A bill authored by Rep. Karen Clark, D-Minneapolis, would make Minnesota the first state in the country to require swimming instruction for public school students.The bill comes on the heels of two recent incidents where Somali students drowned in school pools, but Clark says it's intended to addres ... More >>
Rep. Frank Hornstein, D-Minneapolis, is one of five House DFLers taking part in the "minimum wage challenge." So for a week, he'll be working with the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour (or $290 a week before taxes) to eat and get himself around.RELATED: Rep. Winkler "guardedly confident" minimum wage ... More >>
According to a release distributed by Change.org, Rep. Karen Clark, D-Minneapolis, plans to introduce a bill during the upcoming legislative session that would make Minnesota the third state (following New Jersey and California) to ban the type of therapy Marcus Bachmann made famous -- ex-gay therap ... More >>
The race is on for outgoing Mayor R.T. Rybak's office. Facing a crowded field of candidates, the six leading mayoral contenders are relying on a key measure to help them stand out from the pack: Who they can get to endorse them. See Also: - Who's in the race? A guide to the six candidates for Minne ... More >>
Gov. Mark Dayton signed the gay marriage bill on the Capitol steps Tuesday evening, officially making Minnesota the 12th state to allow same-sex couples to wed. Thousands gathered on the Capitol lawn on this sweltering evening to witness the historic moment, many wearing orange t-shirts -- the colo ... More >>
-- Updates below jump --The long-awaited day is finally here. This afternoon, the Minnesota House is expected to vote on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.SEE ALSO: Gay marriage opponents waved bizarre signs during yesterday's Capitol rally [PHOTOS]Earlier this week, DFL leaders said they're tota ... More >>
Today, House DFLers unveiled their proposed tax bill, and it's bad news for those of you who like to drink.SEE ALSO: The "I hate the Pedal Pub" Facebook page is hilarious [IMAGES]House DFLers are proposing the first increase in the state's liquor tax in years. It'd add roughly seven cents to the cos ... More >>
We'll say this about Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria -- at least her views are evolving.SEE ALSO: Scott Walker says it's time GOP concedes defeat on gay marriage During a debate in September, Franson infamously said she "personally" doesn't believe homosexuality is "normal behavior." But barely ... More >>
Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing, will hold a press conference this afternoon to discuss his late-breaking plan to legalize civil unions instead of gay marriage this legislative session.SEE ALSO: Gay marriage opponents waved bizarre signs during yesterday's Capitol rally [PHOTOS]But the legislators who ar ... More >>
If DFLers on the House and Senate Transportation Policy Committees have their way, Minnesota will soon become the fifth state allowing illegal immigrants to obtain a driver's license.SEE ALSO: Albert Lea sign controversy: "Deport Illegals" message sparks protestYesterday, on a party-line 10-7 vote, ... More >>
Rep. Karen Clark, D-Minneapolis, is one half of the tandem leading the push for marriage equality. She's also leading the push to increase taxes on beer, wine, and liquor.SEE ALSO: Sunday liquor sales seem to be dead on arrival yet againYesterday, Clark's proposal to increase taxes on 31-gallon barr ... More >>
In response to the introduction of marriage equality bills in the House and Senate yesterday, Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, took the opportunity to point out his belief that being gay is a form of mental illness.SEE ALSO: National Organization for Marriage issues $500k threat to gay-friendly MNG ... More >>
A big step in Minnesota's remarkably quick march toward marriage equality will reportedly happen this week. During a conversation with WCCO's Esme Murphy yesterday morning, Sen. Scott Dibble, D-Minneapolis, said he plans to introduce a gay marriage bill this week.SEE ALSO: Dayton's State of the Stat ... More >>
After 42 years, the same-sex marriage debate in Minnesota might finally come to a close
Allen is the first Native woman and the second open lesbian to serve in the legislature.Yesterday, Susan Allen won a special election for the House District 61B seat, making her the first Native American woman elected to serve in the Minnesota legislature. Allen prevailed over Nate Blumenshine, a ... More >>
GOP Rep. Ernie Leidiger, Bradlee Dean's host.He hasn't stepped forward on his own, but MPR is reporting that Republican Rep. Ernie Leiiger, of Mayer, was the lawmaker who invited homophobic preacher Bradlee Dean to give the House prayer this morning. Leidiger represents District 34a, which i ... More >>
fbi.govThe Bureau is taking heat for its raids on Minnesota activists.From the moment FBI agents and local police raided their homes last month looking for evidence of ties to overseas terrorist groups, Twin Cities peace activists have been calling the actions part of a government intimidatio ... More >>
The brightest stars and dimmest hacks in the Capitol
Remember the stinky, chemically-treated utility pole that has been driving Seward neighbors bonkers? A state legislator has proposed ban of all such poles throughout Minneapolis.
Bad debt and budget cuts by the U of M leave community clinics scrambling to stay open
How the Twin Cities Pride fest helped turn Minneapolis into the San Francisco of the wheat belt
Why is Gregory Gray so important to Paul Wellstone?
The DFL plods out of the gate in the governor's race
In Minneapolis this year's election features a bumper crop of gay candidates
When did U.S. Senate hopeful Rebecca Yanisch get the idea to make affordable housing a top priority? It sure wasn't while she was running the Minneapolis Community Development Agency.
What takes seven years to build, costs nearly $600,000, and looks like a boondoggle?
In Minneapolis, living in your own house could get you arrested
Six minor-party contenders for governor promise to bring back the primo dime-bag, turn the governor's mansion into a flophouse, tax water, get big brother out of your bedroom, ditch the nukes, and reveal the secrets of gravity-defying hair.
Libertarian Party taps Bob Odden in crowded race
Consumer advocates say the merger of Norwest and Wells Fargo is a match made in hell
As the Legislature reconvenes, activists and lawmakers reframe the sodomy issue.
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COWLES MEDIA DENIES ITS LOBBYISTS ARE PRESSING CITY HALL FOR A NEW BALLPARK.
Portraits of two Republican caucuses--one suburban, one urban-- underline the growing polarities in GOP ranks.