Health Care Issues

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2014

    Marijuana Policy Project PAC Throws Gov. Dayton Under Bus

    -- Update at bottom with comment from Rep. Branden Petersen -- In a press release sent our way by an MNGOP-affiliated source, the D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project PAC pledges to make a maximum financial contribution of $4,000 to Jeff Johnson's gubernatorial campaign.But lest you think the natio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    A Smoker's Manifesto: 11 Reasons to Revoke the University's Tobacco Ban

    To the disdain of smokers and acclaim of abstainers, the University of Minnesota's campus-wide tobacco ban was officially enacted in July, a few months shy of the fall semester. Ashtrays were present throughout campus for the first few weeks of school, but have since been removed. Signs informing st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Cam Gordon to Introduce Minneapolis E-Cig Ban for Bars and Restaurants

    Like a vape with your whiskey? Not so fast. Minneapolis City Council member Cam Gordon plans to introduce an amendment banning e-cigarettes in bars and restaurants. Gordon spoke briefly with MPR about his amendment, citing a recommendation from the Minnesota Department of Health that e-cigs a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    States turn to Minnesota as model for new marijuana bills

    Lawmakers in other states are now turning to Minnesota's new cannabis law as a model for their own legislation, despite the law's restrictions on eligibility and usage. Over the past few weeks, legislators in both Pennsylvania and Georgia have turned to the Minnesota law, which passed in May, as a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    Minnesota medical cannabis patients could pay up to $1,000 a month out of pocket

    Barring U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for marijuana treatments between now and next summer, Minnesota medical cannabis patients will have to pay entirely out of pocket for their medicine, Manny Munson-Regala, the state employee tasked with overseeing the rollout of the program, tells us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    Mark Dayton signs medical marijuana bill [UPDATES]

    :::: UPDATE :::: This morning, Governor Dayton signed the bill into law."I thank everyone who worked together to craft and pass this legislation," the governor says in a statement. "I pray it will bring to the victims of ravaging illnesses the relief they are hoping for." ::::: UPDATE II ::::You ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Gov. Dayton has "concerns" about Senate's proposed e-cig ban

    This week, the Senate is expected to vote on a bill that would roll e-cigs into the "smoking" section of the Minnesota Clean Indoor Art Act, thereby banning vaping in indoor public places.A companion bill in the House doesn't go as far, however. It'd prohibit vaping in public schools and sales to mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    House medical marijuana bill involves state workers, doctors in federal offenses, activist says

    Today, Minneapolis Sen. Scott Dibble's medical marijuana bill passed its final committee hurdle in the Senate, paving the way for a floor vote in that chamber.Dibble's bill, which allows patients to vaporize marijuana but not smoke it, is still more liberal than the medical marijuana bill making its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Gov. Mark Dayton slammed in medical marijuana commercial

    The advocates of medical marijuana wiped their eyes and came out swinging hard Tuesday in this anti-Gov. Mark Dayton ad campaign. It features Angela Garin of St. Paul and her five-year son Paxton, who suffers daily from seizures. Garin is one of several mothers in recent months who've rallied for le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Minnesota, Wisconsin taking opposite approach to e-cig regulations

    Right now, e-cigarettes are essentially unregulated in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, meaning individual businesses can decide whether or not to allow vaping inside their premises.SEE ALSO: E-cig charger explodes, burning hole in Minnesota author's car [PHOTO] Bills addressing that state of affairs h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Rep. Carly Melin pauses medical pot push as law enforcement buzzkills bill

    Legislators appear ready to approve a medical marijuana bill this session. All along, however, the worry has been that Gov. Mark Dayton won't sign it unless law enforcement officials express their support as well.RELATED: Rep. Melin questions cops on the economic interests of opposing potWhile there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    E-cig charger explodes, burning hole in Minnesota author's car [PHOTO]

    Inhaling E-cigs might not be bad for you, but simply having one charging in your car can be dangerous.SEE ALSO: Rep. Phyllis Kahn to introduce bill restricting e-cigs during next legislative session Consider the case of local Christian author Jerry Lindberg, who shared the above photo of the inside ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Months ahead of campus-wide smoking ban, U of M offering students gift cards to quit

