri, 21 May 2010 09:59:20 -0500 Senator: Lawmakers need to devise Vikings stadium plan DFL Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller said Wednesday that the state's political leaders will need to come up with a plan for a new Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/18/vikings-stadium?refid=0 Tue, 18 May 2010 16:26:17 -0500 Budget fixed for now, but deficit will only get worse Gov. Pawlenty hailed the new budget agreement as a way to eliminate the state's nearly $3 billion deficit without raising taxes. But lawmakers from both parties say they're concerned it doesn't do enough to address the state's long-term budget problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/17/budget-folo?refid=0 Mon, 17 May 2010 16:22:13 -0500 Politics of the session to play out The outcome of the 2010 legislative session could affect the political ambitions of some of the key players in Minnesota politics down the road. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/17/scheck?refid=0 Mon, 17 May 2010 11:16:26 -0500 Legislature passes budget, adjourns special session Both the Minnesota Senate and House have passed a budget bill agreed upon late last night by the governor and legislative leaders, and then adjourned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/17/budget-deal?refid=0 Mon, 17 May 2010 06:33:29 -0500 Lawmakers, Pawlenty still working on budget deal with little time left With less than 24 hours to solve Minnesota's nearly $3 billion budget deficit, Gov. Tim Pawlenty and lawmakers were still working out a plan that could satisfy members of both parties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/15/budget-saturday?refid=0 Sat, 15 May 2010 18:15:40 -0500 Heading into weekend, budget talks hinge on health care compromise With less than 48 hours to go until the end of the legislative session, what had looked like progress toward a deal on a nearly $3 billion budget deficit has turned sour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/15/budget-deal-stalemate?refid=0 Sat, 15 May 2010 07:20:46 -0500 Lawmakers fishing for a deal with 3 days to go Budget negotiations continued Friday, even though Gov. Tim Pawlenty was 300 miles away from St. Paul preparing for the governor's fishing opener. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/14/state-budget?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 2010 06:38:46 -0500 DWI ignition device bill headed for final vote A measure that would require people with multiple drunken driving offenses to use a breath-activated ignition system in their cars is headed to the House and Senate for a final vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/13/interlock-bill?refid=0 Thu, 13 May 2010 07:15:47 -0500 Lawmakers hammer out details, but no budget deal yet Gov. Pawlenty and Legislative leaders don't have a budget deal yet, but they could be setting up the framework for a solution. Pawlenty insists he won't support a tax increase so Democrats are saying he needs to give up something in return. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/13/budget-update?refid=0 Thu, 13 May 2010 06:37:22 -0500 Budget talks edge forward as end of session nears After several closed-door meetings with Gov. Tim Pawlenty at the Capitol on Tuesday, Democrats and Republicans will continue negotiations today to solve the state's nearly $3 billion budget problem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/12/budget-update?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2010 06:30:44 -0500 House passes bill to give same-sex couples some rights DFL Rep. Erin Murphy said long-time gay couples should have the rights to control the remains of a loved one after they die. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/11/same-sex-couples-rights?refid=0 Tue, 11 May 2010 18:04:02 -0500 Pawlenty vetoes state budget bill as session erodes Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed the state budget bill Tuesday, as the showdown between the DFL-controlled Legislature and the Republican governor continues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/11/budget-showdown?refid=0 Tue, 11 May 2010 06:29:49 -0500 Pawlenty orders planning for Minn. cash crunch Gov. Tim Pawlenty ordered state agencies on Friday to take an inventory of their programs and identify discretionary payments that can be put off in case of a cash crunch after a court ruling threw budget negotiations into turmoil. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/07/pawlenty-orders?refid=0 Fri, 07 May 2010 10:28:51 -0500 Could a budget crisis force compromise at the Capitol? Officials in both the governor's office and in the Legislature say a court ruling takes Gov. Pawlenty's unilateral power to cut spending off of the table until the governor reaches a deal with the Legislature to balance the budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/07/state-budget-capitol?refid=0 Fri, 07 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Ruling changes budget and politics at the Capitol Gov. Tim Pawlenty and state lawmakers are faced with a budget deficit that has the potential to be a whole lot bigger today than it was yesterday. That's because the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that the governor's unilateral unallotments of the state budget last July were an overreach of his executive authority. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/06/scheck?refid=0 Thu, 06 May 2010 09:42:55 -0500 Court's ruling makes state budget picture more complicated A Minnesota Supreme Court ruling that struck down a unilateral cut Gov. Tim Pawlenty made last year could make the Legislature's task of balancing the budget more complicated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/05/unallotment-ruling?refid=0 Wed, 05 May 2010 10:04:38 -0500 House passes $164M in health care cuts The Minnesota House has passed a budget bill that cuts spending on health and human services programs by $164 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/05/hhs-cuts?refid=0 Wed, 05 May 2010 06:51:48 -0500 Pawlenty proposes $536M in cuts to trim deficit Gov. Tim Pawlenty is proposing $536 million in spending cuts and cost shifts to eliminate a deficit as anticipated federal aid stalls in Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/04/pawlenty-budgetfix?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2010 16:18:20 -0500 Horner makes bid for governor as IP candidate Tom Horner officially kicked off his gubernatorial campaign Tuesday as a member of the Independence Party. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/04/horner-governer?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2010 11:13:03 -0500 Emmer spreads 'take back the state' message across Minn. The newly-endorsed Republican candidate for governor Tom Emmer is traveling the state today with other Republican candidates for state constitutional offices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/03/emmer-tour?refid=0 Mon, 03 May 2010 14:17:46 -0500 Emmer wins endorsement after Seifert concedes State Rep. Tom Emmer has won endorsement of the Minnesota Republican Party, after his main challenger Marty Seifert dropped out. Emmer had widened his lead over Seifert in the second round of balloting by delegates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/30/pawlenty-convention-speech?refid=0 Fri, 30 Apr 2010 16:46:59 -0500 Minnesota opts out of federal health insurance program Gov. Tim Pawlenty says Minnesota will opt out of running one of the first programs to take effect under the new health care law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/30/healthcare-optout?refid=0 Fri, 30 Apr 2010 12:43:22 -0500 Minn. GOP chooses auditor, other picks Republican delegates at the state party convention in Minneapolis endorsed Pat Anderson for State Auditor, a job she held between 2003 and 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/29/gop-convention-endorsements?refid=0 Fri, 30 Apr 2010 00:00:15 -0500 Sarah Palin backs Emmer for governor One day before Republican delegates meet to back a candidate for governor, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is backing Tom Emmer's bid for governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/29/sarah-palin-backs-emmer?refid=0 Thu, 29 Apr 2010 15:24:17 -0500 GOP gathers in Mpls. to endorse a candidate for governor The race has come down to two men: state Reps. Tom Emmer and Marty Seifert. Both candidates agree on things like cutting taxes and state spending but they differ on style and on their approach to courting delegate votes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/29/gop-convention-preview?refid=0 Thu, 29 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Minn. bill would follow money in campaigns A Democratic state lawmaker is pushing to make corporations and other independent groups disclose what they spend to influence elections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/28/bill-would-track-money?refid=0 Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:29:54 -0500 Emmer picks Annette Meeks as running mate Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer announced Tuesday morning that he's selected Metropolitan Council member Annette Meeks as his running mate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/27/emmer-running-mate?refid=0 Tue, 27 Apr 2010 08:00:14 -0500 Kelliher pivots toward primary in Minn. gov race Prominent elected Democrats are lining up behind Margaret Anderson Kelliher now that the party's endorsed candidate for governor is pivoting toward a primary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/26/kelliher-primary?refid=0 Mon, 26 Apr 2010 10:19:12 -0500 DFL endorsement convention underway Delegates at the DFL State Party Convention are in the process of backing a candidate for governor. Eight candidates are vying for the endorsement. Throughout the morning, the campaigns held five minute rallies on the floor to boost support for the campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/?refid=0 Sat, 24 Apr 2010 11:09:36 -0500 Candidates for Minn. gov woo undecided DFL delegates The DFL candidates for governor are making a last-minute push to court delegates at the state party convention in Duluth. The main order of business for the nearly 1,400 delegates comes Saturday, when they endorse a candidate for governor. The candidates are focusing on undecided delegates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/23/dfl-friday?refid=0 Fri, 23 Apr 2010 15:00:00 -0500 Some legislators skip votes to campaign Lawmakers who are running for higher office in Minnesota have all missed floor votes during the current legislative session -- sometimes because they're on the campaign trail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/22/missed-votes?refid=0 Thu, 22 Apr 2010 16:41:27 -0500 Emmer defends against criticism over past DWIs Republican Tom Emmer is defending himself against criticism of two drunken driving arrests that occurred decades ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/22/emmer-drunken-driving?refid=0 Thu, 22 Apr 2010 06:41:57 -0500 Deal on state health coverage for the poor is unraveling It looks like the deal to continue state-paid health care for Minnesota's poorest residents is unraveling. The Hennepin County Board has rejected a contract with the state to have Hennepin County Medical Center take part in a new version of General Assistance Medical Care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/21/hcmc-gamc?refid=0 Wed, 21 Apr 2010 15:44:38 -0500 Emmer calls for return to constitutional government Republican Tom Emmer says if he's elected governor, he wants Minnesota to return to practicing the "art of constitutional government." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/20/emmer-constitutional-government?refid=0 Tue, 20 Apr 2010 06:49:17 -0500 Candidates for governor share stories of hard times to connect with voters Many of the candidates running for governor in Minnesota are sharing personal stories of how they confronted and overcame tough times, in an effort to show they understand the voters' economic concerns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/19/hard-times-on-the-campaign-trail?refid=0 Mon, 19 Apr 2010 15:31:59 -0500 DFLers gearing up to endorse candidate for governor The state DFL party holds its state convention later this week in Duluth, Minn., to endorse a candidate for governor and for other offices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/19/dfl-convetion?refid=0 Mon, 19 Apr 2010 07:05:26 -0500 Dayton concludes 87-stop tour in Washington County Democrat Mark Dayton concluded his gubernatorial campaign's 87 counties in 87 days tour this morning with a stop in Washington County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/16/dayton-tour?refid=0 Fri, 16 Apr 2010 11:56:42 -0500 Mondale backs Kelliher for governor, Quie picks Seifert Former Vice-President Walter Mondale is backing DFL candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher for governor, and former Republican Gov. Al Quie is backing Republican candidate Marty Seifert's campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/14/new-endorsements?refid=0 Wed, 14 Apr 2010 06:32:03 -0500 Gov. Pawlenty has another busy travel week The governor is in New York City Monday for what his political spokesman calls meetings for his federal political action committee. He didn't offer any other details except to say Pawlenty is returning early Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/12/pawlenty-travels?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 13:06:57 -0500 Pawlenty, Romney share stage in Bloomington The two Republicans, who could be on a collision course for their party's nomination for president in 2012, stood on the same stage in Bloomington on Friday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2010/04/romney_and_pawl_1.shtml?refid=0 Sat, 10 Apr 2010 09:37:27 -0500 Republican gov. candidates duel over tax votes Republican gubernatorial candidates Marty Seifert and Tom Emmer are each trying to prove that they will continue Gov. Tim Pawlenty's opposition to tax increases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/08/gov-race-republican-tax-votes?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Fact-checking yesterday's political rallies Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin hosted a private fundraiser last night for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and the Minnesota Republican Party. Palin, the Republican nominee for vice-president in 2008, also attracted thousands to an afternoon campaign rally that featured several speakers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/07/palin-bachmann-rally-fact-check?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2010 00:20:04 -0500 Democrats: Palin's visit a sign Bachmann is in trouble As thousands of people streamed in to the Minneapolis Convention Center to see Sarah Palin, Minnesota Democrats were putting their own spin on her visit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/07/democrats-say-bachmann-is-in-trouble?refid=0 Wed, 07 Apr 2010 14:01:46 -0500 Proposal would reduce judicial ballots to 'hired' or 'fired' After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it was legal for judicial candidates to use the same tactics as political candidates, some state lawmakers worry that could lead to hyper-political judicial elections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/05/judicial-elections?refid=0 Mon, 05 Apr 2010 20:22:04 -0500 Palin, Romney making separate stops in Minn. this week Several nationally-known Republicans are scheduled to visit Minnesota this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/05/gop-parade?refid=0 Mon, 05 Apr 2010 06:35:25 -0500 Pawlenty's travel extensive during Minn. legislative session An MPR News analysis of Pawlenty's travel found that the governor has made 11 out-of-state trips since Feb. 4, the day session started. Pawlenty defended his travel by saying his work is done, while the work of DFL legislative leaders is not. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/30/pawlenty-out-of-state?refid=0 Tue, 30 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty signs GAMC extension Gov. Pawlenty signed a bill Friday that continues state subsidized health care coverage for the state's poorest residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/26/gamc-bill-sign?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 15:17:00 -0500 Tax breaks for investors stumble at state Capitol DFL leaders in the House and Senate are planning to vote Monday on the package of tax breaks for investors, but they haven't agreed on how to pay for it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/25/economic-development-bill?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 15:58:19 -0500 Bill would change how state's judges are chosen A committee in the Minnesota Senate approved a bill Thursday that would let voters decide if the judicial election system should be changed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/25/judicial-elections-bill?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 14:29:44 -0500 Swanson in the spotlight over health care challenge Minnesota Republicans are pressuring Attorney General Lori Swanson, a Democrat, to file suit challenging the new health care reform law. Swanson is running for re-election this year, and the GOP wants this issue to put that race at the forefront. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/24/swanson-healthcare?refid=0 Wed, 24 Mar 2010 16:01:13 -0500 House vote on GAMC bill imminent The Speaker of the Minnesota House says her chamber could vote as early as Wednesday on a bill to restore funding for a health insurance program for the poor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/24/gamc-bill-vote?refid=0 Wed, 24 Mar 2010 06:19:51 -0500 Lawmakers trim $300M from state budget Minnesota lawmakers have approved bills that would eliminate about one-third of the state's $1 billion budget deficit, and cut Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposed reductions to local government aid in half. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/22/budget-fix?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 17:25:00 -0500 Sen. Bakk drops out of race for governor Democrat Tom Bakk announced Saturday that he's dropping out of the race for governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/20/bakk-governors-race?refid=0 Sat, 20 Mar 2010 14:41:21 -0500 Two GOP candidates for Minn. governor exchange fire in debate The top two contenders for the Republican gubernatorial endorsement squared off in a debate Thursday night in Plymouth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/19/candidates-fire-off?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 2010 05:39:54 -0500 In budget plan, Minn. Dems plan on once-criticized federal money House Democrats are using a pot of federal money in their budget-balancing plan that they criticized Gov. Tim Pawlenty for using. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/18/democrats-medicaid-money?refid=0 Thu, 18 Mar 2010 08:17:15 -0500 Minn. Senate to vote today on health plan for poor But hospitals are skeptical the compromise plan will pay enough to treat the 30,000 people who rely on General Medical Assistance Care, which is scheduled to end April 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/18/gamc-hospitals?refid=0 Thu, 18 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Magnuson warns about more budget cuts for courts The chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court says he's concerned that any additional budget cuts will hurt the state's courts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/16/courts?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 15:45:30 -0500 State's budget in hands of Supreme Court A case that could have a big impact on the state's budget situation is now in the hands of the Minnesota Supreme Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/15/pawlenty-cut?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2010 08:59:30 -0500 Pawlenty's budget power play lands in court Gov. Tim Pawlenty's use of unallotment burnished his fiscal conservative credentials, but also sparked litigation that goes before the Minnesota Supreme Court on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/14/pawlentys-budget-power-play-lands-in-court-?refid=0 Sun, 14 Mar 2010 13:59:52 -0500 House Republicans urge Pawlenty to make big cuts in bonding bill Republicans in the Minnesota House are privately urging Gov. Tim Pawlenty to be extra aggressive when he cuts down a $1 billion bonding bill through line item vetoes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/12/gop-line-item-veto-bonding-bill?refid=0 Fri, 12 Mar 2010 16:18:20 -0600 Pawlenty won't veto construction projects bill Gov. Tim Pawlenty is withdrawing his threat to reject a $1 billion construction projects bill, saying he can work with the current proposal from House-Senate negotiators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/10/pawlenty-bonding?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 16:30:00 -0600 Despite veto threat, Dems move forward with revised bonding bill Democrats in the Minnesota Legislature are moving forward with a nearly $1 billion public works bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/10/revised-bonding-bill?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 06:58:16 -0600 Pawlenty's Moose Lake plan a 'Cadillac?' Lawmakers are debating a $1 billion public works borrowing bill which includes money for expansion of the Moose Lake sex offender treatment facility, which is one of Gov. Pawlenty's priorities. Some critics say the governor is proposing a "Cadillac plan" for the facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/09/mooselake-bonding?refid=0 Tue, 09 Mar 2010 16:45:11 -0600 Costs of insuring the poor shift to hospitals in GAMC fix General Assistance Medical Care, which covers some of the state's poorest residents, was scheduled to run out at the end of the month. A new deal keeps coverage in place, but at a cost to hospitals, doctors and dentists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/06/gamc-extenstion-hospital-payments?refid=0 Sat, 06 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0600 GAMC deal shifts costs to hospitals, health providers GAMC provides health insurance for more than 30,000 of the state's poorest residents. The program was scheduled to end on March 31, after Pawlenty cut its funding last year to balance the state budget. The new plan will extend GAMC for three months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/05/gamc-suit?refid=0 Fri, 05 Mar 2010 21:49:06 -0600 Talks to save GAMC ongoing; religious pressure building Gov. Pawlenty and Democrats are negotiating to try to find a way to extend funding for General Assistance Medical Care. But there's no deal yet, and several religious groups are ramping up pressure on the governor and the Legislature to fix the problem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/03/pawlenty-makes-offer-on-expiring-plan?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 2010 16:18:13 -0600 Beyond this year's $1 billion, a bigger state budget problem Finance officials are projecting Minnesota will have a $5.8 billion budget deficit in the next two-year budget cycle. Factor in inflation and the problem grows to nearly $7 billion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/03/dfl-state-budget-plan-deficit?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Some hope for improvement in new budget forecast Minnesota is currently facing a $1.2 billion budget deficit, but some are hoping the state's economy has bottomed out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/01/state-budget-forecast?refid=0 Tue, 02 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0600 August primary bill up for Pawlenty's approval The Minnesota Senate unanimously passed a bill Monday that would move the state primary election from September to August. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/01/august-primary?refid=0 Mon, 01 Mar 2010 11:57:04 -0600 13 Minn. National Guard members preparing for deployment Thirteen members of the Minnesota National Guard went on active duty Monday and will continue preparations to be deployed to Afghanistan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/01/minn-national-guard?refid=0 Mon, 01 Mar 2010 11:56:22 -0600 Sullivan, Weber to back Tom Emmer A GOP insider says Republican Tom Emmer will announce this morning that Brian Sullivan and Vin Weber will back Emmer's bid for governor. The source asked not to be identified because Emmer's plans haven't been formally announced yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2010/02/sullivan_and_we.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 26 Feb 2010 09:15:52 -0600 Gov. candidates tout their 'country' credentials Seven of the top DFL candidates for governor live in the Twin Cities metro area, but it's safe to say they're emphasizing their ties -- however tenuous -- to rural Minnesota to attract more support. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/25/govs-roots?refid=0 Fri, 26 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Bill moving up Minn. primary passes House The Minnesota House has approved a bill moving the primary election from September to August. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/25/primary-bill?refid=0 Thu, 25 Feb 2010 13:00:49 -0600 Pawlenty supporting John McCain's Senate bid Gov. Tim Pawlenty is supporting John McCain's Senate bid. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2010/02/pawlenty_suppor_1.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 25 Feb 2010 11:17:10 -0600 GAMC veto override attempt expected in Senate today The Minnesota Senate Thursday is expected to try to override Gov. Pawlenty's veto of a bill that extended health care coverage for the poor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/25/senate-veto-override?refid=0 Thu, 25 Feb 2010 06:32:56 -0600 GOP questions Rybak's purchase of voter file Republicans are accusing Democrat R.T. Rybak of illegal campaign spending for buying a statewide voter file during his mayoral campaign last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/23/gop-rybak?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 13:00:25 -0600 Pawlenty distances himself from stimulus, draws fire In a move drawing DFL fire, Gov. Tim Pawlenty refused Monday to sign a letter from the nation's governors calling on Congress to pass an extension of part of the federal stimulus, a bill that Pawlenty is counting on to balance Minnesota's budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/22/pawlenty-distances-himself-from-stimulus-draws-fire?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2010 19:07:19 -0600 Pawlenty doesn't commit to presidential run on 'Meet the Press' Gov. Tim Pawlenty, in Washington D.C. this weekend for a political appearance at a conservative conference and National Governor's Association meetings, also appeared on NBC's Meet the Press. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/20/pawlenty-finishes-fourth-in-2012-presidential-straw-poll?refid=0 Sun, 21 Feb 2010 12:00:50 -0600 Pawlenty touts conservative credentials to activists in Washington Gov. Tim Pawlenty got a warm reception from conservative activists at a conference in Washington D.C. Friday, where he criticized President Obama for "out-of-control" federal spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/19/pawlenty-cpac2?refid=0 Fri, 19 Feb 2010 13:54:45 -0600 Dems move to override Pawlenty's GAMC veto Democrats say they will attempt to override Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto of a bill that extends health insurance for more than 30,000 Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/18/pawlenty-vetoes-gamc-bill?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 20:10:15 -0600 Firefighters criticize Pawlenty's use of $10M in training money A coalition representing the state's 20,000 firefighters is criticizing Gov. Pawlenty for using nearly $10 million in training money to help balance the state's budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/18/firefighters-pawlenty?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 14:07:06 -0600 GOP's Seifert chooses running mate Republican Marty Seifert has chosen Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah as his running mate in his campaign for Minnesota governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/18/seifert-running-mate?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 11:15:35 -0600 House DFLer criticizes business group's campaign finance law inquiry A Democrat in the Minnesota House is criticizing the state's largest business group for asking a federal court to clarify the state's campaign finance laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/17/campaign-finance-inquiry?refid=0 Wed, 17 Feb 2010 20:15:17 -0600 Critics challenge Pawlenty's business tax cut plan The budget plan Gov. Pawlenty released this week proposes a series of tax cuts which Pawlenty says will help improve the state's job climate -- and continues the decades-long debate over whether cutting taxes really does lead to more jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/17/pawlenty-taxplan?refid=0 Wed, 17 Feb 2010 16:49:46 -0600 Hann drops out of Minn. governor's race Republican state Sen. David Hann is dropping out of the race for Minnesota governor and will seek re-election to his current office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/16/hann-drops-out?refid=0 Tue, 16 Feb 2010 09:45:03 -0600 Pawlenty's budget formula meets more resistance Gov. Tim Pawlenty's recently-announced plan to balance the state's budget includes a mixture of cuts, the use of one-time money and a reliance on federal money that isn't available yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/16/state-budget-folo?refid=0 Tue, 16 Feb 2010 05:00:00 -0600 Gov. Pawlenty heading back to New Hampshire Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is heading back to New Hampshire for his second visit as a potential Republican presidential candidate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/12/pawlenty-new-hampshire?refid=0 Fri, 12 Feb 2010 10:28:29 -0600 Pawlenty expected to push tax cuts in budget plan Gov. Tim Pawlenty is scheduled to release his budget plan on Monday, and it's likely to include job creation proposals that DFL leaders have reacted skeptically to. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/12/pawlenty-budget-preview?refid=0 Fri, 12 Feb 2010 05:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty preps last state of the state in shadow of gridlock Gov. Pawlenty will give his final State of the State address Thursday, and his sixth with the state facing a budget deficit. The state's ongoing budget problems have deeply divided the Republican governor and the Democrats who control the Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/11/pawlenty-state-of-the-state-preview?refid=0 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty's delivery of donor's check raises questions Political observers are raising eyebrows after the disclosure that Gov. Tim Pawlenty hand-delivered a $100,000 check from a wealthy Texas donor to the Alabama Republican Party last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/09/pawlenty-check?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2010 16:41:23 -0600 Pawlenty won't propose Vikings stadium plan Gov. Pawlenty says it's unlikely that he will propose a plan for building a new Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/09/pawlenty-stadium?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2010 13:45:58 -0600 Pawlenty says he may veto public works bill Gov. Pawlenty is suggesting that he may veto a public works bill moving through the Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/09/pawlenty-works-bill?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2010 13:40:32 -0600 Pawlenty appears at Alabama GOP event Gov. Tim Pawlenty spoke at a GOP activist event in Alabama Friday night, just two days into the 2010 Minnesota legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/06/pawlenty-in-alabama?refid=0 Sat, 06 Feb 2010 11:20:04 -0600 Minn. Senate committee approves bill to move primary election A bipartisan group of lawmakers are proposing to move the state's primary election from September to August to comply with a federal law, but there's concern that the move could lower voter turnout http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/05/primary-change?refid=0 Fri, 05 Feb 2010 14:54:09 -0600 Pawlenty confident agreement can be reached on $1B projects bill A $1 billion construction projects bill is on a fast track through the Minnesota Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/05/bonding-bill?refid=0 Fri, 05 Feb 2010 14:25:17 -0600 Pawlenty, legislators discuss 2010 session at annual dinner At the annual Minnesota Chamber of Commerce dinner Thursday night, legislative leaders discussed the upcoming 2010 session and their expectations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/04/pawlenty-comedy-dinner?refid=0 Fri, 05 Feb 2010 08:11:14 -0600 Pawlenty says he'll avoid cutting K-12 education in budget cuts On the eve of the 2010 legislative session, Governor Pawlenty said his budget plan will include difficult spending cuts but that he'll work to protect K-12 funding to schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/03/pawlenty-previews-session?refid=0 Wed, 03 Feb 2010 12:59:05 -0600 Seifert cruises in GOP straw poll; Dems split between Rybak, Kelliher Republican state Rep. Marty Seifert was the top choice for governor in a straw poll of GOP caucus-goers Tuesday night. On the DFL side, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher topped a large field in the non-binding preference poll. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/02/caucusnight?refid=0 Tue, 02 Feb 2010 23:00:48 -0600 'Tea Party' could boost sagging caucus attendance Attendance of tonight's precinct caucuses isn't expected to match 2008's record turnout, but Republican leaders expect to see an increase in attendance among one group -- the Tea Party. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/02/tea-party-caucus?refid=0 Tue, 02 Feb 2010 06:00:00 -0600 Governor's race expected to be most expensive in state history With roughly two dozen candidates in the race and two candidates with millions of their own money to spend, the race for governor is expected to be the most expensive in the state's history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/01/governers-race?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2010 19:19:31 -0600 Pawlenty's PAC raised more than $1 million in 2009 Minnesota contributors dominate the giving to Gov. Tim Pawlenty's federal political action committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/29/pawlenty?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 2010 07:42:12 -0600 Mike Parry says he's ready to get to work The newest elected member of the Minnesota Senate says he's ready to get to work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/27/mike-parry?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2010 13:59:50 -0600 Republicans filing brief in support of Pawlenty's unallotment appeal A group of Republican state lawmakers say they'll file a "friend of the court" brief in support of Governor Pawlenty's decision to unilaterally cut the budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/27/republican-brief?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2010 13:56:12 -0600 Obama's middle class pitch connects with some Minnesotans President Obama will deliver his first State of the Union address on Wedneday night, and it's expected that he'll focus a large portion of his speech on the economy and the middle class. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/26/sotu-obama-preview?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2010 02:00:00 -0600 Molnau backs Tom Emmer in gov's race Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau's endorsement will help Emmer among GOP activists, since she is one of two Republicans who are currently holding statewide office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/25/molnau-emmer?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2010 10:16:01 -0600 Minnesota businesses prepare for new political spending rules Minnesotans can expect to see many more campaign ads in the upcoming election season, as a result of this week's Supreme Court ruling that allows corporations and unions to spend unlimited amounts of money on campaigns. Those who benefit from that ruling are already making their plans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/22/campaign-folo?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 2010 16:10:09 -0600 Watchdog group keeps close eye on Pawlenty's fundraising Minnesota has a law that prohibits politicians from raising money during the legislative session, but federal law isn't as strict, and that has one watchdog group concerned with Gov. Tim Pawlenty's fundraising. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/21/pawlenty-pac-fundraising?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty: Mass. GOP win good sign for party in 2010 Governor Pawlenty is praising Republican Scott Brown for winning Tuesday's U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/20/pawlenty-praises-scott?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2010 06:04:01 -0600 Minn. high court sets budget-cuts case for March The Minnesota Supreme Court has agreed to take quick action on a ruling that undercuts Gov. Pawlenty's authority to balance the budget by himself. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/19/unallotment-appeal?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 15:31:21 -0600 Teamsters union backs Dayton for governor Democrat Mark Dayton secured the backing of a second labor union in the race for governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/18/union-endorsement-dayton?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jan 2010 15:50:51 -0600 A list of candidates for governor A long list of candidates from each major party has announced or expressed interest in running for Minnesota governor in 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/03/gov_candidates?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jan 2010 14:20:32 -0600 Former Sen. Norm Coleman says he will not run for governor In a statement posted online, Coleman said it was not the right time for him and his family to mount a campaign for governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/17/norm-coleman-governor?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty proposes $685M bonding bill Gov. Tim Pawlenty is proposing $685 million in state borrowing in building projects this year. Pawlenty had promised what he called an "austere" package, and his proposal is well below what some leading Democrats have suggested. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/15/bonding2?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2010 12:08:55 -0600 Cuts to state aid force cities to rely more on property taxes Minnesota's State Auditor says cities are relying more on property taxes to pay their bills. The 2008 city finances report found that revenues derived from property taxes grew 102 percent between 1999 and 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/15/property_taxes?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2010 07:18:01 -0600 Pawlenty may delay school payments to pay state's bills The Pawlenty administration says it may withhold payments to schools to pay the state's bills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/13/pawlenty-payment-delays?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jan 2010 16:37:51 -0600 Kelliher's campaign fined for violating contribution law Minnesota's campaign finance board today fined Margaret Anderson Kelliher's campaign for governor and the DFL Party for violating campaign finance laws late last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/13/kelliher-campaign-fined?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jan 2010 12:22:40 -0600 Panel discusses campaign complaint against Kelliher The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board will release its findings Wednesday regarding a complaint against Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher's campaign for governor, after hearing arguments today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/12/kelliher-financebd?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 12:48:50 -0600 Pawlenty asking for quick action on unallotment appeal Attorneys for Gov. Pawlenty are asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to take quick action on their appeal of a ruling that undercuts his authority to balance the budget by himself. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/12/allotment-challenge-dismissed?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 10:13:15 -0600 Report: Minn. tax collections lag slightly A new report indicates Minnesota's economy may have bottomed out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/11/minnesota-economy?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jan 2010 15:17:39 -0600 State Auditor Otto announces run for re-election Rebecca Otto, a DFLer, said her top priority as auditor is improving transparency in local government, especially given the bad economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/11/otto-reelection?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jan 2010 12:26:14 -0600 Pawlenty, lawmakers discuss bonding bill, deficit Gov. Tim Pawlenty plans to propose a slate of state-backed construction projects next week, as he and top lawmakers prepare for the upcoming legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/08/budget-talks?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jan 2010 17:25:20 -0600 Pawlenty, Dems to focus on public works, more cuts Democrats in the Legislature say they intend to quickly pass a public works bonding bill when the 2010 legislative session begins in February. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/08/dems-pawlenty-meeting?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jan 2010 17:14:10 -0600 Judge wants quick decision in MN budget dispute The judge and both parties in the case involving Gov. Pawlenty's budget-cutting authority have agreed to a fast-track appeals process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/08/unallotment-appeal?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jan 2010 14:27:02 -0600 Franken wants to visit Afghanistan before deciding on Obama plan DFL U.S. Sen. Al Franken says he wants to visit Afghanistan to gather more information about President Obama's plan to send 30,000 more troops to the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/07/franken-afghanistan?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jan 2010 15:36:19 -0600 Franken touts bill that would help recruit, train school principals DFL Sen. Al Franken visited a St. Paul elementary school Wednesday morning to tout a bill that would help recruit and train principals to work in high-need schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/06/franken-schools?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jan 2010 17:23:40 -0600 Twitter posts become issue in MN state Senate race Republican state Senate candidate Mike Parry is apologizing for comments he posted on Twitter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/06/twitter-senate-race?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jan 2010 16:30:00 -0600 Pawlenty to speak to Missouri Republicans Gov. Tim Pawlenty, considered a possible candidate for president in 2012, will speak at a Republican event in Missouri next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/06/pawlenty-missouri?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jan 2010 15:19:27 -0600 Pawlenty may be more aggressive with cuts to schools this year State leaders are focusing on education today as Gov. Pawlenty heads to New Orleans to chair a meeting of the Education Commission of the States and in St. Paul, a Minnesota House committee will hold a hearing to discuss a plan to secure more federal funds for schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/05/education-cuts?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jan 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Gaertner to run in Dem primary for governor Democrat Susan Gaertner said today she will run in the DFL primary for Minnesota governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/05/gaertner-to-run-in-dem-primary-for-governor?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jan 2010 15:44:03 -0600 Pawlenty to appeal ruling Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he will appeal a judge's ruling that he overstepped his authority by unilaterally cutting the budget last spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/31/unallotment-folo?refid=0 Thu, 31 Dec 2009 11:15:20 -0600 Judge rules against Pawlenty on budget cuts A Minnesota judge has ordered the state to reinstate money for a food program that Gov. Tim Pawlenty cut from the budget, saying he acted unconstitutionally. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/30/unallotment?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2009 16:34:49 -0600 Pawlenty talks about terrorism Pawlenty comments on the Christmas Day attempted airline bombing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/26/pawlentyonterror?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Minn. could lose congressional seat, despite uptick in population Minnesota's population grew slightly in 2009, but it may not be growing fast enough to keep all eight of the state's seats in Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/23/census-congressional-seat?refid=0 Wed, 23 Dec 2009 14:00:31 -0600 Groups hold protests against GAMC cuts Several progressive groups held protests across Minnesota this Tuesday morning to protest Gov. Pawlenty's line-item veto of a health care program for the poor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/22/gov-protests?refid=0 Tue, 22 Dec 2009 12:38:14 -0600 Candidates want Vikings to stay, but say new stadium a low priority It was a tough game for The Minnesota Vikings in Charlotte Sunday night, but the team's owners are hoping to turn their otherwise successful season on the football field into success at the State Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/21/candidates-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2009 16:16:32 -0600 Klobuchar: 'We had to get something done' In a procedural vote early Monday, Senate Democrats proved they can pass a historic health care reform bill, a piece of legislation Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar defended on cable talk shows yesterday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/21/klobuchar-health-care?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2009 09:06:41 -0600 In N.H., Pawlenty says government running a 'Ponzi scheme' In a visit to New Hampshire that could be considered a test run of his potential presidential campaign, Pawlenty told a high-powered group of Republican activists that he's concerned about the national debt and federal spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/16/pawlenty-new-hampshire2?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 2009 20:43:04 -0600 In New Hampshire, Pawlenty calls for federal spending limits Gov. Tim Pawlenty is in New Hampshire Wednesday to speak at a Republican fundraiser. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/16/pawlenty-new-hampshire?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 2009 12:26:03 -0600 Minn. congressional seat at risk after 2010 Census Minnesota is in a heated race with about a half dozen other states for one of the last congressional seats that will be apportioned after the 2010 U.S. Census. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/15/census-congressional-seat?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 2009 01:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty in New Hampshire Gov. Pawlenty spoke to Republican Party activists in New Hampshire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/26/pawlenty-newhamp?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Kelliher admits mistake in campaign funding Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher's campaign for governor sent a letter to the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board Friday saying she may have violated campaign finance laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/11/kelliher-folo?refid=0 Fri, 11 Dec 2009 12:22:32 -0600 Opponents taking issue with Kelliher campaign move Some DFL opponents of House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher in the race for governor are crying foul over a move that may have violated campaign finance laws, but officials with Kelliher's campaign and the DFL Party say it was an honest mistake that they reconciled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/10/kelliher-campaign-issue?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2009 22:25:00 -0600 Gov. Pawlenty advocates combined efforts on ethanol research Gov. Pawlenty says he hopes ethanol producers in Minnesota have the chance to work with their counterparts in South America in the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/10/pawlenty-ethanol?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2009 16:08:01 -0600 Gov. Pawlenty not making cuts to local government aid this month Gov. Pawlenty said this Tuesday afternoon that he will not be making any cuts in aid to local governments this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/08/pawlenty-lga-payments?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2009 13:56:13 -0600 A party for Sarah Palin at the Mall of America Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spent more than three hours signing hundreds of copies of her book on Monday during a visit to the Mall of America. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/07/palin?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2009 14:26:05 -0600 Bakk gets major union endorsement in run for governor DFLer Tom Bakk received a major union endorsement Thursday in his run for governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/03/bakk-endorse?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2009 15:03:20 -0600 Conservative group says Palin to headline its fundraiser during Minn. visit Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be the headliner at a big-dollar private fundraiser for a Minnesota conservative group, when she comes to the Twin Cities next week to promote her book. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/03/palin-fundraiser?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2009 10:30:58 -0600 Pawlenty takes off for Mich., continuing string of travel Governor Pawlenty continues a string of recent travels Thursday with trips to Michigan and Illinois. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/03/pawlenty_travels?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2009 06:44:58 -0600 $1.2B budget deficit may cause cuts in Minn. city services Officials representing Minnesota cities are a little uneasy now that they know the state is facing a $1.2 billion projected budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/02/budget-cuts-cities?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Third Republican enters race for Minnesota's 1st District A third Republican has entered the race for Congress in Minnesota's 1st District. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/02/first-district-race?refid=0 Wed, 02 Dec 2009 16:51:14 -0600 Officials discuss scope of Minn. construction bill DFL Leaders in the Minnesota House say they plan to take quick action on a borrowing bill next year to try to create much needed construction jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/30/borrowing-bill?refid=0 Mon, 30 Nov 2009 15:56:15 -0600 GOP candidates outline budget balancing measures State finance officials will release the latest budget forecast Wednesday and if the current economic situation holds, the state is expected to see another deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/28/republican-candidates-outline-budget-balancing-measures?refid=0 Mon, 30 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Reps. Paulsen and Walz call to lift ban on nuclear power DFL Rep. Tim Walz and Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen are urging state lawmakers to lift the state's moratorium on building nuclear power plants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/24/nuclear-power-plant-moratorium?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2009 12:50:24 -0600 Payment shifts force one-third of school districts to borrow money A Minnesota Public Radio News analysis finds that more than one-third of the school districts in the state have been forced to borrow to pay their bills. Many more districts are borrowing this year because of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget action. /features/2009/11/23-school-borrowing/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2009 17:00:46 -0600 Kelliher picks up third union endorsement Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher has picked up her third union endorsement for her gubernatorial campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/20/kelliher-endorsement?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 14:04:00 -0600 Minnetonka physician announces run for Congress Maureen Hackett, a physician from Minnetonka, says she's running for Congress in Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/17/third_district?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2009 07:00:01 -0600 Pawlenty's power to cut state budget lands in court A Minnesota judge is weighing whether to temporarily reverse budget cuts made by Gov. Tim Pawlenty at the request of those who say he exceeded his authority. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/16/minn-house-may-wade-into-budget-cut-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2009 11:14:04 -0600 Pawlenty has busy travel week Gov. Pawlenty has a full travel schedule this week to several locations out of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/15/pawlenty-travel?refid=0 Sun, 15 Nov 2009 22:04:00 -0600 Minnesota House to consider joining unallotment lawsuit A committee in the Minnesota House will meet on Monday to consider whether the House should join a lawsuit challenging Gov. Pawlenty's budget cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/13/unallottment-lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2009 16:11:38 -0600 State might have to borrow to pay bills next year Minnesota's top finance official says the state may have to do some short-term borrowing to manage cash flow needs, something that hasn't happened since the early 1980s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/12/minnesota-budget-borrowing?refid=0 Thu, 12 Nov 2009 13:05:10 -0600 Gov. Pawlenty to visit New Hampshire Gov. Tim Pawlenty has scheduled a December trip to New Hampshire to speak at a fundraiser for the Republican Senate Majority Committee PAC. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/11/pawlenty-new-hapmshire?refid=0 Wed, 11 Nov 2009 14:08:03 -0600 Pawlenty tests presidential waters in Iowa Gov. Tim Pawlenty dipped his toes into the presidential waters on Saturday night, speaking to a group of Republican activists in Des Moines, Iowa. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/07/pawlenty-iowa?refid=0 Sat, 07 Nov 2009 19:26:10 -0600 Rep. Collin Peterson says he will vote 'no' on health care bill DFL 7th District Congressman Collin Peterson says he will vote no on the health care bill that is scheduled for a weekend vote in the U.S. House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/06/peterson-healthcare-vote?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2009 15:06:37 -0600 Minn. to cover patients after health program ends The Minnesota Department of Human Services said today that low-income Minnesotans who are scheduled to lose taxpayer funded health insurance in March will be rolled into a different state program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/06/minnesota-healthcare-cuts?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2009 13:36:39 -0600 R.T. Rybak files paperwork for gubernatorial run Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has filed paperwork with the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board notifying them of his intent to run for governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/05/rybak-running-governor?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2009 17:37:50 -0600 Pawlenty wants constitutional amendment to limit spending Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Thursday called for an amendment to the state Constitution that would cap state spending at an amount equal to what is raised by revenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/05/spending-amendment?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2009 15:30:19 -0600 Pawlenty seeks big bucks for new campaign fund The bank account for Gov. Tim Pawlenty's new national political action committee is a little bit bigger after roughly 300 people attended a fundraiser for Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC in Minneapolis Wednesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/04/pawlenty-pac?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2009 20:03:12 -0600 Rybak re-elected, mum on governor's race Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was elected to a third term Tuesday night, winning 74 percent of the vote in an 11-candidate field. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/03/minneapolis-mayor-race?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 22:28:13 -0600 Anderson would trade cuts in income, corporate taxes for tax on clothing sales Former State Auditor Pat Anderson said she would favor expanding the sales tax to clothing and some services in exchange for cuts in corporate and personal income taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/02/anderson-taxes?