Taxes can be complicated. That was the case earlier this week, when a report on property taxes from the Minnesota legislature's House Research Department became something of a rallying point for the state's Republicans, with many coming out saying that the report, and its projections for property ta ... More >>
A new study conducted by the University of Minnesota's State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) finds that last fall's MNsure rollout coincided with a dramatic drop in the number of Minnesotans without health insurance.Between September 30 of last year and May 1, the number of uninsured M ... More >>
Some would argue a negative reaction is better than no reaction at all, and that's essentially the line MNsure officials are taking in response to a startlingly negative analysis of the health exchange's controversial $1.5 million Paul Bunyan ad campaign.The Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox ads ran from ... More >>
Shawn Towle is a credentialed Capitol reporter who posts stories occasionally at Checksandbalances.com. Some might call him left-leaning, but his personal politics isn't an issue -- after all, the openly conservative True North blog is also credentialed.The problem is that according to MNGOP officia ... More >>
During a Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy hearing about income equality on Wednesday, Sen. David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, argued that achieving greater income equality by increasing taxes on the rich wouldn't make Minnesota a better place.SEE ALSO: MNGOP Sen. David Hann says there w ... More >>
In late 2011, shortly after he was fired from his job as MNGOP Senate spokesman in a move engineered by a group of Republican senators, Michael Brodkorb chatted on the phone with then-Senate President Michelle Fischbach, R-Paynesville. Their conversation was secretly recorded.RELATED: Michael Brodko ... More >>
Today, Public Policy Polling released its end-of-session snapshot of the popularity of Minnesota's elected officials.SEE ALSO: Conservatives upset Mark Dayton missed speech for birth of first grandchildAnd this probably won't surprise you, but it turns out buying a cold beer on a Sunday is way more ... More >>
Salon's headline says the "GOP actually bullies an anti-bullying bill." We wouldn't go that far, but however you want to describe it, MNGOP senators did whatever it took to prevent an anti-bullying bill from coming up for a vote.OUR COVER FEATURE: Gay bullying: In wake of suicides, schools face fede ... More >>
Much like her paramour Michael Brodkorb did in October, Amy Koch did the media rounds last week and gave interviews about her December 2011 ouster as Senate Majority Leader to MinnPost, the Star Tribune, the AP, and anybody on the street who would listen.SEE ALSO: Michael Brodkorb and Amy Koch could ... More >>
The repercussions from the Michael Brodkorb-Amy Koch sex scandal will felt in the bank accounts of MNGOP Senate staffers this legislative session.SEE ALSO: Last year, MNGOP Senate staffers couldn't even eat lunch without getting in troubleYesterday, the DFL-controlled Senate approved new pay rates t ... More >>
Yesterday, news broke that Rep. Steve Gottwalt, R-St. Cloud, was taking a full-time job with the Minneapolis-based Center for Diagnostic Imaging, a registered lobbying associating.While it's certainly not a good look for a legislator to be working simultaneously for a lobbying association, initial r ... More >>
Sen. David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, is chair of the Senate's Health and Human Services Committee and as such, is tasked with regulating insurance companies. Nonetheless, he didn't inform citizens when he recently took a job with Boys and Tyler Financial Group, a company that sells health insurance.SEE ... More >>
Chris Kluwe just can't find a sparring partner. A couple weeks ago, the Vikings punter tried to bait Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, into a debate over her opposition to gay marriage. When Franson didn't bite, Kluwe made a similar offer to ex-Viking Matt Birk, who recently came out against same-s ... More >>
Sen. David Hann: Not a fan of the state paying employees to set up the state's health insurance exchange.Minnesota Senator David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, is upset about the public dollars being spent on a handful of employees working to setup the state's health insurance exchange.The health insuranc ... More >>
Amy Koch: After waffling a bit, today she reaffirmed she won't be seeking reelection this year.Some of the comments Amy Koch made during her recent media blitz haven't sat well with her Republican colleagues.Last week, Koch told the Star Tribune that when a group of Republican senators confronted ... More >>
Sex, Lies, and Michael Brodkorb
Amy Koch's political career is finished, sooner or laterAmy Koch has already promised not to run for re-election next fall, but that might not be good enough for her fellow Republican legislators. Several party leaders are publicly suggesting that she "consider" leaving the senate. After all, it ... More >>
In a letter made public yesterday, the Minnesota Catholic Conference, including Archbishop John Nienstedt, voiced opposition to the new federal health care mandate requiring insurance companies to cover birth control free of charge. "While we support providing access to those services which can ... More >>
Throwing cold water on claims of popular support by both the Republicans running the Legislature, and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesotans in a new poll are blaming both sides equally for the budget battle that may force a state government shutdown. They also largely disapprove of the job the L ... More >>
At least one union is asking bank CEOs to cut a deal with the school districts.If the Minnesota Legislature doesn't resolve the state budget by July 1, a government shutdown wouldn't be bad news for everyone. In order to stay open, school districts without enough reserve funds to pay employe ... More >>
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled four Republican senators jumped the gun in saying that Gov. Mark Dayton is overstepping his constitutional bounds by involving the courts in government shutdown contingency plans. That's because no state money has been ordered to be spent, so there's no ... More >>
Gov. Mark Dayton will expanded his list of essential services in a possible state government shutdown today, petitioning Ramsey County Court to include payments to health care and financial assistance workers providing services to those on state aid. "We recognize the lack of assured provide ... More >>
Andrew Breitbart did not swoop in to save Minnesotan blogger John Hugh Gilmore from a little jail time.After two women in traditional Muslim headscarves were harassed by a man taking their picture and demanding to know why they were in his country, a legion of helpful bystanders stepped in to ... More >>
In a brief statement e-mailed to reporters over the weekend, Gov. Mark Dayton announced that he wouldn't collect his salary in the event state government shuts down on July 1 over the budget impasse. It's a symbolic move. Dayton is a multimillionaire, so missing some paychecks as governor is har ... More >>
GOP members of a Senate panel have passed a resolution authorizing the entire body to intervene in the lawsuit filed by Gov. Mark Dayton to keep essential services running in the case of a government shutdown. Today, the courts filed their own petition begging legislators and the governor to ... More >>
Transit riders can relax, at least for a little while. The Met Council says that Metro Transit buses, trains, light rail and Metro Mobility will all continue to operate regular services if or when state government is shut down by the budget impasse. But the council says transit services can' ... More >>
Sen. David Hann is an Eden Prairie Republican.If a teenager is a victim of incest, Republican state Sen. Dave Hann of Eden Prairie says a judge's consent should be required before that teenager is allowed to seek medical attention, counseling, and testing for sexually transmitted diseases. Becau ... More >>
Is it time to protest in St. Paul?After introducing a bevy of union-busting bills, Minnesota Republicans are sure starting to look like their Tea Party-ing Wisconsin counterparts. One measure, authored by Waseca Sen. Mike Parry, calls for the state--as well as local county governments and schoo ... More >>
Here's the list, organized in alphabetical order by party affiliation. It's a work in progress.
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He told the crowd he was conservative before conservative was "cool." Huh, that's a new one.
Could we just have every politician or kinda-politician run for governor in 2010, perhaps in a Lord of the Flies battle?