    This winter will likely be the last University of Minnesota students can light up a heater outside the Walker Library.RELATED: State smoking ban turns five today After a year of preparation, the school is moving toward finally implementing a campus-wide smoking ban next fall. And in order to make th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Rep. Phyllis Kahn to introduce bill restricting e-cigs during next legislative session

    In recent months, e-cigarettes have become increasingly regulated at the business, municipal, and county level.SEE ALSO: Rep. Phyllis Kahn on Seward voting lines: "Someone at the city should be executed"But Rep. Phyllis Kahn, D-Minneapolis, isn't satisfied with that, and next legislative session, sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    E-cigs banned at Target Field

    You can't smoke real cigarettes at Target Field -- in fact, you can't even leave the stadium to puff on one during the game. (Weed, on the other hand? At least one guy has gotten away with it!)PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Hennepin County bans e-cigs So it probably shouldn't come as a surprise to hear that tea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Rainbow Health Initiative comes out against e-cigs

    After we published our post about Hennepin County's move to ban e-cigarettes from county property yesterday, Tiffany Paulson, communications and marketing manager for the Rainbow Health Initiative, passed along a letter to the editor penned by her organization, which is devoted to "improving the hea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    Hennepin County bans e-cigs

    A lot remains unknown about e-cigarettes, but there's one thing we can report with certainty -- Hennepin County workers and visitors will no longer be able to lawfully smoke them on county property.SEE ALSO: Lung Association's Bob Moffitt looks forward to July, when cig taxes go up $1.60 per pack [I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Medical marijuana supported by vast majority of Minnesotans, but won't be legalized this year

    A survey conducted by Public Policy Polling earlier this month found that nearly two-thirds of Minnesotans support medical marijuana. But don't expect to see pot prescriptions written in the state anytime soon.SEE ALSO: Minnesota law enforcement's last word on pot: "We do not support legalization fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Smoking is slowly becoming illegal in Minnesota

    One day after Gov. Dayton proposed a 94-cent increase in the state's cigarette tax, State Fair officials announced that smokers will be huddled into pens starting with this year's Great Minnesota Get-Together.FROM OCTOBER: State smoking ban turns five today In other words, smoking continues down the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    State smoking ban turns five today

    The Freedom to Breathe Act turns five today! That's five years of shamed huddling outside the bar (or restaurant, or workplace) in rain, sleet, snow, just to light up. And for what? Well... "Simply put, Minnesotans are healthier," says Dr. Edward Ehlinger, the state's Department of Health commission ... More >>

  • News

    October 19, 2011

    Obama's War on Weed

    In a strange about-face, the president tries to hack medical marijuana off at the knees

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Minnesotans support taxing smokers to close budget gap

    More than half the survey respondents would support increased cigarette prices.​If the stress from thinking about Minnesota's budget deficit makes you think about lighting up a smoke, think again. Nearly 60 percent of Minnesotans would support increasing cigarette state taxes on tobacco to help so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    PolitiFact: Pawlenty mostly honest about Obama on health care

    ​When we hear the words "PolitiFact" and "Minnesota" in the same sentence, it's usually because Michele Bachmann has scored another "Pants On Fire" award for spouting more unbelievable crap about Barack Obama. Today is different. Even though he's getting tepid reviews for his debate with the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Sen. John Carlson and the government health savings account piggybank

    State Sen. John Carlson, planning for a grabber.​With some disturbingly audible heavy breathing, State Sen. John Carlson took to the floor at the Capitol yesterday to proudly declare that he doesn't bother seeing the doctor. Why? Because it may help him bag an annual $1,500, courtesy of Minnes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Hennepin County explains the smoking ban

    Hennepin County's smoking ban: Does it go too far? Take the poll below.​We mentioned the other day that Hennepin County Commissioners have now passed a far-reaching ban on smoking in and on all country property. The new rule builds on previous policies that banned smoking in, and within 45 fee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Hennepin County bans smoking everywhere, even its cars

    Not as popular as it used to be.​Smokers aren't going to be welcome anywhere on Hennepin County property, including in county-owned vehicles, after commissioners approved a smoking ban by a 6-1 margin yesterday. The goal of the measure is to just clear the air uniformly for all county proper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Tim Pawlenty attacks Obama's healthcare as "one of the most flawed and misguided laws in modern history"

