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Jul 16, 2014

Supreme Court sides with Kahn campaign in election judge petition

Rep. Phyllis Kahn's re-election campaign won a legal victory on Tuesday after a Supreme Court order affirmed that an election judge accused of attempting to sway voters toward Kahn's opponent, Mohamud Noor, should no longer interact with voters.

Jul 11, 2014

Allegations keep flying in Noor-Kahn contest

The tooth-and-nail contest between 42-year incumbent Rep. Phyllis Kahn and Somali newcomer Mohamud Noor continues to draw allegations of violence, intimidation and voter suppression from both sides of the race.

Jul 11, 2014

The Capitol Note: Franken raised $3.3 million to McFadden’s $1.1 million last quarter

US Sen. Al Franken has raised more than $3.3 million last quarter compared to more than $1.1 million raised by his main opponent, businessman Mike McFadden, their campaigns reported ahead of the incoming campaign finance reporting deadline.

Jun 30, 2014

The Capitol Note: Kahn campaign alleges voter fraud from opponent Noor’s supporters

Veteran Rep. Phyllis Kahn's campaign alleged that fraudulent voting by supporters of her opponent, Mohamud Noor, was rampant on Friday, the day early voting began in Minnesota.

Jan 3, 2014

Noor challenges Kahn for Minneapolis seat

Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, thinks Mohamud Noor needs to make up his mind. Kahn, one of the longest-tenured legislators in state history said she is not surprised to have a Democratic opponent for the party endorsement.

Sep 27, 2013

Outdoors panel agrees to projects that drew veto

After months of controversy at the state Capitol about Legacy funding, a citizen/legislator panel has arrived at an apparent compromise to recommend outdoors projects paid for with dedicated sales tax dollars.

Mar 22, 2013

Another year, another pension problem

The omnibus pension bill that’s beginning its path through the Legislature puts the state’s ailing pension funds for police and firefighters back on the path to solvency.

Dec 28, 2012

Police-fire pension fund needs fixing in 2013

After several years spent patching up the state’s ailing public pensions, lawmakers have another pension fund bailout to weigh, as underfunding threatens long-range stability for 9,000-plus.

Dec 26, 2012

What to watch for in Minnesota’s coming legislative session

Here’s a guide to key policy matters that are likely to be addressed and heavily lobbied in the 2013 legislative session.

Dec 19, 2012

Beyond the budget 2013

The path through any budget session leads to a negotiating table at which the governor and legislative leaders work out the most politically palatable taxing and spending deal they can muster. But the budget is never the only game in town. Before the session endgame gets played out, a network of committees will play host to various and sundry dramas involving policy issues before state government.[...]

Aug 8, 2012

Three vie for Champion’s old House seat

The retirement of DFL Sen. Linda Higgins from her District 58 Minneapolis seat set off a game of musical chairs in one of the most staunchly DFL areas in Minnesota.

May 20, 2011

Will Crown Hydro turn to Capitol for help?

Crown Hydro is considering turning to the Legislature to get its controversial downtown Minneapolis hydroelectric project moving forward, a prospect opponents criticized as an “end-around.”

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