Mark Dayton

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    June 20, 2014

    Comment of the Day: In defense of "flip-flopping"

    As the election cycle heats up, conservatives are trying to paint Gov. Mark Dayton as a flip-flopper.He's waffled on medical marijuana, MNsure, and now, he's allegedly talking out both sides of his mouth when it comes to Minnesota's minimum wage. (Dayton's supporters say his views are nuanced, not c ... More >>

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    June 19, 2014

    Mark Dayton backtracks on comments about tipped employees making lower minimum wage [AUDIO]

    In a controversy reminiscent of the one the governor embroiled himself in this spring when he ill-advisedly suggested Minnesotans who want medical marijuana simply buy pot off the street, Mark Dayton is now backing off remarks he made about Minnesota's minimum wage during a meeting with th ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    MNGOP Chair Keith Downey optimistic despite bleak polling, finances

    It was just over two years ago that Politico, alluding to the Minnesota Republican Party's whopping $2 million in debt, wrote that "no state party may be in worse shape."Times aren't quite as tough for the MNGOP these days, but the party is still trying to dig out of that gigantic hole in more ways ... More >>

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    April 4, 2014

    House votes to ban abortions after fetus can "feel pain"

    Yesterday, the House approved two abortion-restricting amendments.The "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," introduced by Rep. Liz Holberg, R-Lakeville, bans abortions 20 weeks after conception. The second, offered by Rep. Patti Fritz, D-Faribault, basically prohibits state-sponsored health ca ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    March 25, 2014

    Despite Gov. Dayton's claims, medical pot supporters willing to play ball [UPDATE]

    Gov. Mark Dayton took to WCCO radio this morning to say that his proposal to research medical marijuana hasn't gotten any love from the advocates of broader legalization. He put the prospects of passing it between "slim and none." However, those same advocates plan to add part of the Dayton proposa ... More >>

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    March 19, 2014

    Dayton blasts Senate Dems: "These are DFL legislators, I'm sorry to say" [VIDEO]

    During his first news conference of the legislative session, a hobbled Mark Dayton put Senate DFLers on blast, saying their delay to pass tax cuts already approved by the House has him feeling "very, very, very disappointed."RELATED: DFL Rep. Ryan Winkler isn't fan of huge tax cut sailing through Ho ... More >>

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    March 4, 2014

    MNGOP Sen. Chamberlain on Mark Dayton's "Plain Language" order: "Words fail"

    As part of his legislative agenda for this year's "Unsession," Governor Mark Dayton today issued an executive order requiring "the Office of the Governor and all Executive Branch agencies to communicate with Minnesotans using Plain Language."SEE ALSO: Conservatives upset Mark Dayton missed speech ... More >>

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    February 28, 2014

    Mark Dayton doesn't take credit for Minnesota's $1.2 billion surplus... sort of

    This morning, the Minnesota Management and Budget office announced the state is projected to have a budget surplus of $1.23 billion in the current biennium and $2.6 billion in the next. SEE ALSO: The Zygi Wilf/Mark Dayton photo people can't get enough of: Top 10 tweetsHours later, Gov. Mark Dayton r ... More >>

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    January 28, 2014

    Mark Dayton blasted for publicly financed trip to Super Bowl [UPDATE]

    -- Update at bottom -- Gov. Mark Dayton heads to New Jersey this week to woo NFL officials about bringing the 2018 Super Bowl to the new Vikings stadium in Minneapolis.SEE ALSO: Conservatives upset Mark Dayton missed speech for birth of first grandchildBut the fact that the bill for lodging and flig ... More >>

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    December 30, 2013

    Mark Dayton still not inclined to sign medical marijuana bill

    During a Friday interview with the Associated Press, Mark Dayton said he'll sign a bill legalizing Sunday liquor sales if it gets through the legislature. But the governor isn't as supportive of efforts to relax marijuana laws.RELATED: MNGOP guv hopefuls strike more liberal tone on marijuana reform ... More >>

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    December 3, 2013

    As ground breaks, conservatives try to turn Vikings stadium into political pitfall for Dayton