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2009 11:22:44 -0600 Pawlenty defends budget-cutting authority Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he thinks he's within his legal authority to balance the state's two-year budget on his own through a process known as unallotment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/30/unallotment?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2009 14:18:00 -0500 Minn. delegation want more details before deciding on Afghanistan A few members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation have strong opinions about what President Obama should do in Afghanistan, but most of the state's representatives in Washington haven't made a firm decision on what the next step should be. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/29/minnesota-delegation-afghanistan?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Lawsuit challenges Pawlenty's budget cuts A lawsuit filed in Ramsey County District Court says Gov. Tim Pawlenty exceeded his constitutional authority by making unilateral spending cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/29/lawsuit-pawlenty-cuts?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2009 17:52:40 -0500 Republican Kohls drops out of governor's race Republican Paul Kohls announced today he's suspending his campaign for governor because he doesn't have enough support from party delegates to keep going. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/29/kohls-out?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2009 11:41:45 -0500 Minn. delegation weighs in on Reid's public option All of Minnesota's Republican representatives oppose Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's public option he announced on Monday, and at least one Democrat says he's skeptical it doesn't go far enough. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/27/health-reform-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 27 Oct 2009 16:50:14 -0500 Franken's first bill--service dogs for veterans--nearly a law Sen. Al Franken's first piece of legislation--the Service Dogs for Veterans Act--is on its way to the White House for approval. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/23/franken-service-dogs?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2009 07:11:45 -0500 Reps. Walz, McCollum lean toward supporting public option DFL Congressman Tim Walz says he's more inclined to support a public option in the House health care reform bill now that a provision in the bill will address Medicare inequities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/23/public-option?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2009 06:59:59 -0500 Educators fear payment delays may become permanent cuts Minnesota school officials say they're worried a delay of more than $1 billion in state education funding, put in place as part of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget-balancing plan, could become a permanent cut. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/22/education-payment-cuts?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty holds first big PAC fundraiser in Washington Gov. Tim Pawlenty has scheduled a low-dollar event with Capitol Hill staffers and others at a bar. A fundraiser for larger donors will be held at the home of a Republican activist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/22/freedom-first-pac-pawlenty-fundraiser?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 06:59:27 -0500 Vice president, transportation secretary visit Minnesota Vice President Joe Biden and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will be in town for seperate events on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/15/biden-lahood-visit-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 15 Oct 2009 06:37:41 -0500 Pawlenty wants more troops in Afghanistan; knocks Obama on spending As Gov. Tim Pawlenty speaks out against government spending by the Obama administration, he supports sending more troops to Afghanistan, a proposition that also carries a hefty price tag. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/13/pawlenty-obama-afghanistan-spending?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2009 12:00:00 -0500 State budget officials say tax collections fell short of projections The state budget department says tax collections fell short of projections in the last quarter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/12/budget-tax-collections?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2009 16:02:13 -0500 Swanson sues Ferrellgas over propane prices Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing Ferrelgas, a propane distributor, for allegedly charging residential customers higher than promised prices and punitive fees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/09/swanson-ferrellgas?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 12:46:38 -0500 Gov. Pawlenty to Obama: 'congratulations' Gov. Tim Pawlenty has congratulated President Barack Obama for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/09/gov-pawlenty-to-obama-congratulations?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 10:48:44 -0500 DFLers: Entenza says he'll spend millions on governor's race Some of the DFL candidates for governor say Matt Entenza, also a candidate, told them he will spend "whatever it takes" to win the race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/08/entenza-governor-money?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Joe Biden to visit Twin Cities next week Vice President Joe Biden will travel to the Twin Cities next Thursday for a fundraising dinner at the home of Robert Pohlad, son of the late Minnesota Twins owner Carl Pohlad. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/06/biden-visits-twin-cities?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2009 15:53:19 -0500 Seifert mobilizes after boost from state convention State Rep. Marty Seifert emerged as the frontrunner in the GOP race for governor after Saturday's straw poll, but the nomination is still very much up for grabs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/03/gop-straw-poll?refid=0 Sat, 03 Oct 2009 20:59:00 -0500 Rep. Seifert wins GOP gubernatorial straw poll Rep. Marty Seifert won a gubernatorial straw poll at the state GOP convention in St. Paul Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/03/gop-gubernatorial-candidates-hope-to-break-away?refid=0 Sat, 03 Oct 2009 12:03:13 -0500 Norm Coleman ponders 2010 gubernatorial run Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman said he's still mulling whether to enter the 2010 race for governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/03/norm-coleman-ponders-2010-gubernatorial-run?refid=0 Sat, 03 Oct 2009 10:45:07 -0500 Commerce head doubts gubernatorial candidates' business expertise Although the economy and job creation are already key issues in the 2010 governor's race, the head of Minnesota's largest business group says he's concerned that none of the candidates have much of a business background. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/02/commerce-head-doubts-gubernatorial-candidates-business-expertise?refid=0 Fri, 02 Oct 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty's PAC team includes former Bush, McCain advisers A team of Republican consultants with experience on the presidential level will help run Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's new political action committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/01/pawlenty-files-pac-forms?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2009 16:36:22 -0500 White House taps Minn. legislator for energy working group The White House has selected a Minnesota legislator to lead a White House working group of on energy and climate change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/29/minn-lawmaker-energy?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2009 17:47:53 -0500 Gov. candidates bill taxpayers $23,000 in expenses The state lawmakers who are running for governor have collected a total of nearly $23,000 in legislative expense payments since early June. It's allowable for them to do that, but some are concerned about the appearance of the practice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/28/legislative-expenses?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty downplaying budget deficit predictions Gov. Tim Pawlenty is downplaying warnings that Minnesota's state budget will face a significant deficit over the next three years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/23/pawlenty-economy?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty's current climate change stance differs from past President Obama is promising new steps toward capping greenhouse gas emissions, but Gov. Tim Pawlenty is backing away from his earlier support for new regulations to slow global warming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/22/pawlenty-climate-change?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty forming PAC; possible step toward 2012 Gov. Pawlenty is preparing to launch a national fundraising committee, a move that may indicate he's getting closer to a 2012 presidential run. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/22/pawlenty-pac?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 13:45:07 -0500 Global seed company opens Minnetonka headquarters Syngenta Seeds formally opened its new North American headquarters in Minnetonka this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/21/syngenta-headquarters-minnetonka?refid=0 Mon, 21 Sep 2009 15:14:20 -0500 Pawlenty third in GOP presidential straw poll Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty finished third in a 2012 presidential straw poll of social conservative voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/19/pawlenty-third-in-value-voter-summit-poll?refid=0 Sat, 19 Sep 2009 19:41:32 -0500 Minnesota pulls plug on Wisconsin tax reciprocity The decision, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2010, means that people who live in one state but work in the other will have to file tax returns in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/18/reciprocity?refid=0 Fri, 18 Sep 2009 16:58:18 -0500 Ramstad opens the door 'a crack' on run for governor Former Republican Congressman Jim Ramstad is leaving open the possibility of running for governor in 2010 -- even though he slammed the door on that option a few months ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/18/ramstad-gov?refid=0 Fri, 18 Sep 2009 12:43:16 -0500 Pawlenty to speak at more GOP events Two more friendly audiences await Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty as the Republican heads off on his latest politically oriented trips. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/18/pawlenty-to-speak-at-gop-events?refid=0 Fri, 18 Sep 2009 06:29:15 -0500 Pawlenty wants to prevent ACORN from getting state money Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants to ensure no state money goes to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now unless the funding is legally obligated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/16/pawlenty-acorn?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2009 15:59:26 -0500 State Rep. Emmer pays to settle campaign billboard issue Republican state Rep. Tom Emmer, has agreed to pay $750 to settle an issue involving a campaign billboard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/15/emmer-campaign-billboard?refid=0 Tue, 15 Sep 2009 15:55:26 -0500 Obama brings health care crusade to the Twin Cities In a speech at times reminiscent of his recent address to Congress, President Obama urged a Minneapolis crowd Saturday to "get fired up" in the battle for health care reform. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/11/obama-target-center-minneapolis?refid=0 Sat, 12 Sep 2009 09:00:00 -0500 Amid criticism, Pawlenty backtracks from state's rights comment Gov. Tim Pawlenty said last night he may invoke state sovereignty to keep Minnesota from fully participating in a health care reform plan, if passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama. Today, he stepped back from those comments amid a chorus of criticism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/11/pawlenty-tenth-amendment?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2009 15:24:35 -0500 Pawlenty provides 'pre-buttal' to Obama's Saturday visit With President Obama due in Minneapolis Saturday to talk about health care reform, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty held a news conference this afternoon to highlight Minnesota's health care system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/10/pawlenty-healthcare?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2009 16:48:47 -0500 Obama's health care speech: Why Minnesota? President Obama tried to jumpstart his campaign for health care reform when he spoke to a joint session of Congress last night. And he'll continue the effort during a rally at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Saturday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/09/obama-whyminn?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2009 16:54:45 -0500 Gov. Pawlenty formally approves unallotment plan Gov. Tim Pawlenty marked the start of the new fiscal year Wednesday by formally approving a plan to erase a $2.7 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/unallotment_day?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 17:50:24 -0500 Coleman: 'I haven't yet made a decision about the future' We now know that Norm Coleman won't be representing Minnesota in the U.S. But what does the future hold for the former senator? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/30/norm_colemans_future?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty says he'll sign election certificate Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he intends to sign an election certificate in Minnesota's long-running U.S. Senate race once the court rules on the matter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/29/pawlenty_senate_election_certificate?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jun 2009 06:02:56 -0500 In Arkansas, Pawlenty emphasizes limited government Gov. Tim Pawlenty told about 400 Republican activists in Little Rock, Ark. that the Republican Party needs to improve by focusing on its core values of limited government and low taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/27/pawlenty_arkansas?refid=0 Sat, 27 Jun 2009 09:15:22 -0500 Ramstad considering run for governor Former Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Ramstad said he's "brainstorming" meetings about a possible run for governor in 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/26/ramstad_gov?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2009 14:11:45 -0500 Gov. Pawlenty modifies unallotment plan The Pawlenty Administration has modified its unallotment proposal, however it keeps in place most of the major portions of Governor Pawlenty's plan to erase a $2.7 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/25/gov_pawlenty_modifies_unallotment_plan?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 18:40:11 -0500 Zellers elected new GOP minority leader Republicans in the Minnesota House have elected Rep. Kurt Zellers as their new minority leader. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/24/zellers_new_gop_leader?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2009 06:03:23 -0500 House GOP to elect new minority leader House Republicans will soon vote on a replacement for Marty Seifert, who is stepping down from his minority leader post to run for governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/23/gop_minority_leader?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2009 06:34:34 -0500 Mayo joins Mall of America expansion plans The Mayo Clinic has signed a letter of intent to be a part of the Mall of America's expansion plans. Mayo CEO Glenn Forbes said the clinic has yet to determine the facility's focus, but he said it won't be primary care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/17/mayo_mallofamerica?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2009 18:59:58 -0500 Pawlenty's unallotment plan draws concern from lawmakers State lawmakers and interest groups are reacting to Gov. Pawlenty's plan to balance the budget on his own. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/16/unallotment_reaction?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty set to release his list of budget cuts Gov. Pawlenty will announce Tuesday afternoon exactly where he intends to cut spending to balance the state's budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/15/pawlenty_press_conference?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2009 17:24:42 -0500 Pawlenty to announce unallotment plans this week Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he'll announce this week which programs he intends to cut to balance the state's budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/15/pawlenty_unallotment?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2009 06:48:06 -0500 Pawlenty's cross-country travels aimed at expanding base Some observers say Gov. Tim Pawlenty's travel over the next few months is designed to test the waters for a presidential run. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/13/pawlenty?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Likely GOP candidates for governor woo activists More than a half dozen Republicans who are either running for governor, or are open to running, spent Saturday meeting activists at the Republican State Central Committee meeting in Brooklyn Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/14/gop_govcandidates?refid=0 Sun, 14 Jun 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Tony Sutton elected as new chair of Minnesota GOP Republicans have elected businessman Tony Sutton as the new chair of the Minnesota Republican Party. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/13/sutton_elected?refid=0 Sat, 13 Jun 2009 11:45:09 -0500 Governor's race ramping up Even though the 2008 U.S. Senate race hasn't been resolved yet, the 2010 race for governor is already ramping up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/12/governors_race?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2009 07:35:20 -0500 Sullivan won't run for governor Republican businessman Brian Sullivan said he will not run for governor next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/11/sullivanout?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jun 2009 16:52:59 -0500 Report finds increased lobbying by cities, counties A report by the Minnesota State Auditor says local governments spent $8.5 million lobbying at the state Capitol in 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/10/local_government_lobbying?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jun 2009 15:18:48 -0500 Audit finds more problems with gang strike force The Minnesota Legislative Auditor found more problems with how the Metro Gang Strike Force handled vehicles it seized and were forfeited. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/10/gangtaskforce?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jun 2009 11:08:01 -0500 Stage set for Pawlenty's solo budget cutting The state's top finance official started the unallotment process today by notifying Gov. Pawlenty that conditions exist for the governor to balance the budget on his own. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/04/unallot_letter?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 14:30:27 -0500 Health care providers worried about Pawlenty's cuts After Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the legislature failed to reach an agreement, the governor pledged to use his executive power to erase a $2.7 billion budget deficit. That message, along with the cuts that have already been enacted, have some health care providers and the people who rely on them worried. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/03/unallottement_targets?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0500 List of gubernatorial candidates suddenly grows longer In the wake of Gov. Pawlenty's decision not to seek a third term, a host of Republican and Democrat candidates are entering the race, or at least are considering it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/03/crowded_race?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jun 2009 06:26:28 -0500 Pawlenty won't seek third term; mum about 2012 Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Tuesday that he will not run for a third term, fueling speculation that he's preparing for a 2012 presidential bid and creating a wide-open race for governor next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/02/pawlenty_announcement?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 14:00:41 -0500 GOP lawmakers complain about DFLer's Twitter messages Two Republican House members have filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Paul Gardner, DFL-Shoreview, over some comments he wrote on the social network site Twitter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/29/twitter_complaint?refid=0 Fri, 29 May 2009 13:57:38 -0500 Sen. Klobuchar impressed by Sotomayor Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is praising president Barack Obama's nomination of federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice, as did the two men vying for Minnesota's other Senate seat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/26/klobuchar_sotomayor?refid=0 Tue, 26 May 2009 10:31:19 -0500 Pawlenty to discuss budget cuts with city mayors Mayors from around Minnesota are scheduled to hold a news conference in St. Paul tomorrow to call on the governor to spare them when it comes to budget cuts. They say cuts in state aid will mean higher property taxes and a reduction in core services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/21/pawlenty_cuts?refid=0 Thu, 21 May 2009 18:15:04 -0500 Gang Strike Force funding cut off after critical audit Minnesota's Public Safety Commissioner says he will cut off funding for the Metro Gang Strike Force after a legislative audit revealed that the organization couldn't account for thousands of dollars in cash and vehicles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/20/audit_gangcops?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2009 15:00:20 -0500 Minnesota Legislature: No deal The Legislature adjourned shortly after midnight without reaching a budget deal with Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is expected to cut state spending using unprecedented measures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/18/session_wrap?refid=0 Tue, 19 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500 DFL, Pawlenty at standstill as time runs out On the last day of the legislative session, it doesn't appear DFL legislative leaders and Gov. Pawlenty are going to reach agreement on a two year budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/18/dfl_override_attempt?refid=0 Mon, 18 May 2009 05:43:48 -0500 Pawlenty, DFL still at odds over budget Gov. Tim Pawlenty and DFL legislative leaders went back to the bargaining table on Saturday but the two sides are no closer to a compromise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/16/pawlenty_lawmakers_budget?refid=0 Sat, 16 May 2009 13:43:33 -0500 Pawlenty, lawmakers remain at odds over budget issues With time ticking away until the end of the legislative session, Gov. Pawlenty and DFL leaders plan to meet at 11 a.m. today to try and reach a budget deal. Pawlenty announced yesterday that he will not call lawmakers back for a special session and will balance the budget on his own if a budget deal isn't reached. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/15/lawmakers_assess_impact_of_pawlentys_budget_vetoes?refid=0 Fri, 15 May 2009 13:58:51 -0500 Pawlenty to use line veto power to balance budget Gov. Pawlenty line-item vetoed $383 million from the Health and Human Services and Economic Development budget bills. Pawlenty took the action last night, just hours after he said he would not call lawmakers back for a special session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/15/scheck_capitol_pawlenty?refid=0 Fri, 15 May 2009 06:02:09 -0500 Pawlenty: 'There will be significant layoffs' Democrats in the Minnesota Legislature are criticizing Gov. Pawlenty's management style in light of a Minnesota Public Radio News report that found the state workforce increased during a hiring freeze. Pawlenty implemented the hiring freeze in early 2008 but thousands of hires have occurred since then. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/14/hiring_melt?refid=0 Thu, 14 May 2009 17:50:45 -0500 Bills to keep state's lights on go to governor Lawmakers have sent Gov. Tim Pawlenty the remaining budget bills that fund K-12 schools, higher education and agriculture and veterans programs, but there's still no overall agreement on how to pay for those bills, and how to erase a projected $4.6 billion deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/14/state_budget_thursday?refid=0 Thu, 14 May 2009 08:25:27 -0500 A sampling of state agency justifications for hiring The governor's executive order told agency officials and commissioners that they would need to provide a reason as to why a position should be filled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/14/state_hiring_exemption_reasons?refid=0 Thu, 14 May 2009 07:42:21 -0500 State workforce grows despite hiring freeze The number of people on the state's payroll has grown even though thousands of government employees have retired since Gov. Tim Pawlenty ordered a hiring freeze at state agencies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/13/hiring_freeze?refid=0 Thu, 14 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty open to 'lights-on' bill Governor Tim Pawlenty said he's open to a bill that would keep core government services running in case an overall budget deal isn't reached. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/13/lights_on?refid=0 Wed, 13 May 2009 06:45:00 -0500 State lawmakers set to vote on multiple budget bills The House and Senate are expected to vote on a slate of budget bills today that fund schools, colleges and universities and agriculture and veterans programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/13/capitol_education_bill?refid=0 Wed, 13 May 2009 05:59:27 -0500 Clock ticking as Dems aim to finish Minn. budget bills on time Democrats in the Minnesota House and Senate say they hope to pass the rest of their budget related bills as early as today. With six days to go before the constitutional deadline for the Legislature to finish its work, state lawmakers and Gov. Tim Pawlenty still haven't reached an overall agreement on how to erase a $4.6 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/11/budget_bills?refid=0 Tue, 12 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty vetoes jobs bill over Xcel center loan provision Governor Tim Pawlenty has vetoed an economic development bill that included a provision to forgive nearly $33 million on the loan for St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/08/pawlenty_veto?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2009 06:49:19 -0500 Two DFLers to run against Bachmann Two Democrats in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District say they intend to challenge Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann in 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/06/reed_sixthdistrict?refid=0 Wed, 06 May 2009 10:53:48 -0500 Lawmakers divided over need for election reform The Minnesota Senate could take up a bill as early as today that changes state election law, but members of the Minnesota House don't appear to have the same sense of urgency to pass the legislation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/05/election_laws?refid=0 Wed, 06 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Hospitals favor higher taxes over budget cuts Officials representing the state's hospitals say they're so concerned about the level of cuts in Gov. Pawlenty's budget plan that they would support increasing a tax on health care providers to prevent the cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/04/healthcare_provider_tax?refid=0 Mon, 04 May 2009 15:22:02 -0500 Cities, state wrangle over low-level speeding fines Cities across Minnesota are hoping this is the year the Legislature clarifies whether they can issue fines for minor traffic stops. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/01/speeding_tickets?refid=0 Sun, 03 May 2009 14:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty: Specter's switch won't affect Franken vs. Coleman Gov. Tim Pawlenty says Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter's decision to switch parties does not put any more pressure on him to sign an election certificate in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/29/pawlenty_coleman_franken?refid=0 Wed, 29 Apr 2009 07:27:51 -0500 Specter's switch raises stakes in Franken-Coleman contest Sen. Arlen Specter's decision to switch parties in anticipation of the 2010 election may mean that Minnesota's 2008 election will go on even longer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/28/sources_say_specter_to_switch?refid=0 Tue, 28 Apr 2009 11:11:44 -0500 Ellison says arrest was deliberate action Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison acknowledged today that his arrest along with four other members of Congress was a deliberate action designed to draw attention to recent developments in Darfur. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/27/ellison_others_arrested_in_darfur_protest?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2009 10:23:08 -0500 House passes $1.5 billion tax increase A bill that increases taxes $1.5 billion dollars over the next two years squeaked through the Minnesota House Saturday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/25/housetaxpass?refid=0 Sat, 25 Apr 2009 21:04:45 -0500 Senate passes $2 billion tax increase The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill that raises state income taxes by more than $2 billion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/24/senatetaxpass?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2009 20:47:43 -0500 Minn. House rejects Pawlenty's borrowing plan The House overwhelmingly rejected an amendment to the state government bill that would borrow $1 billion and pay the money back over twenty years with future tobacco revenues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/24/house_rejects_governers_bill?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2009 05:59:43 -0500 Entenza joins crowded field for governor's race Former DFL state lawmaker Matt Entenza formally announced his campaign for governor this morning in Worthington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/23/entenza_campaign?refid=0 Thu, 23 Apr 2009 10:27:29 -0500 Tax debate pits Senate vs. House vs. Pawlenty Senate Democrats want to raise income taxes on every Minnesotan for five years to help balance the state's budget. Their plan differs from a tax increase plan from House DFLers, and both proposals face an almost certain veto from Gov. Pawlenty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/21/senatetaxbill?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2009 16:00:18 -0500 DFLers propose cutting payments to health care providers Rep. Tom Huntley, DFL-Duluth, said most provider payments would be cut by 3 percent, but he said no one currently on state subsidized health insurance would lose their coverage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/21/dfl_budget_balance_hospital_payments?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2009 08:28:28 -0500 Local governments spending more on lobbyists Democrats in the House and Senate are scheduled to release their tax bills this week, and a lot of people will be looking to see how those bills impact local governments. Many of them will be lobbyists -- lobbyists who are paid with taxpayer money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/17/lobbyists_capitol?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Thousands protest taxes at Capitol tea party Similar rallies were reported in hundreds of cities across the country yesterday, including a gathering on the Boston Common, near the scene of the famed 1773 tax protest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/16/tax_day_tea_parties?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2009 08:35:31 -0500 Senate bill aims to cut prison sentences to save state funds A bill introduced in the Minnesota Senate this week would cut prison sentences across the board and lower penalties for specific crimes. The bill's author said she's proposing the changes to help balance the state's budget. But some public safety advocates say the changes go too far and the savings could be found elsewhere. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/15/prisonsentences_bill?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2009 03:00:00 -0500 State park along Lake Vermilion looks unlikely Minnesota has apparently lost out on a chance to create a new state park on Lake Vermilion. U.S. Steel is now moving ahead with plans to develop the proposed park land into a housing project. Those plan are a blow to Gov. Pawlenty, who argued that creating a state park on the land is a once in a lifetime opportunity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/14/vermillion_park?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Coleman's next stop: Minnesota Supreme Court Republican Norm Coleman says he will appeal a three-judge panel's ruling that Democrat Al Franken was the top vote-getter in Minnesota's 2008 U.S. Senate election. The next stop for the case will be the Minnesota Supreme Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/13/coleman_nextstep?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2009 23:19:39 -0500 Judges declare Franken winner; Coleman to appeal A Minnesota court has confirmed that Democrat Al Franken won the most votes in his 2008 Senate race against Republican Norm Coleman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/13/judge_order?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2009 18:08:27 -0500 Pawlenty emerges as key player in outcome of Senate race Gov. Tim Pawlenty won't commit to a timetable for signing an election certificate in the state's drawn-out U.S. Senate race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/13/pawlenty_elxcert?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2009 17:00:17 -0500 Auditor reopens investigation into Swanson's office Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles says he'll reopen an investigation into mismanagement in DFL Attorney General Lori Swanson's office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/10/ag_audit?refid=0 Fri, 10 Apr 2009 14:05:25 -0500 Minn. general fund revenues $46M below forecast The latest economic update provided by Minnesota Management and Budget says general fund revenues collected by the state have fallen below forecast in the last two months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/10/econ_update?refid=0 Fri, 10 Apr 2009 13:48:09 -0500 Gaertner: Terrorism charges would be a 'distraction' The Ramsey County Attorney's Office said today it will drop terrorism charges against eight people charged with conspiracy to commit riots during last year's Republican National Convention in St. Paul. But other charges against the "RNC 8" will stand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/09/rnc8_terrorism_charges_dropped?refid=0 Thu, 09 Apr 2009 16:00:07 -0500 Governor's hometown hits hard times City officials in South St. Paul worry that cuts in state aid by native son Tim Pawlenty will cause big problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/03/sstpaul?refid=0 Sun, 05 Apr 2009 15:30:00 -0500 Minnesota-Wisconsin sharing to save $10M each The governors of Minnesota and Wisconsin say after looking at ways the two states can work together to save money, they've identified about $10 million in savings for each state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/31/twogovs?refid=0 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 11:09:14 -0500 House DFLers propose $200 million for public works Democrats in the Minnesota House have proposed a $200 million public works bill that borrows money for higher education, rail projects and flood mitigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/30/bondingbill?refid=0 Mon, 30 Mar 2009 16:09:11 -0500 Auditor says state needs to improve monitoring of federal money The Legislative Auditor says several state agencies need to do a better of job of monitoring federal money - just at a time when billions of federal stimulus money is set to arrive in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/26/leg_auditor?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2009 18:15:55 -0500 Pawlenty, DFL legislators make little progress on budget Governor Pawlenty and DFL legislative leaders made little progress on the state budget during a private meeting Thursday. DFLers complained that the governor doesn't appear willing to balance the state's budget over the long term. Governor Pawlenty said he opposes the DFL plans to raise taxes to help erase the state's $4.6 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/26/pawlenty_dfl_budget?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2009 17:53:37 -0500 Minn. Dem would let counties raise sales taxes A DFL state representative is proposing a plan to allow counties to raise the sales tax to offset cuts in state aid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/23/minn_dem_would_let_counties_raise_sales_taxes?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2009 13:49:20 -0500 Pawlenty calls on DFLers to get specific about tax plan Gov. Pawlenty is criticizing Democrats in both the House and Senate for not saying which taxes they plan to increase to balance the budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/20/pawlenty_taxreax?refid=0 Fri, 20 Mar 2009 09:59:29 -0500 Biden touts stimulus package in St. Cloud visit Vice President Joe Biden and several members of President Barack Obama's cabinet visited a bus garage in central Minnesota today to talk about the middle-class benefits from the $787 billion economic stimulus package. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/19/biden_stcloud?refid=0 Thu, 19 Mar 2009 11:43:44 -0500 DFLers suggest sales tax on Internet sales, music downloads The chair of the state Senate Taxes Committee says he's looking at a wide range of revenue options to help balance the state budget. Among them are raising income tax rates to 1990 levels, as well as taxing Internet sales and music downloads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/18/budget_update?refid=0 Wed, 18 Mar 2009 19:16:47 -0500 Pawlenty's budget forecast assumes property tax hikes Gov. Pawlenty is scheduled to release his revised budget plan this afternoon to address the state's projected $4.6 billion deficit. While he insists he won't approve a tax increase, the budget forecast assumes that local governments will raise property taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/16/budget_plan_pawlenty?refid=0 Tue, 17 Mar 2009 03:30:00 -0500 New tax plan up for discussion at the Capitol A new revenue plan is on the table at the State Capitol. The chair of the House Taxes Committee introduced a wide-ranging bill today that would raise some taxes and cut others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/16/taxplan?refid=0 Mon, 16 Mar 2009 16:36:17 -0500 Senate DFLers propose $1 billion in education cuts Senate DFLers are proposing nearly $1 billion in cuts to public education funding as part of their budget deficit reduction plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/12/dfl_budget?refid=0 Thu, 12 Mar 2009 11:51:09 -0500 Local governments want to cut costs by not publishing Local government officials and the Minnesota Newspaper Association are at odds over whether a long-standing requirement to publish certain government information should continue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/12/local_government_publishing_costs?refid=0 Thu, 12 Mar 2009 09:05:23 -0500 Local officials want more control, fewer orders from the state With the state facing a $4.6 billion budget deficit, officials say it's inevitable that cities and counties will see some cuts in funding. In exchange, local officials want fewer mandates from the state telling them what they need to do. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/11/mandates?refid=0 Wed, 11 Mar 2009 16:38:33 -0500 Lawmaker: Casino could pay for new Vikings stadium A Republican member of the Minnesota House wants to let voters decide whether a new Vikings stadium should be paid for with a metro area casino. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/05/vikestadium?refid=0 Thu, 05 Mar 2009 14:19:55 -0600 Lawmakers spar over education spending in budget forecast Minnesota is facing a $4.5 billion budget deficit in fiscal years 2010 and 2011. Now, two key players in the budget debate are publicly disagreeing on funding for K-12 education, the largest area of state spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/03/pawlenty_legislator_spar_over_education_spending_in_budget_forecast?refid=0 Wed, 04 Mar 2009 03:00:00 -0600 New budget forecast just released The Minnesota budget deficit is expected to be $4.57 billion over the next two-year budget cycle, down from the previous estimate of $4.85 billion, according to state finance officials. MPR's Tom Scheck previews the announcement coming this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/03/budget?refid=0 Tue, 03 Mar 2009 11:09:52 -0600 Some cities warn of budget cuts while sitting on rainy day funds Local elected officials have been warning that state aid cuts will mean fewer police and firefighters on the street. But some cities appear to be in a better position than others to handle cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/02/cityreserves?refid=0 Tue, 03 Mar 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Cities with the biggest rainy day funds A list of cities in Minnesota with the largest rainy day funds, also known as unreserved undesignated funds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/02/cityfunds_list?refid=0 Mon, 02 Mar 2009 22:15:20 -0600 Appeals may delay Pawlenty's signature on election certificate It isn't clear when the winner of the senate election will get a certificate allowing him to join the U.S. Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/24/certify?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2009 16:51:19 -0600 Coleman moves to preserve information from counted ballots Republican Norm Coleman's lawyers want the court to preserve identifying information about some of the absentee ballots tallied in the closing hours of the recount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/20/mn_senate_recount_contest_trial_friday?refid=0 Fri, 20 Feb 2009 11:36:40 -0600 $1 billion bioscience center planned for Rochester area California developers are poised to announce an effort to raise $1 billion to create a bioscience research center just outside of Rochester. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/19/elk_run_bioscience_plan?refid=0 Fri, 20 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 GOP plan would cut pay for state politicians A group of Republicans in the Minnesota House and Senate want lawmakers and constitutional officers to take a 5 percent pay cut. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/18/paycut?refid=0 Wed, 18 Feb 2009 14:27:54 -0600 Minn. officials say stimulus will ease budget pain With the U.S. House and Senate expected to vote soon on a $789 billion economic stimulus bill, officials at the Minnesota State Capitol are still trying to figure out what it means for them. Lawmakers held a meeting this afternoon to discuss how the money could be spent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/12/stimulus_jobs_in_minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2009 16:31:24 -0600 Bill to require photo ID for voters heads to state House A House committee holds a hearing this morning on a bill that would require a state-issued photo ID to vote in an election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/12/photo_id?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2009 08:25:35 -0600 Ritchie proposes election reforms The state official who oversaw the recount in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race says it's time to allow early voting in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/11/elexreform?refid=0 Wed, 11 Feb 2009 14:56:00 -0600 Senate hopefuls head to D.C. As the recount trial continues in Minnesota, the two candidates hoping to win Minnesota's senate seat are headed to Washington today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/11/candidates_dc?refid=0 Wed, 11 Feb 2009 07:06:44 -0600 Promised job numbers don't always pan out Supporters of the federal economic stimulus plan are promising it will create thousands of jobs in Minnesota. But if the past is a model there's no guarantee that promise will come true. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/10/jobs?refid=0 Wed, 11 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Franken asks Minn. court to put him in Senate Lawyers for Democrat Al Franken tried to convince the Minnesota Supreme Court today that it should require the governor and secretary of state to issue Franken an election certificate. The certificate would allow Franken to take a seat in the U.S. Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/05/frankent_courthearing?refid=0 Thu, 05 Feb 2009 12:37:39 -0600 Slot machines, tax exemptions among state revenue suggestions As the governor and state lawmakers struggle to erase a projected $4.8 billion deficit over the next two years, they're talking about a lot of things including spending cuts and one-time money and accounting shifts. But policy makers aren't saying much about how the state can raise money. It could be tax increases or other steps. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/02/revenue_raiser?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0600 More Dems report fundraising in race for governor State Sen. Tom Bakk leads the pack of DFL candidates for governor in the fundraising race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/02/governors_race_money?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2009 11:15:15 -0600 Pawlenty's budget would shed state jobs in Minn. An Associated Press analysis shows that Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget proposal would cut the equivalent of more than 1,100 full-time state workers within about two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/30/budget_jobcuts?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2009 14:35:18 -0600 Pawlenty names point person on federal stimulus Gov. Pawlenty has appointed the director of Minnesota Management and Budget to oversee Minnesota's portion of the federal stimulus package. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/30/stimulus_hanson?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2009 11:51:55 -0600 Oberstar says stimulus means Minn. jobs, others disagree The Legislature is getting a better idea of how much money it would get in the massive federal stimulus package that the U.S. House passed earlier this week. DFL legislative leaders met with three members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation to discuss the stimulus package. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/29/rep_oberstar_says_stimulus_minn_jobs_others_disagree?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Business groups like Pawlenty's tax cut plans Gov. Pawlenty touted his budget plan today to one of the few groups that may be pleased with it -- the business community. As some groups complain about cuts to health care, aid to local government and higher education, the business community is cheering proposed tax cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/28/budget_bizreax?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jan 2009 16:23:05 -0600 Legislature to begin dissecting Pawlenty's budget proposal Governor Pawlenty will take his budget proposal on the road today, speaking before two local chambers of commerce. Meanwhile, committees in the House and Senate will start examining the details of Pawlenty's proposal to erase the state's projected $4.8 billion deficit. The plan makes significant cuts to state programs, but it could be worse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/27/legislature_to_begin_dissecting_pawlentys_budget_proposal?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jan 2009 01:00:00 -0600 Is the timing right to cut corporate taxes? To date, Gov. Tim Pawlenty's plan to cut corporate income taxes is the only tax proposal on the table at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/23/corporateincome?refid=0 Sun, 25 Jan 2009 15:30:00 -0600 Former Minn. House leader exploring run for governor A spokeswoman for Entenza said the St. Paul resident filed the official paperwork with the Campaign Finance Board. Entenza served in the Minnesota House between 1995 and 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/23/former_minn_house_leader_exploring_run_for_governor?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jan 2009 18:09:28 -0600 State Republicans willing to trade taxes for jobs A group of Republicans in the Minnesota House say they want to eliminate the corporate income tax for five years for any businesses that creat jobs in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/23/taxes_for_jobs?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jan 2009 08:21:21 -0600 Officials says taxpayers can begin to file e-returns Officials with the Internal Revenue Service and the Minnesota Department of Revenue say as of Friday taxpayers can start filing their tax forms electronically for the 2008 tax year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/17/officilas_says_taxpayers_can_begin_filing_ereturns?refid=0 Sat, 17 Jan 2009 10:21:45 -0600 Coleman proposes conducting recount trial in stages Republican Norm Coleman has proposed a trial schedule that could take Minnesota's U.S. Senate race well into February. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/14/voter_groups_plans_to_sue_over_double_counted_ballots?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2009 13:38:48 -0600 Franken goes to Supreme Court; voters sue over rejected ballots The dispute over Minnesota's U.S. Senate race has expanded. A group of 64 voters filed suit in the Minnesota Supreme Court to have their votes counted. Meanwhile, Democrat Al Franken asked the court to order the governor and the Secretary of State to sign an election certificate declaring Franken the winner over Republican Norm Coleman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/13/franken_supreme?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jan 2009 15:08:46 -0600 Minnesota, Wisconsin look for savings together The governors of Minnesota and Wisconsin hope to save money by jointly purchasing products and services and by sharing specialized equipment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/13/twogovs?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jan 2009 10:55:40 -0600 Supreme Court denies Coleman motion; extends ballot deadline The Minnesota Supreme Court has denied a motion by Republican Senator Norm Coleman's campaign calling for an investigation into whether double counting occurred in the U.S. Senate recount. Also today, justices extended the deadline to count any wrongly-rejected absentee ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/24/supreme_court_extends_deadline_on_rejected_ballots?refid=0 Wed, 24 Dec 2008 11:00:59 -0600 Winner of U.S. Senate race unknown until 2009 The winner of Minnesota's U.S. Senate race will not be known until early next year, and may not even be seated when the U.S. Senate convenes on Jan. 6. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/23/winner_of_us_senate_race_unknown_until_2009?refid=0 Wed, 24 Dec 2008 02:00:00 -0600 Timeline: Minnesota's Senate recount Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has laid out a timeline to count wrongly rejected absentee ballots that could play a large part in determining the outcome of the U.S. Senate race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/23/senate_recount_timeline?refid=0 Tue, 23 Dec 2008 13:17:27 -0600 Secretary of State report shows Franken with 47-vote lead Democrat Al Franken now leads Republican Norm Coleman by an unofficial 47 votes in the U.S. Senate recount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/22/early_report_shows_franken_with_48vote_lead?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2008 18:25:42 -0600 Franken takes lead in Senate recount Democrat Al Franken holds a 262 vote lead in Minnesota's Senate recount after the state Canvassing Board today finished its work of deciding disputed ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/19/franken_leads?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2008 09:39:37 -0600 Coleman with 2-vote lead after 3rd day of canvass Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says the board charged with reviewing disputed ballots in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race will finish that part of the process today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/18/recount_thurs?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2008 16:58:07 -0600 Board to start reviewing Coleman challenges Now it's on to Norm Coleman's challenges. This morning the State Canvassing Board will begin examining the disputed ballots put forward by the Republican incumbent. That comes after the board spent a day and a half processing most of the challenges put forward by Democrat Al Franken. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/17/board_to_start_reviewing_coleman_challenges?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2008 05:00:00 -0600 Day 2: Canvassing board making faster work of challenges The board tasked with determining the fate of as many at 1,500 ballots in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race is moving at a faster clip today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/17/canvassing_board_resumes_work?refid=0 Wed, 17 Dec 2008 10:39:53 -0600 Canvassing Board continues tedious process of reviewing ballots The State Canvassing Board will meet again today to review challenged ballots in Minnesota's Senate race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/16/canvassing_board_continues_tedious_process_of_reviewing_ballots?refid=0 Tue, 16 Dec 2008 23:40:38 -0600 State Canvassing Board makes progress on challenged ballots On Tuesday, the State Canvassing Board started the process of reviewing the more than 1,400 challenged ballots in the U.S. Senate race. At end the of the day, they had reviewed approx. 150 ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/15/board_to_begin_wading_through_challenged_ballots?refid=0 Tue, 16 Dec 2008 03:00:00 -0600 U.S. electors officially elect Barack Obama Even though Election Day was more than a month ago, today is the day the president is officially elected. Members of the electoral college met in each state to cast their votes for president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/15/us_electors_officially_elect_barack_obama?refid=0 Mon, 15 Dec 2008 14:00:59 -0600 Franken scores victory with Canvassing Board; Coleman takes issue to court Al Franken's campaign got a boost today when the board charged with overseeing the recount in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race ruled twice in his favor. Sen. Norm Coleman's campaign is asking the state Supreme Court to make sure any wrongly rejected ballots are counted properly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/12/canvassbd_friday?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2008 10:48:31 -0600 Minneapolis gives up on finding missing ballots Elections officials in Minneapolis today gave up their search for 133 missing ballots in the U.S. Senate recount. In addition, some counties are not cooperating with a call from the State Canvassing Board to sort out rejected absentee ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/08/franken_campaign_withdraws_more_challenged_ballots?refid=0 Mon, 08 Dec 2008 14:40:49 -0600 Recount is done, except for one precinct The statewide recount of ballots in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race is one precinct short of being completed. Despite the near completion of hand counting, the winner of the race is far from being resolved. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/05/moreballotsfound?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2008 16:40:15 -0600 Pawlenty: This is not going to be easy Governor Pawlenty and DFL legislative leaders are scheduled to have breakfast this morning to talk about the state budget. Finance officials announced yesterday that Minnesota is facing a projected $5.2 billion budget shortfall over the next 2 1/2 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/04/pawlenty_budget_deficit?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Franken drops 633 challenges; more ballot problems found Democrat Al Franken's campaign is withdrawing some of the ballots it has challenged during Minnesota's U.S. Senate recount. Meanwhile, there were more vote discrepancies today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/03/franken_says_will_drop_633_challenges_in_recount?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2008 17:02:48 -0600 Stray ballots, excessive challenges raise concern in recount's final days Scott and Wright counties will start recounting their votes in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race today. With just three days until the recounting is expected to end, 93 percent of the vote has been recounted and the campaigns for Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken have challenged 6,000 ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/02/concerns_arise_in_final_days_of_minn_senate_recount?