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Oct 3, 2018

Commentary: Sources of surprise in the coming elections

What will shape the outcome of the 2018 elections nationally and in Minnesota?

Sep 19, 2018

Commentary: Key Minnesota races highly competitive

Democrats lead in races for both Senate seats and the governorship, but only in one case — Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s 53-38 percent lead over Jim Newberger — does the race appear to be noncompetitive.

Sep 17, 2018

Commentary: 3D guns and shootout at Bill of Rights Corral

These 3-D cases test the limits of what is speech and implicitly, whether a right to bear arms means obtaining the plans to build your own gun.

Aug 22, 2018

Commentary: Blue wave or Trump trend in Minnesota?

Let’s consider several aspects of the primary and post-primary situations to parse the big question.

Jun 15, 2018

Commentary: A blizzard of candidates for Minnesota in 2018

The confusion at the DFL convention suggested the renewed timeliness of the Will Rogers’ crack from 1935: “I am not a member of any organized party — I am a Democrat.”

Jan 3, 2018

Commentary: The fallout from Franken’s Senate resignation

How has the state and national political world changed?

Mar 1, 2017

Capitol Retort: Protester bills, town hall heat, skyrockets in flight

Our review of issues in state and national news, with a rotating cast of political people in the know.

Mar 1, 2017

Breaking the Ice: Court administrator’s role has statewide reach

“It’s great to be working for the third branch of government."

Feb 28, 2017

Bills seek more transparency for MnDOT projects

Project selection process at issue

Feb 28, 2017

Politics of the Past: ‘Grave doubts’ couldn’t stop hanging

Ann Bilansky executed in 1860 despite shaky murder case

Feb 28, 2017

Room to breathe, argue with Minnesota’s $1.65B surplus

Minnesota's Republican-controlled Legislature and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton will have more money to haggle over in the new budget, after state budget officials announced Tuesday that the projected budget surplus has grown to $1.65 billion. Top lawmakers had expected a $1.4 billion surplus, based on December estimates, but both sides have largely been in a budgetary holding pattern since sessi[...]

Feb 27, 2017

Minnesota Legislature votes to nix Sunday liquor sales ban

After a decade of stalled and failed efforts, Minnesota's Legislature has voted to allow Sunday liquor store sales as the Senate passed a bill Monday repealing the state's long-standing ban. The Senate's 38-28 approval of the bill put an exclamation point on an unprecedented effort to finally take down the state's old Blue Law that makes Minnesota one of just 12 states to ban Sunday liquor sa[...]

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