    Today we break ground! RT if you are excited for the #NewVikingsStadium! Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) December 3, 2013 Conservatives are trying to turn what should be one of the proudest days of the Mark Dayton administration into a political landmine.SEE ALSO: Vikings u ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    Mark Dayton flip-flops on Obamacare fix

    Last week, Gov. Mark Dayton said that unlike Keith Ellison, he supported President Obama's move to allow those whose health insurance plans were canceled in the wake of the Affordable Care Act to keep their policies for another year.SEE ALSO: Bachmann compares subsidized health care to crack But tur ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013

    Mark Dayton on meager charitable giving: "I'm disappointed in myself"

    On the eve of Give to the Max Day, Mark Dayton's 2012 tax returns made for unfortunate headlines -- he earned $343,234 last year, but donated only $1,000 to charity.SEE ALSO: MNGOP guv hopefuls strike more liberal tone on marijuana reform than Mark Dayton Asked yesterday about his 2012 giving (or la ... More >>

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    November 13, 2013

    Mark Dayton flip-flops, now opposes release of sex offenders

    In an interview earlier this month, Mark Dayton said he supported complying with the Department of Human Services recommendation to release serial rapist Thomas Duvall from his indefinite detention at the state's sex offender facility.SEE ALSO: Dayton signs law to move mentally ill offenders out of ... More >>

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    October 25, 2013

    New York Observer report paints unflattering picture of Mark Dayton

    The New York Observer's lengthy expose on the Wilf family doesn't paint a flattering picture of Zygi and company. But equally if not more unflattering is the report's portrayal of Mark Dayton, who comes across as a naive, overmatched politician who was played like a fiddle during the Vikings' stadi ... More >>

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    September 10, 2013

    Mark Dayton's approval rating is slipping, survey says

    Mark Dayton's first three years as governor has had their ups and downs. But if a new survey can be believed, it the eyes of Minnesotans, the bad slightly outweighs the good.SEE ALSO: Mark Dayton has some tough talk for Virginia and those damn Confederates According to a new KSTP/SurveyUSA poll ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013

    Sounds like Mark Dayton's relationship with his lieutenant governor is pretty awkward

    Yvonne Prettner Solon isn't sure whether she'll run to be Mark Dayton's lieutenant governor again next year. It probably doesn't help that the two are barely on speaking terms.SEE ALSO: Dayton is allegedly a pill-popper: top 10 tweetsIn a recent interview with MinnPost, Prettner Solon said she and D ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    Following Wilf revelation, Dayton open to reevaluating Vikes stadium in special session

    Mark Dayton is "deeply concerned" about courtroom revelations that Zygi Wilf demonstrated "bad faith and evil motive" in bilking his partners in a New Jersey apartment development out of $51 million.NOT THE FIRST TIME DAYTON'S THOUGHT TWICE: Dayton's angry letter to Wilfs means "Vikings could be bac ... More >>

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    July 30, 2013

    Mark Dayton "snaps" at reporters asking him about last week's top-secret outstate trip

    Last Wednesday, Gov. Mark Dayton traveled out of the state. But where exactly he went remains unknown.SEE ALSO: Mark Dayton has some tough talk for Virginia and those damn ConfederatesDayton's office announced he was traveling "for a meeting regarding a possible economic development opportunity for ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013

    Mark Dayton injures himself going down stairs, cancels public appearances

    Getting old sucks, kids. Exhibit A -- 66-year-old Mark Dayton's hip injury.RELATED: Conservatives upset Mark Dayton missed speech for birth of first grandchild Dayton has canceled all his public appearances for the next few days after he hurt himself Saturday while descending some stairs.

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    June 26, 2013

    Mark Dayton has some tough talk for Virginia and those damn Confederates

    During yesterday's Capitol sendoff for a group of Minnesota Civil War reenactors who are headed to Pennsylvania to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg, Governor Mark Dayton said it would basically take another civil war for Virginia to reclaim a Confederate flag that was seized by Minnes ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013

    Poll: Buying beers on Sunday is way more popular than DFL, MNGOP, or Mark Dayton

    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 >>

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    May 14, 2013

    Mark Dayton to sign marriage equality bill [STREAMING VIDEO]