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2008 04:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty, governors to meet with President-elect Governor Pawlenty is headed to Philadelphia this week to meet with President-elect Barack Obama. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/01/pawlenty_obama?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2008 08:58:29 -0600 Recount resumes after break Local elections officials will resume the recount in Minnesota's Senate race this week after taking a Thanksgiving break. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/01/recount_resumes?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2008 07:28:37 -0600 With big stakes, U.S. Senate could decide Coleman-Franken race Local elections officials are expected to resume recounting votes in the U.S. Senate election on Monday after taking time off for the Thanksgiving holiday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/28/with_big_stakes_us_senate_could_decide_colemanfranken_race?refid=0 Fri, 28 Nov 2008 15:02:10 -0600 Recount inches closer to court challenge In a blow to Democrat Al Franken, absentee ballots that were rejected by poll workers won't be included in Minnesota's Senate recount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/26/board_keeps_faulty_ballots_from_minn_senate_count?refid=0 Wed, 26 Nov 2008 13:55:00 -0600 Dispute over rejected absentee ballots continues The fate of thousands of rejected absentee ballots in the U.S. Senate race could be determined Wednesday when the State Canvassing Board meets to discuss the issue. Democrat Al Franken's campaign is asking the five member board to consider the ballots and whether elections officials made the right decision when they discarded the ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/25/dispute_over_rejected_absentee_ballots_continues?refid=0 Wed, 26 Nov 2008 03:00:00 -0600 After 3 days, the number of challenged ballots grows With nearly 61 percent of votes recounted, Republican Sen. Norm Coleman still leads DFLer Al Franken, but the number of challenged ballots on the third day more than doubled on the third day compared to the first days of the recount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/22/after_3_days_the_number_of_challenged_ballots_grows?refid=0 Sat, 22 Nov 2008 00:58:57 -0600 Senate election outcome may rest with challenged ballots The number of challenged ballots in the Senate recount has reached a level that has made the slim margin between the two leading candidates meaningless. With more than half of the precincts now recounted, the number of ballots challenged by both Al Franken and Norm Coleman is above the 215 vote margin by which Coleman led Franken at the end of the first count. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/20/recount_results_day_two?refid=0 Thu, 20 Nov 2008 22:30:01 -0600 Recount action from around the state City and county workers at 107 sites began the long slog through more than 2.9 million ballots in the recount between incumbent Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/19/recountbegins?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2008 17:00:37 -0600 Recount begins at county level Election officials throughout Minnesota have begun recounting nearly three million ballots to determine who won the U.S. Senate race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/18/recount_chisago_county?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Canvassing board orders Senate recount The State Canvassing Board Tuesday ordered local election officials to begin recounting the votes in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race starting Wednesday. But the board put off a decision on whether disputed absentee ballots should be included in the count. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/18/canvassboard?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2008 14:00:31 -0600 Canvassing Board to make decision on rejected absentee ballots The State Canvassing Board is expected to order a recount in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race when it meets today Tuesday in St. Paul. Democrat Al Franken's campaign will also make a last ditch plea that the board examine rejected absentee ballots before certifying the race results. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/17/canvassing_board_recount?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Coalition prepares to monitor recount A coalition of watchdog and voter integrity groups are banding together to monitor the recount in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/17/recount_watchdogs?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2008 07:34:14 -0600 Minn. board may act on voided absentee ballots The head of a key board in Minnesota's unsettled Senate election says the panel might hear a dispute over whether to reconsider some rejected absentee ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/14/minn_board_absentee_ballots?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2008 16:44:00 -0600 Secretary of State's office outlines rules for Senate recount The Minnesota Secretary of State's office is giving election officials across the state some direction on how to conduct next week's recount in the U.S. Senate race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/13/senate_recount_rules?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Key panel named in Minn. Senate recount The jury that will rule on disputed ballots in the Minnesota Senate recount includes the Democratic secretary of state, two Supreme Court justices appointed by a Republican governor and two district judges whose politics are harder to gauge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/12/judges_justices_named_minn_recount?refid=0 Wed, 12 Nov 2008 14:45:41 -0600 Senate campaigns amassing attorneys and more money Both the Franken and Coleman campaigns say they're working on amassing hundreds of attorneys and volunteers to monitor the counting, while campaign finance laws will now allow maxed-out contributors to donate to the campaigns again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/11/mn_recount_fundraising?refid=0 Tue, 11 Nov 2008 16:37:38 -0600 Hennepin Co. declines to reconsider absentees The Hennepin County canvassing board has rejected Democrat Al Franken's campaign's request to count some absentee ballots that had been declared invalid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/10/hennepin_co_declines_to_reconsider_absentees?refid=0 Mon, 10 Nov 2008 17:19:51 -0600 Only 239 votes separate Senate candidates The number of votes that separates incumbent Republican Norm Coleman from Democratic challenger Al Franken continues to fluctuate. The unofficial results from the secretary of state's office show Coleman with a lead of 239 votes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/07/recount_vcr?refid=0 Fri, 07 Nov 2008 06:58:12 -0600 FAQ on the Senate recount Answers to some of your questions about the recount process in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/06/recount_faq?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2008 15:15:25 -0600 Coleman, Franken campaigns prepare for recount The campaigns for Republican Senator Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken are preparing for a recount with the unofficial results showing Coleman with a lead at less than 500 votes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/06/recount_thurs?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2008 14:46:47 -0600 Franken on the recount Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken says it is clear that the votes in Minnesota's Senate race need to be recounted, given how close the results are. He rejected calls by Republican incument Norm Coleman for him to concede the race. Franken spoke to MPR's Gary Eichten on Midday today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/06/midday3?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2008 08:25:22 -0600 Candidates set furious pace on last campaign day Minnesota's leading Senate candidates are turning to heavy hitters on the last day before the election, and crisscrossing the state to appeal to their supporters to go to the polls tomorrow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/03/senate_lastday?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2008 11:11:09 -0600 In campaign's final days, voter turnout is the focus The debates are over, the endrosements have been made. Now the candidates and parties are making their final push to get their supporters to the polls tomorrow. Thousands of volunteers spent the weekend knocking on doors, making phone calls and attending rallies on behalf of their candidates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/02/gotv_monday?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Minn. Senate candidates prepare for final debate The three major party candidates for U.S. Senate will meet in their final debate tonight at the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/01/minn_senate_candidate_prepare_for_final_debate?refid=0 Sat, 01 Nov 2008 23:16:20 -0500 Minnesota Senate race goes negative. Again Republican Sen. Norm Coleman released a TV ad Saturday accusing his DFL challenger Al Franken of engineering a last minute attack on him and his family. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/01/rivals_rally_bases_in_minn_senate_race?refid=0 Sat, 01 Nov 2008 10:38:03 -0500 Obama and McCain differ sharply on ethanol Should the federal government continue to provide $7 billion in taxpayer subsidies for ethanol? John McCain and Barack Obama disagree. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/31/ethanol?refid=0 Sat, 01 Nov 2008 00:00:00 -0500 MPR Poll: Obama widens lead in the state With less than a week to go until Election Day, a new poll shows Democrat Barack Obama with a commanding lead over Republican John McCain in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/29/obama_leads_minnesota_poll?refid=0 Thu, 30 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 House DFLers race for a veto-proof majority One of the uncertainties this election season is how many Democrats will win Minnesota House seats. DFLers are just a handful of seats away from a veto-proof majority. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/29/legislature_power?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2008 15:00:40 -0500 Coleman, Franken get a little help from their friends With a week to go until Election Day, two of the major party candidates running for U.S. Senate got some help from popular politicians who aren't on the ballot this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/28/campaignday?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2008 16:15:00 -0500 Bill Clinton coming to Minn. for DFL Former President Bill Clinton will make a campaign stop in Minnesota later this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/28/b_clinton?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2008 00:05:18 -0500 GOP targets Franken in mailer; Coleman condemns it National Republicans are attacking Democrat Al Franken in a new pamphlet that looks like a comic book but discusses pornography and rape. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/27/senate_negative?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2008 14:55:42 -0500 Former GOP Gov. Arne Carlson endorses Obama Former Republican Gov. Arne Carlson says he's supporting Democrat Barack Obama for president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/23/former_rep_gov_arne_carlson_endorses_obama?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2008 11:59:52 -0500 Democrats seek to unseat Michele Bachmann National Democrats think they have a chance to unseat Michele Bachmann. Their growing sense of optimism comes after a cable TV interview where the 6th District Republican congresswoman used the word "anti-American" to refer to Barack Obama and called for an investigation into members of Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/20/democrats_seek_to_unseat_michelle_bachmann?refid=0 Mon, 20 Oct 2008 14:10:44 -0500 Pawlenty plans trade mission to Israel Gov. Tim Pawlenty's mission will include around 30 people, including business leaders hoping to establish or expand trade opportunities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/17/pawlenty_isreal?refid=0 Fri, 17 Oct 2008 12:27:46 -0500 RNC host committee meets goal of raising $58 million Planners of last month's Republican National Convention in St. Paul met their goal of raising $58 million in cash and in-kind contributions to stage the four-day affair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/16/rnc_money?refid=0 Thu, 16 Oct 2008 07:13:02 -0500 Host committee says it raised more than $51M during RNC The Minneapolis St. Paul Host Committee says it raised $51 million in contributions from corporations and individuals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/15/rnc_fundraising?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2008 19:55:37 -0500 Candidates spend $31 million in Twin Cities on political ads Candidates, special interest groups and political parties spend millions of dollars trying to influence who you'll vote for on Election Day. One of the best, and most expensive, ways to do that is through TV advertising. MPR News took a look at how much the candidates have spent on TV advertising in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/15/scheck?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2008 09:45:27 -0500 Political ad-spending tops $31M in Twin Cities Candidates, special interest groups and political parties spend millions of dollars trying to influence who you'll vote for on election day. One of the best, and most expensive, ways to do that is through TV advertising. MPR News took a look at how much the candidates have spent on TV advertising in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/2008/campaign/advertising/spending/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2008 01:00:00 -0500 Poll shows Obama ahead in Minnesota A new poll shows that Barack Obama has a commanding lead in Minnesota, and the race for Minnesota's U.S. Senate seat is very tight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/14/poll?refid=0 Tue, 14 Oct 2008 08:32:12 -0500 Michelle Obama in Minnesota today Michelle Obama will appear at two events around the state today. She is campaigning on behalf of her husband, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/13/michelle_obama?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2008 08:07:37 -0500 McCain supporters call for tougher fight Supporters of Republican presidential candidate John McCain showed some anger during a campaign event in Lakeville Friday, and the candidate urged them to be respectful of his Democratic rival, Barack Obama. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/10/mccain_in_lakeville?refid=0 Fri, 10 Oct 2008 19:21:59 -0500 McCain rallies supporters in La Crosse John McCain proposed Friday that the elderly be allowed to hang on to the stocks in their retirement funds and not be forced to sell them in a bad market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/10/la_crosse?refid=0 Fri, 10 Oct 2008 09:43:28 -0500 McCain holds town hall forum in Lakeville Republican John McCain will hold a town hall forum this afternoon in Lakeville. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/10/mccain_lakeville?refid=0 Fri, 10 Oct 2008 07:20:42 -0500 Grim news expected in Minnesota economic update The state of Minnesota will release its quarterly economic update Friday and everybody is expecting bad news. The state won't get a complete budget picture until December, but today's figures could signal how bad the budget could be. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/09/minnesota_economic_update?refid=0 Fri, 10 Oct 2008 04:00:00 -0500 MPR poll shows swing to Obama last week A new Minnesota Public Radio News/University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute poll shows that the race for president in the state changed dramatically last week. The latest findings show that Democrat Barack Obama has surged ahead of his Republican opponent John McCain in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/06/prezpoll?refid=0 Tue, 07 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Candidates' promises could fall with economy Whoever is elected president in November will be inheriting a struggling economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/03/prezeconomy?refid=0 Sun, 05 Oct 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Fact checking Obama's speech in La Crosse Speaking to a crowd of 15,000 people this morning in La Crosse, Obama also outlined his plans to improve health care, cut middle class taxes and move the nation towards energy independence. Here's what Obama said, and didn't say, during his speech. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/01/obama_fact_check?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2008 15:40:48 -0500 In La Crosse, Obama says it's time for action on bailout Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says it's time for Congress "to take some clear action" on a financial rescue for Wall Street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/01/lacrosse?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2008 08:29:59 -0500 How Minnesota's delegation voted on the bailout Minnesota's congressional representatives split their votes on the $700 billion rescue bill for the financial services industry. The U.S. House rejected the measure this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/29/bailoutmnvote?refid=0 Mon, 29 Sep 2008 14:01:52 -0500 Some Democrats worry about race in campaign Concern about ongoing racial prejudice is causing unease among those backing Barack Obama for president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/23/prezrace?refid=0 Wed, 24 Sep 2008 02:00:00 -0500 Poll shows presidential candidates in dead heat A new Quinnipiac poll shows the presidential race is a dead heat in Minnesota. The poll shows Democrat Barack Obama leading Republican John McCain 47 to 45 percent in Minnesota. That gap is within the poll's margin of error. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/23/dead_heat?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2008 07:18:49 -0500 What McCain said and what he didn't say John McCain focused a large part of his Minnesota speech on the economy and why Barack Obama is a bad fit for president. But there were some things he didn't say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/19/mccainfacts?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2008 16:00:00 -0500 McCain, Palin fire up thousands at rally in Blaine Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin were greeted by thousands of enthusiastic supporters at a rally in Blaine today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/19/mccainvisit?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2008 12:30:37 -0500 Obama proposes $5B trust fund for Great Lakes The $5 billion trust fund would be used for Great Lakes cleanup and restoration. Obama would also focus on stepping up the fight against invasive species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/16/obamagreatlakes?refid=0 Tue, 16 Sep 2008 10:23:29 -0500 Ralph Nader files to get on ballot in Minnesota Supporters of independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader turned in 4,000 signatures today, to get his name on the Nov. 4 ballot in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/09/naderballot?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2008 14:49:54 -0500 Franken cites Coleman's vote to cut college student aid Democrat Al Franken is criticizing his Republican opponent, Sen. Norm Coleman, for voting for a budget bill that included the largest cut in college student aid in history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/09/franken?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2008 05:05:49 -0500 How Minnesota fits into the national campaign Now that the national party conventions are over, the real work begins for the presidential campaigns. We look at where Minnesota ranks in the pecking order. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/05/campaignahead?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2008 17:00:00 -0500 GOP operative gives Minnesota delegates campaign advice A top Republican pollster spoke to Minnesota Republican delegates today to give them advice about how to present presidential candidate John McCain's message in the two months between now and Election Day. He gave some insight into the logic behind the spin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/04/gop_advice?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2008 16:42:28 -0500 Pawlenty opens up on VP hunt that went another way After deflecting questions about vice presidential jockeying for weeks, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty acknowledged for the first time how close he came to being John McCain's running mate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/03/pawlentyfolo?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2008 11:40:40 -0500 What's next for Pawlenty For the first time in two years, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty doesn't have to field any questions about being John McCain's running mate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/29/not_pawlenty?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2008 17:06:34 -0500 Pawlenty not McCain's choice for VP Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty was not chosen by presidential candidate John McCain to be his running mate. Instead, McCain chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Pawlenty hosted his weekly radio show from the Minnesota State Fair this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/29/pawlenty?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2008 06:36:19 -0500 Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak plays big role at both conventions Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is having a busier two weeks than most of the delegates at the DNC. Rybak co-chairs the delegation in Denver. He's a statewide co-chair for Barack Obama's presidential campaign, and he's helping to host the Republican National Convention next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/28/rybakprofile?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2008 15:39:47 -0500 Pawlenty's road to the national spotlight Tim Pawlenty might be just what the Republican Party needs this year -- a guy with working class roots, a nonstop campaigner who can deliver a blistering critique with a smile on his face. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/29/tim_pawlenty_vice_president?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2008 10:54:52 -0500 Mondale offers advice to Biden Delaware Senator Joe Biden is tonight's featured speaker at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. One of the few persons in the world with first hand experience in that role is former Vice President Walter Mondale. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/27/day3_veep?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2008 16:30:34 -0500 Clinton supporters in Minnesota not sure if they can let go All eyes at Denver's Pepsi Center will be on New York Sen. Hillary Clinton tonight when she delivers her speech to the Democratic National Convention. The sting from a bruising primary battle has left some delegates wondering if they'll support Barack Obama at all. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/26/clintonsupporters?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2008 17:09:40 -0500 State delegates hope for unity Members of the Minnesota delegation are hoping Hillary Clinton's address will help unify the party after the long divisive primary battle between Clinton and Senator Barack Obama. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/26/scheck?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2008 09:07:40 -0500 Not all Minnesotans are in Denver to support Obama Why is Hillary Clinton so popular with Republicans? The Republican National Committee today tried to counter the good feelings among Democrats in Denver by highlighting Democrats who are supporting John McCain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/25/tim_penny?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2008 16:50:15 -0500 Pawlenty gets encouragement, gives few clues on VP Gov. Tim Pawlenty fielded questions about the possibility of being John McCain's running mate from both reporters and fairgoers today, but he didn't say much. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/22/pawlentyveep?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2008 12:10:21 -0500 Minnesota's 2nd District has answer for gas prices The candidates in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District disagree about the best way to address the high cost of gasoline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/20/second_district?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2008 06:28:12 -0500 In Wisconsin, Pawlenty rips Obama on energy Gov. Tim Pawlenty was on the road again Monday, campaigning for Republican John McCain in the critical swing state of Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/18/pawlentywisconsin?refid=0 Mon, 18 Aug 2008 16:30:13 -0500 Pawlenty on Face the Nation Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty did nothing to dampen the vice-presidential speculation swirling around him, during an appearance this morning on CBS News' Face the Nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/17/pawlentyface?refid=0 Sun, 17 Aug 2008 12:19:18 -0500 Pawlenty reacts to rising unemployment rate Gov. Pawlenty says Minnesota's struggling job numbers are a sign that the economy is weak on a national basis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/15/pawlentyjobless?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2008 12:13:39 -0500 Obama campaign targets seniors Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's Minnesota campaign is trying to boost Obama's standing among a key group of voters--senior citizens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/14/obamaseniors?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2008 16:45:00 -0500 McCollum endorses Franken for Senate DFL Congresswoman Betty McCollum says she will now back Democrat Al Franken for Senate after publicly criticizing him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/08/mccollum_franken?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2008 23:31:53 -0500 Obama greets breakfast crowd at St. Paul restaurant Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama dropped in on a St. Paul breakfast restaurant for about 45 minutes Thursday, greeting patrons and shaking hands. He held a fundraiser in Minneapolis last night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/07/obamabreakfast?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2008 10:03:42 -0500 Obama holding fundraiser in Minneapolis tonight Sen. Barack Obama will meet with donors who will give a minimum of $1,000 and up to $28,500. The campaign will split the money with the Democratic National Committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/06/obama_fundraiser?refid=0 Wed, 06 Aug 2008 14:22:54 -0500 Pawlenty calls for freshened up GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty told two groups in Washington Wednesday that the Republican Party needs to come up with better ideas to appeal to blue collar voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/06/pawlenty_gopac?refid=0 Wed, 06 Aug 2008 09:42:34 -0500 Pawlenty proposes health care changes Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced several health care initiatives Tuesday that he said will lead the way to giving consumers more of a say over spending on health care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/29/pawlentyhealth?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2008 14:48:18 -0500 Poll: McCain gains on Obama in Minn. The latest independent poll shows an extremely tight presidential race in Minnesota. The poll conducted by Quinnipiac University shows the race between Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama in a dead heat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/24/obama_mccain_franken_coleman_polls?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2008 11:46:18 -0500 Paul backers moving to larger Target Center for Sept. rally Ron Paul's revolution rally is moving to a bigger site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/22/paulgopconv?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2008 11:27:38 -0500 Mark Olson running for Minnesota Senate seat Mark Olson, a Republican member of the Minnesota House, has filed paperwork to run for the Minnesota Senate. He is running to replace Republican Senator Betsy Wergin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/22/olson?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2008 06:56:57 -0500 Vets backing McCain, Obama hold competing news conferences The two major party presidential campaigns held competing news conferences Monday with Minnesota veterans who support their candidates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/21/veterans_campaign?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2008 14:19:07 -0500 Senate race gets crowded The race for Minnesota's U.S. Senate seat is a lot more crowded. A total of 18 candidates are seeking the seat currently held by Republican Norm Coleman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/15/filingsclose?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2008 17:55:43 -0500 McCain rallies supporters in St. Paul before Hudson visit Republican Sen. John McCain takes his presidential campaign to Hudson, Wis., today, where he'll hold a forum targeting women voters. Last night, McCain urged his Minnesota volunteers to redouble their efforts on his behalf, saying Minnesota and other Midwestern states are critical to his election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/10/mccaininterview?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2008 18:30:12 -0500 Politicians offer plenty of gas prices fixes As Minnesota politicians head to 4th of July parades, they're likely to get an earful from voters on high gas prices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/03/gasprices_campaign?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty takes over national education organization Gov. Pawlenty will become the chair today of The Education Commission of the States during the organization's national forum on Educational Policy in Austin, Texas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/01/pawlenty?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2008 07:24:09 -0500 Filing opens for candidates in Minnesota County, state and federal candidates have until July 15 to submit their paperwork at the Secretary of State's office or in their county of residence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/01/first_file?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2008 07:09:24 -0500 DFL keeps pressure on Coleman over rental arrangement The chairman of the DFL Party continues to question Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman's relationship with a high-powered GOP operative. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/30/colemandeal?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2008 15:29:47 -0500 Coleman favors more domestic oil drilling Republican Sen. Norm Coleman is calling for more drilling and exploration in the U.S. to boost oil production. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/27/colemandrilling?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2008 15:56:32 -0500 New poll shows Obama, Coleman have big leads in Minnesota A new poll shows Democrat Barack Obama leading Republican John McCain by 17 percentage points in Minnesota. The poll also shows that despite Obama's popularity, DFL Senate candidate Al Franken trails Republican incumbent Norm Coleman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/26/newpoll?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jun 2008 10:26:18 -0500 Business groups spend most to lobby this year Two organizations that advocate for businesses spent more than $1 million lobbying the Legislature and the Pawlenty administration over the first six months of this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/25/lobbying?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2008 16:08:51 -0500 Pawlenty says he's not being vetted to be McCain's VP Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he did not talk about the possibility of being McCain's running mate during Sen. John McCain's Thursday visit to the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/20/pawlenty_vice_president?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2008 14:10:37 -0500 Loss of state funding threatens senior services Programs designed to keep seniors out of nursing homes say they're facing service cuts because of a lack of state grant funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/12/blockgrants?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Presidential candidates try to appeal across party lines The campaigns for president are shifting from attracting their core base of supporters and are focusing on swing voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/11/bipartisancandidates?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2008 15:48:50 -0500 Ron Paul to hold rally during Republican National Convention Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul plans to hold his own convention in the Twin Cities this September at the same time as the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/10/ron_paul?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jun 2008 15:24:01 -0500 Pawlenty says he is open to being McCain's running mate Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has indicated for the first time he'd be receptive to being on the ticket with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/08/pawlenty?refid=0 Sun, 08 Jun 2008 11:10:02 -0500 McCain launches Minn. political battle with new TV ads Republican presidential hopeful John McCain will start running ads on Twin Cities TV stations tomorrow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/06/mccain?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jun 2008 16:11:19 -0500 Franken's old comments causing him new worries There's more bipartisan criticism today of DFL U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken's past writings and comments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/05/morefrankentroubles?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2008 17:10:12 -0500 Obama's challenge: unite the party A big question in the Democratic presidential race now is will Hillary Clinton supporters unite behind Barack Obama? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/03/obamawins?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2008 23:49:57 -0500 Franken worries ripple through DFL A week before DFLers meet to endorse a challenger to U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, concerns ripple through the party over potential fallout from candidate Al Franken's past. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/30/frankenfallout?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2008 17:10:00 -0500 McCain to visit Minnesota Republican Sen. John McCain is bringing his presidential campaign to Minnesota next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/27/mccain_visit?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2008 10:41:50 -0500 Lawyers target bridge consultant Attorneys representing victims of the 35W bridge collapse say that a new state report is giving them addition ammunition against a company MnDOT hired five years ago to analyze the bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/22/bridgelawyers?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2008 16:33:48 -0500 Report says money worries led to bridge decisions A new report on the 35W bridge collapse said the Minnesota Department of Transportation did not always follow its own maintenance policies, due in part to financial restraints. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/21/report?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2008 10:52:07 -0500 Governor: Legislative session a 'keeper' Gov. Tim Pawlenty and legislative leaders toured the state today, touting their accomplishments one day after the 2008 legislative session came to a close. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/19/follow2?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2008 16:46:14 -0500 Legislature passes budget with little time to spare Gov. Tim Pawlenty and DFL legislative leaders will be making stops across the state today to tout the accomplishments of the 2008 legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/18/deal?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Arbitrator upholds firing of absent emergency manager An arbitrator has ruled that the state had just cause in firing a Minnesota Department of Transportation employee, Sonia Morphew Pitt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/16/sonia_pitt?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2008 11:04:43 -0500 Facing adjournment, legislators continue to disagree With four days to go until the Legislature is constitutionally required to adjourn, Gov. Pawlenty and legislative leaders have still not reached an agreement on the best way to erase the state's $935 million projected budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/16/adjournment?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2008 05:54:36 -0500 State budget negotiations continue The governor and state lawmakers are still trying to agree on the best way to erase the state's $935 million projected budget deficit and provide property tax relief to homeowners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/15/budget?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2008 06:27:52 -0500 Vandals damage governors' portraits in the Capitol The Minnesota Historical Society is removing the portraits of three former governors from the Capitol for repairs after vandals defaced them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/14/portraits?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2008 18:00:00 -0500 Democrats delay final bills as budget talks continue The governor and DFL leaders met behind closed doors again this morning to discuss the best way to erase the state's $935 million projected budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/12/budgetalks?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2008 17:55:37 -0500 Counting down to the final hours at the Capitol There's one week to go before the legislative session ends, and there's still a $935 million dollar budget gap. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/12/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2008 14:38:53 -0500 Legislative session nears end, still no budget plan With one week to go before the constitutional deadline to adjourn, Gov. Pawlenty and legislative leaders are no closer to reaching agreement on the best way to erase the state's $935 million projected budget deficit. Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Scheck is following the latest developments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/12/scheck?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2008 09:31:18 -0500 One week to adjournment, legislators push budget bills DFLers who control the House and Senate plan to send Governor Pawlenty several budget related items that he is threatening to veto, even as they continue budget talks with him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/12/budget?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2008 06:28:10 -0500 Budget talks on hold Budget talks between Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the Legislature are on hold, because the governor is in Pequot Lakes for the annual fishing opener. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/09/talks?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2008 12:05:20 -0500 Measure requiring booster seat is out The backers of a transportation policy bill have dropped their plans to require that children between four and eight be strapped into a booster seat after Gov. Pawlenty expressed concerns that the measure was "legislative overreach." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/08/booster?refid=0 Thu, 08 May 2008 06:35:55 -0500 House votes to allow aid for embryonic stem cell research The Minnesota House has approved legislation that would allow state money to pay for embryonic stem cell research. Supporters say the research shows promise in treating a variety of diseases. Critics say it is unethical because an embryo is usually destroyed in the process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/07/stem?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2008 18:25:25 -0500 Tax bill passes House The Minnesota House Monday night passed a tax bill that would provide property tax relief for some homeowners and prohibit new businesses from getting tax breaks from the JOBZ program. After eight and a half hours of debate, the House passed the bill 80 to 52. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/06/tax_bill?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2008 08:34:02 -0500 Budget negotiations continue at the State Capitol Gov. Pawlenty and legislative leaders met behind closed doors for several hours on both Saturday and Sunday, but reached no agreement on how to solve the state's $935 million projected budget deficit. Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Scheck has been following the developments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/05/legislature?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2008 09:29:01 -0500 Budget talks to resume this afternoon Gov. Tim Pawlenty and legislative leaders plan to resume budget negotiations this afternoon after breaking off talks at 11 p.m. Saturday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/03/tonight?refid=0 Sat, 03 May 2008 17:17:50 -0500 McCain's bridge remarks draw bipartisan criticism Gov. Tim Pawlenty warned against a rush to judgment about the cause of the 35W bridge collapse, one day after likely Republican presidential nominee John McCain blamed it on wasteful spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/01/pawlenty?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2008 16:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty: Latest budget offer is 'pathway' to a deal Gov. Pawlenty's latest budget offer calls for funding the Central Corridor light rail line, but only if lawmakers meet several conditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/30/budgetupdate?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2008 13:50:06 -0500 Republicans plan to make gas taxes a campaign issue The price of gas nationally gas hit a record today according to AAA, and it's close to the record in Minnesota. Republicans are hoping to make the price of gas and the transportation bill a campaign issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/28/gasad?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2008 17:10:51 -0500 Pawlenty vetoes transportation bill over Real ID provision Gov. Pawlenty has vetoed a transportation policy bill that included a provision to opt out of a new federal driver's license system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/25/veto?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2008 17:35:57 -0500 Bill allowing chiropractors to work on animals passes House The House has passed an Agriculture Policy bill that allows human chiropractors to work on animals if they receive training. The bill also requires a referral from a veterinarian. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/25/chiro_pets?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2008 06:56:37 -0500 Biodiesel mandate sparks food fight Several lawmakers questioned efforts to increase the content of biodiesel in diesel fuel sold in Minnesota, saying it would increase already rising food prices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/24/biodieselflap?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2008 16:45:00 -0500 Transportation bill forbidding Real ID proceeds A transportation policy bill is headed to Gov. Pawlenty despite his repeated veto threats, because it includes language that forbids the state from complying with federal guidelines regarding the so-called Real ID act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/22/veto_realid?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2008 07:37:52 -0500 Pawlenty names new MnDOT chief Gov. Tim Pawlenty has named Tom Sorel, an official with the Federal Highway Administration, as the state's next transportation comissioner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/21/mndotcommish?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2008 10:39:55 -0500 Pawlenty to host health care meeting for legislators Governor Pawlenty will host the leading health care experts in the Legislature for a three-hour meeting this morning at the Governor's Mansion to discuss their differences on health care legislation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/21/pawlent_health?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2008 07:20:34 -0500 Bill gives insurance consumers new court protections The Minnesota Senate has passed the final version of a bill aimed at allowing consumers to go to court if they disagree with claims paid by home and auto insurance companies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/15/bad_faith_bill?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2008 07:18:40 -0500 Pawlenty's LRT veto -- good negotiating strategy? Some say Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto of funding for the Central Corridor project may force Democrats to negotiate on the state budget, and that could help bring the legislative session to a smooth end. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/11/vetoanalyze?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2008 13:50:00 -0500 House passes bill to expand health care programs The Minnesota House has passed a health care reform bill that would expand public health programs to tens of thousands of uninsured residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/11/health_care?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2008 08:17:46 -0500 Pawlenty opposes banning federal ID program Gov. Pawlenty is threatening to veto a transportation policy bill, because it includes a measure that would forbid the state from adopting a new federal ID system called Real ID. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/10/pawlenty_id?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2008 08:11:53 -0500 Pawlenty delivers a setback to the Central Corridor project The biggest-ticket item that Gov. Tim Pawlenty struck from a bonding bill was $70 million for a light rail train line between St. Paul and Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/07/vetofollow?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2008 03:10:00 -0500 St. Paul officials: What does Pawlenty have against us? Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a bonding bill Monday afternoon, but not before cutting $208 million worth of projects from the bill. The governor used his line-item veto authority to take down more than 50 projects, many of them in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/07/bondingveto?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2008 17:00:09 -0500 Legislature burns the midnight oil on a budget bill Lawmakers in the Minnesota House and Senate worked late into the morning to pass bills that erase the state's $935 million projected budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/04/budgetbattle?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2008 09:30:39 -0500 Smoking shacks to protect smokers from the weather The Minnesota House voted to include funding for smoking shacks to protect smokers outside of bars and restaurants from frigid temperatures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/04/smoking_shacks?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2008 06:59:56 -0500 Legislature sends Pawlenty bonding bill The Minnesota House and Senate are sending Gov. Pawlenty a bonding bill despite his objections about its pricetag. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/02/bonding?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2008 17:30:46 -0500 House and Senate to vote despite Pawlenty's objection A conference committee approved a bill that authorizes $925 million in general fund debt plus millions more from other sources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/02/bonding_bill_vote?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2008 09:37:27 -0500 Veterinarians bark about animal chiropractic bill A bill moving through the Legislature would allow human chiropractors to practice their work on animals as long as they had additional training. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/24/petdoctors?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2008 03:00:00 -0500 After holiday, lawmakers look at budget deficit, health insurance Committee chairs in both the House and Senate are expected to release their plans for erasing a projected $935 million budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/24/lawmakers?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2008 09:15:28 -0500 New transportation tax hike should speed bridge replacement MnDot is trying to determine whether a closed bridge in St. Cloud can be repaired before it's replaced. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/21/bridgeupdate?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2008 16:50:00 -0500 Pawlenty: 'Excellent to err on the side of caution' Pawlenty said on his weekly radio show that MnDOT made the right decision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/21/pawlenty_bridge?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2008 10:29:37 -0500 Republican attorney challenging Rep. Betty McCollum Ed Matthews of St. Paul says he expects to make the race competitive by talking about cutting taxes and reducing the national debt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/20/matthews_mccollum?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2008 14:29:41 -0500 Bill eliminates tax breaks for businesses The Chair of the Minnesota House Tax committee wants to eliminate tax breaks for businesses. In exchange, taxes would be cut for all businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/18/taxbill?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2008 02:30:00 -0500 There will be blood: New law allows 16-year-olds to donate Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a bill into law Tuesday that will allow 16-year-olds to donate blood with their parents' permission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/18/blood?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2008 13:10:05 -0500 House DFLers to release their budget fix this week House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher said Democrats will work to protect funding for nursing homes and schools in their budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/17/state_budget_dfl?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2008 09:56:34 -0500 Pawlenty names former law partner to chief justice Gov. Tim Pawlenty has picked his former law partner and the chair of his judicial selection committee as the next chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/17/newchiefjustice?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2008 09:47:36 -0500 DFLers criticize Pawlenty's travel; Pawlenty criticizes the story DFL legislative leaders say they're troubled that Gov. Pawlenty hasn't been meeting with lawmakers to discuss legislative issues. Their remarks follow an MPR News report saying the governor has been out of Minnesota an average of one out of three days since Jan. 1, 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/14/travelfolo?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2008 17:10:16 -0500 Pawlenty on the road often in 2008 Gov. Pawlenty has been out of the state an average of at least one out of every three days since Jan. 1, 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/13/pawlentytravel?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2008 03:15:00 -0500 Veterans cemetery proposed for Jay Cooke State Park Governor Pawlenty said the proposed cemetery would be located on 60 acres on the park, which is 20 miles south of Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/11/vet_cemetery?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2008 14:00:00 -0500 Lawmakers begin to pick at Pawlenty budget fix DFL lawmakers are giving Gov. Pawlenty's budget proposal a thumbs down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/10/budgetreax?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2008 12:31:38 -0500 Veto override vote costs two Republicans Three House Republicans who voted to override Governor Tim Pawlenty's veto of the transportation bill have lost their bids for party endorsements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/08/rep?refid=0 Sat, 08 Mar 2008 18:00:00 -0600 Rogue Republicans face endorsement backlash Some of the Minnesota House Republicans who voted with Democrats to override Gov. Pawlenty's transportation veto could face a backlash this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/06/gopbacklash?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2008 03:45:00 -0600 House passes $1B bond plan after gorilla fight The Minnesota House passed a nearly $1 billion bonding bill Thursday. Critics say it's too expensive and worked to strip some projects from the bill, including money for gorillas at the Como Zoo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/06/housebonding?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2008 15:36:14 -0600 Legislators see bonding bill as an economic pump Democrats in the Minnesota House are proposing a bonding plan that includes much more funding building projects at state colleges and universities than Gov. Tim Pawlenty's plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/03/housebonding?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2008 11:23:23 -0600 DFL hopes to protect education State finance officials release the latest revenue forecast this morning, and no one at the Capitol is expecting good news. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/28/edbudget?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2008 09:32:27 -0600 Minnesota's budget deficit nearly $1 billion Minnesota's projected budget deficit nearly tripled Thursday, growing to $935 million and making spending cuts tougher to avoid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/28/shortfall?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2008 09:20:22 -0600 State budget outlook expected to go from bad to worse Almost everybody at the Capitol is expecting that the state's projected budget deficit will grow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/27/budgetpreview?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2008 03:15:00 -0600 Senate could vote Thursday to oust Molnau The Minnesota Senate has tentatively scheduled a vote on Transportation Commissioner Carol Molnau for Thursday that could cost Molnau her job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/27/molnauvote?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2008 17:02:17 -0600 Pawlenty, Republican leaders circle the wagons after gas tax defeat Gov. Tim Pawlenty is talking tough one day after the Legislature voted to override his veto of a $6.6 billion transportation bill. Pawlenty says the override vote has started a taxpayer revolt that will end on Election Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/26/seifert?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2008 15:14:27 -0600 House and Senate override governor's veto A $6.6 billion transportation bill is now law after both the Minnesota House and Senate voted for the first time to override a veto from Gov. Tim Pawlenty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/25/veto?refid=0 Mon, 25 Feb 2008 16:50:37 -0600 Pawlenty vetos transportation bill Gov. Pawlenty has vetoed a bill that would spend $6.6 billion over the next 10 years on transportation, setting up an override showdown in the the House and Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/22/vetocoming?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2008 12:54:39 -0600 Transportation bill headed to governor's desk Supporters and opponents of a transportation funding bill will be stepping up their lobbying efforts now that the Minnesota House and Senate have both passed it. The Senate passed the bill with enough votes to override a gubernatorial veto. The House came up one vote short. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/21/transpoaction?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2008 18:11:12 -0600 Pressure builds as transportation vote nears The House and Senate are expected to vote Thursday on a multi-billion dollar transportation funding bill. DFL leaders in the House are working to convince 90 members to vote for the bill -- that's the number needed to override a veto. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/20/pressure?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Transportation audit gives more ammunition to DFLers A report by the Legislative Auditor says the Minnesota Department of Transportation doesn't have enough money to meet the state's basic needs, and needs more money to conduct bridge inspections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/19/transpoaudit?