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Jan 20, 2017

Sides prepare for 2nd round in sick-time suit

Injunction exempts businesses based outside of Minneapolis

Jan 20, 2017

House passes insurance premium relief, reform

Amendment allows insurers to sell policies without some federally mandated coverage

Jan 20, 2017

Capitol Retort: Insurance relief, Russian threat, Willie weed

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

Jan 19, 2017

Judiciary seeks funds for two new district judges

The $1.7 million request would also pay for two new court reporters and two law clerks

Jan 19, 2017

Breaking the Ice: Scott Jensen brings medical, civic experience to Senate

He hopes to bring “expertise and common sense to the health care reform issue”

Jan 18, 2017

Anti-abortion Republicans stronger than ever

John Ashcroft stood in the place of Jeff Sessions the last time a new Republican administration came to power. Like Sessions, Ashcroft was a conservative senator who had been nominated to be attorney general. Also like Sessions, Ashcroft became a top target of Senate Democrats. Although he was confirmed, Ashcroft drew more opposing votes than any other George W. Bush nominee in 2001. Some of th[...]

Jan 18, 2017

Pot industry exhales (a little) after session’s testimony

WASHINGTON — When Donald Trump appointed Jeff Sessions as attorney general, the cannabis industry let out a collective groan. This week the industry, which is expected to balloon to $50 billion by 2026, got a hint of reprieve after Sessions was questioned about marijuana policy during his confirmation hearing. One cannabis investor went so far as to call the hearing a “huge victory.” Othe[...]

Jan 18, 2017

Senate OKs premium relief; House up next

‘Mystified’ Dayton threatens not to sign bill if reinsurance provisions remain

Jan 18, 2017

Politics of the Past: When Minnesota tried to stop the presses

Did Gov. Floyd Olson order a tabloid journalist murdered?

Jan 17, 2017

GOP wins insurance relief data showdown

Democrats complained that the data-practices portion of the GOP plan would “explode government”

Jan 12, 2017

Ignition interlock data public, commissioner admits

Committee chair plans to introduce bill putting halt to geo-tracking

Jan 12, 2017

Capitol Retort: DPS grilled on GPS, early unanimity, $8 billion

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