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Apr 16, 2014

Spring break is campaign time in greater Minnesota

DFLers hit swing districts to push accomplishments.

Dec 12, 2013

The Capitol Note: Dayton voices frustration over MNsure

Dayton said the existing "operational problems" worry him, and are the kind of hitches that should have been worked out some time ago.

Jun 26, 2013

MN United PAC releases ‘Minnesota 15’ list

On the same day the U.S. Supreme Court struck struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the Minnesotans United PAC released the full "Minnesota 15" list of pro-gay marriage legislators who will be made "priorities" in their reelection campaigns. That list includes the five legislative Republicans who voted in favor of the bill and 10 rural Democrats serving in the House who could be vulnera[...]

Feb 15, 2013

OLA: Conservation easements need tune-up

A new report from the legislative auditor will likely spur lawmakers to re-examine the money they’re giving to state agencies and nonprofits to conserve outdoor habitat.

Aug 15, 2012

Sand-mining boom on legislative agenda

While excavating sand is nothing new in Minnesota, the rush to excavate large quantities to ship to the Dakotas has quickly unearthed a prominent issue for state legislators and regulators.

Jun 15, 2012

Boom in frac sand mining leaves Minnesota regulators scrambling

Silica sand mining has become a booming business in southeastern Minnesota, and as a result it’s also become a burgeoning issue at the Legislature.

May 9, 2012

Capitol awaits final stadium vote

After a pair of marathon floor debates, the House and Senate passed legislation this week authorizing construction of a $975 million stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.

Mar 12, 2012

Lyle Koenen to run in Senate special election

DFL state Rep. Lyle Koenen has announced he's running to succeed the late DFL Sen. Gary Kubly in the April 10 special election. Kubly's successor will serve for a brief time before this fall's election in the newly drawn legislative districts.

Mar 7, 2012

As endorsing season looms, MN legislators scrambling to finalize election plans

House and Senate races across the state are rapidly shaking out after the release of the 2012 legislative map last month. And with local endorsing conventions set to take place throughout March, incumbents and challengers alike have little time to make decisions about their political futures.

Mar 5, 2012

Legislative contests come into focus

House and Senate races across the state are rapidly shaking out following the release of new legislative maps.

Oct 7, 2011

Report may shape next play in Vikings stadium push

The Minnesota Vikings’ partnership with Ramsey County officials in pursuit of a new football stadium in Arden Hills has remained intact. But the alliance appears to be increasingly isolated in the face of forces in business and elected office in Minnesota who have reservations — or other ideas.

May 25, 2011

Legacy spending and tort reform among bills that never made it to final passage

To the surprise of many, time ran out on the Legislature before votes were taken on several prominent bills unrelated to Minnesota’s general fund budget battle. While some bills passed the Legislature in the last three days of session, a raft of legislation now sits in limbo, including the Legacy funding bill and pension reform.

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