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2008 16:45:05 -0600 Presidential hopefuls continue their stump across Wisconsin Four of the presidential candidates are campaigning in Wisconsin today just one day before that state's presidential primary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/18/wisconsin?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2008 15:48:03 -0600 Presidential candidates crisscross Wisconsin Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are crisscrossing Wisconsin this weekend with the hopes of convincing voters to choose them in Tuesday's primary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/16/satrally?refid=0 Sat, 16 Feb 2008 15:22:06 -0600 Democrats promise fast start to session DFL legislative leaders are promising a quick start to the 2008 session with hopes of passing legislation that will kick-start the economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/11/legpreview?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2008 17:00:00 -0600 Obama and Romney win Minnesota Democrat Barack Obama won Minnesota's caucuses by a 2-1 margin over Hillary Clinton, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll get twice as many delegates. Mitt Romney won the GOP straw poll, but the results are are nothing more than a beauty contest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/06/prezcaucus?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2008 00:50:29 -0600 Gov. Pawlenty to attend security conf. in Munich Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he's headed to Germany this weekend to attend the 44th Munich Conference on Security Policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/05/munich?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2008 23:11:05 -0600 Campaigns work to get supporters to caucuses As the candidates travel the country in anticipation of Super Tuesday, the real work is behind the scenes. That's where the campaigns are working furiously to get out the vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/04/gotv?refid=0 Mon, 04 Feb 2008 16:00:00 -0600 Ron Paul stumps in Minnesota Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul is scheduled to hold a campaign rally Monday night at the University of Minnesota, one day before Minnesota's precinct caucuses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/04/ronpaul?refid=0 Mon, 04 Feb 2008 14:41:35 -0600 Clinton speaks to 4,000 supporters in Minneapolis Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton brought her presidential campaign to Minnesota, two days before the state holds its caucus on Super Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/03/clintonvisit?refid=0 Sun, 03 Feb 2008 14:44:11 -0600 Thousands attend Obama rally in Minneapolis Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama drew almost 20,000 fans to the Target Center for a speech Saturday afternoon in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/02/satsweep?refid=0 Sat, 02 Feb 2008 11:59:32 -0600 Poll: Molnau gets low marks as MnDOT chief A new Minnesota Public Radio News/Humphrey Institute poll shows that those Minnesotans who know of Carol Molnau disapprove of the job she's doing as transportation commissioner by a nearly 2-1 margin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/01/mndotpoll?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2008 14:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty heads to Illinois on McCain's behalf Gov. Pawlenty is scheduled to campaign in Illinois this weekend for Republican presidential hopeful John McCain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/01/pawlentyillinois?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2008 08:49:57 -0600 Edwards rallies Minn. supporters at St. Paul union hall Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards told a crowd of Minnesota supporters last night that he'll continue to work for the poor and middle class if they go out and caucus for him next Tuesday. Edwards brought his populist message to a St. Paul union hall, hoping to convince enough Democrats in Minnesota to choose him over the other candidates in the race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/29/edwardsvisit?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2008 23:05:33 -0600 Ellison finds Guantanamo conditions better than expected Rep. Keith Ellison said the conditions at the Guantanamo Bay military prison are better than he thought, but he said he's still upset with the lack of legal rights provided to the inmates there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/25/ellison?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2008 17:02:29 -0600 Pawlenty campaigns for McCain in Florida Gov. Tim Pawlenty is in Florida this weekend to campaign on behalf of Republican presidential candidate John McCain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/25/pawlentyflorida?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2008 06:55:07 -0600 Presidential campaigns make pre-caucus moves The Obama campaign starts running ads as the Clinton campaign names new Minnesota supporters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/24/campaignupdate?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2008 17:16:25 -0600 Obama to begin running TV ads in Minnesota Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., will be the first presidential candidate to air TV ads in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/23/tvads?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jan 2008 15:54:11 -0600 Pawlenty says Central Corridor LRT plan costs too much Gov. Pawlenty is renewing his call for the parties involved in planning the Central Corridor LRT line between St. Paul and Minneapolis agree on a final route. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/23/pawlentylrt?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jan 2008 12:50:02 -0600 Why did no one ever look at the gusset plates? In their many reviews of the 35W bridge, why did inspectors never look at the thickness of the gusset plates? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/16/gussets?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2008 16:20:00 -0600 Transport funding battle still looms in wake of NTSB findings Gov. Tim Pawlenty says the NTSB's findings on the I-35W bridge collapse largely exonerates his administration from responsibility for the disaster. The NTSB found flaws with the original design of the bridge. The findings dramatically alter the debate, but not the disagreement, over transportation policy in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/15/govntsb?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2008 02:52:57 -0600 McCain not the only one benefiting from Pawlenty's campaigning Gov. Tim Pawlenty is back in Minnesota Monday, touring the state trying to build support for his 2008 bonding bill proposal. Over the weekend, Gov. Pawlenty criss-crossed the state of Michigan to build support for presidential hopeful John McCain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/13/pawlenty_mon?refid=0 Sun, 13 Jan 2008 23:09:16 -0600 Pawlenty rides the Straight Talk Express Gov. Tim Pawlenty continues to campaign in Michigan today on behalf of presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/12/mccain?refid=0 Sat, 12 Jan 2008 23:49:42 -0600 Pawlenty in Michigan stumping for McCain Gov. Tim Pawlenty is in Michigan this weekend to campaign on behalf of presidential hopeful John McCain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/12/pawlenty_mich?refid=0 Sat, 12 Jan 2008 07:00:00 -0600 Minnesota politicians praise Clinton Minnesota may not be the most desirable electoral prize among the Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses next month, but voters here should expect to see visits from some presidential candidates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/09/pres_mn?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jan 2008 17:32:53 -0600 Pawlenty targets illegal immigration Gov. Tim Pawlenty is renewing his call to crack down on illegal immigration in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/07/immigration?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jan 2008 17:00:00 -0600 Edina mayor announces congressional bid Edina Mayor Jim Hovland says he's running for Congress to bring together Democrats, Republicans and independents for change. He kicked off his campaign for Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/07/hovlandannounces?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jan 2008 11:31:20 -0600 Presidential campaigns gear up in Minnesota Now that the Iowa caucuses are over, the presidential campaigns are ramping up their campaign efforts in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/04/minncampaign?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2008 15:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty in Iowa to stump for McCain Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty travels to Iowa Thursday evening to campaign for Arizona Sen. John McCain on the day of the Iowa caucuses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/03/pawlentyiowa?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jan 2008 08:39:26 -0600 Stolen laptop contains info about Minnesota residents The Minnesota Department of Commerce says a laptop containing the personal information of hundreds of Minnesotans has been stolen in Philadelphia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/28/laptopstolen?refid=0 Fri, 28 Dec 2007 15:21:32 -0600 Winter break could be factor in Iowa caucuses Candidates and campaigns are trying to convince college students who go to school in Iowa but live in other states to come back for the Jan. 3 caucuses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/28/iowacollege?refid=0 Fri, 28 Dec 2007 15:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty is 'inclined' to back earlier fishing opener The odds of an earlier walleye fishing opener in Minnesota have greatly improved, now that Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he would be "inclined to sign" legislation moving the opener forward by a week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/28/fishopenerdate?refid=0 Fri, 28 Dec 2007 12:38:57 -0600 Pawlenty campaigns for McCain Gov. Pawlenty heads to New Hampshire this weekend to campaign on behalf of Republican presidential candidate John McCain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/28/pawlenty_nh?refid=0 Fri, 28 Dec 2007 08:24:54 -0600 MnDOT completes first phase of statewide bridge inspections The Minnesota Department of Transportation says it has completed the first phase of its bridge inspections prompted by the collapse of the I-35W bridge collapse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/22/inspections_complete?refid=0 Sat, 22 Dec 2007 10:55:16 -0600 Legislature launches its own bridge probe The Minnesota Legislature is spending up to $500,000 to hire a Minneapolis-based law firm to help investigate the 35W bridge collapse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/19/bridgeprobe?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2007 11:33:02 -0600 Cox wins GOP primary Republican voters in a southern Minnesota legislative district have picked former state Rep. Ray Cox of Northfield as their candidate in a Jan. 3 special election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/19/coxprimary?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2007 07:38:18 -0600 Two Minnesotans receive France's Legion of Honor award The Minnesota State Capitol has a French feel this afternoon. Two Minnesotans who served in World War II received France's highest award - The Legion of Honor. The country started awarding the medal to American servicemen after the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/18/legion_honor?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2007 16:32:26 -0600 Northfield area Republicans to hold special election Republicans in the Northfield area will head to the polls on Tuesday to determine which candidate will represent their party in a special election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/17/northfield_special?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2007 01:00:00 -0600 State nears end of nearly 4,000 bridge inspections The Minnesota Department of Transportation is expected to finish inspecting all the state's bridges by next week. To date, the inspections have found that 15 state and local bridges with problems severe enough that they needed to be closed, immediately repaired or closed to some traffic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/13/bridgereport?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2007 16:45:54 -0600 Minnesota students get close up look at campaign in Iowa Some of those going to the Iowa caucuses next month will be Minnesotans who go to school in Iowa. Many of them consider it a once in a lifetime opportunity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/07/iowacollege?refid=0 Sun, 09 Dec 2007 15:00:00 -0600 Fired MnDOT emergency manager wants her job back Sonia Morphew Pitt, the emergency manager fired by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, is appealing her termination and seeking reinstatement, according to her attorney. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/05/pittappeal?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2007 09:52:49 -0600 Budget shortfall at $373 million State Finance officials say a struggling economy is forcing Minnesota's budget into a deficit again. Forecasters say the state will see a $373 million deficit by mid-2009. Gov. Pawlenty and state lawmakers are now faced with raising taxes, cutting spending or spending a part of the budget reserve to balance the state's budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/29/forecastpreview?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2007 10:30:00 -0600 Audit questions $26,000 in charges tied to ex-MnDOT manager An investigation by Minnesota Legislative Auditor finds that the fired emergency manager for the Minnesota Department of Transportation cost the state at least $26,000 in unauthorized charges and pay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/28/pitt_report?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2007 15:53:05 -0600 Pawlenty names appeals judge to state Supreme Court Gov. Tim Pawlenty has named Appeals Court judge Christopher Dietzen to be the newest member of the Minnesota Supreme Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/27/27new_justices?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2007 15:05:13 -0600 Predatory lending law causes headaches for some home buyers Several mortgage brokers, real estate agents and small business owners say Minnesota's new predatory lending law is making it difficult for self-employed people to get a loan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/20/selfemployed?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2007 03:30:33 -0600 Paulose leaving Minnesota for D.C. Politicians from both political parties say a change is welcome at the Minnesota U.S. Attorney's Office. U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose announced Monday that she has resigned and will move to a post within the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. The move comes less than two weeks after Michael Mukasey was sworn in as Attorney General. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/19/pauloseleaves?refid=0 Mon, 19 Nov 2007 15:23:30 -0600 Pawlenty announces foreclosure aid Saying the subprime mortgage crisis is a major problem in Minnesota, Gov. Tim Pawlenty has announced more state money to help people who are facing foreclosure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/16/foreclosurehelp?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2007 12:18:49 -0600 MnDOT fires manager accused of improper travel Sonia Morphew Pitt has been on administrative leave and under investigation over travel expenses, including an out-of-state trip she declined to cut short in the days following the Aug. 1 bridge collapse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/09/absentmgr?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2007 13:34:55 -0600 Molnau warns road projects could get hung up in money fight Despite testimony from senior staff about the Minnesota Department of Transportation's improving finances, Commissioner Carol Molnau warned Thursday about possible delays in road projects planned for next year because of limits on agency spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/08/mndottwo?refid=0 Thu, 08 Nov 2007 16:10:58 -0600 Minnesota urged to dump companies with Iran connections from portfolio Supporters of divestment initiatives say companies will be less likely to do business in Iran if they know that public funds will sell their stock. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/02/iranfortuesme?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2007 03:33:54 -0600 Democrat Bonoff to run for Congress in 3rd District The state senator becomes the second Democrat to announce a campaign for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Jim Ramstad, a moderate Republican. Iraq war veteran Ashwin Madia is also in the race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/05/bonoff?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2007 12:41:51 -0600 Feds send more money for new 35W bridge The U.S. Department of Transportation has released $123 million to Minnesota from the Emergency Relief Fund to rebuild the I-35W bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/01/bridgemoney?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2007 16:43:18 -0500 MnDOT sued over contract to replace 35W bridge Two Minnesotans are suing the Minnesota Department of Transportation over its selection of a Colorado based contractor to rebuild the I-35W bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/16/bridgelawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2007 16:42:35 -0500 Lawmakers approve only part of MnDOT's spending request A panel of skeptical lawmakers gave MnDOT the authority to spend an extra $60 million in the aftermath of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse -- less than one-third of the agency's $195 million request. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/15/bridgemoney?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2007 16:06:00 -0500 Costs of rebuilding the I-35W bridge go beyond concrete and steel Almost everything effected by the I-35W bridge collapse and bridge reconstruction has a price tag. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/12/bridgedetails?refid=0 Sun, 14 Oct 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Counselors to be posted at National Guard armories Minnesota National Guard soldiers returning from war will have free access to mental health counselors based at their armories. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/10/guardassistance?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2007 16:40:58 -0500 Still no decision from lawmakers on bridge funding A special panel of eight lawmakers met Tuesday and criticized the Minnesota Department of Transportation for signing a contract to build a new 35W bridge before the federal government has sent the money for the project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/10/bridgehearing?refid=0 Tue, 09 Oct 2007 20:00:46 -0500 MnDOT unveils design of 35W bridge MnDOT formally awarded the bridge reconstruction contract to Flatiron, and unveiled the winning design. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/08/bridgedesign?refid=0 Mon, 08 Oct 2007 20:31:27 -0500 Funding for new 35W bridge still unresolved A group of lawmakers will meet again this week to discuss whether to authorize state money for rebuilding the I-35W bridge. The issue is complicated by politics and slow action on the state and federal levels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/05/morebridge?refid=0 Sun, 07 Oct 2007 16:00:33 -0500 Lawmakers turn up heat on MnDOT's financial problems DFL lawmakers continue their scrutiny of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. MnDOT's finances and decisionmaking were the focus of two more legislative hearings Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/04/morebridge?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2007 16:59:29 -0500 MnDOT defends bridge contract decision Two of the losing teams are protesting the decision, to award the contract to Flatiron Construction of Colorado. MnDOT officials say the evaluation process was thorough and fair to all proposers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/02/mndotresponse?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2007 17:24:37 -0500 Cost of bridge collapse could reach $400 million The Interstate 35W bridge catastrophe carried a far bigger financial toll than previously known and could approach $400 million by the time a replacement is built. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/01/bridgemoney?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2007 12:38:58 -0500 New health commissioner inherits troubled department Sanne Magnan will be inheriting a Health Department that has some current and past employees demoralized and distressed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/27/healthdeptwoes?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2007 09:50:10 -0500 Coleman, Franken in dispute over MoveOn.org ad Republican Sen. Norm Coleman has taken out a full-page ad in the Star Tribune newspaper, criticizing Democrat Al Franken. Franken says the ad is intended to distract voters from Coleman's support for the war in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/25/franken_coleman?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2007 17:43:45 -0500 Wakota Bridge could be delayed due to 35W project The Wakota Bridge over the Mississippi River betwen South St. Paul and Newport could be delayed again as MnDOT looks for money to rebuild the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/25/bridgedelays?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2007 07:07:51 -0500 Who is Flatiron Construction? The selection of Flatiron Construction to rebuild the I-35W bridge may seem like a surprise. The company has never built a bridge in Minnesota and its bid was more expensive and requires more time than competing bids. So, why Flatiron? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/21/flatiron?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2007 14:42:18 -0500 Two losing contractors file protest over 35W bidding process CS McCrossan Construction, Inc. and Ames/Lunda filed a letter of protest with MnDOT Thursday, saying they were "misdirected" by MnDOT regarding the type of proposal desired by the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/20/bridgeprotest?refid=0 Thu, 20 Sep 2007 16:17:21 -0500 Rich contract awarded for I-35W bridge replacement Flatiron/Manson won despite submitting the high bid - $233.7 million - and proposing the longest timetable for the work, 437 days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/19/bridgebids?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2007 10:55:07 -0500 Ramstad announces his retirement from Congress After years of commuting from Minnesota to Washington, Ramstad acknowledged, "I'm burned out. I'm tired. I still have the passion for policymaking, I still have the passion for politics. But I want to be home." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/17/ramstad?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2007 16:07:12 -0500 Early-morning action sends flood aid to SE Minnesota Gov. Pawlenty signed the flood relief package early Wednesday morning after it passed the House and Senate. The governor called lawmakers back into a one-day special session. But there are some hints that another special session may be on the horizon if federal funding for the I-35W bridge doesn't come through. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/11/specialsession?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2007 05:53:08 -0500 Agreement reached on special session Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Monday called a special session of the Legislature to pass a flood relief package. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/10/specialsession?refid=0 Mon, 10 Sep 2007 14:20:15 -0500 Flood relief dilemma: Cash or credit? Gov. Pawlenty says he's optimistic that he will call a special session of the Minnesota Legislature soon. But he and DFL leaders differ on whether the state should borrow relief money or use cash the state already has. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/07/spec_session?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2007 13:13:11 -0500 Giuliani touts electability during Minnesota stop The former mayor of New York City breezed through Minnesota, shaking hands at a St. Paul cafe, sharing coffee with a few patrons and then heading off to a fundraiser at a country club in the suburbs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/06/giulianivisit?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2007 13:59:35 -0500 Fred Thompson, likely presidential candidate, makes Minnesota stop The Tennessee Republican told several supporters that he will make his announce his plans soon. That's not soon enough for those in the Democratic Party who say Thompson is using a loophole in campaign finance laws by raising money without being held accountable as an official candidate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/27/thompson?refid=0 Mon, 27 Aug 2007 15:21:48 -0500 Design-build construction process has its critics Will the process used to rebuild the I-35W bridge be as cost-effective and as scrutinized as it should be? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/24/designbuild?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2007 16:00:00 -0500 State offers bonus for quick bridge replacement The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the five companies hoping to land the I-35W bridge rebuilding project have less than three weeks to prepare a bid on the project. But the state is offering up $27 million if the bridge is finished early. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/24/bridgeincentives?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2007 07:18:26 -0500 Special session likely for dual disasters Gov. Pawlenty said he and top legislators reached a "general understanding" Wednesday on the need for a special session to provide flood relief for southern Minnesota and funding to respond to the Minneapolis bridge collapse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/22/bridgeaudit?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2007 11:47:52 -0500 Embattled Mandernach quits Health Department post DFL legislators called for her resignation in June after her department acknowledged it waited a year before releasing details on the cancer deaths of 35 miners on the Iron Range. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/21/mandernachresigns?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2007 00:00:06 -0500 Republican leader cool to special session; More remains found at collapse site Rep. Marty Seifert, R-Marsall, says he doesn't think lawmakers need to raise the state's gasoline tax to help rebuild the bridge and fix other transportation problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/16/bridgethrspm?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2007 13:55:20 -0500 Other states' experiences inform debate over bridge rebuild timeline State lawmakers weighed in on the design of the new I-35W bridge at a joint legislative hearing Wednesday. A large part of the hearing focused on the accelerated timeline of the rebuild. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/15/transport?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2007 16:29:18 -0500 Minnesota picks preliminary design for bridge to replace fallen span The drawing reveals few details about the new bridge, aside from its general size and the number of lanes it will contain. The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the sketch will guide contractors who will use the information to work up detailed proposals for the new bridge http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/14/design?refid=0 Tue, 14 Aug 2007 13:32:52 -0500 State moving too quickly on bridge replacement, some pols say The Minnesota Department of Transportation will release the preliminary design of the new I-35W bridge on Tuesday, but those who were expecting the bridge to include a light rail line, a pedestrian walkway or a bike path may be disappointed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/13/bridgedesign?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2007 10:41:48 -0500 MnDOT chooses five finalists for 35W rebuild Officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation will meet Friday with the five finalists, all of whom have worked on some of the largest projects in the nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/09/fivecontractors?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2007 20:43:20 -0500 Bush cool to federal gas tax increase President Bush isn't embracing Minnesota Rep. Jim Oberstar's call for a federal gas tax increase. Oberstar says the tax income should be used to repair and replace structurally deficient bridges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/09/fedresponse?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2007 10:19:50 -0500 Rebuild may begin in September The push to rebuild the I-35W bridge is on the "fastest of fast tracks" with the hopes that the new bridge will be built by the end of next year. Officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation are accepting applications from companies that intend to bid on the job through Wednesday morning at 6. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/07/capitol?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2007 16:52:36 -0500 Bridge collapse arms Molnau critics Critics of Transportation Commissioner Carol Molnau say the I-35W bridge incident exposes her lack of leadership. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/06/molnau_bridge?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2007 16:40:27 -0500 I-35W bridge reconstruction could delay other projects That assessment is frustrating some lawmakers who say the bridge collapse should be a wake-up call for greater investment in the state's roads and bridges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/05/mndot?refid=0 Sun, 05 Aug 2007 16:02:02 -0500 Authorities identify four victims, other families wait for word The four known victims of the I-35W bridge collapse have now been identified. Anxious families are waiting at a hotel in Minneapolis for word on their missing loved ones. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/02/victimsfamilies?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2007 15:34:17 -0500 Emergency plans pay off Search-and-rescue units from across the metro area reacted swiftly to the scene. They provided fire, paramedic and water rescue to help with the scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/02/rescues?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2007 02:19:38 -0500 New hot line to aid Minnesota veterans, families The hot line is designed to make it easier for veterans to find services or to get immediate crisis intervention. Veterans who call the line will be transferred to the proper agency for help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/01/vetshotline?refid=0 Wed, 01 Aug 2007 10:56:59 -0500 Sen. Norm Coleman's father dies The father of U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman has died after a battle with cancer. Norm Coleman Sr. was 82. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/26/colemanfather?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jul 2007 12:53:32 -0500 Coleman's approval rating going down A new poll says more people disapprove of the job Republican Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota is doing than approve. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/25/colemanpoll?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jul 2007 14:04:56 -0500 Federal minimum wage goes up; push is on for raise in Minnesota As many as 83,000 workers in Minnesota received a bump in wages Tuesday. That's because the federal minimum wage increased 70 cents to $5.85. Supporters say they will now lobby the state Legislature to increase Minnesota's minimum wage even more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/24/minwage?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jul 2007 16:14:14 -0500 Elected officials' disclosure requirements under scrutiny A watchdog group says Minnesota gets an "F" for not requiring governors to provide greater detail on their personal financial holdings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/19/disclosurereport?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jul 2007 10:09:14 -0500 Governor proposes new state park Minnesota may soon create its 73rd state park and recreation area. Gov. Pawlenty announced Tuesday that the state is negotiating to buy land on Lake Vermilion in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/17/newstatepark?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jul 2007 15:21:24 -0500 Gopher football player charged with sexual misconduct The Hennepin County Attorney has charged University of Minnesota football player Dominic Jones with sexual misconduct charges after police found cell phone video of him in a sex act with a drunken woman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/16/gopherarrested?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jul 2007 14:20:54 -0500 Coleman won't support troop pullback Republican Sen. Norm Coleman says he won't support an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Democrats have been trying to pressure Coleman this week as the Senate debates various amendments about the Iraq war. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/12/coleman?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jul 2007 15:11:36 -0500 Republicans not the only ones taking heat on Iraq Some rank and file Democratic voters are expressing frustration that the Democratic majority in Congress isn't doing enough to end the war in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/11/demstakeheat?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jul 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Klobuchar says too few U.S. inspectors examine foreign toys Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar raised concerns Monday over the potency of U.S. consumer product regulators, saying a federal commission is ill-equipped to keep dangerous Chinese-made toys from hitting store shelves in this country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/09/toys?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jul 2007 13:22:57 -0500 Population rate could undercut Minnesota's political clout There may be one fewer member of Congress in 2012. Minnesota's population is not growing as fast as the rest of the nation, which means one of Minnesota's congressional seats could go to another state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/03/congressionalseat?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jul 2007 03:00:00 -0500 More abortions performed last year in Minnesota The Minnesota Department of Health says there were more abortions performed in the state last year, the first time the numbers have gone up in five years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/02/abortionnumbers?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jul 2007 10:57:48 -0500 Health commissioner faces hard questions at hearing Minnesota Health Commissioner Dianne Mandernach faced her critics Tuesday at a joint House-Senate hearing in St. Paul. Several lawmakers have called on Mandernach to resign, after she waited a year to reveal data about cancer deaths among miners in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/26/mandernachhearing?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jun 2007 21:56:14 -0500 Health Department tipped mining company on cancer study, documents show The Minnesota Department of Health has been under fire for not releasing details of cancer deaths among miners. But documents suggest the department was concerned about the impact of the findings on the mining industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/25/healthhearingsetup?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jun 2007 04:00:00 -0500 Fishing for anglers Fishing and Minnesota have been synonymous for as long as anyone can remember. But fishing organizations and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are worried that fewer young people are fishing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/19/fishingwedsatc?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jun 2007 04:00:00 -0500 State to require fire-safe cigarettes Firefighters and tobacco control advocates are cheering the passage of a new Minnesota law that requires cigarettes sold in the state to stop burning if the smoker stops puffing on them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/11/firesafecigs?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2007 16:33:18 -0500 Pawlenty makes campaign stop for McCain Gov. Tim Pawlenty will be in Iowa Monday to campaign on behalf of Republican presidential candidate John McCain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/11/pawlentyiowa?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2007 10:00:00 -0500 Cage fighting gets cornered A new law passed by the Legislature means the Minnesota Boxing Commission will now oversee "ultimate fighting." That worries some who say the new rules could put a stranglehold on one of the fastest-growing sports in the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/07/cage?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2007 12:43:09 -0500 Pawlenty 'willing to listen' on special session option Gov. Pawlenty is refusing to slam the door shut on a special session to pass a reconfigured tax bill. But he said he's doubtful the Legislature can pull off a quick meeting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/01/specsession?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2007 14:56:25 -0500 Pawlenty vetoes tax bill Gov. Tim Pawlenty has vetoed a bill providing aid to local governments, business tax breaks and a financial guarantee for the 2008 Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/30/taxbillandmore?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2007 17:33:26 -0500 No deal on big issues, but outdoors amendment advances at Capitol It could be a mad dash for lawmakers to finish their work on time if a budget agreement is reached. Both the House and Senate would have to pass six tax and spending bills that focus on everything from school funding to nursing homes to state agencies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/19/budgetsatpm?refid=0 Sun, 20 May 2007 07:28:42 -0500 House speaker: Talks stuck in "neutral" With time running out in the regular legislative session Gov. Tim Pawlenty and legislative leaders will continue their closed-door meetings Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/17/cap?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2007 05:43:03 -0500 Progress, but no deal yet at Capitol Gov. Tim Pawlenty and legislative leaders will continue budget negotiations Thursday after meeting late into Wednesday night. Lawmakers have until Monday to complete a two year budget and legislative leaders now say they're optimistic that they'll finish their work on time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/17/capitolprogress?refid=0 Thu, 17 May 2007 06:41:37 -0500 In final days of session, Pawlenty is calling the shots Gov. Pawlenty has apparently put an end to property tax relief with a string of budget-bill vetoes. The Minnesota House and Senate try again on Wednesday with a second round of budget bills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/15/dflleaders?refid=0 Tue, 15 May 2007 19:58:19 -0500 Minnesota poised to ban smoking Early Saturday morning, the Minnesota House passed a bill that would ban smoking in all bars and restaurants across the state. Gov. Pawlenty says he'll sign it. The bill's passage comes after a day of doubt about whether there were enough votes to get it to Gov. Pawlenty's desk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/11/smoking?refid=0 Sat, 12 May 2007 07:00:00 -0500 MPR Poll: High approval marks for Pawlenty, but most wish he'd raise taxes on the rich The survey shows that 72 percent of likely voters support increasing income taxes on wealthier Minnesotans to lower property taxes. Sixty-nine percent of those polled support an income tax increase to pay for education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/10/taxpoll?refid=0 Fri, 11 May 2007 03:15:39 -0500 Gas tax is latest issue facing gubernatorial veto Gov. Tim Pawlenty has promised to veto any increase in the gas tax. Supporters of the bill acknowledge they will need a few Republican votes to override a veto, but Republicans say they won't get enough. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/09/gastax?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2007 19:58:56 -0500 Legislative session comes a cropper in wave of vetoes It would be an understatement to say that Gov. Pawlenty and Democrats in the Legislature aren't on the same page at this point in the session. Pawlenty has vetoed his fourth budget bill in less than a week and the Legislature seems intent on challenging him again and again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/08/highered?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2007 20:00:00 -0500 More vetoes likely as DFL girds for fight Gov. Pawlenty has signed a bill that funds state agricultural and veterans programs. But the spirit of cooperation on display at the signing ceremony will likely be short-lived. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/04/agbill?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2007 16:57:39 -0500 Bill to legalize ticket scalping on its way to governor A push to repeal Minnesota's prohibition on ticket scalping overwhelmingly passed the state House Wednesday and now heads to Gov. Tim Pawlenty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/02/ticketscalping?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2007 11:49:51 -0500 Hatch's resignation doesn't satisfy Republicans Former Attorney General Mike Hatch, who took a job under his successor, has abruptly quit his post amid a growing controversy over his role in the office. Hatch's resignation comes at a time when members of the Minnesota House were considering an investigation into Swanson's office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/01/hatchresigns?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2007 12:02:12 -0500 Piece by piece, budget heads to governor Beginning with a construction projects bill, the Legislature on Monday started sending slices of the state budget to Gov. Tim Pawlenty in a piecemeal fashion that could trigger vetoes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/30/bonding?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2007 16:55:33 -0500 Swanson alleges union bullying with organizing effort afoot The largest state employee union is trying to organize the attorneys in the Minnesota Attorney General's office, and the dispute is getting ugly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/27/agturmoil?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2007 01:00:00 -0500 Minnesota House approves smoking ban The "Freedom to Breathe" bill they debated has one major exemption: Local officials could authorize ventilated smoking rooms in bars, where customers could light up but wouldn't be able to order food or drink because no employees would be allowed to enter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/26/smokingban?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2007 19:00:36 -0500 Senate votes to permit tax dollars for stem-cell studies The 36-26 vote leaves the Senate short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a threatened veto by Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has called for stricter limits on experiments using human embryos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/25/stemcells?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2007 14:58:32 -0500 House approves e-waste bill The Minnesota House has passed a bill that would establish a statewide program to recycle used computer monitors, televisions and other electronic devices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/24/ewaste?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2007 14:55:26 -0500 Minnesota Senate votes minimum wage increase The bill would increase the minimum wage for those who work for large employers to at least $7.75 an hour by August 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/18/minwage?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2007 17:32:27 -0500 Senate kills lawmaker-to-lobbyist restrictions A bill that would forbid state lawmakers, state commissioners and agency heads from becoming lobbyists for one year after leaving their jobs failed on a tie vote in the Minnesota Senate on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/18/lobbyist?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2007 11:25:24 -0500 House gets down to business on budget The fight over the state budget is taking center stage in the Minnesota House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/18/housebudget?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2007 06:47:05 -0500 Vets' programs get boost in House bill A bill would provide additional support for veterans, including suicide prevention and counseling. It would also provide scholarships for the children and spouses of those killed or disabled in action. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/17/agvets?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2007 21:46:26 -0500 Ex-Vikings star Jim Marshall pardoned on cocaine conviction The state Board of Pardons has cleared former Minnesota Viking star Jim Marshall of a drug conviction. Marshall was convicted of second degree cocaine possession in 1991. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/09/marshallpardon?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2007 15:34:31 -0500 Think taxes are bad? Watch the fees Tax talk has captivated the Minnesota Capitol in recent weeks. House and Senate DFLers want to raise income taxes. Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he'll veto any tax increase. But there's another way Minnesotans could get hit in the wallet by state government -- fees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/03/fees?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2007 03:42:42 -0500 Legislative session coming down to one question: Who pays? Senate DFLers said on Friday they will pass $1 billion income tax increase aimed at the state's top earners to raise more money for education. House DFLers also want to raise taxes on the highest incomes. Gov. Pawlenty says he will veto any tax increase. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/30/taxrate?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2007 12:03:31 -0500 House joins Senate on dime-a-gallon gas tax increase The House legislation includes several other tax increases as well. Gov. Pawlenty has threatened to veto a gas tax increase, and the votes in both chambers fell short of the margin required to override a veto. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/24/housegastax?refid=0 Sat, 24 Mar 2007 15:20:00 -0500 Spotlight begins to shine on link between drug companies and doctors A new report highlighting the money pharmaceutical companies are giving Minnesota doctors has some doctors and lawmakers suggesting the state needs tighter disclosure laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/21/doctors?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2007 17:00:00 -0500 House Democrats release modest early childhood package Democrats in the Minnesota House have released a budget bill that would pay for early childhood education -- and it's drastically smaller than what advocates were calling for. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/20/earlychildhood?refid=0 Tue, 20 Mar 2007 14:07:24 -0500 Some legislators try again to block lobbying revolving door At least 40 former lawmakers, a former governor and several former state commissioners are now walking the halls of the Capitol as lobbyists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/19/revolving?refid=0 Mon, 19 Mar 2007 15:49:49 -0500 Pawlenty praises McCain in Iowa campaign stop Pawlenty is the co-chair of McCain's presidential exploratory committee and says he made the trip to give McCain encouragement. Pawlenty's latest trip increases speculation and criticism over his national ambitions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/14/pawlentyiowa?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2007 14:02:00 -0500 Wine sale bill gets first hearing A bill to allow grocery stores to sell wine got its first hearing at the state Capitol, but its prospects remain uncertain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/13/wine_sales?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2007 23:58:47 -0500 State benefits for same-sex couples advance at Capitol Supporters of the legislation say the measure is about fairness for gay couples that have been in committed relationships for years. But critics say the bill sends a bad message and worry it could lead to a legal challenge to a state law that forbids same sex couples to marry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/12/samesex?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2007 16:45:18 -0500 No tax increases in DFL budget plan The proposal disappoints several committee chairs who were hoping for more money to follow through on some of the campaign promises they made last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/08/targets?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2007 16:33:22 -0600 Federal government rejects loan for DM&E railroad The head of the Federal Railroad Administration says the $2.3 billion federal loan sought by DM&E would pose an unacceptably high risk to federal taxpayers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/26/dmerejected?refid=0 Mon, 26 Feb 2007 16:14:06 -0600 Bachmann: Iran has plan to turn part of Iraq into terrorist haven U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann appeared to back away Friday from comments about Iran she made to a St. Cloud Times reporter. In an interview, Bachmann said she knew of an agreement allowing Iran to carve out a portion of Iraq which would serve as a terrorist haven. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/23/bachmanniran?refid=0 Fri, 23 Feb 2007 16:00:39 -0600 Lawmakers aim for 2007 "energy session" Minnesota has a new law establishing one of the most aggressive standards for renewable energy in the country. The governor and lawmakers say it's just the first of several energy-related proposals they hope to pass this session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/22/energybillsigned?refid=0 Thu, 22 Feb 2007 17:00:00 -0600 Small pharmacies concerned about drug bill Lawmakers will debate whether they should change a 70-year-old law that protects against predatory pricing. Some lawmakers say an exemption should be made for prescription drugs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/21/lowcostdrugs?refid=0 Thu, 22 Feb 2007 06:53:10 -0600 Minn. House adopts '25 percent by 2025' green energy goal Supporters say the requirement means Minnesota would have the strongest renewable energy standard in the nation. But critics worry the proposal could mean a hike in utility bills for consumers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/19/renewable?refid=0 Mon, 19 Feb 2007 21:22:05 -0600 The week ahead at the Capitol State lawmakers are working on President's Day. Tonight, members of the Minnesota House will be discussing a renewable energy bill. On Tuesday Congressman James Oberstar will speak to a joint committee at the Capitol about transportation. Capitol reporter Tom Scheck joins Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer for a look at the week ahead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/19/weekahead?refid=0 Mon, 19 Feb 2007 11:05:38 -0600 Coleman sounds Republican alarm against Franken In a fundraising letter, Sen. Norm Coleman wrote to supporters earlier this month that he is the national Democrats' top target in 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/15/frankencoleman?refid=0 Thu, 15 Feb 2007 12:51:10 -0600 Should Minnesota mandate cancer vaccine? Lawmakers at the state Capitol are debating whether to require 12-year-old girls to get a vaccine that prevents some forms of cervical cancer. Opponents are concerned it would send a mixed message about sexuality to young women. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/12/cancervaccine?refid=0 Tue, 13 Feb 2007 00:00:00 -0600 Dick Day to run for Congress Just three months after winning election, 1st District U.S. Rep. Tim Walz has some competition for the next election. Republican State Sen. Dick Day says he's going to challenge Walz for the seat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/08/dickday?refid=0 Thu, 08 Feb 2007 16:17:26 -0600 Pawlenty tries to walk fine line on stem cell issue Stem-cell research legislation that doesn't explicitly restrict the use of embryonic cells would face a gubernatorial veto, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Monday, two days before state legislators delve into the issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/05/stem_cells?refid=0 Mon, 05 Feb 2007 15:52:20 -0600 Mark Olson faces lonely session at Capitol House Republicans decided late last year to suspend Rep. Olson from their caucus after he was charged with domestic assault. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/01/markolson?refid=0 Mon, 05 Feb 2007 15:00:00 -0600 Minnesota may be on verge of "energy revolution" A committee in the Minnesota Senate unanimously approved a bill that would require utility companies to get at least a quarter of their energy from renewable sources after a wide variety of interests reached an agreement on the bill late Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/01/enviro?refid=0 Thu, 01 Feb 2007 18:31:34 -0600 Minnesota lawmakers tackle global warming Eight committees from both the House and Senate attended a rare presentation in the House chamber Tuesday night to bring attention to global warming and their plans to reduce the threat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/30/global?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jan 2007 18:14:18 -0600 Iraq War vets group opens nationwide fight against troop buildup A group of Iraq War veterans is launching a national TV ad campaign arguing that politicians who fail to oppose a troop buildup in Iraq "don't support the troops." The group is targeting Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/29/iraqvets?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jan 2007 11:34:11 -0600 Seat belt law advancing at Capitol The proposal would allow police officers to stop motorists solely for failing to wear seat belts. Drivers and passengers who don't buckle up would face fines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/24/seatbelt?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jan 2007 16:54:10 -0600 Budget negotiations may focus on tax relief Both Democrats and Republicans say they'd like to see more done on the property tax issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/22/proptax?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jan 2007 18:03:18 -0600 Coleman on Iraq: Politics or principles? Sen. Norm Coleman been a strong supporter of the Iraq war but is a vocal critic of President Bush's latest plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/12/colemaniraq?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jan 2007 04:00:00 -0600 National Guard confirms longer tour in Iraq Minnesota's 2,600 National Guard troops will remain in Iraq until July, according to the head of the Guard. Meantime, dozens of demonstrators in the Twin Cities Thursday morning denounced President's Bush's plans to increase the number of troops in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/11/protest1?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jan 2007 16:41:36 -0600 Minnesota National Guard mission in Iraq extended The president's escalation of the war in Iraq will come from extending the tours of some National Guard units, including one based in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/10/natguard?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jan 2007 17:38:38 -0600 Swanson targets Allianz sales practices The attorney general says the company sold deferred annuities to seniors that wouldn't mature for 15 years, well beyond their life expectancy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/09/swansonallianz?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jan 2007 15:21:41 -0600 Ramsey County attorney pondering run for governor Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner is building the foundation for a possible run for Minnesota governor in 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/05/gaertnerforgov?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jan 2007 12:31:05 -0600 Pawlenty warns of a showdown with Democrats over tax increases Gov. Pawlenty told the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Thursday night he opposes a slew of tax increase bill filed Thursday, and he expects a showdown if the Senate stands behind the proposals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/05/budget?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jan 2007 06:58:15 -0600 Ceremonies over, lawmakers get to work introducing themselves There are 53 new members in the House and Senate and most are Democrats. That party extended its control in the Minnesota Senate and retook the House for the first time since 1998. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/03/new_faces?