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Mark Dayton

Jun 24, 2015

Dayton’s curious behavior did him no favors

Judging by his behavior during the 2015 state legislative sessions, Gov. Mark Dayton fits comfortably into the series of unconventional Minnesota politicians.

Jun 17, 2015

Who won Legislature’s extra innings?

Discipline appears to have paid off for GOP caucus.

Jun 12, 2015

With leaders on board, Dayton calls special session

Fully six bills will be taken up during Friday’s session -- four budget bills, a $180 million capital investment bill and a technical and clerical correction bill -- and legislators will have no surprises about their content.

Jun 5, 2015

Legislators stuck on the outside

Even legislators in dark on special session negotiations

Jun 5, 2015

Confusion, nastiness yield politics of frustration

Politicians will always be sensitive to their supporters, but policies needn’t be driven solely by payback.

Jun 3, 2015

More homework ahead for education bill

Other elements of the framework for a special session remain unresolved, including a passage in the state government finance bill that would significantly diminish the authority of State Auditor Rebecca Otto.

May 27, 2015

Special session’s to-do list grows after vetoes

Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed two more contentious budget bills, rejecting one bill on jobs and economic development and another on environment and agriculture.

May 8, 2015

Tough sailing ahead for budget deal

Observers are skeptical before political leaders convene at Lake Vermilion resort.

May 8, 2015

Wholesale tax on gasoline a dumb idea

Neither liberals nor conservatives think it is a good idea to doom a government agency to failure before dime one is spent,yet that is exactly what the wholesale tax on gasoline is likely to do.

Apr 29, 2015

Sticker shock: LRT line in doubt

The new $2 billion price tag prompts a reassessment of the proposed light rail line to the southwest suburbs.

Apr 22, 2015

The corruption of Minnesota politics

The state’s reputation as a vanguard in political ethics is largely dead, producing problems such as the budget impasses and shutdowns we have seen in the last few years, and which again loom larger and larger this year.

Apr 14, 2015

House GOP moves to slash Met Council chair’s pay

House Republicans are moving to cut the Metropolitan Council Chairman Adam Duininck's salary in half, in a jab at Gov. Mark Dayton over a pay increase they believe went beyond the terms of a deal on commissioner salaries.

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