    Matt VisionquestBravepaw tweets his feelings on Obamacare.​Tim Pawlenty just excitedly tweeted that we should all check out his statement on the "1 yr anniversary of Obamacare."For such a momentous twitterduction, the statement is decidely brief--just about three tweets worth of text. In it, Pawle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Minnesota smokers now just 16.1 percent of population

    Smoking: We're doing less of it than ever.​The percentage of adults in Minnesota who smoke cigarettes has dropped to its lowest level in 11 years, and heavy smokers are consuming fewer and fewer cigarettes. But a report out today suggests that folks are finding new ways to feed their habit: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Twin Cities smokers' numbers drop by half since 1980

    Not as much fun as it used to be.​The number of Minnesota adults who smoke cigarettes has dropped by about half since 1980, according to new numbers presented recently to an American Heart Association gathering. The findings are emblematic of a larger trend. Like Americans in general, most Mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Michele Bachmann revives BP, death panel bunk

    ​Up for re-election in November, congresswoman Michele Bachmann must figure it's time to haul out the scare tactics again. Two weeks ago the White House was fomenting socialism and One World Government. Now, we're back to Obama creating death panels with health care reform and opening a politi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Smoking ban isn't hurting TC business, study shows

    Gross.​ The argument that the smoking bans enacted in Minneapolis in 2005 and St. Paul in 2006 would hurt local bars and restaurants is being refuted by a recent study, which shows that the number of employees working at food and drink establishments has remained the same or even risen since the l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Tony Sutton rips into Collin Peterson

    ​Here's the issue: Democratic U.S Rep. Collin Peterson, who represents the 7th congressional district, voted against the health care reform bill. Later, he said that since it had become the law of the land, he would work with it. To Republicans who have made "repeal and replace" their new batt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar, Keith Ellison, Jim Oberstar backing health care public option

    The public option in the Democrat's health care reform package, known to Michele Bachmann as a communist conspiracy, looks like it may have risen from the dead.

  • News

    January 13, 2010

    Marijuana steadily creeps toward legalization

    Is D.C. finally ready to let us toke up?

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    Minn. Republicans, Blue Dogs stand up against Obama health care plan

    Republicans and some Democrats spoke out this weekend against the plan, citing lack of details or unease with the public option.

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2009

    Obama fires up supporters in Minneapolis rally

    Speaking to a nearly packed Target Center, he gave a more folksy version of his health care reform speech given to the joint session of Congress earlier this week.

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    Bachmann featured in new "real" death panels ad by Dems

    Americans United for Change released a new ad attempting to turn the tables on the much-debunked Republican claim that President Obama's health care reform plan would create death panels.

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2008

    Nader to speak to empty auditorium at the U Friday

    Ralph Nader.jpgIf you aren't sick of him yet, go see him speak at the University of Minnesota Friday.

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2008

    Smoking Ban: still more folly!

    no-smoking%5B1%5D.jpg The University of Minnesota is considering banning smoking on campus, including all outdoor areas. We believe this to be busybodied meddling run amok and, therefore, we humbly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2008

    Minnesotans love the smoking ban as much as the Vikings, less than walleye dinners, State Fair

    Nearly a year after Minnesota implemented a statewide smoking ban, the new law is getting high marks from residents.

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2008
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    April 30, 2008

    Herbal Remedy

    The Marijuana Policy Project is airing two television ads imploring Governor Tim Pawlenty to back down from his vow to veto a bill leg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2008

    U of Wisconsin study: Smoking ban = More DUI Deaths

    A report on a connection between smoking bans and an increase in DUI deaths should give pause to Minnesotans.

  • News

    October 10, 2007

    Up in Smoke

    Minnesota's smoking ban is putting local hookah bars out of business

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2006

    National Spotlight on Ellison

    Today's Washington Post carries a longish analysis of the controversies surrounding DFL candidate Keith Ellison, who is running for the U.S. House of Representatives seat being vacated by Martin Sabo.

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2006


    State Senator Steve Kelley is known for being an education expert of sorts at the Capitol, but this legislative session, he's doffed a new cap: Marijuana advocate.

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2005

    Smoking ban update: Bar owners go on the attack

    The battle at this stage has revealed one interesting strategy: Opponents of the ban are looking toward the capitol to push for a statewide ban in the upcoming legislative session.

  • News

    June 1, 2005

    Stubbed Out

    Despite hefty losses, Minneapolis bar owners can't get anyone to reconsider the smoking ban

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