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Paul Thissen

Feb 17, 2014

The Capitol Note: Dayton approval at 58 percent

Notably, both Democratic candidates get a slight boost when the poll of adults is trimmed to include only likely voters.

Feb 12, 2014

Transportation spending picture stays muddled

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.

Feb 7, 2014

The Capitol Note: DFL, GOP leaders lay out session priorities

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.

Jan 31, 2014

The Capitol Note: DFL leaders announce “Women’s Economic Security” initiative

The proposal seeks to deal with a variety of issues that disadvantage women in the workplace.

Jan 24, 2014

The Capitol Note: Kurt Zellers announces $403,000 haul for 2013

The campaign said Zellers had "far out-raised candidates not dependent on their personal wealth."

Dec 17, 2013

Duluth Rep. Tom Huntley to retire

Huntley has chaired the Health and Human Service Finance Committee in three different legislative sessions, including the present.

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 6, 2013

Another forecast, another surplus

After years of budgeting under the strain of current and future deficits, the November economic forecast continued Minnesota’s streak of glad tidings. The report, released Thursday, was the fifth straight (dating to November 2011) in which the state has projected a surplus for the current biennium. The November report predicts that the state will end the 2014-15 budget cycle with an $825 million[...]

Dec 5, 2013

November forecast looks to $825 million projected surplus

The November economic forecast released Thursday projects that the state of Minnesota will end the current biennium with an $825 million surplus. In the immediate afterglow, one note of consensus among major players was that the news should be taken with cautious optimism – though each cited different reasons for doing so.

Dec 4, 2013

House staffer Matthew Bergeron joins 64B DFL field

Bergeron works as a committee administrator on the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee.

Dec 3, 2013

The Capitol Note: Sex offender recommendations met with tepid support

The sex offender task force's final recommendations emphasized the importance of separating the civil commitment process from the risk of political interference.

Dec 2, 2013

The Capitol Note: SCSU poll finds Dayton, Franken approval below 50 percent

Dayton's and Franken's relative unpopularity does not seem to have hurt their party.

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