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Jun 6, 2014

The Capitol Note: Senate office building lawsuit dead

The final legal barrier to constructing a $90 million Senate office complex was removed on Thursday.

May 21, 2014

Jeff Johnson picks former legislator Kuisle as running mate

"If anybody knows me, I’ve never been the type to sit back and be quiet," Kuisle said.

Feb 5, 2014

The Capitol Note: GOP activists pick Seifert, Ortman in straw polls

The statewide straw poll contest gave the most enthusiastic party members just their second opportunity to voice an opinion in either contest.

Feb 4, 2014

Dayton taps chief of staff Tina Smith as re-election running mate

In a statement that accompanied the announcement, Dayton described Smith as "the best administrator with whom I have ever worked."

Feb 4, 2014

The Capitol Note: Dayton to announce running mate choice

The latest conventional wisdom points to chief of staff Tina Smith as the odds-on favorite.

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 16, 2014

The Capitol Note: Hausman calls Dayton’s bonding proposal “excellent start”

Hausman said the governor's plan includes "strategic investments" for the state, though she was far from endorsing it fully, calling the proposal an "excellent start."

Jan 13, 2014

The Capitol Note: Bond sale delay could cause “major problems” for Vikings stadium

Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chair Michele Kelm-Helgen portrayed the situation as a potentially dire one.

Jan 9, 2014

The Capitol Note: MNsure board talks about new figures and hiring a permanent leader

The board also discussed its thinking about hiring a full-time, permanent replacement for April Todd-Malmlov.

Nov 26, 2013

Capitol panel wants to raise security budget

A committee responsible for recommending enhanced safety procedures at the Capitol is advocating a big increase in security spending, but remains deeply divided over the issue of firearms inside the Capitol.

Nov 13, 2013

Supporters look to build on Olmstead Plan

The release of Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan on Nov. 1 was met with guarded enthusiasm by many of the state’s advocates for improved services for the disabled. The plan, a court-mandated strategy to improve long-term services for people with disabilities, is a broad, ambitious outline, and was arrived at after nearly a full year of cooperation among eight state agencies.

Nov 6, 2013

State’s ‘Olmstead Plan’ looks to overhaul disability services

It’s been 14 years since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in the matter of Olmstead v. L.C. In that case, the high court found that states cannot continue to house disabled citizens in isolated, state-run institutions if those people are capable of thriving in a more independent setting.

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