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jan 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty takes oath for second term Gov. Tim Pawlenty's second term will be considerably different than his first. Both chambers of the Legislature are now controlled by Democrats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/02/inauguration?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jan 2007 10:06:24 -0600 Who is Bob Perry and why does he care about Minnesota politics? Why would a Texan, who has no business interests in Minnesota, spend $500,000 on Minnesota's governor's race? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/21/perry?refid=0 Thu, 21 Dec 2006 17:11:18 -0600 Sabo leaves politics as he served: low-key When Congress reconvenes next month, Rep. Martin Sabo will be out of politics for the first time in 46 years. Sabo wasn't a flashy politician. He preferred to work behind the scenes on issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/19/sabo?refid=0 Wed, 20 Dec 2006 03:00:00 -0600 Push resumes to sell wine in grocery stores Grocers are trying to convince state lawmakers that the time has come now that a majority of other states allow grocers to sell wine. But liquor store owners say the move would hurt their bottom lines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/11/wineingrocery?refid=0 Mon, 11 Dec 2006 16:33:51 -0600 Rep. Olson dumped from House GOP caucus Republicans in the Minnesota House have voted to suspend Rep. Mark Olson from their caucus just five days before Olson is scheduled to make a court appearance on domestic assault charges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/08/olsonout?refid=0 Fri, 08 Dec 2006 12:14:43 -0600 Pawlenty cabinet gets a shake up Two key commissioners are leaving and another has asked for a demotion. Pawlenty's commissioners of finance and natural resources are stepping down. The revenue commissioner asked for a demotion and has been replaced. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/07/cabinet?refid=0 Thu, 07 Dec 2006 13:44:36 -0600 Area vets react to Iraq Study Group report While some politicians hope the Iraq Study Group findings will provide a blueprint to greater success in Iraq, some Minnesota veterans disagreed with several of the report's recommendations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/06/studygroupreact?refid=0 Wed, 06 Dec 2006 16:40:07 -0600 Lawmaker proposes 'bill of rights' for car buyers A state lawmaker says he wants to give consumers greater protection when they buy used cars from automobile dealers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/05/carrights?refid=0 Tue, 05 Dec 2006 17:50:10 -0600 State predicts $2 billion budget surplus over next three years The surplus means lawmakers are likely to face a parade of proposals for spending the money in the 2007 session. Gov. Pawlenty also has proposed a plan that would give some of the money back to taxpayers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/28/budget?refid=0 Wed, 29 Nov 2006 19:00:00 -0600 Pogemiller in spotlight as session nears The big question leading into the legislative session is whether Sen. Larry Pogemiller can work with Republican Gov. Pawlenty, whom he has repeatedly criticized over the past four years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/28/pogemillerprofile?refid=0 Wed, 29 Nov 2006 01:00:00 -0600 Anoka County walks away from Vikings' plan Anoka County says it has rescinded its offer and terminated negotiations for a new Vikings stadium in Blaine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/20/vikes?refid=0 Mon, 20 Nov 2006 15:15:58 -0600 Seifert named Minnesota House minority leader Rep. Marty Seifert says they'll work with Democrats on things they can agree upon. But he also intends to play up the regional differences in House and Senate leadership. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/18/seifert?refid=0 Sat, 18 Nov 2006 14:25:35 -0600 Dean Johnson's future may involve a run against Coleman Outgoing Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson says he's considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2008. Johnson is the latest DFLer to say he is thinking about challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman in two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/17/midmorning2?refid=0 Fri, 17 Nov 2006 11:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty does about-face on health care In January 2005, Gov. Tim Pawlenty referred to the state's subsidized health care plan as "welfare health care." But that was before he almost got bounced out of office last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/14/healthcare?refid=0 Tue, 14 Nov 2006 20:17:47 -0600 Minneapolis to rule at Legislature A pair of lawmakers from Minneapolis, one of them an outspoken critic of Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, will lead the Minnesota House and Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/09/dflleadership?refid=0 Thu, 09 Nov 2006 17:07:17 -0600 Minnesota Legislature swings to DFL Democrats picked up 19 seats in the Minnesota House to take a large majority over Republicans. In the Senate, Majority Leader Dean Johnson, the top DFLer, lost his seat by a narrow margin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/08/legis?refid=0 Wed, 08 Nov 2006 04:51:29 -0600 State, federal candidates hit road as campaign winds down With the final debate behind them, the candidates for governor hit the road Monday with a series of campaign stops to energize their voters and search out those who are still undecided. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/06/roundup?refid=0 Mon, 06 Nov 2006 14:01:35 -0600 Senate candidates get final crack at swaying voters Amy Klobuchar continues to hold a major leads in all of the independent polls, but Mark Kennedy believes he's closing the gap in the final days of the election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/05/sendebate?refid=0 Sun, 05 Nov 2006 21:31:15 -0600 Suddenly, campaign pits Hatch vs. Hubbard Mike Hatchlashed out at KSTP-TV by suggesting the station has an agenda because the station's owner, Stanley Hubbard, has contributed to a special interest group that is running TV ads that criticize him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/03/hatchreact?refid=0 Fri, 03 Nov 2006 14:01:44 -0600 Iraq, stem cells the focus of Senate debate Democrat Amy Klobuchar, Republican Mark Kennedy and the Independence Party's Robert Fitzgerald debated the issues last night in Rochester. The main topics were the war in Iraq and stem cell research. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/02/roch_senate_debate?refid=0 Fri, 03 Nov 2006 05:00:37 -0600 Poll: Kennedy gains, but Klobuchar still running strong Minnesota's U.S. Senate race was expected to be one of the more competitive races in the country. It hasn't turned out that way so far. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/02/senpoll?refid=0 Thu, 02 Nov 2006 03:00:00 -0600 U of M poll shows Hatch ahead in governor's race The poll shows Democrat Mike Hatch with 6-point lead over Republican Tim Pawlenty in the race for governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/31/umgovpoll?refid=0 Tue, 31 Oct 2006 11:06:48 -0600 Kennedy targets Klobuchar's character in U.S. Senate debate Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kennedy questioned the honesty of his Democratic opponent Amy Klobuchar during a debate Sunday night, scaling up his rhetoric against her with 10 days to go until the election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/29/sendebate?refid=0 Sun, 29 Oct 2006 21:27:59 -0600 Candidates for governor plan home stretch ad blitz If you're not sick of political ads on TV by now you probably will be by Election Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/24/campaignads?refid=0 Tue, 24 Oct 2006 18:28:00 -0500 Can Democrats take over Minnesota House? Republicans currently have a two-seat majority in the Minnesota House but Democrats think they have the candidates and the political climate to win control. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/19/houseraces?refid=0 Thu, 19 Oct 2006 17:00:20 -0500 Candidates have few secrets from campaign 'trackers' Political campaigns are employing campaign trackers to videotape the candidates anywhere they make a public appearance. It's becoming a common practice especially after a senator from Virginia came under fire for making some controversial remarks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/16/undercover?refid=0 Wed, 18 Oct 2006 18:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Senate candidates clash on Iraq, taxes Candidates in Minnesota's closely watched U.S. Senate race clashed Sunday on issues such as Iraq and tax policy, with the Republican candidate saying he stood by his vote to authorize the war in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/15/mtp?refid=0 Sun, 15 Oct 2006 10:05:48 -0500 National parties appear to be rethinking Minnesota Senate race Republican and Democratic strategists who monitor senate races nationwide appear to be rethinking the competitiveness of Minnesota's U.S. Senate race and sending vital campaign money to other states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/09/kennedycutloose?refid=0 Tue, 10 Oct 2006 03:03:47 -0500 Senate candidates take different views of health care Democrat Amy Klobuchar, Republican Mark Kennedy and Independence Party candidate Robert Fitzgerald have all proposed ways to provide more health insurance coverage by controlling the cost of health care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/06/senatehealth?refid=0 Fri, 06 Oct 2006 04:00:00 -0500 GOP picks Twin Cities for its 2008 convention The Twin Cities won the bid over New York, Cleveland and Tampa - St. Petersburg. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/27/gopconvention?refid=0 Wed, 27 Sep 2006 12:19:25 -0500 MPR poll: Klobuchar gaining strength DFLer Amy Klobuchar continues to maintain a double-digit lead over Republican Mark kennedy in the U.S. Senate race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/22/senpoll?refid=0 Mon, 25 Sep 2006 03:00:00 -0500 Top Klobuchar aide fired for viewing leaked Kennedy ad Democrat Amy Klobuchar's U.S. Senate campaign has fired its chief spokeswoman, revealing Wednesday that she viewed an unreleased TV ad for Republican candidate Mark Kennedy that may have been illegally obtained. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/20/kennedyad?refid=0 Thu, 21 Sep 2006 01:03:35 -0500 Senate candidates spar on senior issues, clash on style in debate The two leading U.S. Senate hopefuls used an AARP debate Tuesday night to draw distinctions, not just in differences of policy but in honesty and effectiveness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/19/sendebate?refid=0 Tue, 19 Sep 2006 22:28:19 -0500 Clinton makes Twin Cities stop for Klobuchar campaign Clinton's appearance, and the $1 million he took in for Klobuchar, raises the stakes in the battle. Rep. Mark Kennedy responded with a new TV ad. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/16/clinton?refid=0 Sat, 16 Sep 2006 21:50:39 -0500 The 5th District debate The three major-party candidates running for Congress in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District met in their first debate since Tuesday's primary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/15/midday1?refid=0 Fri, 15 Sep 2006 11:00:00 -0500 Fine comes out swinging Alan Fine is trying to do what Keith Ellison's DFL rivals couldn't: capitalize on reports of Ellison's past. Fine calls Ellison "unfit" to serve. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/13/fine?refid=0 Wed, 13 Sep 2006 17:03:10 -0500 Ellison wins 5th District battle The seat has been dominated by DFLers for decades, but Ellison's Republican opponent in November says he'll question Ellison's character, a campaign theme that was used over the summer by Ellison's DFL opponents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/12/5distrace?refid=0 Wed, 13 Sep 2006 01:00:00 -0500 Twins stadium main issue in House primary race State Rep. Neil Peterson, of Bloomington, faces a Republican challenger in next Tuesday's primary election. Peterson's opponent is upset about his support of the tax increase for the new Twins stadium, and hopes voter discontent over the ballpark tax helps his campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/08/primarystadium?refid=0 Fri, 08 Sep 2006 10:05:26 -0500 Rivals say Erlandson crosses the line As the primary election nears, two of the DFLers running for Congress in Minnesota's 5th District say one of their opponents, Mike Erlandson, has gone negative. Erlandson sent out a mailing asking voters if Keith Ellison is above the law, and if Ember Reichgott Junge is out of touch with the district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/07/5thnegative?refid=0 Thu, 07 Sep 2006 16:30:00 -0500 Senate candidates mix it up at the fair The three major party endorsed candidates running for Minnesota's open U.S. Senate seat held a heated debate on health care, the war in Iraq and tax policy Friday at the Minnesota State Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/01/senatedebate?refid=0 Fri, 01 Sep 2006 12:09:38 -0500 5th District DFLers debate the details of Iraq war Former DFL Party Chair Mike Erlandson is touting the endorsement of one of the leading critics of the war in Iraq in an attempt to distinguish himself among the DFLers running for Minnesota's 5th Congressional District seat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/31/fifthdistrict?refid=0 Fri, 01 Sep 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty leads fundraising race for governor With a little more than two months before the November election, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty has a significant fundraising lead over his opponents. Pawlenty's campaign says the governor has $2 million in the bank, twice as much as his nearest rival, DFLer Mike Hatch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/28/campaignreports?refid=0 Tue, 29 Aug 2006 06:00:00 -0500 Candidates mix it up at state fair debate Four of the DFLers running in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District debated health care, the war in Iraq and public safety issues Thursday at the Minnesota State Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/24/5thdebate?refid=0 Thu, 24 Aug 2006 14:07:06 -0500 5th District DFL candidates challenge endorsement The DFL candidates in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District are busy campaigning just weeks before primary election day. Four of them will appear at debate at the Minnesota State Fair with the hopes of attracting DFL support. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/23/5thdistrict?refid=0 Thu, 24 Aug 2006 05:10:00 -0500 Senate candidates spar over national security The war in Iraq and homeland security are likely to be the biggest issues in this year's U.S. Senate race. The major party candidates have been airing their differences on those topics this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/18/senatewar?refid=0 Fri, 18 Aug 2006 16:56:35 -0500 Senate candidates start trading barbs The Republican-endorsed candidate for Minnesota's U.S. Senate race stepped up his criticism Friday of his chief DFL opponent. Republican Congressman Mark Kennedy said Amy Klobuchar has not taken a clear stance regarding the war in Iraq. Kennedy, who is trailing in the polls, said Minnesota's Senate race could determine which party controls the Senate next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/04/kennedyklobuchar?refid=0 Fri, 04 Aug 2006 17:55:14 -0500 Minnesota's swing voters draw national pols About 230 Republican Party leaders from across the country will continue discussing their political strategy for the upcoming midterm elections at a Bloomington hotel today. The meeting caps off a week where national leaders from both major parties were in Minnesota. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spent the past two days touring the state touting the Democrats' agenda and raising money for congressional candidate Patty Wetterling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/03/polsintown?refid=0 Fri, 04 Aug 2006 00:00:00 -0500 Crime becoming a hot issue in 5th District race Increasing crime in Minneapolis is fueling concerns about public safety in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, which includes the city and several suburbs. Candidates in the race for that seat are responding with a string of public safety proposals. One DFLer has even gotten the endorsement of Hennepin County's Republican sheriff. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/31/fifthcrime?refid=0 Tue, 01 Aug 2006 05:30:00 -0500 Ad watch: Kennedy and Klobuchar's first round Two of the candidates running for Minnesota's open U.S. Senate seat are on the air with television ads. Republican Mark Kennedy hit the airwaves Tuesday with an ad touting his background. His DFL opponent, Amy Klobuchar, focuses her ads more on her experience as a prosecutor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/25/senateadwatch?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jul 2006 17:00:00 -0500 DFLers face off in 5th district debate Four of the DFLers seeking to replace retiring 5th District Congressman Martin Sabo debated the war in Iraq, health care and poverty issues Monday. The four DFLers agreed on a number of major national issues, but tried to differentiate themselves based on their experience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/24/fifthdebate?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jul 2006 16:36:39 -0500 Stem cell veto could become a campaign issue President Bush vetoed a bill Wednesday that would expand federal research on stem cells obtained from embryos. The issue could also play a role in the November election, since two of the U.S. Senate candidates in Minnesota differ on the issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/19/stemcellreax?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jul 2006 17:12:15 -0500 Entenza withdraws from AG race; sets off DFL scramble Matt Entenza, the DFL-endorsed candidate for attorney general dropped his candidacy Tuesday, setting off a flurry of last-minute filings for the September primary. Five DFL candidates are now in the running. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/18/entenzadrops?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jul 2006 11:02:31 -0500 Entenza draws challenger for attorney general nomination State Rep. Matt Entenza has a DFL primary opponent for attorney general. Jennifer Mattson, a 29-year-old St. Paul attorney, says she's challenging Entenza because she's concerned that his campaign will harm the DFL ticket this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/17/mattsonruns?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jul 2006 15:56:19 -0500 Ford Bell drops out of U.S. Senate race Ford Bell has dropped out of the race for U.S. Senate. Bell, a DFLer, intended to challenge Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar in the September primary. But he says difficulty raising money led to his withdrawal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/11/belldropsout?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jul 2006 15:34:35 -0500 Former party chief now bucks the party process Former DFL State Party Chair Mike Erlandson has filed papers to run for Congress in the 5th Congressional District. Erlandson is bucking his party's endorsement of another candidate, and is getting help from his former boss -- the man who's retiring from that office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/06/erlandsonfiles?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jul 2006 16:03:15 -0500 200 National Guard members to patrol Mexican border Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he's sending 200 Minnesota National Guard troops to New Mexico to help patrol the U.S.-Mexico border. Pawlenty says he's activating the troops because the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security issued a request for help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/05/border?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jul 2006 18:15:18 -0500 Keith Ellison dogged by his past If elected, Rep. Keith Ellison would be the first African American congressman from Minnesota and the first Muslim congressman in the nation's history. But Ellison's past, in particular his relationship with the Nation of Islam, are causing some Jewish activists and others to question if he's the best candidate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/22/ellisonprofile?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jun 2006 01:00:00 -0500 Unemployment report provides early campaign fodder The five-year low is a cause for celebration for Gov. Tim Pawlenty who touted it Tuesday as another sign of an economy on the right track. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/13/unemployment?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jun 2006 17:42:04 -0500 Even with endorsement, Hatch can't shake DFL opposition Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch is the DFL endorsed candidate for governor. Hatch won the endorsement on Saturday in Rochester, beating out state Senators Becky Lourey and Steve Kelley. The endorsement makes Hatch the clear frontrunner to take on Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty but he will have to win the DFL primary first. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/10/dfldaytwo?refid=0 Sun, 11 Jun 2006 11:00:00 -0500 Bush -- the other one -- boosts Kennedy coffers Just three days before Democrats are expected to endorse a candidate for the U.S. Senate, first lady Laura Bush held a fundraiser for Republican candidate Mark Kennedy on Tuesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/06/bushkennedy?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jun 2006 15:57:49 -0500 GOP chances rest on faithfulness of conservative wing After wrapping up the GOP state convention over the weekend, party leaders say their base is energized to elect Republican candidates this fall. But some worry that conservative wing of the party my abandon them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/04/gopchances?refid=0 Sun, 04 Jun 2006 09:46:34 -0500 Kennedy gets Republican nod for U.S. Senate Promising to bring Minnesota values to Washington, U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy on Thursday night secured the Republican endorsement as its 2006 candidate for the U.S. Senate. Kennedy's endorsement capped the first night of the state Republican convention at the Minneapolis Convention center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/01/kennedyendorse?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jun 2006 23:00:06 -0500 Republicans set to endorse Kennedy for U.S. Senate Minnesota Republicans begin their state convention Thursday night in Minneapolis. The main order of business on the first night is to endorse a candidate for U.S. Senate. There's no surprise who that will be -- U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy, who has had the endorsement locked up for months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/31/kennedyprofile?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jun 2006 06:00:00 -0500 Twins' stadium opponents were tired of the fight; supporters weren't One reason the Twins were successful in their stadium quest is because they convinced enough long-time stadium opponents to change their minds and support the plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/22/stadium?refid=0 Mon, 22 May 2006 16:16:27 -0500 Lawmakers need Sunday session to finish work Monday is the constitutional deadline to adjourn, but they can't pass any bills on the final day and they typically frown on meeting on Sunday. Even though there is disappointment that there is work left to do, several major initiatives passed over the last 24 hours including approval of two stadiums. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/20/sessionfinal?refid=0 Sun, 21 May 2006 07:00:00 -0500 Gophers, Twins stadiums on the verge of final passage State lawmakers are expected to vote on two stadium bills Saturday, after House and Senate negotiators have reached agreements on stadium financing plans for the Minnesota Twins and the University of Minnesota. Friday night's deal for an on-campus Gopher football stadium comes at a slightly higher cost than previous proposals, but students would pay less. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/19/stadiumdeal?refid=0 Fri, 19 May 2006 10:53:22 -0500 Lawmakers set stage for orderly end to session Legislative leaders and Gov. Tim Pawlenty have reached agreement on a spending plan they say paves the way for an orderly end to the legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/18/twins_deal?refid=0 Thu, 18 May 2006 17:27:17 -0500 Time running out for Vikings stadium hopes With their stadium playbook nearly exhausted, the Minnesota Vikings enlisted NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue on Tuesday to personally appeal to skeptical lawmakers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/16/stadium?refid=0 Tue, 16 May 2006 15:28:05 -0500 Vikings suggest going roofless to drive down stadium cost The team is hoping that scaling down its proposal will make a stadium more appealing to a skeptical group of state lawmakers. The team's Anoka County partners aren't so quick to ditch the roof. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/15/vikesstadium?refid=0 Mon, 15 May 2006 15:04:30 -0500 Stadium bills still face tough road at Capitol Republicans in the House say Democrats are trying to make Gov. Pawlenty look bad by killing a stadium for the Minnesota Twins. And some members of the public say it's just fine if lawmakers can't agree on a stadium for the Twins or Vikings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/10/morestadium?refid=0 Wed, 10 May 2006 16:34:11 -0500 Senate passes stadium bills for Twins, Gophers, and Vikings The state Senate went on a stadium spending spree Tuesday, agreeing to devote more than $1.1 billion in taxes to new homes for the Twins, Vikings and University of Minnesota football team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/09/gopherstadium?refid=0 Tue, 09 May 2006 15:47:51 -0500 Keith Ellison wins endorsement in 5th District If elected, Keith Ellison would be the first African American congressman in Minnesota history. But the endorsement doesn't guarantee that he'll be DFLer on the November ballot because several Democrats say they'll run in a September primary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/06/5dist?refid=0 Sat, 06 May 2006 17:51:22 -0500 U of M, Vikings stadiums advance at Capitol The lone DFL opponent switched his vote on the Gopher bill, saying he's worried that further efforts to get the bill out of committee would make the funding plan even worse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/03/stadiumthree?refid=0 Wed, 03 May 2006 16:38:55 -0500 Stadium waters turn murky at Capitol The Senate Taxes Committee voted unanimously Monday to require voter approval of a Hennepin County sales tax to help pay for a Twins ballpark. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/01/stadiummon?refid=0 Mon, 01 May 2006 20:35:31 -0500 Vikings strive to stay in stadium game; Gophers bill stalled On Friday the Senate Taxes Committee defeated a bill that would finance a new football stadium for the University of Minnesota; the second day in a row they've done so. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings are now accusing the governor of trying to kill their stadium proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/28/vikesstadium?refid=0 Fri, 28 Apr 2006 17:30:07 -0500 Senate committee throws curveballs at stadium plans The prospect for ballparks and stadiums got a bit murkier as the main action has moved from the Minnesota House to the Senate. A key Senate committee Thursday began addressing funding requests for the Twins, the Vikings and the University of Minnesota, taking a substantially different approach to the stadium situation than the House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/27/gopherstadium?refid=0 Thu, 27 Apr 2006 21:45:00 -0500 House passes new stadium bill for Minnesota Twins By a comfortable 76-to-55 margin, the House approved a measure that would allow Hennepin County to impose a sales tax without voter approval. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/26/stadiumvote?refid=0 Wed, 26 Apr 2006 18:39:40 -0500 Opponents unlikely to stop Twins stadium push The Minnesota Twins stadium bill is on course for a full House vote by the middle of next week after winning narrow approval Friday from the Taxes Committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/21/stadiumvote?refid=0 Fri, 21 Apr 2006 17:17:45 -0500 Twins stadium proposal passes key test The Minnesota House Taxes Committee is expected to take final action Friday on a proposal that would fund a new stadium for the Minnesota Twins in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/20/stadiumroadtrip?refid=0 Fri, 21 Apr 2006 07:00:00 -0500 Twins stadium supporters take their turn at bat A key Legislative committee holds a second hearing Thursday night on a proposal that would build a new downtown Minneapolis ballpark for the Minnesota Twins. Wednesday night, the first hearing was packed, mainly with supporters of the stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/19/stadiumhearing?refid=0 Wed, 19 Apr 2006 22:38:01 -0500 Ford confirms shutdown of St. Paul plant Ford Motor Co. has confirmed its plans to close its assembly plant in St. Paul in 2008. Officials from the United Auto Workers first announced the news was coming earlier in the day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/13/fordclosure?refid=0 Thu, 13 Apr 2006 09:44:05 -0500 Audit: Errors rife when immigrants apply for health care County human services workers make many errors when they process applications from immigrants for public health care, allowing some to get benefits they may not be entitled to, according to an audit released Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/12/audit?refid=0 Wed, 12 Apr 2006 14:01:19 -0500 Dueling candidates There's always some politics in every policy debate at the Legislature. Republican Reps. Phil Krinkie and Jim Knoblach are taking that to a higher level at the Capitol, because they're running against each other for the same Congressional seat. Some say they're trying to "out-conservatize" each other. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/07/duelingcandidates?refid=0 Fri, 07 Apr 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Gopher stadium bill passes House easily The University of Minnesota won decisive House approval Thursday night for a bill bringing Gophers football back to campus with a $249 million stadium. The financing plan, committing state taxpayers to half of the stadium debt, passed on a 103-30 vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/06/gopherstadium?refid=0 Thu, 06 Apr 2006 21:44:26 -0500 Stadium talk is in favor again at Capitol The week week is turning into something of a stadium extravaganza at the Capitol. State lawmakers have held hearings on stadiums proposed for the Gophers, the Minnesota Twins and the Vikings this week. And all the bills are still alive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/05/gopherstadium?refid=0 Wed, 05 Apr 2006 18:45:36 -0500 Committee defeats marriage amendment Ending more than a year of gridlock, a Senate committee today finally held a hearing on -- and then voted down -- a controversial bill that would put the definition of marriage on November's ballot as an amendment to the state constitution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/04/marriagehearing?refid=0 Tue, 04 Apr 2006 12:08:57 -0500 Senate committee approves Twins stadium plan, but hurdles await The 10-year-old debate over the ball park hasn't gotten any weaker with age. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/03/stadium?refid=0 Mon, 03 Apr 2006 21:50:51 -0500 Minnesota lawmakers on course for gridlock over tax relief Anyone hoping for tax relief from state lawmakers may be disappointed this year, because Gov. Pawlenty, Senate DFLers and House Republicans appear to be headed toward an impasse over tax cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/31/taxbill?refid=0 Fri, 31 Mar 2006 16:40:53 -0600 Has gay marriage changed Massachusetts? Gay couples in Massachusetts say allowing gay marriage in that state has strengthened their relationships. They say gay marriage has done little to change the lives of others. But opposition to the issue remains. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/28/samesex?refid=0 Thu, 30 Mar 2006 18:35:00 -0600 GOP files ethics complaint against Dean Johnson Republican state senators filed an ethics complaint Wednesday against Democratic Majority Leader Dean Johnson, assuring the controversy over his gay marriage comments won't fade anytime soon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/22/johnsonethics?refid=0 Wed, 22 Mar 2006 12:44:27 -0600 Pawlenty to GOP: "Move on" Gov. Pawlenty says it's time to move on from the controversy surrounding Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson. His party, the GOP, says it's not. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/21/pawlentygop?refid=0 Tue, 21 Mar 2006 17:55:37 -0600 Gay marriage ban kept from vote as heat stays on Johnson Chief Justice Russell Anderson stressed that no members of the high court ever spoke with Johnson about whether the state's law banning gay marriage could withstand a legal challenge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/20/andersonspeaks?refid=0 Mon, 20 Mar 2006 17:00:00 -0600 Voting bill stirs strong emotions at Capitol Supporters of a proposal to tighten registration requirements says it will prevent voter fraud. But critics say the bill is an attempt to keep people of color, the poor and the elderly from voting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/15/voting?refid=0 Wed, 15 Mar 2006 16:48:34 -0600 Wetterling Foundation ponders its future in a political world Jacob Wetterling Foundation officials say they've been considering the name change for several years, but one board member says Patty Wetterling's political campaign is also playing a role in the possible change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/10/wetterlingfoundation?refid=0 Fri, 10 Mar 2006 17:26:17 -0600 DFL candidates: We were all caucus winners If spin were a sport, they'd be handing out gold medals at the state Capitol. DFL candidates for governor and the U.S. Senate are all claiming a victory of some kind from the outcome of a straw poll taken Tuesday night at precinct caucuses around the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/08/caucusfolo?refid=0 Wed, 08 Mar 2006 17:01:33 -0600 Minnesota U.S. Senate candidates square off in Mounds View debate Taxes, health care and national security were among the key issues addressed by three candidates running for Minnesota's open U.S. Senate seat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/03/senatedebate?refid=0 Fri, 03 Mar 2006 16:45:07 -0600 GOP peers into voters' data with CD Internet privacy experts say they're concerned that the party isn't telling the viewer that it's collecting the data and worry where the information will end up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/01/gopcd?refid=0 Wed, 01 Mar 2006 17:02:16 -0600 GOP steps up efforts for constitutional amendment on marriage Two days before the legislative session begins, the GOP is sending hundreds of thousands of videos on the issue to voters. The goal is to force the state Senate to vote on the proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/27/samesex?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2006 16:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty says state can do better at treating mental illness Gov. Tim Pawlenty is proposing millions of dollars in new state spending to improve how the state cares for people suffering from mental illness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/24/mentalhealth?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2006 18:31:02 -0600 State, White Earth band spar over video gambling machines The state of Minnesota and the White Earth Band of Ojibwe are at odds over who has say over video bingo machines on property within the reservation. Tribal officials say they have the right to own and operate the machines, but state officials believe differently. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/24/whiteearthgambling?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2006 10:01:25 -0600 Report: Medical errors linked to 12 deaths in 12 months in Minnesota The most common mistakes included finishing surgeries without removing all surgical tools, operating on the wrong body part and letting serious complications develop from bed sores. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/15/medicalmistakes?refid=0 Wed, 15 Feb 2006 13:55:18 -0600 Pawlenty aims to extend emergency Medicare help for seniors Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the federal government have reached an agreement to ensure that low-income Minnesota seniors continue to get their medicine in the coming weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/14/partdupdate?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2006 16:43:17 -0600 Group calls for more privacy protection for newborns Nearly every infant in Minnesota receives a battery of tests to check for various health conditions. Critics are concerned that the state health department is collecting and keeping potentially sensitive genetic data. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/13/dna?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2006 20:15:06 -0600 Minnesota prescription drug program falling far short of goal Minnesotans are importing fewer prescription drugs from Canada because of the new Medicare benefit that offers cheaper drugs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/10/entenza?refid=0 Fri, 10 Feb 2006 14:25:16 -0600 Judge rules Twins can leave Metrodome after this season A judge ruled Monday that the Minnesota Twins don't have to play in the Metrodome beyond the 2006 season, increasing pressure on lawmakers to approve a stadium funding package this spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/06/domelease?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2006 17:26:45 -0600 Wetterling announces campaign for Congress; Tinklenberg vows to stay in race Patty Wetterling's announcement has upset the other Democrat in the race and has Republicans hopeful that the seat will stay in their hands. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/02/03_ap_wetterling/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2006 13:33:00 -0600 Pawlenty urged to quit radio show The governor's rivals say Pawlenty is clearly running for re-election so he should cancel his weekly radio show. But the governor and the station that airs the program say legally Pawlenty is not a candidate, and his opponents should not expect to get equal airtime. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/02/03_scheckt_radioshow/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2006 00:01:00 -0600 St. Paul's Ford plant spared -- at least for now The Ford plant in St. Paul will remain open, at least for now. The Ford Motor Company Monday named five U.S. manufacturing plants it plans to close in the next two years. St. Paul's Ford Ranger plant, which employs nearly 2,000 workers, was not on the list. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/23_horwichj_fordplant/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2006 09:55:00 -0600 Wetterling drops out of Senate race; backs Klobuchar Children's safety advocate Patty Wetterling said Friday she is ending her Democratic campaign for U.S. Senate, and threw her support to Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/19_ap_wetterling/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jan 2006 16:02:00 -0600 State begins to tally costs of covering Medicare problems The state of Minnesota has extended an emergency order to help pay for drug coverage for elderly and disabled Minnesotans who are not yet covered under the new Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit. State officials are beginning to tally up the costs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/18_scheckt_drugcosts/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2006 17:05:00 -0600 Politicians turning up the heat over Medicare glitches Over the weekend, the state and federal governments took steps to address some of the problems plaguing the new Medicare prescription drug benefit. Among the problems, Minnesotans on low incomes have been unable to afford their medicine because of glitches in the system. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/16_scheckt_medicareupdate/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jan 2006 17:15:00 -0600 Supreme Court ruling prompts eminent domain reform push in Minnesota A group of state lawmakers, civil rights leaders and business owners is getting behind a proposal that would make it harder for local governments to take private property from one group and give it to another private entity. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/06_scheckt_eminentdomain/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jan 2006 13:19:00 -0600 Hatch wants end to selling of driver's license info Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch says the DPS is compromising personal privacy and helping identity thieves. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/04_scheckt_id/?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jan 2006 16:33:00 -0600 Pawlenty outlines plan to fight illegal immigration Gov. Tim Pawlenty has released a series of proposals designed to crack down on criminal activity by undocumented immigrants. Pawlenty says the proposals will protect the public, but some police officials are skeptical. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/03_scheckt_immigrationplan/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2006 10:58:00 -0600 Pharmacists report some problems as new Medicare drug benefit begins Several Minnesota pharmacists say they're having some trouble with the new Medicare Part D drug benefit, which started on Sunday. The program provides drug coverage to anyone enrolled in Medicare, the health insurance program for seniors. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/03_scheckt_medicaredrugplan/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2006 06:00:00 -0600 Special election results may weaken drive for marriage bill at Capitol Supporters of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Minnesota are going to have a tougher time getting the measure on the ballot next November. They've lost two critical votes in the Minnesota Senate in recent special elections. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/28_scheckt_gaymarriage/?refid=0 Wed, 28 Dec 2005 17:43:00 -0600 Pawlenty plans talks to keep Twins stadium deal alive Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he'll personally host talks to work out a proposal before next year's legislative session. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/27_scheckt_stadium/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2005 17:28:00 -0600 Minnesota not giving up on cigarette fee Attorneys for the state of Minnesota say they'll appeal a legal decision that declares the state's new tobacco surcharge invalid. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/21_scheckt_cigtax/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2005 16:52:00 -0600 Critics question Pawlenty's motives on immigration stance Gov. Pawlenty says he's meeting with groups across the state to discuss the impact of illegal immigration in Minnesota, which he calls a serious problem and needs immediate attention. Critics say Pawlenty is using the issue of immigration as a political wedge to help him get reelected next year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/16_scheckt_govimmigrants/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2005 17:42:00 -0600 Flu pandemic could kill 30,000 in Minnesota Federal health officials gave a grim assessment Wednesday of what would happen if a flu pandemic strikes Minnesota. They estimate 1.5 million Minnesotans would get sick and 30,000 would die. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt came to St. Paul to discuss preparations for a possible pandemic. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/14_scheckt_flusummit/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2005 14:00:00 -0600 Federal flu pandemic plan worries local public health U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt is telling state and local officials that if a massive bird flu outbreak occurs, they may be on their own. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/14_scheckt_birdflu/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2005 03:00:00 -0600 Bush brings in $1 million for Kennedy campaign President Bush traveled to Minnesota Friday to raise money for the U.S. Senate campaign of Republican Rep. Mark Kennedy. Bush spoke about the need to be tough on terrorism, and also urged Republicans to elect Kennedy to the Senate. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/09_mccalluml_bushvisit/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Dec 2005 14:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis considers citywide WiFi alternatives The next wave of the WiFi revolution involves whole cities going wireless. Minneapolis is one of several Minnesota cities that wants to provide wireless Internet access to everyone. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/08_scheckt_wifi/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2005 17:07:00 -0600 Election results buoy DFL hopes in 2006 Democratic leaders say the ouster of St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly signals more victories for the party in next year's election. Political analysts caution against reading too much into it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/09_scheckt_elxfuture/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2005 15:47:00 -0600 Rybak cruises to victory in Minneapolis Voters in Minneapolis are sending incumbent Mayor R.T. Rybak back to office for a second term. Rybak defeated Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin by 25 percentage points. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/09_scheckt_mnmayor/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2005 11:30:00 -0600 Minneapolis candidates save their firepower for the last debate The candidates for Minneapolis mayor faced off one last time Monday in advance of the Tuesday election. Incumbent mayor R.T. Rybak and challenger Peter McLaughlin exchanged heated remarks about their policy positions and campaign tactics during a debate on Minnesota Public Radio's Midday program. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/07_scheckt_mplsdebate/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2005 16:57:00 -0600 Minneapolis: A reporter's notebook We asked MPR's Minneapolis reporter to open up his reporter's notebook and give us a sense of what some of the voters have been saying about their city. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/07_scheckt_citizens/?refid=0 Sun, 06 Nov 2005 15:25:00 -0600 Businesses want Minneapolis to cut red tape If you're thinking about opening a business in Minneapolis over the next few years, you'd better be paying attention to the mayor's race. Business owners have to get permits from the city and go through a list of inspections before they can open. Minneapolis business leaders are hoping that this year's mayoral election will bring more attention to what they call a confusing process. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/31_scheckt_mplspermits/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2005 10:41:00 -0600 Rybak leads McLaughlin in fundraising With less than a week to go before voters elect the next mayor of Minneapolis, incumbent Mayor R.T. Rybak is leading Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin in fundraising. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/02_scheckt_mplscampaign/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Nov 2005 00:01:00 -0600 Poll says Rybak leads McLaughlin A University of Minnesota poll shows Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak leading Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin by 9 percentage points in the race for mayor of Minneapolis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/31_scheckt_mplspoll/?refid=0 Mon, 31 Oct 2005 17:10:00 -0600 Minneapolis candidates sharpen debate over crime and safety The two candidates running for mayor of Minneapolis sparred over public safety and city finances in a Thursday night debate. Incumbent R.T. Rybak and challenger Peter McLaughlin had some heated exchanges over which candidate is better prepared to lead the city for the next four years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/28_scheckt_mplsdebate/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Oct 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Should city officials brace for federal and state budget cuts? The mayoral candidates in both Minneapolis and St. Paul are making a lot of promises about creating new programs and hiring new city employees. But some argue they should be thinking about protecting the programs and employees already in place. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/24_scheckt_federalcuts/?refid=0 Sun, 23 Oct 2005 15:25:00 -0500 Picketers sour on NWA offer Mechanics, custodians and aircraft cleaners picketing outside of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport say they're hopeful union membership will reject Northwest Airline's latest contract offer. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/16_scheckt_amfareax/?refid=0 Sun, 16 Oct 2005 17:47:00 -0500 Many at hearing oppose Vikings stadium in Anoka County Several hundred people attended a hearing in Ham Lake Tuesday night to speak out against a proposed Anoka County sales tax increase that would build a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/12_scheckt_vikingshearing/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2005 11:08:00 -0500 Minneapolis considers a &quot;living wage&quot; policy Any company that does significant business with the city of Minneapolis would have to provide employees a so-called living wage under a measure now under consideration by the city council. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/07_scheckt_wage/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2005 16:25:00 -0500 Rybak, McLaughlin spar over transit, public safety The two candidates for mayor of Minneapolis Wednesday sparred over city spending, public transportation, and crime. It was the first debate between Mayor R.T. Rybak and Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin since the Sept. 13 primary. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/06_scheckt_mplsdebate/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2005 06:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis losing affordable housing to condo conversions A new report says more affordable housing units are being lost in Minneapolis than are being built, partly because thousands of apartments are being converted into expensive condominiums. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/30_scheckt_condoconversions/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2005 14:31:00 -0500 Wilf begins stadium lobbying push as lawmakers consider referendum question Some lawmakers support the Vikings owner's plan, but others are hesitant to endorse the Vikings' proposal unless it includes a county-wide referendum on the proposed sales tax. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/26_scheckt_wilf/?refid=0 Mon, 26 Sep 2005 16:25:00 -0500 Rybak, McLaughlin advance in Minneapolis mayor race Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will face Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin in the race for mayor of Minneapolis. Rybak advanced to the November ballot after receiving 44 percent of the vote. McLaughlin received 35 percent. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/14_scheckt_mplsprimary/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2005 01:05:00 -0500 Records show Zimmermann is target of bribery probe Court documents indicate Minneapolis City Councilmember Dean Zimmermann is being investigated for allegedly taking bribes in exchange for helping a developer with a rezoning issue. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/09_scheckt_z/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Sep 2005 21:40:00 -0500 Federal agents search home of Minneapolis Council member Federal agents searched the home of Minneapolis City Council member Dean Zimmermann on Thursday, confiscating everything relating to Zimmermann's re-election campaign plus personal financial records. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/09_scheckt_council/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Sep 2005 10:35:00 -0500 Minneapolis Greens hope stadium issue helps them in primary Green Party candidate Farheen Hakeem is encouraging stadium opponents in Minneapolis to vote for her because she opposes public funding for a new ballpark. Her two DFL opponents support the stadium plan. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/09_scheckt_stadium/?refid=0 Thu, 08 Sep 2005 06:22:00 -0500 Rybak leads challengers in campaign fundraising Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is the top fundraiser among the city's mayoral candidates. Rybak's campaign reports the mayor raised $245,000 between Jan. 1 and Aug. 30, 2005. Rybak's top challenger, Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, raised $211,000 over the same period. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/07_scheckt_mplsmoney/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2005 19:51:00 -0500 Minnesota steps up Katrina recovery efforts Minnesotans are gearing up to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina in a variety of ways. Relief organizations are asking mostly for money to help those in need. Meanwhile other groups are offering their services to help those in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/01_scheckt_katrinarelief/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Sep 2005 22:34:00 -0500 Development becomes a big issue in Minneapolis City Council race Public safety and crime may be the biggest issue in the race for mayor of Minneapolis this year. But in at least one of the city's neighborhoods, another issue is dominating the campaign. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/30_scheckt_mplsdevelop/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Aug 2005 16:37:00 -0500 Smoking ban heats up race for Minneapolis mayor The Hennepin County smoking ban is becoming a big issue in the race for Minneapolis mayor. Bar and restaurant owners who feel the ban is hurting their business have helped convince Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin to reconsider his support for the ban. McLaughlin is running against Mayor R.T. Rybak. Rybak says campaign contributions from the bar owners appear to have helped change McLaughlin's mind. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/29_scheckt_smokes/?refid=0 Sun, 28 Aug 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Sparks fly at Minneapolis mayoral debate Candidates for Minneapolis mayor offered their visions for dealing with public safety issues during a sometimes contentious debate Wednesday night. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/25_scheckt_mplsdebate/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2005 11:00:00 -0500 Crime pushes to front of mayoral issues in Minneapolis There's a reason public safety is a big issue in the campaign for mayor of Minneapolis: the city has seen an increase in violent crime recently. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/24_scheckt_pubsafety/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Aug 2005 17:11:00 -0500 Taxes top agenda at first mayoral debate in St. Paul Three of the candidates for mayor of St. Paul offered their views on affordable housing, education and downtown development in their first debate on Monday night. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/23_scheckt_stpaulmayordebat/?refid=0 Tue, 23 Aug 2005 08:09:00 -0500 Less talk, more action on homelessness, Minneapolis candidates are told Six of the 12 candidates for Minneapolis mayor debated the causes and cures of homelessness on Thursday. An audience of about 200 people attended the forum, held at Catholic Charities. The candidates did their best to address the concerns of the homeless community, but many in the crowd left the forum disappointed. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/18_scheckt_homeless/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2005 17:05:00 -0500 National Guard prepares for largest deployment since WWII About 2,600 Minnesota National Guard members are preparing to be deployed to the Middle East. The action, announced Tuesday by Gov. Pawlenty and Guard officials, is the largest overseas deployment of Minnesota National Guard soldiers since World War II. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/16_scheckt_guard/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Aug 2005 15:51:00 -0500 Talks extended in bid to avert strike at Qwest Negotiations between Qwest Communications and a union representing 25,000 employees in 13 states continued early Sunday after both sides agreed to extend talks on a new labor contract. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/12_scheckt_qwest/?refid=0 Sun, 14 Aug 2005 08:04:00 -0500 Governor makes case for politician `performance pay' Gov. Tim Pawlenty toured the state Thursday to make the case for a proposal that would withhold paychecks from the governor and legislators if they fail to complete a budget on time. