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Dan McGrath

May 2, 2014

The Capitol Note: House compromise divides lawmakers, advocates

The bill would allow children and certain adults with severe illnesses -- more restrictive than a different proposal that has stalled in the House -- to ingest and vaporize marijuana as part of clinical trials. The Senate version, which has been moving with more force, is more permissive. The proposals will travel in earnest on Friday into next week.

Dec 13, 2013

Bergstrom aim: ‘get out in front’

Greta Bergstrom’s campaign strategy to win the DFL endorsement for the House seat being vacated by Rep. Michael Paymar is simple, according to her campaign co-chair. “Get out in front and get people backing you right from the start,” St. Paul City Council member Amy Brendmoen said.

Dec 11, 2013

Nguyen’s SoS bid draws wide support

At 43, Nguyen said he plans to devote this decade to public service. His first major foray into that realm was a hard-fought loss in an effort to join the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. Undeterred, he decided to aim even higher with his next target, and is now the lone declared Republican candidate to succeed two-term DFL incumbent Mark Ritchie as Secretary of State.

Dec 4, 2013

The Capitol Note: Dayton says stadium will boost state economy

Political and ideological opponents did not waste their chance to grab some of the spotlight from Tuesday's groundbreaking.

Aug 12, 2013

Despite funding struggles, Minnesota Majority will continue operations

Minnesota Majority is not closing its doors. The conservative advocacy group says that an emergency fundraising pitch took in more than the $20,000 that was needed to pay its bills and remain in business.

Aug 6, 2013

Minnesota Majority will close if it doesn’t raise $20,000 this week

Minnesota Majority can't pay its bills. The conservative advocacy group sent out an emergency fundraising appeal on Tuesday saying that it needs to raise $20,000 by the end of the week -- or will be forced to close its doors permanently.

May 28, 2013

Lawsuit will challenge home daycare, PCA unionization

In his letter, Seaton argued that enacting the law would bring the state into conflict with the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

Dec 12, 2012

Board recommends campaign law changes

During the 1992 election cycle, individuals could contribute a total of $2,000 to state House and Senate campaigns. But during the next legislative session, those campaign contribution limits were dramatically reduced. The new caps on individual contributions to state legislative campaigns: $100 in non-election years and $500 in election years.

Nov 14, 2012

Defeat of voter ID was team effort

Broad coalition led by TakeAction Minnesota won by making the most of modestly funded drive.

Nov 7, 2012

Amendments: From anxiety to elation at ‘Vote No’ parties

Frenetic early-morning celebrations capped an historic Election Day in which Minnesota voters defeated two ballot initiatives that were a hallmark of the GOP-controlled Legislature that swarmed to victory two years ago on a national wave.

Oct 10, 2012

Tightening polls raise stakes in Voter ID battle

On Tuesday night, roughly 100 people gathered at Maplewood City Hall to hear a debate on the proposed constitutional amendment requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

Oct 8, 2012

Politics shakes up forum on Voter ID amendment

On Tuesday night there will be a debate on the proposed constitutional amendment requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls. But the lineup of individuals slated to discuss the merits of the proposal has changed significantly in recent days.

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