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Apr 30, 2014

DFL SoS race marked by factionalism

The personal and political dynamics swirling around the DFL contest for secretary of state stretch back to 2008.

Feb 14, 2014

Steve Simon holds fundraising lead in Secretary of State race

Simon's 2013 fundraising total was several times larger than both of his opposing candidates' total collections last year.

Jun 20, 2013

Hatch, Swanson host $1,000-per-head fundraiser for Dayton

On Tuesday, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and former Attorney General Mike Hatch will host a fundraiser for Gov. Mark Dayton's re-election campaign at the Minneapolis Club. The cost of entry: $1,000 per person.

Nov 4, 2011

New-look racino team will push ag benefits

Jeff Hilger describes himself as first and foremost a horse guy. He owns a sprawling farm in Stillwater where he breeds thoroughbreds. He has also worked in the corporate world. One thing Hilger’s a bit low on is political experience.

Oct 12, 2011

Why gambling expansion remains a long-shot bet

A steady downpour didn’t keep Indian gambling workers from flocking outside the state Capitol in St. Paul last April. At least 1,500 people gathered outside on the building’s steps, some arriving by the busload from reservations hours away. Clad in raincoats and shielded by a canopy of umbrellas, workers thrust signs into the air that read, “Rural jobs count too” and “Don’t gamble wit[...]

Jun 15, 2011

Pick a shutdown, any shutdown

With two weeks left until the end of the biennial budget cycle, the largest question facing the state is increasingly not whether the government will be forced to shut down July 1, but just how much will be shuttered when it does.

Jun 1, 2011

New DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin tries to pull party out of financial hole

Ken Martin describes his reaction as “shocked” when he began going through the DFL Party’s finances after becoming state chairman in February. The most unnerving discovery: The party was roughly $700,000 in debt.

Apr 8, 2011

Snake eyes on gaming?

For those who followed his promises on the campaign trail, Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal held few surprises, save one. Candidate Dayton included a state-owned casino at the Mall of America or the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in his campaign budget. At the time, he said such a casino could produce up to $80 million for the state in the 2012-13 biennium.

Jan 18, 2011

MN Department of Labor and Industry lawyers up

New state Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Ken Peterson has hired three lawyers with experience in union and employment law as his top lieutenants to run the agency responsible for workers compensation and OSHA programs.

Dec 23, 2010

Dayton taps veterans Dave Frederickson and Ken Peterson for top posts

With his inauguration less than two weeks away, Gov.-elect Mark Dayton has announced two more state agency commissioners, and they are both familiar figures at the Capitol. Dave Frederickson will head the Department of Agriculture, and Ken Peterson has gotten the nod to lead the Department of Labor and Industry.

Dec 22, 2010

Ken Peterson named next Labor and Industry commissioner

Ken Peterson, who was Minnesota's labor and industry commissioner during Gov. Rudy Perpich's administration, will return to the same position in Gov.-elect Mark Dayton's administration.

Dec 13, 2010

Martin announces run for DFL Party chair

Following an announcement Friday that current DFL Chair Brian Melendez will not seek another term, longtime DFL operative Ken Martin announced he is seeking the post.

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