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/04_scheckt_performancepay/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2005 10:58:00 -0500 Last in the nation, Minnesota tightens drunk driving limit Minnesota's new drunk driving law goes into effect Monday, when the legal blood alcohol limit goes from the current .10 to .08. Supporters say the change will make Minnesota roads safer. But tavern owners are concerned about their business. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/29_scheckt_drunkdriving/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2005 16:50:00 -0500 Rybak's budget proposal focuses on public safety If Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has his way, 71 more police officers will be on the city's streets by next spring. That's just one of several public safety initiatives Rybak announced Thursday in his 2006 budget proposal. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/29_scheckt_rybakbudget/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Lines being drawn over Supreme Court nominee Special interest groups in Minnesota are among those weighing in on President Bush's appointment of Judge John Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court, especially over the abortion issue. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/20_scheckt_supcoreax/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2005 17:30:00 -0500 Pols are off and running in Minneapolis Two Democrats say public safety and city finances are the top issues in the race for mayor of the state's largest city. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/18_scheckt_mayoralrace/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2005 17:36:00 -0500 Ill will of legislative session may linger Many state lawmakers say they intend to spend the next several weeks explaining, and sometimes apologizing, to their constituents about what caused a partial government shutdown. Nearly 9,000 state employees were furloughed and some state services came to a halt as a result of the eight-day shutdown. Some legislators say the inability to pass a budget by June 30 was purely political, while others blame it on an unwillingness to compromise. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/19_mccalluml_session/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2005 17:17:00 -0500 The state budget: Winners and losers Now that the new two-year budget has been signed, perhaps the biggest winners are the nearly 9,000 state employees who were furloughed during the eight-day government shutdown. Those employees are now back at work. Many other interested parties are reviewing the fine print to sort out the winners and losers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/14_scheckt_winnerslosers/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2005 17:10:00 -0500 Legislature passes budget, cigarette fee before heading home The final day of the seven-week-old special session showcased a battle of special interests, a bit of political showmanship and some blown fuses, literally. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/13_mccalluml_hhsbill/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2005 06:39:00 -0500 Another special session for stadium issue? Stadium supporters are encouraging the governor and legislative leaders to act on stadium bills soon, or call another special session. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/12_scheckt_stadium/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2005 16:48:00 -0500 Lawmakers weighing cost of preserving MinnesotaCare Disagreements over how to fund health care programs were a major factor leading to the shutdown, and the budget agreement has not put an end to the controversy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/12_scheckt_healthcare/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2005 06:47:00 -0500 Minnesota state shutdown ends with early-morning deal Minnesota state workers are back on the job after Gov. Pawlenty and legislative leaders reached an early-Saturday-morning agreement that ends the state's first-ever partial government shutdown. Pawlenty and legislative leaders agreed on an overall budget. Pawlenty also signed a temporary &quot;lights -on bill&quot; into law after the House and Senate quickly passed the measure. The law allows furloughed state workers to go back to work while lawmakers iron out the final details in the tax and spending bills. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/09_scheckt_day9/?refid=0 Sat, 09 Jul 2005 06:47:00 -0500 Back to work for legislative leaders, governor Gov. Pawlenty and legislative leaders say they're ready to resume budget negotiations so 9,000 furloughed state employees can go back to work. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/01_khoom_shutdownday1/?refid=0 Sat, 02 Jul 2005 07:20:00 -0500 Thousands of state employees feel brunt of shutdown The biggest single impact of the partial government shutdown is the 9,000 state workers who didn't go to work Friday morning. State employees and their union representatives are blaming every state lawmaker and Gov. Pawlenty for failing to get every state worker back on the job. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/01_scheckt_stateworkers/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2005 17:09:00 -0500 Lawmakers fail to avert shutdown Nine-thousand state employees are out of work after lawmakers failed to reach agreement on a budget or pass a bill that would keep government running past midnight last night. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/30_scheckt_court/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2005 07:08:00 -0500 On the chopping block, state workers urge a budget deal This week Deepa DeAlwis was supposed to go on her first family vacation since her husband returned more than a year ago from active duty in Iraq. That was before the partial government shutdown, which will hit on Friday unless Gov. Tim Pawlenty and state lawmakers can reach a budget deal. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/28_scheckt_stateworkers/?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jun 2005 16:39:00 -0500 As shutdown looms, state leaders keep talking State officials continue to plan for a partial government shutdown on Friday as legislative leaders continue budget negotiations. Gov. Pawlenty and legislative leaders met late into the night at the governor's residence in St. Paul with the hopes that they could hammer out a budget deal. But the two sides still remain far apart on several key budget items. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/27_mccalluml_specialsession/?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jun 2005 10:08:00 -0500 Shutdown would hit health care recipients hard As a partial government shutdown looms closer, hospitals and other health care providers are concerned they may be forced to play a greater role in caring for the state's vulnerable. People on state-subsidized insurance will still be able to seek treatment, but the services that help them navigate the health care system will be mothballed. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/27_scheckt_healthcare/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jun 2005 09:00:00 -0500 Lawmakers frustrated at sitting on the sidelines As the state prepares for a possible government shutdown next week, frustration is growing among rank and file legislators. Several state lawmakers say they've heard plenty of citizen complaints, and are frustrated themselves that they aren't more involved in the budget process. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/23_scheckt_froshlawmakers/?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2005 10:02:00 -0500 Tinklenberg enters 6th District congressional race Former Minnesota Transportation Commissioner Elwyn Tinklenberg is the first DFLer to formally announce his candidacy for the open congressional seat in Minnesota's 6th District. Tinklenberg made the announcement Tuesday in Blaine, where he once served as mayor. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/14_scheckt_tinklenberg/?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2005 15:22:00 -0500 Minnesota Republicans dump their party's boss Party activists bucked pleas from Gov. Pawlenty and other elected officials and replaced chair Ron Eibensteiner with Ron Carey. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/11_scheckt_partychair/?refid=0 Sat, 11 Jun 2005 22:08:00 -0500 MinnesotaCare enrollees wait for Legislature, and worry The failure to pass a budget so close to the end of the fiscal year is causing concern for many people, including those who rely on state-subsidized health care. People who rely on the state's MinnesotaCare insurance and those who treat them say they don't know how to plan for their care beyond July 1. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/08_scheckt_mncare/?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2005 16:56:00 -0500 DFLer Kelley puts run for governor in motion Steve Kelley, a suburban Democrat who has become one of his party's leading voices on technology and education issues, embarked on a campaign for governor Wednesday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/01_scheckt_kelley/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jun 2005 18:02:00 -0500 Son of state Sen. Becky Lourey killed in Iraq Helicopter pilot Matthew Lourey, son of state Sen. Becky Lourey, has been killed in Iraq, a Senate spokesman said. Chief Warrant Officer Matthew Lourey, 41, was assigned to fly Kiowa Warrior helicopters with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division. He died Thursday during his second tour in Iraq, said Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/27_kelleherb_loureyobit/?refid=0 Fri, 27 May 2005 11:00:00 -0500 Cigarette tax spawns new debate at Capitol Health care providers and other supporters of those on state health programs say they want all of the money from a proposed tobacco tax increase to state health programs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/25_scheckt_cigfee/?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2005 16:12:00 -0500 Lawmakers give final approval to tougher crime bill The closing hours of the regular legislative session did see agreement on a couple of major bills -- those affecting public safety and state government. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/23_scheckt_publicsafety/?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2005 16:40:00 -0500 House passes handgun permit bill, sends to governor A bill allowing more law-abiding Minnesotans to legally carry a handgun easily passed the House on Wednesday and now goes to the desk of Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who supports the bill. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/18_scheckt_guns/?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2005 16:46:00 -0500 House bucks Pawlenty, approves budget bill with gas tax boost The Minnesota House on Thursday approved a gigantic transportation package that includes a 10-cent increase in the gas tax over the next three years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/12_scheckt_transportation/?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2005 13:44:00 -0500 St. Paul police officer laid to rest Thousands of police officers from across the state turned out for the funeral of St. Paul Sgt. Gerald Vick. Services were held Wednesday afternoon at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church in St. Paul. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/11_scheckt_vickfuneral/?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2005 14:45:00 -0500 The high cost of smoking A new study by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota says smoking was responsible for almost $2 billion in medical costs in 2002. The insurer's Center for Tobacco Reduction and Health Improvement also blames smoking for 5,689 deaths that year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/11_scheckt_smokecost/?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2005 01:00:00 -0500 A profile of Gerald Vick Friends and family members say Gerald Vick, killed while working undercover in St. Paul on Friday morning, was a hard-working police officer who worked day and night to keep St. Paul safe. Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Scheck reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/05/06_scheckt_vick?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2005 16:00:00 -0500 Senate approves health bill with MinnesotaCare expansion An $8.7 billion health package that would expand the MinnesotaCare insurance program passed 38-29 in the Democrat-controlled Senate Wednesday, setting up an end-of-session struggle with the Republican-led House and Gov. Tim Pawlenty. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/04_scheckt_hhs/?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2005 15:25:00 -0500 Senate compromises on minimum wage hike Workers who make the minimum wage are in line for a $1 raise in August, following a Minnesota Senate vote Tuesday that affirmed a compromise approved by the House and supported by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/03_scheckt_wage/?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2005 10:51:00 -0500 Stalemate over health care looms at Legislature Over bitter objections from some Democrats, the Republican-controlled House approved an $8.1 billion health budget bill Friday that would eliminate public health insurance for at least 24,000 adults. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/29_scheckt_hhs/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2005 17:29:00 -0500 Gun bill's fast track suddenly doesn't seem so fast For pro-gun legislators seeking to reinstate a court-blocked handgun law, a leading senator's offer to put their bill to a swift and clean vote sounded too good to be true. It was. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/27_scheckt_guns/?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2005 15:35:00 -0500 House committee approves health-care cuts The House Health Policy and Finance Committee has approved an omnibus budget bill that cuts 30,000 people off of state health programs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/21_ap_mncare/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2005 15:33:00 -0500 Lines drawn for health care debate Supporters of a health care spending bill are praising the bill's author for keeping health care costs low while increasing funds for the disabled and the elderly. But critics described the bill as shortsighted. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/20_scheckt_hhs/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2005 16:34:00 -0500 House committee moves to make deeper cuts in MinnesotaCare than Pawlenty suggested About 30,000 adults would lose health insurance coverage under a spending bill unveiled Tuesday by House Republicans, who made deeper cuts to public insurance programs than Gov. Tim Pawlenty proposed. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/19_scheckt_humanservices/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2005 16:53:00 -0500 Target stores to clamp down on cold medicines used to make meth Discount retailer Target Corp. will no longer allow unfettered access to cold medicines that are used to make the illegal stimulant methamphetamine. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/18_scheckt_target/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2005 13:51:00 -0500 New Alzheimer's research: One step forward, one step back A study by the Mayo Clinic offers some promising and not so promising news regarding Alzheimer's disease. The study found that a drug was helpful in delaying the progression to Alzheimer's in patients who have mild cognitive impairment. But the study also found that vitamin E supplements did not have a similar effect. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/13_scheckt_alzheimers/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2005 16:36:00 -0500 Appeals court upholds ruling striking down gun law The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Tuesday struck another blow against the law that makes it easier for Minnesotans to get handgun permits. The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel upheld a lower court decision that said the Legislature improperly passed the handgun bill in 2003. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/12_ap_guns/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2005 16:02:00 -0500 Bankruptcy bill could be a pain for people with high medical costs Congress is poised to give final approval to the biggest changes in the nation's bankruptcy laws since 1978. The bill would make it tougher for consumers to wipe out their debts and start their financial lives from scratch. The measure could affect thousands of Minnesotans. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/12_scheckt_bankruptcy/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2005 17:20:00 -0500 Red Lake buries four on Monday News of an arrest in the Red Lake shooting case came on the same day the community buried four of the dead -- including the gunman, Jeff Weise. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/28_scheckt_threefunerals/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2005 13:58:00 -0600 Easter services and funerals mark a Minnesota weekend Funeral services are being held for four of those killed in last week's shooting spree in Red Lake. A Red Lake High School security guard, a Red Lake teacher, a 14-year-old student and the alleged gunman, Jeff Weise, will be buried. Over the weekend, funeral services for four of the victims were held on the reservation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/28_scheckt_funerals/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2005 05:00:00 -0600 Lawmakers have work to do when they return from Easter recess The DFL-controlled Senate has approved legislation that would erase a projected deficit. But House Republicans and Governor Pawlenty have attacked the Senate plan as a political gimmick. The disagreement highlights how much work remains before lawmakers are constitutionally required to adjourn in two months. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/24_scheckt_legupdate/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2005 06:00:00 -0600 With smaller deficit, Pawlenty recommends more school aid Schools would get a bigger bump in the per-student aid allowance as part of a revised budget plan Gov. Tim Pawlenty laid out Thursday. The governor did not add any more money to health care programs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/11_scheckt_suppbudget/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2005 17:47:00 -0600 MinnesotaCare's creators say Pawlenty's plan hurts The lawmakers who created MinnesotaCare in the early 1990s say Gov. Pawlenty's proposal to cut back the program to help balance the budget is the wrong idea. They say it's the only health insurance option that the working poor can afford, and cutting it will increase overall health care costs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/09_scheckt_mncare/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2005 15:05:00 -0600 Latest Canterbury casino plan promises more slots, profits The owners of Canterbury Park are raising the stakes in the gambling expansion debate at the Capitol. The horse track and card club in Shakopee Wednesday released a plan to add 3,000 slot machines and 40 black jack tables to the existing facility. In exchange, the state would get a share of the profits. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/09_scheckt_racino/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2005 12:11:00 -0600 Same-sex marriage ban to be reintroduced The state senator whose proposed constitutional ban on legal recognition of gay couples said Tuesday that she'd reintroduce it this week. The ban sparked a contentious battle last year, and the Senate Democratic leader responded that if gay marriage goes to a statewide vote, Democrats would insist that voters also weigh in on issues like universal health coverage and the constitutionality of state-sponsored gambling. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/08_scheckt_samesex/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2005 16:36:00 -0600 Smoking ban defeated in House committee A Minnesota House committee dealt a serious - and potentially final - blow to a proposed ban on smoking in restaurants around the state when the measure failed on a voice vote Wednesday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/02_scheckt_smokingban/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Mar 2005 16:30:00 -0600 Health care coverage in Minnesota: &quot;It's getting worse&quot; The number of people who are living in Minnesota without health insurance is on the rise for the first time in 15 years. A study by the Minnesota Health Department and the University of Minnesota says there are 77,000 more people without health insurance than in 2001. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/25_scheckt_uninsuredup/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Feb 2005 17:34:00 -0600 House committee approves cigarette tax hike The House Health Policy and Finance Committee signed off Tuesday on legislation that would hike cigarette taxes 99 cents a pack and cut three health care taxes for small businesses. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/22_scheckt_smoketax/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2005 16:33:00 -0600 Measuring the success of Canadian drug imports Gov. Pawlenty Wednesday encouraged Congress to permit expansion of a state program that allows Minnesota citizens and state employees to import drugs from Canadian mail order pharmacies at a discount. Testifying before a Senate subcommittee in Washington, Pawlenty said Minnesota's program has been safe and successful. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/16_scheckt_drugimports/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Feb 2005 15:00:00 -0600 U of M reports advance in diabetes treatment University of Minnesota researchers have taken a promising step toward reversing Type 1 diabetes. They accomplished that in several patients by transplanting insulin-producing cells from a single donor pancreas. In the past, the procedure has required more than one donor organ. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/15_scheckt_diabetesstudy/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Feb 2005 16:15:00 -0600 Republicans lining up for the 6th District race Mark Kennedy's decision to enter the race for the U.S. Senate has created an open field in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District. Five Republicans have been mentioned as expressing interest in running for the seat. DFLers are waiting to see what last year's candidate, Patty Wetterling, will do. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/11_scheckt_6thdistpreview/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Feb 2005 17:00:00 -0600 Dayton decision adds to volatile '06 for state Democrats Sen. Mark Dayton's decision to bow out after one term touched off a flurry of talk Wednesday about Democrats who might try to move up the political ladder. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/09_ap_postdayton/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Feb 2005 13:14:00 -0600 Health care providers worry about proposed Medicaid, MinnesotaCare cuts Critics say President Bush's proposed cuts to Medicaid are especially troubling at a time when cuts to state subsidized health insurance are on the table. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/08_scheckt_medicaid/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Feb 2005 16:37:00 -0600 State owes clinics millions of dollars Officials representing 16 low income health clinics say the state of Minnesota owes them about $4 million for health care services they provided to Medicaid patients. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/07_scheckt_clinicmoney/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Feb 2005 15:30:00 -0600 Audit: Fairview generous to execs, but aggressive in collecting payments Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch says executives at Fairview Health Services received large salaries, while using heavy-handed collection practices against patients who couldn't afford to, or wouldn't, pay their bills. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/31_scheckt_fairview/?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jan 2005 16:34:00 -0600 Scaled-down smoking ban clears first legislative committee A modified bill that would ban smoking in Minnesota restaurants has passed a committee in the Minnesota House. Opponents succeeded in narrowing the scope of the bill from its original form, which would have banned smoking in all indoor public facilities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/27_scheckt_statesmokeban/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jan 2005 15:05:00 -0600 The politics behind &quot;welfare health care&quot; Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been using the term &quot;welfare health care&quot; to refer to state-subsidized health insurance programs. Some advocates for the poor say his choice of words is an attempt to turn public opinion away from recipients. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/26_scheckt_welfarehealth/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jan 2005 17:17:00 -0600 Pawlenty's budget hits health care Gov. Pawlenty's $29.6 billion budget follows through on his pledge to &quot;rein in&quot; the costs of health care. He proposes reducing eligibility for people on state health care programs, and cutting payments to hospitals. Critics say Pawlenty's proposal will shift costs to other health care areas. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/25_scheckt_budgethealthcare/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jan 2005 17:25:00 -0600 Health care program may be a target in Pawlenty's budget When Gov. Tim Pawlenty releases his budget for the next two years, his goal is to erase the state's projected $700 million deficit. A likely target is subsidized health care, which Pawlenty says is growing too fast. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/17_scheckt_gamc/?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jan 2005 16:26:00 -0600 Medical mistakes linked to 20 deaths in Minnesota hospitals Medical errors or oversights led to the deaths of 20 patients in Minnesota hospitals during a 16-month period, the state Health Department said in a groundbreaking report Wednesday that lists hospitals' most serious mistakes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/19_scheckt_medicalmistakes/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jan 2005 14:45:00 -0600 Tougher penalties could add to overcrowding problem Minnesota lawmakers face one of those classic political dilemmas this session - how to balance the strong desire to lock up more criminals against the reality of tight finances. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/07_scheckt_prisonspre/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jan 2005 01:23:00 -0600 Study: Eat fast food, get fat and sick A new study provides scientific evidence of what many have suspected for a long time: a diet which includes regular helpings of fast food makes people fat and increases their chances of developing diabetes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/30_scheckt_mcstudy/?refid=0 Thu, 30 Dec 2004 17:20:00 -0600 State lifts restrictions on flu shots The Minnesota Health Department says anyone who wants a flu shot should get one. The state agency is revising its guidelines yet again, because it's worried that some flu vaccine may go to waste. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/17_scheckt_morevaccine/?refid=0 Fri, 17 Dec 2004 16:02:00 -0600 Drug discount cards are not popular Several groups that represent the low income and the elderly say they're not having much success giving away the government's money. They say Minnesota's seniors aren't signing up for Medicare drug discount cards. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/15_scheckt_drugcards/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Dec 2004 16:54:00 -0600 How much charity is too much? Plaintiffs across the country have been filing lawsuits against non-profit hospitals for failing to provide an adequate level of charity care to the uninsured and the poor. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/13_scheckt_suit/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Dec 2004 15:46:00 -0600 Tests: Shots at Augsburg flu clinic were flu vaccine The substance administered at an unauthorized flu clinic was Augsburg College in Minneapolis earlier this month was flu vaccine, which may have been harmlessly diluted in some cases, according to government testing. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/10_scheckt_flu/?refid=0 Fri, 10 Dec 2004 17:36:00 -0600 Fairview settles complaint from deaf patients Fairview Health Services has agreed to pay $208,000 to settle a complaint that it failed to adequately provide deaf patients with sign language interpreters. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/08_scheckt_fairview/?refid=0 Wed, 08 Dec 2004 15:01:00 -0600 Will Pawlenty health alliance generate 43% savings? Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he hopes to improve the quality and lower the cost of health care by combining the buying power of the state and Minnesota's largest employers. Health care industry observers say that's large enough to pull some weight with providers, but are skeptical of the size of the potential savings. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/06_scheckt_healthproposal/?refid=0 Tue, 07 Dec 2004 17:24:00 -0600 Pawlenty administration forges health care alliance Seeking power in numbers, Gov. Tim Pawlenty's administration announced Monday that state government would team with business groups, labor interests and others to get a better deal on health care. The new alliance potentially would combine the purchasing power of 3.5 million Minnesota users of health care. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/29_scheckt_healthcare/?refid=0 Mon, 29 Nov 2004 11:17:00 -0600 Salvation Army looks for new fundraising &quot;target&quot; It's going to be a little quieter outside of Target stores this holiday season. The company isn't allowing the Salvation Army bell ringers outside its stores. Target says it made the decision so its &quot;no solicitation&quot; policy is consistent. The Salvation Army says it's worried the move will make it more difficult to reach its holiday fundraising goal and could jeopardize some programs for the less fortunate. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/25_scheckt_salvation/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Nov 2004 09:00:00 -0600 You might not get as much if you donate the clunker next year Donating your car to charity may not be an attractive tax deduction. A change in federal law mean that people who donate their cars will probably not be able to deduct as much after New Year's Day. Congress made the change because it was concerned that people were taking advantage of car donation programs. Several charities worry that the changes may lower donations and in turn reduce money to their organizations. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/24_scheckt_cars/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2004 09:00:00 -0600 New Web site informs consumers about medical providers A coalition of health plans, insurance companies and medical providers has created a Web site that tells Minnesota consumers how well their medical providers are doing on certain aspects of care. The group analyzed data from health clinics across the state, to see which providers were providing appropriate care and which clinics needed improvement. But some medical providers say they're concerned that the information could be used to label certain medical providers as doing a poor job. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/10_scheckt_healthrank/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Nov 2004 01:00:00 -0600 Why we voted the way we did While a majority of the country decided to re-elect President Bush, Minnesota voters stuck to their traditional roots and voted for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. It's been eight presidential elections since a Republican won Minnesota -- that was Richard Nixon in 1972. According to exit poll data, the desire to oust Bush may have driven a significant number of voters to the polls. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/03_scheckt_exitpoll2/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2004 16:41:00 -0600 Minnesota members of Congress return to Washington Minnesota is sending back all of the state's incumbents to Congress. Republican Mark Kennedy defeated DFL challenger Patty Wetterling in the race that garnered most of the attention. Kennedy received 54 percent of the vote in Minnesota's 6th District to Wetterling's 46 percent of the vote. Kennedy's victory means that Minnesota's congressional delegation will be split with four Republicans and four Democrats. Members of both parties say they hope to put the recent partisan rhetoric behind them when they go back to Washington. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/03_scheckt_congress/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Nov 2004 23:45:00 -0600 Health department changes flu vaccine guidelines The Minnesota Department of Health has revised its guidelines regarding the flu vaccine and health care workers. Earlier this week, the health department recommended that health care workers forego their flu shots this year as a result of a vaccine shortage in the U.S. The news guidelines say health care workers should still opt out of getting vaccinated, but they should consider it if it's in the best interest of their patients. That concerns some who worry that healthy health care workers will get the vaccine while some high risk groups will go without. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/22_scheckt_flu/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Oct 2004 17:26:00 -0500 Kerry makes seventh trip to Minnesota - this time to Metrodome Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry held a rally in Minneapolis Thursday night in front of an estimated crowd of 30,000 people. Kerry used the event to motivate his supporters to make sure that a Democratic presidential candidate wins Minnesota for the eighth straight time. Recent polling shows Kerry with a narrow lead in Minnesota, but Republicans say the state is changing and Kerry's stance on the war on terrorism is unpopular with voters. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/21_scheckt_kerry/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Oct 2004 23:57:00 -0500 Negative ads suggest close race in Minnesota's 6th District Republican Mark Kennedy and the National Republican Congressional Committee are stepping up their criticism of DFLer Patty Wetterling. Both Kennedy and the NRCC are running television advertisements questioning Wetterling's credibility as a candidate and the special interest groups that support her. Wetterling says the ads are unfair and has countered with an ad of her own questioning the Republican tactics. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/20_scheckt_6distads/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Oct 2004 05:00:00 -0500 First case of flu confirmed in Minnesota The Minnesota Health Department says a Minneapolis woman is the first person to get the flu in Minnesota this season. Health officials are watching this year's flu outbreak particularly closely, because of the flu vaccine shortage. British health authorities shut down one of the two manufacturers that provide the vaccine to the U.S. The move has forced health officials nationwide to prioritize the vaccine -- and urge the public to remain calm. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/18_scheckt_minnflu/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Oct 2004 11:58:00 -0500 In Minnesota's sprawling 6th District, the battleground may be TV The candidates in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District are battling over the war on terrorism and homeland security. Republican Congressman Mark Kennedy has been running an ad suggesting DFL opponent Patty Wetterling opposes the war in Afghanistan. Wetterling says Kennedy is misleading voters and has been running her own ads touting her accomplishments in fighting crime. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/14_scheckt_adflap/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Oct 2004 17:00:00 -0500 Obesity surgery can improve diabetes, hypertension and other conditions A University of Minnesota surgeon has published a study showing weight loss surgery is effective in reducing other obesity-related diseases. Procedures like gastric bypass surgery have helped obese patients lose a lot of weight, but the broader impact on health hasn't been clear. Some worry, however, that the study will prompt obese and overweight people to choose surgery over other less extreme weight loss strategies. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/12_scheckt_gastricbypass/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Oct 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Flu vaccine supply only half of what's needed The Minnesota Health Department says the state has only about half of the flu shots it needs to vaccinate the state's high risk population. The state surveyed nursing homes, health care clinics and local public health providers to see how many flu shots are available. The department took the survey after British health authorities shut down one of the two manufacturers that provide the vaccine in the United States. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/11_scheckt_flusurvey/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Oct 2004 16:39:00 -0500 Without a home, but not without a vote Talk to any political analyst and they'll tell you the upcoming presidential election is all about voter turnout. If you get more people to the polls, you win the election. This year political parties, candidates and outside interest groups are mounting tremendous voter registration drives across the country. In Minnesota, advocates for the poor and homeless are encouraging an often overlooked population to vote this year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/09_scheckt_lowincome/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Oct 2004 15:22:00 -0500 Hard feelings mark Minnesota's 2nd District race Republican Congressman John Kline and DFL Challenger Teresa Daly met on Monday for their second debate. The two candidates are running in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District, which includes some southern Twin Cities suburbs and stretches south into Red Wing and Faribault. The 2002 race in Minnesota's 2nd was fiercely competitive, with Kline and DFL opponent Bill Luther both claiming the other was using underhanded tactics to get elected. The current race is likely to follow suit since both candidates are claiming their their opponent is engaged in mudslinging. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/04_scheckt_2debate/?refid=0 Mon, 04 Oct 2004 15:58:00 -0500 Kennedy, Wetterling debate issues in 6th District race Republican Congressman Mark Kennedy and DFL challenger Patty Wetterling met in their first head-to-head debate on Sunday in Minneapolis. The two candidates are running in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District, which takes up St. Cloud, the northern Twin Cities suburbs and eastern suburbs, such as Woodbury and Stillwater. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/04_scheckt_6debate/?refid=0 Mon, 04 Oct 2004 09:25:00 -0500 Nobel winner says Bush is politicizing science The 2003 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry criticized President Bush on Friday for politicizing science. Minnesota native Peter Agre spoke to students and faculty at St. Olaf College on Thursday and the University of Minnesota on Friday. He is one of 25 leading scientists who are touring the country speaking about the future of science under the Bush administration. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/01_scheckt_science/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Oct 2004 17:48:00 -0500 Race for Minnesota's 2nd District takes shape The race for President has been overshadowing some other campaigns in Minnesota. One of them is in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District. The contest between Republican John Kline and DFLer Teresa Daly mirrors many of the issues being discussed in the presidential contest. The war in Iraq is at the top of the list of issues that the two candidates are debating. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/30_scheckt_2district/?refid=0 Sun, 05 Sep 2004 15:00:00 -0500 The battleground within the battleground When Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry comes to Minnesota to campaign Thursday, he's going to the Anoka Hennepin Technical College in Anoka County. Why Anoka County? Most likely because it's a key swing county in what both Republicans and Democrats see as a key swing state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/23_scheckt_anokapolitics/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Aug 2004 01:00:00 -0500 New technology provides detailed info on driving habits One of the nation's largest car insurance companies says it wants to ride shotgun -- at least virtually -- with 5,000 willing participants. Ohio-based Progressive Insurance plans to analyze drivers' habits by installing a device in volunteers cars for collecting that data. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/23_scheckt_autochip/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Aug 2004 02:00:00 -0500 Campaigns go high tech to get out the vote The tight race for president is forcing each political party to rely on grass roots campaigning to turn out every vote they can this fall. It's common for activists to campaign door to door. But this year, they're armed with some new technological tools. They're using the Internet and Palm Pilots to identify likely voters and ask them for money and other support. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/17_scheckt_hitechcampaigns/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Aug 2004 12:00:00 -0500 Mark Kennedy touts experience in re-election campaign Congressman Mark Kennedy finds himself in his third competitive race in three runs for the U.S. House. The Republican narrowly defeated an incumbent in 2000. In 2002, he ran against a well-financed challenger and now he's running against the well-known, well-financed Patty Wetterling. Kennedy has been mentioned in Republican party circles as a possible opponent to DFL Sen. Mark Dayton in 2006. But Kennedy says he's focusing on keeping his seat in Congress. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/04_scheckt_markkennedy/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Aug 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Pols get earful from educators on No Child Left Behind law One of the architects of the federal Leave No Child Behind law faced a round of criticism on Thursday from Minnesota educators. The chair of the U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee met in Woodbury with a group of principals, school superintendents and teachers to talk about concerns with federal education policies. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/05_scheckt_nochildleftbehin/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Aug 2004 17:22:00 -0500 Minneapolis council passes smoking ban Smokers in Minneapolis have eight months to light up in the city's bars and restaurants. The Minneapolis City Council Friday passed a ban on smoking in bars, restaurants, pool halls and bowling alleys beginning on March 31, 2005. Mayor R.T. Rybak says he supports the measure. The council voted 12-1 on the measure. The overwhelming show of support came after it became evident that attempts to exempt some bars and restaurants from a smoking ban couldn't receive enough votes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/23_scheckt_mplssmokeban/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jul 2004 13:13:00 -0500 Congressional campaign coffers could reach $1 million or more Republican Congressman Mark Kennedy and DFL challenger Patty Wetterling have been busy dialing for dollars in the last few months. The two 6th District candidates reported today they have each raised more than $400,000 since April. The Wetterling-Kennedy contest is not the only race that is receiving attention from political donors. The candidates in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District have also been busy on the fundraising circuit. That race pits first-term Republican John Kline against DFL challenger Teresa Daly. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/15_scheckt_cong/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jul 2004 16:49:00 -0500 Wetterling is working hard to raise money and attention in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District Political junkies will be scanning the latest fundraising reports, looking to see how candidates in the most competitive races are faring. In Minnesota they'll pay particular attention to the 6th Congressional District race between Republican incumbent Mark Kennedy and DFLer Patty Wetterling. The race may come down to experience versus name recognition. Kennedy is hoping that voters will appreciate his two terms in office over Wetterling's popularity. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/29_scheckt_6district/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jul 2004 10:19:00 -0500 Hmong may join waiting list for English classes The thousands of Hmong refugees who are expected to arrive in Minnesota will face a major obstacle: learning English. But many English language learning classes are already full in the Twin Cities and have waiting lists. Educators say they're concerned an already stressed system could cause problems for the refugees. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/28_scheckt_hmongliteracy/?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jun 2004 15:25:00 -0500 Medical community readies for Hmong arrival The first group of Hmong from a refugee camp in Thailand are scheduled to arrive in Minnesota Monday evening. They are among a group of 15,000 Hmong refugees expected to arrive in the U.S. by the end of the year. One-third of them are expected to settle in St. Paul. Resettlement officials say they face logistical problems handling a large number of refugees in such a short period of time, primarily in providing medical care. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/17_scheckt_health/?refid=0 Sun, 20 Jun 2004 13:30:00 -0500 Business owners worry about effect of smoking bans The Minneapolis City Council may follow the St. Paul City Council's lead on a compromise approach to a proposed smoking ban. Votes on a proposed smoking ban are scheduled for next week in both Minneapolis and St. Paul. The St. Paul City Council changed its proposal from a full ban to a proposal that allows bars and restaurants to create a separate room for smokers. But bar and restaurant owners say they don't like the compromise and are still worried about the ban's impact on their economic future. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/10_scheckt_smoking/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jun 2004 05:54:00 -0500 Poll: Minnesotans worrying about health care coverage Most respondents in the latest Minnesota Public Radio-St. Paul Pioneer Press poll say they believe they have adequate health insurance. But respondents also say they're worried that their coverage could change as health insurance and prescription drug costs increase. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/04_scheckt_pollstory/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jun 2004 00:01:00 -0500 State will start charging recipients in AIDS drug program The Minnesota Department of Human Services will require many low-income people who have AIDS or who are HIV positive to start paying more for their health care and drug coverage. DHS officials say the AIDS Drug Assistance Program is expected to run a significant deficit in the next year. They say the changes are needed to provide coverage to as many cases as possible. Critics say the changes are unreasonable since they come on the heels of significant budget cuts to HIV and other publicly subsidized health insurance programs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/26_scheckt_aidsmoney/?refid=0 Thu, 27 May 2004 05:00:00 -0500 Two-thousand new Medtronic jobs may have hinged on legislative action New Brighton city officials and the Pawlenty administration say legislative inaction has complicated efforts to convince Medtronic to expand in New Brighton. Both the city and state are working to encourage the medical device company to expand its operations in the North Metro area. City officials and several state lawmakers say the deal is important enough that the governor should call a special session to resolve the situation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/20_scheckt_medtronic/?refid=0 Thu, 20 May 2004 16:37:00 -0500 Seniors group files lawsuit over Canada imports A group of Minnesota seniors has filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court against nine pharmaceutical companies. The plaintiffs allege that those drug companies have conspired to prevent U.S. consumers from buying prescription drugs from Canada, creating high drug prices in the United States. This is the latest action taken in Minnesota to allow for the reimportation of Canadian medicine. They argue that Americans unfairly pay the highest drug prices in the world. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/19_scheckt_rx/?refid=0 Wed, 19 May 2004 17:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty budget solution could cost some Minnesotans their health care Gov. Pawlenty says he will balance the state's budget deficit by using a mix of spending cuts and by taking money from a fund that pays for the state's subsidized health insurance program, MinnesotaCare. Seventy percent of Pawlenty's budget balancing plan will involve withholding payments to the Health Care Access Fund. The governor says the shift will not cause any problems for MinnesotaCare enrollees in the near term. But critics say they're worried the governor's action could lead to significant cuts to the program in the future. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/18_scheckt_healthfund/?refid=0 Tue, 18 May 2004 10:54:00 -0500 Hatch wins a round in fight against pharmaceutical companies Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch is celebrating a ruling that forces the drug company GlaxoSmithKline to produce all documents related to the importation of prescription drugs. Hatch says the documents will show whether Glaxo and other major pharmaceutical companies are conspiring to block the importation of prescription drugs from Canada in retaliation for cross border drug sales. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/10_scheckt_rx/?refid=0 Mon, 10 May 2004 16:15:00 -0500 Seniors getting up to speed on new drug card Starting this week, Medicare recipients can begin enrolling in a drug discount card program. The cards are meant to help seniors pay for medicine until the new Medicare prescription drug benefit takes effect in 2006. Seniors across Minnesota have been attending informational meetings on the new benefit and have mixed feelings about it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/03_scheckt_medicaredrugs/?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2004 10:00:00 -0500 Kennedy has company in the 6th District Patty Wetterling, an advocate for missing and exploited children, is a DFL candidate in Minnesota <a href=/collections/special/2004/campaign/congress/district6>6th District</a>. Wetterling's campaign says she filed the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission and will start raising money right away. Wetterling is one of several candidates who will be seeking the Democratic nomination to run in the 6th District. Whoever wins the nomination will face Republican incumbent Mark Kennedy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/30_scheckt_6dist/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Apr 2004 17:35:00 -0500 Gun law reaches one-year mark Gun rights supporters celebrated the one year anniversary of the passage of the &quot;concealed carry&quot; law at the Capitol Wednesday. The law requires local sheriffs to issue handgun permits to any law abiding adult. But requests for permits have fallen far short of the 50,000 projected by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The BCA says 15,677 permits were issued from late May until December 2003. Opponents say the law is still dangerous, no matter how many permits have been issued. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/28_scheckt_concealedcarry/?refid=0 Wed, 28 Apr 2004 17:16:00 -0500 Taxpayers League and religious coalition unite against casinos Opposition to gambling has brought together a couple of unlikely partners. The Taxpayers League of Minnesota is joining forces with a coalition of religious organizations to speak out against proposals that would expand gambling. The groups say they intend to run radio advertisements and lobby the DFL-controlled Senate to stop the creation of a state-run casino in Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/27_scheckt_gamblingopp/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Apr 2004 11:25:00 -0500 Pfizer shareholders reject Pawlenty's prescription plea Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty was unsuccessful in his efforts on Thursday to persuade the shareholders of the world's largest drug company to charge Americans less for prescriptions. Pawlenty attended Pfizer's shareholder meeting in Missouri and spoke in favor of controlling drug costs in the United States. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/22_scheckt_pfizer/?refid=0 Thu, 22 Apr 2004 16:22:00 -0500 Stanek resigns as public safety commissioner over racial slur controversy Public Safety Commissioner Rich Stanek resigned under pressure Friday, bowing to new criticism over his admission in a deposition 12 years ago that he used racial slurs and told racist jokes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/16_scheckt_stanek/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Apr 2004 17:46:00 -0500 House bill sets up Senate battle over abortion, health programs After a five-hour debate that touched on changes to abortion policy, HMOs and the welfare system, the Republican-controlled House passed its Health and Human Services budget bill on Friday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/02_scheckt_hhs/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Apr 2004 16:53:00 -0600 Family Council to run ads in districts of senators who wouldn't let gay marriage ban go to floor The Minnesota Family Council is taking to the airwaves in the debate over banning gay marriage. The group plans to start running radio ads on Friday in the districts of 10 senators who voted against allowing a gay marriage bill to go to the floor before it had a committee hearing. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/01_scheckt_samesexad/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Apr 2004 13:46:00 -0600 Senate panel votes to oust Molnau A committee in the Minnesota Senate has voted to remove Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau from her job as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The recommendation now moves onto the full Senate which will make the final decision on Molnau's future. Molnau serves in the unique position of holding both the lieutenant governor and transportation commissioner titles. Critics say Molnau doesn't have a balanced plan to improve Minnesota's roads, bridges and transportation needs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/31_scheckt_molnau/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Mar 2004 19:00:00 -0600 Senate committee rejects same-sex amendment The Senate Judiciary Committee has defeated a proposal that would allow the voters to decide if the Minnesota Constitution should ban same-sex marriage. The committee defeated the proposal on a 5-4 vote. Senate sponsors of the measure have said they expected defeat in the committee. They've said they'll continue to try to bring the issue to the Senate floor until the end of the legislative session. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/26_scheckt_samesex/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2004 17:14:00 -0600 Is same-sex marriage a civil rights issue? The fate of a constitutional same-sex marriage ban could largely be decided Friday when a Minnesota Senate committee considers whether the issue should go on the November ballot. Supporters of the constitutional ban say they want to ensure that Minnesota's Defense of Marriage Act cannot be overturned in the courts. But opponents say they want gay couples to have the same civil rights and legal benefits afforded to heterosexual couples. The civil rights argument has caused concern among some African American religious leaders in Minnesota, especially when it's compared to the fight for racial equality. They argue that the civil rights struggle is completely different than the gay marriage issue. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/26_scheckt_gaycivilrights/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2004 11:30:00 -0600 House approves bill for gay marriage amendment The Minnesota House has voted in favor of letting voters decide whether the Minnesota Constitution should be changed to ban same sex marriage. After a relatively short but somewhat emotional debate, the House voted 88-42 in favor of the proposed constitutional amendment. Supporters say the measure is needed to ensure that marriage remains between one man and one woman. Opponents, however, say the proposal is divisive and is divert attention from the state's real problems. