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Rudy Perpich

Sep 8, 2010

It’s hard to make Dayton’s tax plan add up to $4 billion

Mark Dayton's approach to closing the state's projected $5.8 billion budget shortfall is simple: Tax the rich. But exactly how much would the state's wealthiest 10 percent of residents be on the hook for if Dayton ultimately becomes the state's first DFL governor in two decades?

Aug 4, 2010

Serious senior business

Ecumen CEO Roberts has changed the former nursing home provider into market-rate senior housing developer - despite no prior experience with housing or seniors.

Aug 4, 2010

Primary countdown: DFL governor candidates pick up last-minute endorsements

In the final days before the Aug. 10 primary, DFL candidates vying for the governor's office are racking up a few last-minute endorsements they hope will slingshot them to the general election.

Jul 21, 2010

Smith: Minnesota needs college graduates

In the classic 1981 comedy “Stripes,” the Bill Murray character tells his rowdy pals from Chicago not to worry about credentials as they prepared to enter a Soviet-bloc country, mistakenly promising that it would be just like “going into Wisconsin.”

Jul 16, 2010

Can the DFL endorsement — for once — spell election?

Among the many reasons the DFL party establishment wants Margaret Anderson Kelliher to triumph in both next month’s primary and in the November general election is to finally halt the notorious string of ballot box failures wrought by its endorsed candidates for governor. The last time the DFL endorsement process lined up behind a gubernatorial winner was in the case of Rudy Perpich back in 1986[...]

Jun 11, 2010

Avner: Minnesota then and now

Marcia Avner has many tales to tell from her nearly 40 years of involvement in Minnesota politics. Avner, who just turned 67, is stepping down in September as public policy director for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, a title she’s held since 1996. She will hardly be retreating from public life, however. In a conversation last Thursday, she discussed the state’s changing political culture[...]

May 7, 2010

Decision revives DFL unallotment-powers bill

In the wake of last week’s Supreme Court decision calling into question the scope of Minnesota’s unallotment statute, a bill that would substantially change the way Minnesota governors could use that power is cropping up on finance committee hearing schedules again.

Mar 15, 2010

Could a Perpich run the Gray Lady someday?

A descendant of the late Minnesota Gov. Rudy Perpich is reportedly following in the family line of work. But he's not pursuing a path to become a dentist or state lawmaker.

Feb 24, 2010

Are lieutenant governors necessary?

As Minnesota attempts to dig itself out of a $1.2 billion deficit, the 15-term DFL representative from Minneapolis came up with a plan that some say would save the state an estimated $500,000 each biennium. The idea: Abolish the position of lieutenant governor.

Jan 6, 2010

Scandal-rocked charter movement looks to future

The charter school movement in Minnesota is at least temporarily on the ropes, reeling from a series of recent revelations that some of the state's approximately 150 charter schools have misused funds or failed to provide adequate oversight and accountability when it comes to leasing the buildings they occupy.

Oct 28, 2009

Corrected: More on AFSCME’s Dayton endorsement (and fact-checking Eliot Seide)

One of the most intriguing aspects of AFSCME's endorsement of DFLer Mark Dayton for governor is how it went down.

Oct 8, 2009

Bonding bill to be a billion-dollar bash – and a political showdown?

the overriding theme of the 2010 bonding bill is already set, and it's an echo of the cry that helped raise the late Rudy Perpich to the governor's office a generation ago: Jobs, jobs, jobs.

It's also likely to be super-sized compared to the recent past and to currently diminished state revenues.

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