Amy Koch is the latest celebrity booked to appear at MinnRoast, MinnPost's April 26 event at the Pantages Theatre where "journalists and politicians" are "gently skewered."In a promotional post about the event, MinnPost notes that during Koch's 2011 appearance at MinnRoast, the "then-Senate Majority ... More >>
After 42 years, the same-sex marriage debate in Minnesota might finally come to a close
In the wake of last month's defeat of the marriage amendment, DFL leaders seem less than enthusiastic about getting a marriage equality bill passed this session. Senate Majority Leader-elect Tom Bakk, for instance, says he wants his caucus to focus on economic issues, not divisive social ones, when ... More >>
No doubt, Tuesday was a huge victory for supporters of same-sex marriage. But with the amendment defeated, Gov. Dayton signing legislation for at least a couple more years, and DFL majorities in the Senate and House, it makes you wonder -- what's stopping Democrats from passing a bill legalizing gay ... More >>
Remember all the talk about the MNGOP staying focused on job creation? Well, instead of that, Republican lawmakers continue to devote their energies to making it more difficult for women to get abortions.Yesterday, a divided Senate committee passed two anti-abortion measures -- one that would req ... More >>
In 1994, GOPer Arne Carlson defeated state Sen. John Marty, D-Roseville, to remain Minnesota's governor. But now the former political enemies are working together on a bill that would tighten regulations on political campaign contributions in the state. The legislation would require that the boar ... More >>
The Metrodome is for sale: Can anyone lend Zygi a quarter?In the hectic lead-up to the proposed special session that will or will not approve a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, all things are on the table. The latest proposal is no crazier than the other ones -- for example, gettin' in the ... More >>
Here's the list, organized in alphabetical order by party affiliation. It's a work in progress.
Minnesota's chapter meets weekly and launched in 2004
Public policy cheers and jeers in 140 characters or less.
Be prepared for all sorts of "aw-shucks" state fair jokes that will surely have your food baby rolling.
Divestment bill will withdraw pension funds from Iran's oil sector
Could we just have every politician or kinda-politician run for governor in 2010, perhaps in a Lord of the Flies battle?
Rep. Dan Severson (R-Sauk Rapids) introduced a bill this week to amend the Minnesota constitution so that marriage between a man and a woman is the only legally recognized domestic union in the state.
Minnesota's state Senate today failed to pass a bill that would have prohibited lawmakers from lobbying at the Legislature for one year after they leave office. The bill, which failed on a vote of 33-33, was sponsored by Roseville Sen. John Marty, faithful author of years of good-government legislat ... More >>
Controversial MPCA Chief Sheryl Corrigan: Did she jump, or...?
Can a gun–toting Gold Star mom and state senator topple Tim Pawlenty?
There is hardly a shortage of speculation as to how the Minnesota Twins managed to convince so many lawmakers to finally grease the skids for a publicly funded ballpark. In one commonly held view, the Twins owe their success mainly to their freakish persistence.
So far this year, the 67 members of Minnesota Senate have filed expense reports totalling $226,539. In keeping with historical patterns, however, there is considerable variation between individual senators. Those who live the furthest from the Capitol typically wind up with biggest tabs because of t ... More >>
You pay Tony Sutton to serve the state of Minnesota. The Republican Party pays Tony Sutton to serve them.
Pawlenty's ethics run into tree Governor Tim Pawlenty gave new meaning to the phrase "stumping for votes" early last month when his borrowed all-terrain vehicle hit a stump and plowed into a tree, causing $2500 worth of damage. That the incident occurred the spring convention of the All-Terrain Vehi ... More >>
The abortion debate quietly smolders at the capitol
State legislators are poised for a spending spree--on stadiums and prisons
Pawlenty helps revive campaigns for new stadiums
The Republicans see no evil-- and most of the Democrats don't seem to, either
The Minnesota Twins are convinced the public will eventually buy them a new $300 million stadium. They have reason to believe.
The DFL in disarray, three mayoral candidates make a play for the Green Party endorsement
If the governor can cash in on side gigs, why shouldn't the politician next door?
Jesse lit the fire. Now a group of legislators prepare to feed the unicameral blaze.
It's clean. It's legal. Best of all, your constituents don't have to know.
The Vikings aren't asking you for anything--yet
With the outcome all but determined on the first ballot, last weekend's DFL convention in St. Cloud was about as civilized as a war could get
State ethics officials use fuzzy logic to dismiss complaints about Gov. Arne Carlson's Cigarette-Company Junket
Arne Carlson's sudden announcement of support for the proposed U.S. settlement with cigarette manufacturers raises new questions about a vacation the governor and his wife took to Australia last year with Phillip Morris execs.
Columnists at the Twin Cities' newspaper of record just can't seem to ask tough questions about Twins owner Carl Pohlad's plans to sell.
Since a 1993 campaign-finance reform, soft-money contributions to political parties has gone up, say Minneapolis Alliance for Progressive Action's Dave Mann and Ellen Weiss.
It's Candidates vs. delegates: Who's milking who in the DFL endorsement process?
Seducing away well-connected legislative staffers who work on energy issues is part of what Sen. John Marty calls NSP's "record of undue influence."
The state's former ranking environmental protection officer goes to work for big industry.
Races to watch in the metro area.
There's no justifying the public financing