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/25_scheckt_samesex/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Mar 2004 17:11:00 -0600 Senate puts off showdown vote on gay marriage ban Several thousand people attended a rally at the Capitol on Monday in support of a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Supporters of the ban say they want the Minnesota constitution to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. While ban supporters rallied outside the Capitol, their allies in the Senate tried, but failed, to force a floor vote. Opponents of the amendment say the measure is mean spirited and would codify discrimination in the Minnesota constitution. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/22_scheckt_gaymarriage/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 2004 12:36:00 -0600 Senate committee passes bill backing stem-cell research A Senate committee has approved a bill that would erase any doubts about the legality of the University of Minnesota's stem-cell research. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/11_scheckt_stemcell/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Mar 2004 15:58:00 -0600 Debate over gay marriage ban begins at Capitol A proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Minnesota receives its first hearing Tuesday afternoon in the Minnesota House. Supporters of the proposal say the amendment is necessary to ensure that the courts will not recognize the marriage of same sex couples. Opponents say the amendment is discriminatory and has no place in Minnesota's Constitution. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/09_scheckt_samesex/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Mar 2004 14:51:00 -0600 Gang strike force opposes merger with drug force Members of Minnesota's Gang Strike Force say they're not happy with Gov. Pawlenty's proposal to merge the gang unit with the Minnesota Drug Task Force. Pawlenty's supplemental budget proposal includes a $3 million initiative for an agency that will investigate both drug and gang activity. Pawlenty and other supporters say the merger would save money and consolidate crime fighting resources. But critics say they're concerned the agency will suffer. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/05_scheckt_gangforce/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Mar 2004 17:01:00 -0600 Powerful pair teams up against handgun law Opponents of a law that allows almost any Minnesotan over the age of 21 to get a handgun permit say they've collected 28,000 signatures to urge lawmakers to repeal the law. The effort is being led by former Gov. Arne Carlson and former V.P. Walter Mondale. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/04_scheckt_guns/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Mar 2004 16:45:00 -0600 Investment board demands Pfizer end battle against Canadian imports The Minnesota State Board of Investment adopted a resolution Wednesday that would encourage the drug company, Pfizer, and other drug companies, to change their business practices. Minnesota's pension funds own about $476 million in Pfizer stock. Gov. Pawlenty, who sits on the investment board, proposed the resolution after the company cut off supplies to Canadian drug wholesalers that sell to Americans. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/03_scheckt_investmentboard/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 2004 12:22:00 -0600 Edwards steps up campaign in Minnesota; courts Dean supporters North Carolina Sen. John Edwards held a rally in St. Paul on Friday, marking the second time he's been in Minnesota in the last week. Edwards is one of four active candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president. Three of the four have visited Minnesota in the last week, courting voters who intend to vote at the state's March 2 caucuses. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/27_scheckt_edwards/?refid=0 Fri, 27 Feb 2004 15:57:00 -0600 Death penalty gets its first hearing A proposal to reinstate the death penalty in Minnesota got its first hearing at the Capitol on Thursday. The bill would allow voters to consider the issue in November. Gov. Pawlenty announced in December that he supports capital punishment for extreme cases of first degree murder. Critics say the death penalty doesn't deter crime and has caused problems in many other states. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/26_scheckt_deathpenalty/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2004 15:00:00 -0600 Panel recommends new cigarette tax A health care task force appointed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty recommends adding a dollar per pack tax on cigarettes to pay for expanding health insurance coverage in the state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/23_scheckt_healthcare/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2004 13:53:00 -0600 Let the campaigning begin North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich were in Minnesota Saturday, encouraging Democratic voters to choose them in the March 2 party caucuses. Edwards and Kucinich are two of the four Democrats seeking the party's nomination for president. Their appearances are likely to be the first of many campaign visits to Minnesota over the next two weeks. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/22_scheckt_demcandidates/?refid=0 Sat, 21 Feb 2004 20:03:00 -0600 Lawmakers push smoking ban Several DFL lawmakers have unveiled a plan to ban smoking in all public buildings in Minnesota, including bars an restaurants. They say the ban would help reduce smoking-related illnesses and boost business. Critics say the bill is unfair because state government should not impose additional regulations on businesses. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/19_scheckt_smokingban/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2004 15:37:00 -0600 Though their candidate is finished, Dean supporters hope to keep some political clout Howard Dean supporters throughout the state say they're disappointed that their candidate didn't do better in the nation's primaries. But they say even with their candidate out of the race they'll continue their organizational efforts to defeat President Bush in November. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/18_scheckt_deaniacs/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Feb 2004 16:33:00 -0600 Managing the illness While Minnesota's mental health system can often be confusing for those seeking treatment. People who have difficulty managing their illness often end up in the hospital, living on the street or in jail. But mental health advocates say there are many who are managing their illness successfully. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/09_scheckt_mhmanaging/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2004 00:01:00 -0600 An &quot;ugly&quot; process Minnesota's mental health system is complex and confusing for health care professionals, psychologists and especially those who use the system. Public and private programs spent $1.3 billion to help Minnesotans with mental health problems in 2001. And yet, people complain that they can't navigate through the hundreds of different services that are offered. Advocates for people who have a mental illness say there needs to be better coordination in the system. They say it will be more difficult for people to manage their illness if conditions don't improve. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/09_scheckt_mhservices/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Health care task force issues broad suggestions Gov. Pawlenty's health care task force, chaired by former Sen. Dave Durenberger, Friday released part of its proposal for improving health care costs in the state. The task force has held town hall meetings across the state to seek citizen input on providing quality, affordable health care. While some say the recommendations are a good first step in improving the system, some are withholding judgement until the entire report is released. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/06_scheckt_healthcare/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Feb 2004 16:15:00 -0600 Poll: Most Minnesotans opposed to gay marriage A new Minnesota Public Radio - St. Paul Pioneer Press poll says a majority of Minnesotans are opposed to legalizing gay marriage, but the poll also shows Minnesotans are split on whether they want to amend the constitution to ban gay marriage. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/05_scheckt_gaymarriagepoll/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Feb 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Legislature likely to consider several constitutional amendments Gov. Tim Pawlenty's plan to bring back the death penalty is just one of many constitutional amendments lawmakers are likely to consider this year. Amendments have been proposed on everything from banning gay marriage to dedicating a portion of the state sales tax to the environment. The Legislature has debated several proposed constitutional amendments over the last few years, but none has reached the ballot since 1998. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/02_scheckt_amendmentpreview/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2004 00:01:00 -0600 State's portal to Canadian pharmacies now open Gov. Pawlenty is promoting a new state Web site designed to help Minnesotans buy prescription medications from Canada. The site went live Friday afternoon, at a news conference by Gov. Pawlenty and Human Services Commissioner Kevin Goodno. Goodno says the site will offer savings on average of 35 percent versus prices available in the United States -- mostly because the Canadian government imposes price controls. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/30_scheckt_canadianmeds/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2004 12:40:00 -0600 Legislature to consider definition of marriage The debate over gay marriage got a headstart in a House committee on Wednesday. Minnesota already has a law that forbids gay marriage, but some worry that legal challenges could render those laws unconstitutional. They argue that an amendment to the state constitution is necessary to ensure the ban stays in place. Opponents say it's unnecessary and is discriminatory to members of the gay community. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/28_scheckt_gmarriage/?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jan 2004 15:44:00 -0600 State lawmakers prepare for health care discussion With health care costs and the number of uninsured people both rising, state lawmakers say health care will be a big issue in the upcoming legislative session. Senate DFLers and House Republicans are offering dramatically different proposals to lower the rising cost of health care. Meanwhile, a task force appointed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty is scheduled to release its ideas for reforming Minnesota's health care system by the end of the week. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/26_scheckt_healthcare/?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2004 16:09:00 -0600 Youth smoking shows troubling increase A Health Department report says more young adults in Minnesota are smoking than originally thought. The report says 39 percent of 18 to 24 year olds have smoked cigarettes at least once in the last 30 days. That's a much higher rate than adults in general. The report comes just months after the governor and Legislature used money to help balance the budget that had been set aside for youth anti-smoking programs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/22_scheckt_youthsmoking/?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jan 2004 01:00:00 -0600 State health, agriculture leaders work to ease mad cow fears Minnesota's food and health experts did their best to ease fears and answer assorted questions about mad cow disease in a statewide videoconference with farmers, veterinarians and public health professionals. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/31_scheckt_madcow/?refid=0 Wed, 31 Dec 2003 16:02:00 -0600 State doctor who evaluated Rodriguez may be removed from job Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Thursday that he is exploring ways to discipline a state doctor and others who declined to seek civil confinement of a convicted sex offender now suspected of abducting North Dakota student Dru Sjodin. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/18_scheckt_dru/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2003 17:02:00 -0600 House Republicans propose tougher sentences for sex offenders Minnesota House Republicans say they will propose a bill in the upcoming legislative session that would create lifetime prison sentences for violent and dangerous sex offenders. They don't have the necessary votes to move forward with Gov. Pawlenty's proposal to implement the death penalty for violent sex offenders, but they are proposing to lock up those criminals for life without parole. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/16_scheckt_sexoffender/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Dec 2003 13:41:00 -0600 Cost of health care looms as top issue in 2004 Legislature Senate DFLers are the latest group at the state Capitol to propose a plan to reduce health care costs. The issue is likely to be a hot issue in the upcoming legislative session. House Republicans have proposed a dramatically different plan and a task force appointed by the governor is also working on the issue. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/16_scheckt_healthcare/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Dec 2003 03:00:00 -0600 Some pharmacies may be violating federal law by denying medicine to poor Several advocates for the poor say some Minnesota pharmacies are violating federal law. They say the pharmacists are refusing to provide drugs to low-income people who can't afford a new drug co-pay required by the state. Federal law says pharmacies are required to give medicine to people who say they can't afford it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/15_scheckt_copay/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Dec 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Corrections officials change sex offender review policy The arrest of a convicted rapist in the disappearance of Dru Sjodin has prompted changes in the way Minnesota corrections officials decide when offenders should be recommended for extended commitment. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/04_scheckt_sexoffupdate/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 2003 18:00:00 -0600 On a busy shopping day, retailers are hopeful, but shoppers are still nervous about the economy Shoppers flooded shops and malls on Friday, the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. Retailers traditionally rely on holiday and year-end sales to offset slower sales in the remainder of the year. They're hoping that shoppers spend more than they did during the last holiday season. But shoppers remain cautious about the economy and are shopping for bargains. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/28_scheckt_shopping/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Nov 2003 15:19:00 -0600 Minnesota is hungry for help Each day, thousands of Minnesotans go hungry, and their numbers are growing. Officials at area food shelves say there are more hungry people this year than last. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/27_scheckt_hunger/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Nov 2003 09:00:00 -0600 Minnesotans give Medicare bill mixed reviews The prescription drug benefit in the Medicare bill under debate in the U.S. Senate is getting a mixed reaction from Minnesota seniors. Supporters say the bill would finally provide a prescription drug benefit for Medicare beneficiaries, something that's been missing from the program since it was started in 1965. Opponents of the $400 billion bill say it benefits drug and insurance companies, but does little to lower the overall cost of drugs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/24_scheckt_medicarereax/?refid=0 Mon, 24 Nov 2003 15:18:00 -0600 Hatch takes Glaxo to court over limits on Canadian drug sales Attorney General Mike Hatch asked a Hennepin County District judge Monday to force the drug company GlaxoSmithKline to produce any documents related to the company's drug sales to Canada. Hatch is investigating whether Glaxo and other drug companies are violating anti-trust laws by limiting drug sales to Canada. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/17_scheckt_hatchglaxo/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2003 13:51:00 -0600 Some Canadians worry about American interest in pharmacies Gov. Pawlenty is pushing a plan to make it easier for Minnesotans to purchase prescriptions from across the border because drugs in Canada cost less than what the same drugs cost in the U.S. Several Canadian groups, however, are voicing concern that their health system will suffer if more Americans buy their drugs from Canada. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/13_scheckt_rxwinnipeg/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Nov 2003 11:50:00 -0600 Pawlenty tours Canadian pharmaceutical company in reimportation drive Gov. Pawlenty says he's ready to move full steam ahead with his plans to help Minnesotans buy less expensive prescription medicine from Canada. Pawlenty is back in Minnesota after spending Wednesday in Winnipeg. He met with Manitoba Premier Gary Doer and officials representing Internet and mail order pharmacies. Pawlenty also visited a company that sends prescription drugs to the United States and believes the company meets his standards for safety. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/12_scheckt_winnipeg2/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Nov 2003 11:14:00 -0600 The best democracy money can buy There are at least 40 millionaires in the United States Senate. Political watchdogs say they expect that number to increase because the national political parties are recruiting candidates who are wealthy and willing to spend millions of dollars of their own money to run for office. So-called 'Self-financed&quot; candidates say campaigning with their own money makes them more independent of special interests. But critics worry the trend will make political campaigns more expensive and put public office out of reach for average Americans. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/09_scheckt_democracy/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Legislature urged to lower drunk-driving standard Gov. Pawlenty says he'll encourage the Legislature to pass a bill next session that lowers the legal blood alcohol limit from point .10 to .08 percent. Minnesota is one of five states that hasn't passed .08 legislation. The federal government is withholding federal highway money from states that don't set the lower standard. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/30_scheckt_08/?refid=0 Thu, 30 Oct 2003 17:06:00 -0600 Task force seeks prescription for rising health costs Gov. Pawlenty's task force on health care costs began meeting Monday, but some members say their job may be too big to finish by the time the Legislature meets http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/28_scheckt_taskforce/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2003 17:21:00 -0600 Pawlenty releases plan for lower-priced prescription drugs Gov. Tim Pawlenty has unveiled a plan that would make it easier for Minnesotans to buy lower priced prescription drugs from Canada. Pawlenty wants the state to create a Web site that lists Canadian pharmacies that meet state standards for safety. He's also asking state officials to look at importing foreign-made, government-approved drugs for Minnesotans. Critics say the plan isn't safe for consumers and could endanger the economic health of pharmacies across Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/16_scheckt_rx/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Oct 2003 11:36:00 -0500 Minnesota not prepared for SARS, experts say Minnesota health professionals, hospital administrators and school personnel say they're ill prepared to handle a SARS outbreak. Many health experts predict that Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome is likely to resurface this year during the coming cold and flu season. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/08_scheckt_sars/?refid=0 Wed, 08 Oct 2003 16:28:00 -0500 Nonprofits struggling with state and county budget cuts Nonprofit organizations around Minnesota say they're being forced to lay off workers, consider mergers and think about closing as a result of the recently passed state budget. The groups say cuts in government grants, combined with the tough economy and a decrease in corporate and individual giving, are forcing them to cut back the services they provide. They say the cuts will hurt the state's most vulnerable residents. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/25_scheckt_nonprofits/?refid=0 Sun, 05 Oct 2003 15:00:00 -0500 Officials say woman bought weapon at a gun show According to the criminal complaint against Susan Berkovitz, she told authorities that she bought the gun she allegedly used in the Hennepin County Government Center shootings at a gun show. There are several federal and state laws that regulate gun shows in Minnesota, but some say the rules need to be strengthened. Others say the laws are adequate, but say law enforcement and health professionals need to do a better job of protecting the public. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/01_scheckt_gun/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2003 15:50:00 -0500 Minnesota's sex offender program faces many challenges Minnesota has nearly 200 sex offenders committed to secure treatment facilities because they're considered sexually dangerous. It's unclear whether any will ever get out. Their fate is caught in a tangle of law, politics and medicine. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/08_scheckt_sexoffend/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Sep 2003 02:15:00 -0500 First West Nile death reported The Minnesota Health Department is reporting the state's first death from the West Nile virus. The department says the death occurred in northwest Minnesota. The mosquito-borne disease was first diagnosed in Minnesota in July 2002. Health officials say it's the peak period for reporting West Nile-related illnesses, so they expect more cases in the coming weeks. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/10_scheckt_westniledeath/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2003 15:19:00 -0500 Lawsuits likely over sex offender treatment program Several attorneys who represent patients in the Minnesota Sexual Offender Program say they'll file a lawsuit against the state unless Gov. Pawlenty lifts his executive order forbidding any offenders from leaving the program. Pawlenty issued the order in July, after a report alleging the administration was considering putting several offenders in community-based settings. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/21_scheckt_sexoffenders/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Administration officials stump for prescription drug package Four members of the Bush administration on Thursday urged Congress to pass a Medicare prescription drug package. The House and Senate have passed different plans and are currently reconciling their differences in aconference committee. Administration officials, including the U.S. surgeon general, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the director of the National Institutes of Health made a stop in St. Paul to urge the public to put pressure on Congress. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/14_scheckt_prescription/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2003 15:16:00 -0500 Herb Brooks killed in car crash Former Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks, who led the Americans to the &quot;Miracle on Ice&quot; victory over the Soviet Union, died Monday in a car accident, a state official said. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/11_ap_brooks/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2003 16:31:00 -0500 Minnesota's Right Turn The election of November 2002 turned the bulk of government over to the Republican Party in Minnesota. Although most of the campaign focused on economic issues, GOP legislators were able to successfully pass a conservative social agenda, confident that their plans were consistent with what the state's voters were demanding. What is the impact of a liberal state becoming a conservative stronghold? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2003/08/rightturn/?refid=0 Sun, 10 Aug 2003 12:01:00 -0500 Kerry details Internet petition drive on overtime Sen. John Kerry made a swing through Minnesota Tuesday, the second day of an Internet pledge drive protesting a proposal to change overtime pay standards. &quot;This is not about politics,&quot; he told a group of nurses. &quot;This is about people.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/05_scheckt_kerry/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Aug 2003 14:01:00 -0500 Dentists concerned over changes in state law Dentists who serve lower income adults say they expect a new law to make things difficult for them. The law, which takes effect in October, will cap state-subsidized payments for dental services at $500 per patient per year. Dentists say they're worried the law will present an ethical dilemma -- and could prompt many to decide against treating lower income individuals altogether. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/01_scheckt_dentalcare/?refid=0 Sun, 03 Aug 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Health costs grew by double digits in 2002 The Minnesota Health Department says health care costs increased 16 percent in 2002 for people enrolled in private health insurance plans. It's the largest increase since the Health Department started collecting the data in the mid-'90s. The report also says employee premiums increased 10 percent, the fourth straight year of double-digit increases. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/28_scheckt_healthcosts/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2003 15:10:00 -0500 Former Archbishop John Roach dies he first Minnesota native to head the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis died Friday. Former Archbishop John Roach, 81, died at Little Sisters of the Poor in St. Paul. &quot;Archbishop Roach was an outstanding church leader,&quot; said Archbishop Harry Flynn, who succeeded Roach. &quot;He made major contributions to the lives of both Catholics and non-Catholics in this archdiocese.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/11_scheckt_roach/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jul 2003 15:50:00 -0500 Abortion waiting period law goes into effect The Minnesota Health Department reports Tuesday that the number of abortions performed in 2002 was the lowest since the department started collecting comprehensive annual data in 1998. The report comes on the same day that a new law that requires women to wait 24 hours before receiving an abortion goes into effect. As of today, abortion providers and family planning clinics are also required to provide women seeking an abortion with specific information about the potential risks and complications of the procedure. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/01_scheckt_abortionlaw/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2003 16:09:00 -0500 Conference attempts to develop better treatment for mentally ill Mental health advocates, medical providers and law enforcement say they need to create a better system for caring for the mentally ill. Federal estimates say 15 percent of those incarcerated in the nation's prisons have a severe mental illness. Police departments nationwide say they don't have the proper training to deal with people who have severe mental health problems, even though they're usually the ones who have to deal with a mentally ill person who's causing a disturbance. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/30_scheckt_nami/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2003 18:29:00 -0500 Mental health care for children could suffer under Pawlenty plan A portion of the health and human services bill passed by the Legislature changes the way the state provides grants to Minnesota counties. Instead of providing grants to counties for specific services, county officials will receive larger block grants. Supporters of the new provision say counties will be able to prioritize spending based on their unique needs. But several special interest groups say counties may deliver money to services that have the most political clout instead of services that need the help the most. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/27_scheckt_blockgrant/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Parents of disabled children face large increases in cost of care About 4,700 Minnesota families with disabled children have until July 1 to decide whether to continue participating in a state-sponsored supplemental insurance plan. The Department of Human Services is sending letters to families notifying them that rates could go up to 1,000 percent higher as a result of state budget cuts. Proponents of the new law say the fees are based on a family's ability to pay. But several families say they can't afford the increase. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/18_scheckt_discare/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jun 2003 16:03:00 -0500 Judge issues restraining order in church challenge to gun law A Hennepin County District Court judge has issued a restraining order, saying churches don't have to comply with parts of the new concealed carry gun law. The Edina Community Lutheran Church and several other religious organizations have filed a lawsuit against the state, contending it's unconstitutional for the state to require religious organizations to follow certain parts of the law in order to ban guns on their property. The judge, however, denied other parts of the church's complaint. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/06_scheckt_gunruling/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jun 2003 13:53:00 -0500 Despite financial hard times, Legislature passes bill to borrow millions A bill that authorizes borrowing of $237 million for capital investments was one of the final bills passed by the Legislature. The bill provides funding for statewide projects in the arts, flood relief and higher education. The bill was a top priority of Senate DFLers who said it would stimulate the economy. Opponents say the bill is inappropriate during a budget crisis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/30_scheckt_bonding/?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2003 05:38:00 -0500 Change in handgun law seen as unlikely this year Republican House Speaker Steve Sviggum says he'll continue to push for a change in a new law that would require sheriffs to issue handgun permits to almost any Minnesotan over the age of 21. The law went into effect Wednesday. Sviggum and Gov. Pawlenty say they would like to change a requirement that business owners both post signs and personally tell people that guns aren't welcome in their establishments. The proposed change would allow business owners to do one or the other. However, several lawmakers say they don't think a compromise between the House and Senate on the handgun issue can be reached this session. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/28_scheckt_gun/?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2003 16:48:00 -0500 Gun law change hits a snag Gov. Pawlenty says he's willing to take another look at the concealed carry law to clear up any potential problems. The law requires local sheriffs to issue a handgun permit to almost any law abiding Minnesotan over the age of 21. The Legislature passed the bill earlier this session and within hours, it was signed into law by Gov. Pawlenty. Opponents say the governor and the bill's supporters didn't carefully consider some aspects of the bill. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/27_scheckt_gunlaw/?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2003 16:53:00 -0500 Agreements prove elusive at Capitol Legislative leaders negotiated into the night Saturday, but didn't reach agreement on the three outstanding budget bills or on a bonding bill. The rest of the Legislature has gone home after sending a nuclear waste storage bill to the governor. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/25_scheckt_nodeal/?refid=0 Sun, 25 May 2003 11:58:00 -0500 Special session may not solve transportation woes; no deal yet on human services bill Gov. Pawlenty is putting pressure on Senate DFLers to accept his transportation funding package. The Legislature is in the fourth day of the special session and leaders are working to resolve their differences on the three remaining budget bills and a bonding bill. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/23_mccalluml_session2003/?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2003 16:19:00 -0500 Legislature agrees on K-12 funding; Pawlenty to sign 2 a.m. bar closing bill Three days into their special session, state lawmakers have passed half of the state budget bills. The House and Senate passed a bill Thursday night that funds education from pre-school through grade 12, as well as some adult education programs. The bill now goes to Gov. Pawlenty. Supporters say they did their best to continue funding the classroom. Opponents say the bill makes significant cuts to early childhood education, special education funding and English as a second language. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/22_mccalluml_day3/?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2003 05:52:00 -0500 Legislators agree on judiciary bill A bill that funds the state courts, public safety and public defense is on its way to Gov. Pawlenty. The Minnesota House passed the bill Wednesday on a 70-to-62 vote. Supporters say the bill is the best they can do in difficult budget times. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/21_scheckt_judiciary/?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2003 17:01:00 -0500 Bitterness marks end of legislative session Minnesota lawmakers ended the 2003 session at midnight Monday, after passing just a small portion of the state budget. The House and Senate sent two budget bills to the governor, repealed the state's Profile of Learning graduation standards and passed a 2 a.m. bar closing bill. But the final hours of the session were marked by a bitter fight on the Senate floor which prevented a Prairie Island bill from a vote. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/19_ap_monday1/?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2003 02:58:00 -0500 Lawmakers putting finishing touches on Capitol session Conference committees are meeting at the Capitol, now that legislative leaders have agreed to a $28.3 billion budget over the next two years. The agreement was reached less than 12 hours after Senate DFLers abandoned their push to raise taxes to help erase the state's projected $4.2 billion deficit. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/17_scheckt_saturday/?refid=0 Sat, 17 May 2003 17:55:00 -0500 Behind the budget debate at the Capitol, there's a human face waiting for the outcome One of the major budget differences between Senate DFLers and House Republicans is the health and human services budget. The two sides are hundreds of millions of dollars apart and differ on several policy issues. The House is proposing cuts to state subsidized health insurance programs and childcare assistance to help balance the budget. Senate DFLers are proposing a cigarette tax increase to offset the proposed cuts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/15_scheckt_humanservices/?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2003 15:37:00 -0500 Lawmakers getting close to special session Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he'll call state lawmakers back for a special session immediately if they don't reach agreement on a state budget by next Monday. Pawlenty and House Speaker Steve Sviggum, R-Kenyon, say they're concerned that there won't be enough time to finish all of their work even if an overall budget framework is agreed upon soon. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/13_scheckt_tort/?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2003 19:19:00 -0500 City officials want changes in new gun law Several city officials and local police chiefs are asking the Legislature to change the concealed carry that law that will go into effect on May 28. They're urging lawmakers to grant cities the authority to forbid guns on city property. They say they want the same rights granted to local schools and private businesses. Supporters of gun rights say the proposal would undermine their ability to create a statewide uniform law for permit holders. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/09_scheckt_concealedcarry/?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2003 15:57:00 -0500 State is split on gas tax increase The latest Minnesota Public Radio-St. Paul Pioneer Press Poll shows a slight majority would oppose an increase to the gas tax or their license tab fees to pay for transportation projects. Respondents were split over the condition of the state's roads. Both the House and Senate have passed different transportation funding projects. Gov. Pawlenty and House Republicans say the poll reinforces their decision not to raise taxes to pay for transportation projects. Senate DFLers say the polls show more people support an increase than in previous years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/07_scheckt_transportationpo/?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2003 00:01:00 -0500 House passes 'tough but fair' human services budget Minnesota would be far less generous in subsidizing health insurance, helping with child care or giving cash grants to welfare applicants under a $7.1 billion budget bill the House passed early Friday. &quot;The results were tough but fair,&quot; said Rep. Fran Bradley, R-Rochester, chairman of the health and human services finance committee. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/01_scheckt_househhs/?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2003 04:54:00 -0500 Debate over health, human services budget may be most contentious The Senate Finance Committee has approved a health and human services bill that would restore $500 million in cuts that Gov. Pawlenty and House Republicans proposed for nursing homes, daycare and health insurance for the low income. The governor and House Republicans say the Senate plan is unacceptable since it raises taxes to offset the proposed cuts. But Senate DFLers say their plan would help the state's most vulnerable during an economic downturn. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/29_scheckt_senatehhs/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2003 16:53:00 -0500 Pawlenty signs conceal and carry hours after Senate approval Gov. Pawlenty signed the concealed handgun measure into law Monday, just hours after the Senate passed it. The law requires county sheriffs to issue a handgun permit to almost any law abiding Minnesotan over the age of 21. The bill passed 37-30 after what several observers say was the longest Senate floor debate in recent memory. Supporters say current law is unfair because local law enforcement has too much discretion when it comes to issuing permits. Opponents say the law will make the state more dangerous. They also said the Minnesota House was dictating the Senate's agenda by forcing the Senate to vote up or down on the issue. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/28_scheckt_concealedcarry/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2003 22:05:00 -0500 Senate showdown set on gun issue Opponents of a bill that would change the state's handgun permitting laws have conceded they can't stop permits from becoming easier to get. Supporters of the bill have been lobbying to change current law for seven years because they say local law enforcement has too much authority in denying permits. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/24_scheckt_guns/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2003 17:18:00 -0500 Concealed weapons bill advances on strength of GOP firepower The Minnesota House has voted in favor of a bill that would change Minnesota's handgun-permitting process. House leadership used a parliamentary maneuver to force the Senate to vote on the bill. Supporters want to make changes to current law because they say local law enforcement has too much discretion over who receives a permit to carry a handgun. Opponents say the bill would allow almost any Minnesotan over the age of 21 to carry a firearm and would make the state more dangerous. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/23_scheckt_guns/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2003 16:27:00 -0500 Some officials worry that concealed carry legislation will lead to guns in school The Minnesota House is expected to debate a bill later this week that would allow almost any Minnesotan over the age of 21 without a criminal background to carry a handgun. Officials at schools around the state say they're concerned the bill would allow more guns at or near schools and colleges. They say if lawmakers pass the bill they should make it clear that even people with handgun permits should keep guns away from schools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/21_scheckt_concealedcarry/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2003 12:34:00 -0500 Bill would forbid state health workers from striking A provision in the House Health and Human Services budget bill would forbid 3,000 state workers from striking. The provision would declare workers at regional treatment centers, group homes and other state-run health facilities essential employees. The state already forbids several categories of state employees from walking off the job, most notably law enforcement and corrections officers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/16_scheckt_essentialworkers/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2003 16:28:00 -0500 Senate passes 24-hour abortion waiting period Gov. Tim Pawlenty has signed into a law a measure that would require any woman seeking an abortion to wait 24 hours before the procedure is done. Minnesota is now the 19th state to have such a law. The Minnesota Senate passed the bill and sent it to the governor earlier Monday afternoon. Supporters of the waiting period say it provides women with information about possible risks. Opponents say the bill is an attempt to chip away at a woman's right to choose. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/14_scheckt_righttoknow/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2003 17:33:00 -0500 Abortion bill supporters outmaneuver Senate opponents The Minnesota Senate will vote on Thursday on a bill that would require any woman seeking an abortion to get specific information and wait 24 hours before the procedure is done. A parliamentary procedure on the House floor will force the full Senate to either adopt the bill or send it to conference committee. Supporters say they have the votes in the Senate to send the bill to Gov. Pawlenty's desk. Critics say the parliamentary procedure is undermining the committee process and won't allow the Senate to make any changes to the bill. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/09_scheckt_abortion/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2003 10:36:00 -0500 Pawlenty touts tax-free zones to help rural Minnesota One of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's top priorities this legislative session is to bring more jobs and businesses to rural Minnesota. Pawlenty is proposing 10 tax-free zones as a way to entice businesses to move into rural areas. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/07_scheckt_jobzpa/?refid=0 Sun, 06 Apr 2003 15:00:00 -0500 Health care plan: Is Oregon a model for Minnesota? The Senate Health and Human Services Policy Committee approved a bill on Friday that would dramatically change how the state provides health coverage to lower income Minnesotans. On a 4-2 vote, the committee approved a portion of the Senate health and human service budget proposal that would reduce services available rather than limit eligibility for state coverage. The bill is modelled after a program in Oregon. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/04_scheckt_oregonplan/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2003 18:36:00 -0600 Vehicle registration fees would rise under road plan Vehicle registration fees, which were cut three years ago, would climb under an ambitious road-building plan backed by big-name Democrats and Republicans. The chairmen of House and Senate transportation committees are co-sponsors of the proposal that would pump $2.5 billion into road and transit projects over the next seven years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/01_scheckt_transit/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2003 16:56:00 -0600 Abortion measure passes House easily The Minnesota House has passed a bill that would require abortion providers to give women seeking an abortion 24 hours before the procedure is done. Supporters say the measure will ensure that women have all of the available information before they have an abortion. Opponents say the bill is filled with bad information and is an attempt to restrict the procedure in the state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/01_scheckt_abortion/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2003 10:27:00 -0600 Senate committee defeats driver's license bill The Senate Crime Prevention Committee has defeated a bill that would allow the commissioner of public safety to stamp the driver's licenses of temporary immigrants with their visa expiration dates. Supporters say the bill would give public safety officials the ability to identify whether a temporary immigrant has overstayed his or her visa. The provision is a top priority of both Gov. Pawlenty and House Republicans. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/26_scheckt_licenses/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2003 16:50:00 -0600 Ethics complaint lodged against Lindner Republican House Speaker Steve Sviggum says he'll expedite an ethics hearing on Republican Arlon Lindner. House DFLers filed a complaint against the Corcoran Republican for allegedly making inappropriate comments about homosexuals and African Americans. They say Lindner's comments have harmed the reputation of the Minnesota House. Sviggum says the Republican caucus also denounces the comments but says he's not sure if the comments rise to an ethics violation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/11_scheckt_lindner2/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2003 16:31:00 -0600 'Cover the Uninsured Week' addresses a growing problem A new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation estimates that one in five Minnesotans had no health insurance for at least a portion of 2001 and 2002. The organization released the figures as part of Cover the Uninsured Week. The foundation, along with business, labor and political leaders are joining together in hopes of finding a way to lower health care costs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/10_scheckt_uninsured/?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2003 06:00:00 -0600 Tax-free zones clear first vote A bill that would would create up to 10 tax-free zones outside the Twin Cities was approved Wednesday by a Minnesota House committee. Supporters say the bill would attract businesses and boost job growth, and Gov. Pawlenty considers the proposal one of his top priorities. Critics say the bill is a form of corporate welfare. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/05_scheckt_taxfreezones/?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2003 16:35:00 -0600 Abortion waiting period clears hurdle A bill that would require women to wait 24 hours before receiving an abortion has cleared its first hurdle in the Minnesota House. The House Health and Human Services Policy Committee approved the bill on a 12-4 vote. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/04_scheckt_waitingperiod/?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2003 13:22:00 -0600 DFLers to come up with their own grad standards The Senate Education Committee chair is proposing a bill that would repeal the Profile of Learning graduation standards and replace it with standards created by several national teacher organizations. It's the first time Senate DFLers have proposed legislation that would repeal the controversial show-what-you-know graduation standards. The House has passed a bill that would repeal the Profile and replace it with an undefined set of standards. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/03_scheckt_edstandards/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2003 12:00:00 -0600 Twenty-four hour abortion waiting period has broad support, poll says A new Minnesota Public Radio-St. Paul Pioneer Press poll finds strong support for a law that would require a woman to wait 24 hours before receiving an abortion. The Minnesota Legislature has debated the waiting period for several years. Supporters say the bill would give women time to fully understand the procedure. Opponents say the bill does little except create restrictions for women who seek out the procedure. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/28_scheckt_abortionpoll/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Feb 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Pawlenty outlines vision for biotechnology Saying the state must act boldly or miss out on the next technological revolution, Gov. Tim Pawlenty promised an aggressive push Thursday to spur new research and business development in biotechnology. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/27_scheckt_bio/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2003 12:43:00 -0600 Tougher drunk driving standard passes first test A bill that would create stricter standards for drunk drivers started moving Wednesday in the Minnesota Senate. On a divided voice vote, the Senate Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee approved a plan to lower the legal blood alcohol limit from .10 percent to .08 percent. Supporters say it will make the highways safer and will secure additional federal money for transportation projects. Critics say the costs to local government will be significant. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/26_scheckt_drunkdriving/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Feb 2003 16:26:00 -0600 Former judge to decide Pawlenty cabinet member's future Gov. Pawlenty's office has announced that he will appoint a former judge as a neutral third party to determine any penalties against Labor and Industry Commissioner Jane Volz. Pawlenty appointed Richard Solum with the Dorsey and Whitney law firm to determine whether Volz should face fines for not providing worker's compensation coverage to employees at her former law firm. A DFL lawmaker is calling on Volz to resign as labor and industry commissioner. As commissioner, Volz would oversee worker's health and safety laws and several groups say they are concerned Volz would be enforcing the very laws she violated. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/25_scheckt_volz/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Feb 2003 17:21:00 -0600 Spending on health targeted in Pawlenty budget Gov. Pawlenty's budget plan allows for some growth in health and human services spending, but that growth is far short of projections for fiscal years 2004 and 2005. Pawlenty says the state can afford to cut back on its social programs and still be on a par with other states in the upper Midwest. Advocates for the poor, however, say Pawlenty's budget proposal will harm the poor and working class. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/18_scheckt_budgethhs/?refid=0 Tue, 18 Feb 2003 15:06:00 -0600 Drug discount bill off to quick start A key House committee has approved a bill that would provide prescription drug discounts for up to 70,000 Minnesotans. Supporters of the bill say it would provide an added boost to seniors who are struggling to pay for prescription drugs. Opponents say it imposes unnecessary government price regulation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/12_scheckt_rx/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Feb 2003 14:50:00 -0600 Concealed carry passes first vote in House The House Civil Law Committee Tuesday approved a bill that would allow nearly every Minnesotan over the age of 21 to carry a handgun. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/11_scheckt_concealedcarry/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Feb 2003 17:09:00 -0600 As Pawlenty dishes out the pain, Minnesotans begin to feel the hurt Iron Range lawmakers say they're considering a lawsuit to block Gov. Pawlenty from taking $49 million from the 21st Century Minerals Fund. They say the money is in a special fund and Pawlenty can't use the money to balance the budget. Members of the Iron Range are just one of many groups who are criticizing Pawlenty's cuts. Ethanol producers say one of the Minnesota plants may close as a result of cuts to the state's ethanol subsidy. Higher education officials and social service agencies say Pawlenty's cuts will also have a negative impact on their agencies. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/07_scheckt_budgetpain/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Feb 2003 16:51:00 -0600 Pawlenty releases a plan to change state welfare system Gov. Pawlenty is proposing stricter work requirements for welfare recipients. Pawlenty's proposal would require welfare recipients to look for a job before they're eligible for cash assistance. He says that would force recipients to become more self-sufficient. Critics say the plan would get people off of welfare rolls, but not out of poverty. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/30_scheckt_welfare/?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jan 2003 15:27:00 -0600 State, counties scraping to find money for smallpox vaccinations The Minnesota Health Department says it will start vaccinating health care workers for smallpox in mid-February. Health officials say 2,700 people have volunteered to receive the vaccine. The federal government is recommending the vaccine for front-line health care workers in case of a bioterrorist attack. The state says it's prepared to move forward with phase one of the program but caution they may have to take money from other programs to complete the task. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/29_scheckt_smallpox/?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jan 2003 16:02:00 -0600 Sviggum downplays conflict of interest talk on ethanol House Speaker Steve Sviggum is trying to quell talk that he has a conflict of interest by voting on bills containing ethanol subsidies. Sviggum farms with his brothers near Kenyon in southeastern Minnesota. The brothers are partners in an ethanol plant, which receives state money and helps boost the price of the family's corn. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/24_scheckt_sviggum/?refid=0 Sat, 25 Jan 2003 01:00:00 -0600 Appointment of public safety boss raises new concerns for civil liberties Gov. Pawlenty has appointed a Republican House member and inspector for the Minneapolis Police Department as his public safety commissioner. Pawlenty says Rep. Rich Stanek, R-Maple Grove, has the credentials to handle the job. Stanek has been instrumental in passing tougher crime sentences and getting money for equipment for local police and firefighters. However, Stanek's critics say he has an abrasive personality and they worry about his track record on civil rights. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/23_scheckt_stanek/?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2003 16:57:00 -0600 Abortion rights supporters, critics mark Roe v. Wade anniversary Several thousand abortion opponents marked the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision by listening to speeches on the Capitol steps in subzero temperatures. Despite the cold, speakers and activists described themselves as warm with the glow of anticipated victory. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/22_scheckt_abortion/?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jan 2003 15:04:00 -0600 Pawlenty issues deadline for short-term budget fix The Legislature will need to maintain its hurried pace to meet an early February deadline Gov. Tim Pawlenty set Tuesday for lawmakers to bite off a $356 million chunk of a $4.56 billion budget problem. In a letter to legislators, Pawlenty called for &quot;prompt and bold leadership&quot; and warned that they must reach agreement by the first week in February or he &quot;will be left with no choice but to unallot.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/21_scheckt_budget/?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jan 2003 13:40:00 -0600 Lawmakers moving quickly to slash budget Budget work continues at a fast pace at the state Capitol. Lawmakers hopes to finish work in the next week or two on plans for covering the projected $356 million deficit for the fiscal year that ends in June. Gov. Pawlenty has proposed a combination of cuts and one-time money to cover the gap. Several special interest groups told House members on Thursday that Pawlenty's proposals will have a dramatic impact on the poor. Meanwhile, a key lawmaker in the Senate Health, Family Security and Corrections Budget division proposed an alternative to Pawlenty's plan. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/16_scheckt_budget/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jan 2003 16:52:00 -0600 Audit of HealthPartners turns up extravagant spending Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch says executives at HealthPartners have spent millions on executive compensation, consulting and travel, in an audit released Wednesday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/15_scheckt_hatchaudit/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jan 2003 14:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty adds two to his jobs team Gov. Tim Pawlenty has appointed commissioners for two departments involved in economic and employment policy in Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/13_scheckt_appointments/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jan 2003 11:59:00 -0600 Lawmakers fret as Pawlenty orders spending freeze The Pawlenty administration asked all state agencies on Thursday to freeze all spending that isn't obligated by a state contract. Pawlenty and lawmakers face a projected $4.5 billion budget shortfall over the next two and a half years. About $356 million of that deficit needs to be addressed as soon as possible because it's part of the current two-year budget cycle which ends in June. Administration officials say Pawlenty ordered the spending freeze to keep all of his options open. But several lawmakers say they're concerned that key funding will be cut off. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/09_scheckt_freeze/?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jan 2003 17:15:00 -0600 Chamber gives Pawlenty warm reception Gov. Tim Pawlenty assured a group of business leaders Wednesday night that he won't raise taxes to fix the state's $4.5 billion deficit. Speaking at a Minnesota Chamber of Commerce dinner, Pawlenty said business owners can't afford another tax increase. He said it's important for lawmakers to hold the line on taxes, lower the cost of health care and introduce tort reform. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/09_scheckt_pawlentybiz/?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jan 2003 10:35:00 -0600 Handgun legislation has better chance in new session Supporters of a bill that would allow most Minnesota adults to carry concealed handguns believe they have enough votes in the House and Senate for the bill to become law this year. Gun rights advocates say current law isn't fair because law enforcement officials have the right to refuse a permit for no reason. In the meantime, gun control advocates say they'll continue to fight the legislation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/08_scheckt_concealedcarry/?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jan 2003 17:45:00 -0600 State's social services may see changes The Pawlenty administration and lawmakers will be looking at services for the poor, elderly and sick as they consider ways to balance the state's budget. Health and human services is the second largest portion of the budget and is considered one of the fastest growing areas of state spending. While some lawmakers say the state's most vulnerable residents could be harmed by budget cuts, Pawlenty and others say Minnesota can make some cuts and some changes that will protect those who need help the most. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/01_scheckt_socservprev/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Dec 2002 03:00:00 -0600 Health officials ponder smallpox plans Minnesota's public health agencies are preparing to move forward with a vaccination plan for smallpox. President Bush is reportedly set to announce his plans Friday to cover essential military, medical and public safety workers. State and county public health agencies have been going through their plans and are holding meetings to explain the details to workers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/12_scheckt_smallpox/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2002 16:30:00 -0600 Thompson promotes Bush's health care plans Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson held the first of many town hall meetings in Minnetonka Tuesday, on the cost of health care. Thompson is using the meetings to promote the Bush administration's policies on lowering the cost of health care. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/11_scheckt_hsshearing/?refid=0 Wed, 11 Dec 2002 10:30:00 -0600 Judge says Health Department can collect medical records The Minnesota Health Department soon may be able to start collecting medical information on nearly every Minnesotan, a judge ruled Monday. But before it can begin, the department must make a few changes to its plan for creating a massive database to track the quality of health in the state, including to clarify how it will identify patients in the records. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/02_scheckt_medprivacy/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2002 14:25:00 -0600 Family planning groups worry about funding cut and policy changes Activists say HIV related cases and other sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in Minnesota. Family Planning Organizations say those rates will continue to rise if restrictions are placed on state and federal family planning money. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/29_scheckt_stds/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Nov 2002 15:00:00 -0600 Former legislator named Human Services commissioner State Rep. Kevin Goodno, a 12-year veteran of the Legislature, was appointed to lead the Minnesota Department of Human Services on Wednesday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/20_scheckt_goodno/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Nov 2002 09:45:00 -0600 Coleman will ask Barkley to step down Minnesota Sen.-elect Norm Coleman says he hopes to persuade interim Sen. Dean Barkley to step down before the newly elected members of Congress are sworn in. On Monday, Gov. Ventura appointed Barkley to replace the late Sen. Paul Wellstone who died in a plane crash two weeks ago. Coleman will follow Barkley after defeating former Vice President Walter Mondale in Tuesday's election. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/07_steilm_coleman/?refid=0 Thu, 07 Nov 2002 17:59:00 -0600 In third try, Kline unseats Luther; Kennedy survives challenge Republicans have picked up a new seat in Minnesota's delegation to the U.S. House. Republican challenger John Kline defeated incumbent DFLer Bill Luther in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District. Kline's victory creates a 4-4 split in Minnesota's House delegation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/06_scheckt_congress/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Nov 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Candidates for governor sharpen rhetoric Two of Minnesota's four major party candidates for governor are focusing their campaign attacks on each other as the campaign enters the final weekend before election day. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/31_scheckt_govrace/?refid=0 Thu, 31 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Wellstone staff apologizes for memorial service rhetoric Democratic organizers of the memorial service for Senator Wellstone say they regret its overtly partisan tone. Gov. Ventura says he may appointment someone to fill out Wellstone's term -- and it won't be a Democrat. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/30_scheckt_backlash1/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0600 The battle for the Minnesota House Along with the other offices on the ballot this year all 134 seats in the Minnesota will be decided. Republicans currently control the House with a 71 to 63 margin over DFLers. Officials with both parties say there are at least 25 competitive seats in the upcoming election. Redistricting has created a number of open seats and forced ten incumbents to run against each other. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/24_scheckt_house/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Oct 2002 14:30:00 -0500 Luther, Kline face off in 2nd District debate DFL Congressman Bill Luther and Republican John Kline engaged in their first debate in two months in Red Wing. The two candidates are running in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District in what many consider one of the hottest races in the country. The candidates debated a wide variety of issues including health care, gun control and taxes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/24_scheckt_2distdebate/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2002 13:00:00 -0500 GOP looks to take control in Minnesota Senate Republicans and DFLers are battling for control of the state Legislature. Redistricting has created nine open seats in the Minnesota Senate, and has pitted two incumbents against each other. DFLers have controlled the Minnesota Senate since 1972. But despite being 10 seats down, Republicans say they have the best chance in years of making major gains in the Senate. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/24_scheckt_mnsenateprofile/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Candidates in Minnesota's 2nd District battle over the economy The candidates running in Minnesota's 2nd congressional district are talking up their proposals to jumpstart the economy. DFL incumbent Bill Luther and Republican John Kline are engaged in a tight race to see who represents the district which includes the southern Twin Cities suburbs and runs south to Red Wing and Faribault. One candidate says the debate is coming down to taxes, and which candidate wants to cut them more. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/21_scheckt_2dist/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2002 13:00:00 -0500 Hall of Famer Puckett charged in alleged sexual assault Former Twins star and Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett has been charged with felony and misdemeanor counts for an alleged sexual assault. The Hennepin County attorney's office accuses Puckett of dragging a women into a restaurant bathroom last month and groping her. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/18_scheckt_puckett/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Fundraising an issue in 6th District One of the candidates is using her own personal fortune to fund the campaign. The other has raised more money than any other freshman congressman in the state's history. The result is a campaign that includes daily accusations and attacks on radio and television. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/15_scheckt_6thmoney/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 The business of winning It's not just the players and fans who would like to see the success of the Minnesota Twins last another couple of weeks through the World Series. So would downtown businesses and merchandisers who are profiting from the Twins' success. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/11_scheckt_twinsbiz/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Twins bring out the fanaticism in fans Many fans, both inside and outside the Metrodome, are engaging in peculiar habits to ensure that the Twins will keep winning all the way through the World Series. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/09_scheckt_twinsfans/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Data privacy vs. public health Privacy advocates are fighting a proposal by the Minnesota Department of Health that would allow the state agency to collect medical information on nearly every Minnesotan. The health department says it will use the data to detect chronic disease "hot spots" and has taken necessary steps to ensure patient privacy. Privacy advocates say it isn't enough. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/04_scheckt_health/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Democrats grab an issue -- Social Security DFL and Republican candidates running Minnesota's 6th and 2nd congressional districts are attacking each other over the issue of Social Security. Bill Luther and Janet Robert, both DFLers, say their Republican opponents want to privatize Social Security and allow younger workers to invest in the stock market. Republicans John Kline and Mark Kennedy say their DFL opponents are misleading voters on the issue. They say their proposals will stabilize the system. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/02_scheckt_socsec/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Vikings' Moss apologizes for traffic incident Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss spoke to reporters Thursday, one day after he was let out of jail for allegedly pushing a traffic control officer a half a block with his car in downtown Minneapolis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/25_williamsb_moss/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Attack ads in 6th District focus on corporate ethics Two of the candidates in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District are turning corporate ethics into a major theme of the campaign. Republican Congressman Mark Kennedy and DFL challenger Janet Robert both say their opponent is soft on corporate responsibility and that they're the candidate who would best represent employees and shareholders. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/25_scheckt_nastyrace/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Flood aid passes after rocky start What leaders thought would be speedy special session to approve a $31.8 million bailout package for flooded areas of northern Minnesota dragged on Thursday after a legislator tried to help farmers in the south. The bill eventually passed both houses unanimously. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/19_scheckt_session/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Redistricting has confused voters Every year there are confusing issues in the campaigns for the U.S. Congress. This year, though, even the basics are confusing. That's because this is a redistricting year, the once-every-decade year that congressional district boundaries change based on population shifts in the the new census. A court panel re-drew the districts this year and now many voters in the Twin Cities suburbs are unclear about which district they're in and who they'll be voting for in November. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/06_scheckt_6thconfusion/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Lawmakers pressure Ventura for flood-relief special session Legislative leaders say they'll meet over the weekend in hopes of reaching an agreement on a flood relief package for northwestern Minnesota. House Republicans have come forward with their plans to help the region deal with flood problems that began with a period of heavy rain in June. Roseau was particularly hard hit. City leaders and residents there have been calling on Gov. Ventura and lawmakers to call a special session to help them deal with the damages. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/06_scheckt_floodaid/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 First chronic wasting case found in Minnesota State officials on Friday confirmed Minnesota's first case of chronic wasting disease, found in an elk that was part of a farm-raised herd in Aitkin County. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/30_scheckt_elk/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 State Health Department: West Nile found in humans The Minnesota Department of Health says the first two human cases of West Nile Virus have been discovered in the state. Health officials say they're not surprised by the cases and say it's possible additional human cases may be diagnosed this year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/29_scheckt_westnile/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Second District candidates differ on war with Iraq Second District congressional candidate John Kline is making war against Iraq a campaign issue. Republican Kline agrees. The incumbent he's challenging - DFLer Bill Luther - says he supports the war on terror, but doesn't think the Bush administration has yet made a case for invading Iraq. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/27_scheckt_iraq/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Focus on the 6th District Second District Congressman Mark Kennedy is running for re-election in a new district this year. Redistricting moved the freshman Republican into the newly configured 6th district. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/23_scheckt_sixthdistrict/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Luther, Kline get heated in TV debate DFL Congressman Bill Luther and Republican John Kline engaged in a heated debate Thursday on the public television show "Face to Face." http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/22_scheckt_facetoface/?refid=0 Thu, 22 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Fans hope for glimpse of their favorite golfers The last day of practice wrapped up Wednesday for golfers at the PGA Championship tournament in Chaska, Minn. They play for real starting Thursday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/15_scheckt_pgafans/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Abuse victims ask Legislature to change statute of limitations State lawmakers held a hearing to discuss sexual abuse by clergy and by others in position of power. Several lawmakers say they want to determine if the state's criminal laws are strong enough to prosecute people who molest children, in particular priests who are accused of molesting parishioners. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/07_scheckt_clergyabuse/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Senate ad spending worries gubernatorial candidates The expected amount of large spending in the U.S. Senate race has the state's gubernatorial candidates worried they may face a challenge getting their names and faces on prime time. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/25_scheckt_campaignads/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 West Nile virus reaches Minnesota The Minnesota Health Department says it has found two cases of West Nile virus in the state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/24_scheckt_westnile/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Bush in Minneapolis to push Republican prescription drug bill During a speech in Minneapolis, President Bush urged Congress to adopt a prescription drug bill for seniors -- one that won't 'undermine the system.' http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/11_scheckt_bush/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 The nurses' strike - one year later One year ago this week, 1,300 nurses ended a 23-day strike against two metro area hospitals and returned to work. One term of the settlement allows nurses to shut down a hospital unit to new patients, if they believe staff is stretched too thin. Hospital administration and the union say the provision helps, but doesn't fully resolve the underlying problem - a shortage of nurses. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/26_scheckt_nurseupdate/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Who'll get the youth vote? What will the disenfranchised voters who turned out for Jesse Ventura in 1998 do this time around, without the candidate who roused them from their apathy? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/21_scheckt_youngvoters/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty wins marathon for GOP endorsement After 17 hours and 12 ballots, Orono businessman Brian Sullivan conceded the Republican gubernatorial endorsement to Tim Pawlenty. The House majority leader never got the required 60 percent, but came within 36 votes on the final ballot. Though the contest was hard fought, both rivals urged GOP activists to unite behind the victor. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/14_mccalluml_govendorse/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Campaign 2002 profile: Tim Pawlenty Minnesota's Republican Party holds its state convention this week, and delegates will endorse a candidate for governor Friday. The race is a virtual dead heat between the two candidates vying for the endorsement, Orono businessman Brian Sullivan and House Majority Leader Tim Pawlenty of Eagan. Pawlenty says his experience and background are the main reasons delegates should choose him. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/13_scheckt_pawlenty/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 GOP candidates for governor hold final debate The two candidates for the Republican gubernatorial endorsement participated Tuesday night in the final debate before the state's party convention later this week. House Majority Leader Tim Pawlenty of Eagan and Orono businessman Brian Sullivan are engaged in a close race to win the party's endorsement. Both candidates say they'll drop out of the race if delegates choose their opponent. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/12_scheckt_gopgovdebate/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Bruininks named interim president of University of Minnesota Robert Bruininks was named interim president of the University of Minnesota on Friday to replace President Mark Yudof, who is leaving to become chancellor of the University of Texas. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/07_scheckt_u/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Twins spared through 2003 in lawsuit settlement The Minnesota Twins will play next season as part of a deal approved Thursday that settles a lawsuit blocking baseball's contraction plan. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/06_scheckt_stadium/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 With Legislature adjourned, it's Ventura's turn Gov. Ventura says he will make a quick decision on which projects he'll cut from the Legislature's $979 million bonding bill. Ventura said the bill is too large, especially after lawmakers overrode his veto of the budget-balancing bill. The governor also says he has concerns about stadium legislation and a proposed requirement that would require students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/20_scheckt_session/?refid=0 Mon, 20 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Ventura vetoes budget fix; Legislature overrides The Minnesota Legislature voted late Saturday night to override Gov. Ventura's veto of a budget bill. The bill erases the state's remaining $439 million projected deficit, but Gov. Ventura says lawmakers took the easy way out. While legislators overrode the budget veto in quick order, they struggled to agree on an anti-terrorism bill. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/19_scheckt_budget/?refid=0 Sun, 19 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Ventura ready to play hardball for commuter rail A proposed compromise for a bonding bill didn't include funding for commuter rail. Gov. Ventura may use his line-item veto authority to influence legislators to reconsider their agreement. He says arts projects, which are being funded in the bill, should be cut. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/16_scheckt_bonding/?refid=0 Thu, 16 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Budget bill sent to Ventura; appears likely to survive veto After weeks of inaction on the biggest issue they face this year, the House on Wednesday passed a budget-balancing bill 88-44. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/15_scheckt_budget/?refid=0 Wed, 15 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Luther opts for 2nd District Sixth District Democratic Congressman Bill Luther says he will move into the 2nd Congressional District to avoid running to avoid running against a Republican incumbent. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/13_scheckt_luther/?refid=0 Mon, 13 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Ventura back in budget negotiations Gov. Ventura entered budget negotiations as the legislative session heads into its final stages. Ventura called legislative leaders to his office to tell them what he expected in the proposed budget-balancing plan, transportation financing package and bonding bill. While Ventura and his administration say they're willing to get involved in budget talks, House and Senate leaders say they don't necessarily need him to complete their work. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/09_scheckt_govmeeting/?refid=0 Thu, 09 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Ventura says he'll fight to block income disclosure bill Gov. Jesse Ventura promised to veto a bill requiring him to disclose his private income and threatened Friday to sue if lawmakers enact the proposal over his objection. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/03_scheckt_outsideincome/?refid=0 Fri, 03 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Tensions rise between anti-tobacco group, Hatch Attorney General Mike Hatch added new weapons Wednesday in his battle to dismantle an anti-tobacco group funded with state money: lung cancer survivors and two former governors. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/01_scheckt_tobacco/?refid=0 Wed, 01 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Pledge requirement passes Senate The state Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill to require Minnesota students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at least once a week. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/25_scheckt_pledge/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Tug of war over tobacco money escalates A disagreement between the Minnesota Attorney General's office and a non-profit anti-tobacco organization escalated Tuesday. The two sides are fighting over how the non-profit distributes hundreds of millions of dollars for smoking cessation and medical research. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/24_scheckt_mpaat/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Pentel announces candidacy for governor Minneapolis activist Ken Pentel has announced his candidicacy for governor as a member of the Green Party. The Green Party became one of four major political parties in the state when Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader garnered over five percent of the vote in 2000. Pentel says the major themes of his campaign will be improving the state's environment, its election system and help poor people. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/19_scheckt_pentel/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 House negotiators now open to gas tax increase For the first time, House members on a transportation panel have signaled a willingness to raise the gasoline tax to pay for road projects. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/17_scheckt_transportation/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Minus abortion provision, budget bill advances in Senate The Senate has given preliminary approval to a budget balancing bill that erases the state's debt for the current biennium and tackles a portion of the debt in the next two year budget. The bill uses accounting shifts and several tax increases to cover the projected $439 million remaining in the deficit. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/26_scheckt_phasetwo/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Ventura says legislators have made Minnesota vulnerable to terrorists Ventura told an emergency management conference that a budget-balancing bill passed last week over his objections has depleted the state's reserves and has made the state vulnerable. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/07_scheckt_terrorism/?refid=0 Thu, 07 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Senate announces $7.5 billion transportation proposal In a time of deep budget deficit, it's tough for lawmakers to come up with even an extra penny for anything. But Senate Democrats think they've found a way to raise $7.5 billion over the next decade to fill the state's potholes, widen roads and improve transit. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/27_scheckt_transportation/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 House deals blow to gambling proponents A key House policy committee defeated seven bills that would have expanded gambling in the state. Supporters argue that a state-run casino and other forms of gambling would provide an economic benefit to a state facing budget problems. They also argue the revenues could help finance a new stadium for the Twins and Vikings. Opponents say there's already enough gambling in the state and say it's morally wrong. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/22_scheckt_gambling/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Committee kills Vikings stadium plan A plan to build the Minnesota Vikings and University of Minnesota a new football stadium was quashed by a large margin Monday in its first committee test this legislative session. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/18_khoom_stadiums/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Anti-abortion bill passes key committee A key House committee has approved a measure that would forbid the state to issue family planning grants to groups that are connected in any way to abortion services. Supporters of the measure say abortion providers can continue to do business, but wouldn't be allowed to receive any state money. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/14_scheckt_abortion/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Anti-terrorism bills spark civil rights debate Civil rights groups and privacy advocates rallied at the state Capitol to protest proposed anti-terrorism legislation moving through the House and Senate. Gov. Ventura, House Republicans and Senate DFLers all have plans to give law enforcement more tools to monitor and prosecute alleged terrorists, but civil rights advocates say Minnesotans' civil liberties may be violated if the proposals become law. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/14_scheckt_terrorism/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Coalition announces road plan that relies on gas-tax hike A bi-partisan group of lawmakers, labor unions and business leaders announced a plan that would increase transportation funding by $2.2 billion over the next five years. The proposal calls for using all of the taxes collected on new and used cars and an increase to the state's gasoline tax. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/07_scheckt_transportation/?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 'Do Not Call bill' gets committee approval A House committee has approved a bill that would prevent telemarketers from calling individuals who put their names on a state-sponsored 'do-not-call' list. Supporters of the measure say telemarketers are inundating residents with too many calls and becoming a nuisance. Opponents argue the bill won't do anything to stop fraudulent telemarketers and will impede businesses that rely on telemarketing. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/06_scheckt_donotcall/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 House and Senate at odds over funding unemployment benefits State officials told House and Senate committees that Minnesota's two funds for the unemployed are running out of money. Thousands of layoffs have drained cash from both the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and the Dislocated Worker Program. House DFLers reacted by criticizing the Ventura administration and House Republicans for not providing any solutions to the problem. Others warned against treating the budget problems a partisan political issue. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/30_scheckt_unemployment/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Unemployment trust fund could dry up A Legislative Auditor's report says the state's unemployment insurance fund is well below the national average and could dry up early next year if the state's unemployment rates remains steady or rises. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/28_scheckt_unemployment/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Guns, Gambling likely to spark legislative debate A few controversial social issues will come up in the legislative session. Some lawmakers say expanding gambling in the state would help solve the budget problems and also build two professional sports stadiums. Advocates of changing the laws covering carrying concealed handguns say the events of Sept.11 have prompted them to revisit that issue. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/24_scheckt_slotsandguns/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Abortion rally highlights upcoming debate Several thousand abortion opponents attended a rally at the state Capitol Tuesday to commemorate the 29th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision. Event organizers also detailed their agenda for the upcoming legislative session. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/22_scheckt_abortion/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 If Twins leave, will the Twin Cities' luster take a walk too? If Major League Baseball moves ahead with its contraction plans and cuts the Twins before next season, some have suggested that the Twin Cities reputation as a major league city sports location would be in jeopardy. However, economists say the fallout from the loss of the team would be more psychological than economic. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/27_scheckt_coldomaha/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Contraction retraction? Major League Baseball and its players' union are reportedly close to reaching an agreement that delays contraction for a year. If the deal goes through, the Twins will play baseball next season, but could still face elimination at the end of the 2002 baseball season. Some state lawmakers and other stadium activists say the delay gives them time to save the team, but acknowledge a stadium financing plan would have to be put together quickly. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/11_scheckt_twins/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Ventura appoints tri-partisan task force on health care. Gov. Jesse Ventura is appointing a tri-partisan task force to examine the rising cost of health care and the quality of health care in the state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/03_scheckt_hctaskforce/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Twins president links Twins future to stadium Minnesota Twins President Jerry Bell on Thursday linked the team's survival to legislative action on a new stadium, provided the franchise dodges the contraction ax for a year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/29_khoom_taskforce/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 No action on contraction Baseball owners meeting in Chicago took no action on the issue of eliminating two teams before the 2002 season, raising speculation that the Minnesota Twins may play one more season, possibly as lame ducks. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/27_scheckt_twins/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Stadium supporters begin to flex muscle Rain and cool temperatures didn't keep several thousand Twins fans from gathering at the Metrodome to support the future of the team. At a rally coordinated by the grassroots organization <i>Keep the Twins at Home,</i> fans expressed support for Major League Baseball in the state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/19_scheckt_twinsrally/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Judge considering an injunction against contraction Hennepin County District Judge Harry Crump says he'll decide in the next few days whether the Twins are under a contract to play baseball in the Metrodome next year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/15_scheckt_twins/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Legislators play for time as Twins' execution nears State lawmakers say they're sending a letter to Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and Twins owner Carl Pohlad, asking them to delay a vote that could eliminate the Twins. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/02_scheckt_twins/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Poll: Little support for public financing for Twins' stadium Even with growing talk of Major League Baseball folding the Twins, residents in Minneapolis and St. Paul remain strongly opposed to spending tax dollars on a new ballpark. Baseball's commissioner and the team owners are scheduled to meet Nov. 6 to discuss reorganization of the league. A poll conducted by Minnesota Public Radio and the St. Paul Pioneer Press shows people are concerned about losing the team, but that concern hasn't made them more receptive to investing in stadiums. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/01_scheckt_baseballpoll/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Senator wants more oversight of health care industry The chairman of the state Senate Finance Committee is calling on state agencies to get tougher with the state's health care providers. The committee held a hearing Tuesday on Attorney General Mike Hatch's audit of Allina Health Systems. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/30_scheckt_healthhearing/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Preparing for bioterrorism takes on new urgency for Minnesota officials Officials will test several areas of the state Capitol, the governor's residence on Summit Ave., and Ventura's Maple Grove ranch for anthrax. The tests follow news that anthrax spores were discovered in New York Gov. George Pataki's office. Ventura, members of his staff and several Minnesota reporters visited the office two weeks ago. Meanwhile, some Minnesota lawmakers and staffers in the nation's Capitol say they're undergoing tests for exposure to the bacteria. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/17_scheckt_anthrax/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Kelly retires as manager of Twins Tom Kelly, the longest-tenured coach or manager in American pro sports, announced his retirement Friday after 15 full seasons managing the Minnesota Twins. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/12_scheckt_kelly/?refid=0 Fri, 12 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Ventura visits &quot;ground zero;&quot;opens new rift with media During Gov. Jesse Ventura's visit to New York, Ventura met with a bond rating agency and toured the area of the World Trade Center disaster site, where he handed out memorial cards written by Minnesotans to relief workers. But on Wednesday, a spat with Minnesota reporters over access to the governor, led to Ventura vowing never to talk to the Minnesota media again. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/03_scheckt_ventura/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Family, friends remember Minnesota native killed in terrorist attacks Friends and family members remembered Tom Burnett as a hero Tuesday night at St. Edwards Catholic Church. He was among those killed when a hijacked airplane crashed in the Pennsylvania countryside during last week's terrorist attacks. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/19_scheckt_victim/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Local hospitals examine emergency preparedness Emergency room physicians say hospitals throughout the state are re-examining their emergency plans after last week's terrorist attacks. Doctors say a large patient load like those seen on the East Coast could stretch their resources. Hospital officials also say they need to increase their planning to prepare for other types of disasters, especially a bioterrorist attack. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/18_scheckt_hospitals/?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Allina audit won't end HMO spending debate When Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch releases his audit of Allina Health System sometime in the next few weeks, health care experts and policy makers say it won't resolve the dispute over spending practices of the state's HMOs. In March, Hatch released some of his findings in court documents, which alleged Allina spent nearly half of its premium dollars on administrative expenses. Hatch critics say those figures are misleading and call his investigation overreaching. HMO critics say the audit will offer a look into the often private spending practices of a health plan. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/27_scheckt_allinaaudit/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Allina shakes up board Allina Hospitals and Clinics has announced its new board of directors Friday. Allina has added 10 new members to its 21-person board of directors and has dropped 19 members of the former board. The new board includes five doctors and board members at some of Allina's hospitals and clinics. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/10_scheckt_allina/?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Allina decision spurs health policy debate Last week's announcement that Allina Health System will split its health plan, Medica, from its hospitals and clinics has some state officials calling for a closer look at the state's health care system. In the early 1990s, the government began encouraging consolidation of health care services. Some observers say it's time to revive that policy discussion. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/25_scheckt_healthpolicy/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Session 2001: Health and Human Services A bill providing $7 billion for health and human services programs passed the House and Senate by wide margins, but the final vote totals don't reflect the contentious negotiations that led to an agreement on the bill. It will have broad implications for how the state treats its most vulnerable residents - the elderly, the sick and the very young. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/02_scheckt_health/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Focus: The stem cell debate Embryonic stem cell research has been hailed by scientists as a way of curing diseases like diabetes and Parkinson's. Opponents say the procedure is immoral and unethical because scientists need to destroy a fertilized egg to isolate the precious cells. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/29_scheckt_stemcell/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Nurses strike ends after 23 days The Minnesota Nurses Association says the 1,350 nurses at Fairview Southdale in Edina and Fairview Riverside in Minneapolis will go back to work on Friday morning after ratifying a new contract. The ratification vote ends a 23-day strike by the nurses and puts an end to bitter negotiations between the union and 13 Twin Cities hospitals. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/25_scheckt_nurses/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Nurses Strike May End Soon The Minnesota Nurses Association says the union has reached a tentative contract agreement with two Fairview Hospitals, which may end a strike by 1,350 nurses. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/23_scheckt_strike/?refid=0 Sat, 23 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 'A Huge, Deadly Mistake' Nurses at two Minneapolis hospitals will remain on the job even though they may have rejected a contract proposal last weekend by a single vote. Officials with the Minnesota Nurses Association say they discovered a voting mixup only after telling Allina Health System that nurses at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and the Phillips Eye Institute had ratified the contract. By then, it was too late to correct the mistake. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/06_scheckt_count/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Nurses Uneasy Despite Contract Ratification Officials with the Minnesota Nurses Associaiton and Allina Health Systems say they'll meet again to 'explore options' regarding the recount of votes by nurses at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and the Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis. The union says it conducted three recounts of the ratification of the vote on Sunday and would only say the tally 'was in doubt.' The union did recounts at two other hospitals as well and say they turned up no discrepencies. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/05_scheckt_nurses/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Nurses Strike at Fairview Hospitals Nurses at the Fairview University Medical Center's Riverside Campus in Minneapolis and Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina are picketing for a second day Monday. The 1,500 registered nurses broke ranks with union members at 11 other hospitals by rejecting a contract proposal that included a 19.8 percent salary increase over three years. Nurses at the 11 hospitals ratified contracts in the past three weeks. The striking nurses say the financial portions of the contract are similar to their counterparts. But they say Fairview did little to address staffing and scheduling issues. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/04_scheckt_picket/?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 A Settlement and a Strike Fifteen-hundred nurses at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina and at the Fairview University Riverside Campus Hospital in Minneapolis rejected the latest contract offer by the hospital and are on strike, the first strike by nurses in the Twin Cities since 1984. So far, nurses at those two Faiview Hospitals are the only nurses to walk off the job. Nurses at four Allina hospitals, three HealthEast hospitals and two Children's hospitals voted to ratify their contracts. Nurses at Methodist Hospital in St Louis Park are scheduled to vote on a tentative agreement Sunday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/03_scheckt_strike/?refid=0 Sun, 03 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Contract Deals Presented to Rank and File The Minnesota Nurses Association is getting ready to present contract proposals from seven Twin Cities hospitals to 5,500 nurses over the next two days. While the bargaining units for the hospitals and the union seem optimistic that the rank-and-file membership will approve the agreements, some nurses are expressing disappointment. Since the hospitals and union started contract talks in February, nurses have been asking for better working conditions and higher pay. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/01_scheckt_nostrike/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 More Hospitals Reach Settlements There are new signs of progress in efforts to avert a strike by Twin Cities nurses. A federal mediator has directed negotiators for Fairview Hospitals and the nurses union to resume talks. The two hospitals, Fairview Southdale and Fairview University, have 1,500 nurses on staff. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/31_scheckt_strike/?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Nurses Approve Strike at Hospitals Nurses at 12 of 13 Twin Cities hospitals have rejected a contract proposal and say they'll strike when their contract runs out on May 31. Eleven-hundred nurses at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale ratified their contract after hospital management broke ranks with the other hospitals by offering better terms. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/18_scheckt_nurses/?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Nurses, Hospitals Can't Agree on Salary Issues The Minnesota Nurses Association and 13 Twin Cities hospitals ended negotiations Monday night on a proposed contract the nurse's union says is unacceptable. After negotiating for 14 hours Monday, the hospitals came forward with their final contract proposal which one hospital spokesperson called "unprecedented." But the union says the raise isn't adequate and will recommend that its members reject the proposal when the union votes on Thursday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/15_scheckt_morenurses/?refid=0 Tue, 15 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Countdown to a Nurses' Strike The Minnesota Nurses Association and representatives from 13 Twin Cities hospitals continue negotiating the financial portion of a new contract. The current contracts for 9,000 nurses in the Twin Cities expire on May 31. Throughout the talks, the union has been asking for higher pay, but says more nurses and better care are their top priorities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/14_scheckt_nurses/?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Changes for a Saint Paul Icon Workers will replace the Cathedral of Saint Paul's 60,000 square foot roof and refinish the buildings exterior. Church officials say the $35 million renovation will bring about some significant changes to the 85-year-old structure. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200103/14_scheckt_cathedral/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Mar 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Lawmakers, Hatch Push Patients' Rights Legislation A bipartisan group of lawmakers say they want to enact a "patient's bill of rights" during this year's session. Lawmakers say the measure will ensure that HMOs are held accountable when a patient is denied care. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200102/27_scheckt_patientrights/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Feb 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Ventura Unveils Effort to Provide Health Coverage for Kids Gov. Jesse Ventura</a> has announced a plan that he hopes will provide more health care coverage to Minnesota's children. Ventura teamed up with the Minnesota Council of Health Plans and the Childrens' Defense Fund to announce an outreach program to insure more Minnesota children. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200102/22_scheckt_health/?refid=0 Thu, 22 Feb 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Session 2001: Abortion Anti-abortion legislation is sure to come up in the Legislature in 2001 Both chambers in the Minnesota Legislature are controlled by legislators opposed to legalized abortion. The only question is where the legislation will appear, and when. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200012/27_scheckt_legisabortion/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Dec 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Nursing Shortage Will Likely be a Long Term Problem In this era of low unemployment, employers are having a difficult time hiring and retaining skilled workers. In the health care sector, where lives are at stake, the hiring crunch is even more severe. Hospitals, nursing homes and doctor's offices all say the biggest workforce shortage is on the front lines of medicine: nurses. Hospital administrators say the nursing shortage comes at a time when the population is growing older, and the need for care is growing. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200012/22_scheckt_nurses/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Dec 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Hmong Celebrate New Year The Minnesota Hmong population is the largest in the United States and is celebrating the 23rd Annual New Year's celebration in Saint Paul. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200011/24_scheckt_hmong/?refid=0 Fri, 24 Nov 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Close Races Highlight Minnesota's Congressional Ticket Six incumbents in Minnesota's eight congressional districts won back their seats. The two closest races were in Minnesota's second and sixth districts. In the sixth, voters are sending back Democratic Congressman Bill Luther after he engaged in a tight rematch with Republican challenger John Kline. In the second district, Republican challenger Mark Kennedy won. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200011/08_scheckt_congress/?refid=0 Wed, 08 Nov 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Profile: The 6th District Race Voters in Minnesota's sixth congressional district will choose between two familiar candidates. Democratic incumbent Congressman Bill Luther and Republican challenger John Kline squared off in 1998 in a race that was decided by four percent of the vote. For this year's rematch, Kline has raised nearly $1 million to help him win the seat. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200010/30_scheckt_6dist/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Oct 2000 12:00:00 -0600 A Question of Life A Colorado couple's daughter suffers from a rare - and often fatal - genetic disease. The parents employed a unique genetic embryo test to produce a child that would be a bone marrow match to their daughter. Their plan worked, but bioethicists and abortion opponents worry some may take the measures too far. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200010/18_scheckt_babies/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Oct 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Luther, Kline Hold First Debate The two candidates in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District met in their first debate in Ham Lake. Democratic Congressman Bill Luther and the Republican candidate, retired Marine John Kline discussed the federal government's role in tax reform, health care and education. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200009/29_scheckt_6distdebate/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Sep 2000 12:00:00 -0500 In Search of Asbestos The Minnesota Department of Health says it will do a larger search for anyone who may have been exposed to asbestos from vermiculite at a North Minneapolis plant. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200009/15_scheckt_asbestos/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Sep 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Forced to Tell A new state law that takes effect next year will make Minnesota the first state to require welfare and health care case workers to report illegal immigrants to the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Legislators who wrote the bill say the policy will discourage immigrants from entering Minnesota illegally and gaining access to state welfare services. Critics say the law targets all immigrants, including those in Minnesota legally. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200008/28_scheckt_immigrants/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Aug 2000 12:00:00 -0500 African-American Fraternity Visits Twin Cities The oldest International African-American Fraternity for professional men has unveiled a <i>National Strategic Plan for Black America</i>. The final day of The Sigma Pi Phi's national meeting in Minneapolis culminated in the group breaking with its own non-political traditions to unveil its answers to the problems facing African-Americans. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200008/03_scheckt_frat/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Aug 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Hope for Diabetics Could Come from U of M The University of Minnesota's Diabetes Institute will be one of 10 centers throughout the world to participate in clinical trials, to see if a procedure done by Canadian researchers will help diabetes patients. Last month, a New England Journal of Medicine study showed that the procedure in Canada had tremendous success. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200007/13_scheckt_diabetes/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jul 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Who Will Care for the Baby Boomers? Several state groups say they're concerned about the availability of long-term care for the baby-boom generation. They've been holding forums around the state to raise the issue's profile. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200006/20_scheckt_care/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jun 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Mine Closing Rocks Iron Range The LTV Steel Company announced that it will permanently shut down its taconite plant in Hoyt Lakes. Company officials say they had to close the plant because it is obsolete, expensive, and the quality of the ore it produces has deteriorated in the past few years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200005/24_scheckt_mine/?refid=0 Wed, 24 May 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Teens Target Tobacco The first set of television, radio and billboard ads from Minnesota's $490 million Youth Tobacco Endowment have been unveiled. The advertisements were designed by teenagers with the hopes of discouraging youth smoking. The ads target the tobacco industry, not smokers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200004/27_scheckt_tobacco/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Apr 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Justice Department Investigates U of M The U.S. attorney's office has issued two grand jury subpoenas seeking information about academic fraud in the University of Minnesota's men's basketball program. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200004/14_sheckt_u/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Apr 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Effort Focuses on Detecting Hearing Loss Early in Life One out of every 1,000 babies born in Minnesota is deaf. Another three to four will be diagnosed as hard of hearing. For many of these children, detection of their disorder doesn't happen until they're one or two years old. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200004/03_scheckt_deaf/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Apr 2000 12:00:00 -0500