During the 2013 legislative session, DFL lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton settled on a $300 million funding package for so-called Corridors of Commerce. In October, when Dayton announced the awarding of grants for 10 projects spread throughout the state, his announcement was heralded as good news by a number of Republicans, including U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and Rep. Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove.
House Majority Leader Erin Murphy said she plans to hold an informational House Rules Committee hearing in late February.
Sen. Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis, predicted that the Senate would be able to pass a bill that is closer to the House's $9.50 figure than to the $7.75 mark.
The statewide straw poll contest gave the most enthusiastic party members just their second opportunity to voice an opinion in either contest.
In a statement that accompanied the announcement, Dayton described Smith as "the best administrator with whom I have ever worked."
The latest conventional wisdom points to chief of staff Tina Smith as the odds-on favorite.
Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Newport, announced on Friday that she would not seek the Lieutenant Governor position.
At Tuesday night’s hearing over a controversial plan for the PolyMet open pit copper mine, a sharply divided crowd traded talking points about the risks and rewards of copper mining. It is a good bet that few were swayed from their original opinions by the three hours of testimony, the 59 speakers, the guy who performed a Pete Seeger-inspired anti-mining song, the prophecies of a pristine wilder[...]
The proposal seeks to deal with a variety of issues that disadvantage women in the workplace.
"The DFL Party is in a strong position to reelect Gov. Mark Dayton [and] Sen. Al Franken," Martin said.
DFL Party chair Ken Martin said the current financial state puts the party in one of its strongest positions ever.
The total collection gives him a significant advantage over the Republican field.
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