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Nov 13, 2013

The Capitol Note: Bill authors defend Ritchie’s online voter registration

The issue of voting registration apparently did not arise during the debate over the legislation's passage more than a dozen years ago.

Nov 12, 2013

Disability groups rally for 5 percent funding increase in 2014

The increase would cost about $86 million in the current budgeting period, and advocates are hoping there will be extra cash in the state’s coffers after the November and February budget forecasts.

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.

Nov 8, 2013

Judicial retention bill faces uncertain future

The 2014 legislative session could set the stage for a high-profile battle over how Minnesota picks its judges. A broad coalition is renewing a push to pass a ballot initiative that would move the state to a judicial retention election system.

Nov 6, 2013

Lawsuit: Shelve online voter registration

Republican legislators and conservative groups filed a lawsuit this week aimed at suspending an online voter registration program that they claim was improperly implemented by Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, a DFLer, without legislative approval.

Oct 15, 2013

Legislators will review online voter registration

The system launched under Secretary of State Mark Ritchie in late September has so far accepted more than 1,100 applications, 200 of which have come from new registrants.

Oct 7, 2013

GOP leaders call for probe of new online voter registration tool

In a letter sent to Legislative Auditor Jim Noble’s office on Monday, GOP leaders said Ritchie “unilaterally” started the program without vetting the proposal in committee hearings. The program allows new voters to register online or returning voters to update their information.

Oct 2, 2013

Shift payback news a boon to DFL House

The resolution of the 2011 Minnesota government shutdown produced one of the main talking points that DFLers rode to control of the Legislature in the 2012 elections. Despite DFL Gov. Mark Dayton’s hand in agreeing to the budget solution, House and Senate DFLers hammered the Republican legislative majorities for delaying aid payments to schools as part of the negotiated fix to a $5 billion defic[...]

Sep 30, 2013

Senate committee approves Brodkorb severance pay

Aside from the severance package, the committee will still need to convene at a later date to sign off on final defense payments.

Sep 6, 2013

MNsure reveals costs of health insurance plans

Minnesota's health insurance exchange will offer more than 100 insurance products with a starting prices as low as $91 per month when it opens for business on Oct. 1, state officials announced on Friday.

Aug 23, 2013

Special session: The imperfect storm

After several weeks of public posturing and private negotiations, Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders have agreed to hold a special session next month to deliver disaster relief funds to parts of the state hit by severe storms – and nothing more.

Aug 16, 2013

No agreement on terms of special session — or whether one is necessary

Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders met for an hour behind closed doors on Friday afternoon, but did not reach agreement on the terms of a special session. In fact, the consensus appears to be a preference for no special session if already appropriated funds can be utilized to cover $4.5 million in needed disaster relief.

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