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Sep 7, 2016

Supreme Court boots GOP House incumbent

The court rules Rep. Bob Barrett is not a legal resident of the district he represents

May 22, 2014

Zellers introduces Dean Simpson as gubernatorial running mate

Prior to joining the contest as Zellers' choice for the lieutenant governor, Simpson had been chairman of the campaign.

Nov 18, 2013

The Capitol Note: Education Minnesota endorses Dayton for reelection

The teachers union counts 70,000 educators among its members.

Nov 12, 2013

The Capitol Note: MMB plans to go forward with stadium bond sale

Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter rejected calls from American Indian activists who were pushing for the delay of bond sales on the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, the Star Tribune reports. The activists are trying to get assurances that the word "Redskins," the' nickname for the Washington, D.C. NFL team, will not be displayed inside the stadium.

May 19, 2013

House passes K-12 funding bill

The bill will increase the basic funding formula to schools by $234 million, or 3 percent, which Marquart said would break down to more than $300 in new spending per student.

Apr 24, 2013

House passes $15.7B education finance bill

K-12 education finance bills that account for roughly 40 percent of the state’s general fund spending are moving through the House and Senate floors this week.

Apr 10, 2013

Lawmakers consider memorabilia, suite tax to help pay for Vikings stadium

While voting against the $975 million stadium proposal last year, the committee's chairwoman, Rep. Ann Lenczewski, brought the sports memorabilia tax before lawmakers. The bill would also expand the sales tax to suite and box seat rentals.

Aug 3, 2012

Money magnets: Some candidates have significant financial advantage over rivals

The Senate District 49 race has resulted in the largest haul so far with more than $100,000 in political contributions. Campaign finance reports have revealed this and a lot more, including some notable financial mismatches as well as challengers bringing in more than incumbents.

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.

Feb 8, 2012

Racino push may wither again

There was little fanfare when not one but two racino bills surfaced in the Minnesota Legislature last week. The perennial proposal to install slot machines in racetracks usually enters into the political milieu with news conferences and headlines.

Apr 28, 2011

‘Sanctuary city’ bill clears committee after contentious hearing

A proposal that would prohibit so-called "sanctuary cities" cleared a House committee Thursday morning on a voice vote. The bill, authored by Rep. Bob Barrett, would explicitly forbid local governments from preventing employees from investigating the immigration status of individuals.

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