    This afternoon, barring a shocking last-minute heel turn, Mark Dayton will sign the marriage equality bill approved yesterday by the Senate, paving the way for Minnesota's first gay marriages to occur in August.HAPPENING AFTER THE BILL SIGNING: Love Is the Law concert celebrating marriage equality a ... More >>

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    May 8, 2013

    Mark Dayton criticizes Vikings for releasing Chris Kluwe [UPDATE]

    -- Update at bottom -- You might want to say it's none of his business, but then again, he did help Zygi Wilf fatten his wallet by spearheading the charge for a new Vikings stadium.SEE ALSO: Conservatives upset Mark Dayton missed speech for birth of first grandchildRegardless of whether he should ha ... More >>

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    April 30, 2013

    Mark Dayton, heckled about raises for legislators, disses Shakopee audience [VIDEO] [UPDATE]

    Last night, Mark Dayton had some choice words for the audience of a "Meetings with Mark" forum event in Shakopee.SEE ALSO: Conservatives upset Mark Dayton missed speech for birth of first grandchildWhen the topic of giving legislators raises came up, Dayton said, "they're terribly underpaid," prompt ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    Scott Walker takes shot at Dayton, proving that those in glass houses do throw stones

    Thanks to Wisconsin's dismal job market, Scott Walker is in a glass house. But that isn't stopping him from throwing stones at Mark Dayton.SEE ALSO: Wisconsin Democratic spokesman loses job after comparing Scott Walker to Jeffrey Dahmer Today, Walker took to Twitter to lob a diss at Dayton for his p ... More >>

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    February 13, 2013

    California newspaper runs editorial blasting Gov. Dayton

    Gov. Dayton may be popular in Minnesota, but his approval rating is remarkably low in the editorial offices of the Anaheim, California-based Orange County Register.SEE ALSO: Mark Dayton isn't a fan of potThat became apparent after the Register published an editorial on Monday blasting Dayton for the ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    Minnesota Republicans want Norm Coleman vs. Mark Dayton in 2014

    With a 53 percent approval rating, Mark Dayton looks like he'll be tough to beat in 2014. But as of right now, polling indicates Norm Coleman has the inside track to become the Republican who gets a shot to knock him off.SEE ALSO: Minnesota Republicans want Michele Bachmann vs. Al Franken in 2014The ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    Mark Dayton's Facebook joke about back surgery is taken too seriously

    This morning, Mark Dayton took to Facebook to update people about his recovery from a December 26 vertebrae-fusing back surgery. SEE ALSO:-- Mark Dayton says he's against easing marijuana laws-- Mark Dayton apologizes for comparing troubled football players to soldiers back from warDayton has until ... More >>

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    December 7, 2012

    Mark Dayton says he's against easing marijuana laws

    As we told you about a couple weeks ago, a bill easing Minnesota's marijuana laws will likely come before the legislature this session. And thanks to new DFL majorities, it stands a good chance of bring approved.SEE ALSO:-- MNGOP spent $10,500 on study that supports legalizing medical marijuana-- Th ... More >>

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    November 13, 2012

    Mark Dayton looks safe in 2014, according to Public Policy Polling

    Yesterday, Public Policy Polling -- the folks who surprisingly but accurately pegged the voter ID amendment as going down just days before last Tuesday's election -- took an early look at the 2014 gubernatorial landscape.SEE ALSO:-- Mike Parry says Governor Dayton is a drug addict, pops "15 or 16 pi ... More >>

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    November 13, 2012

    Dayton's angry letter to Wilfs means "Vikings could be back in play for L.A.," NBC writes

    Think the Vikings stadium drama ended last spring when the Minneapolis City Council signed off on a stadium bill? Think again, apparently.SEE ALSO:-- NFL: No Los Angeles Vikings in 2012-- ESPN's Mike and Mike still unaware of Vikings stadium deal, think team might move to L.A.Last week, the Vikings ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    Mark Dayton gets F grade in Cato Institute's 2012 governor fiscal policy report card

    The D.C.-based Cato Institute is a conservative think tank co-founded by Charles Koch, so of course researchers there and Gov. Mark Dayton weren't destined to be bosom buddies.SEE ALSO:-- Mark Dayton rips Paul Ryan for fudging Grandma's Marathon time... by over an hour-- Mike Parry says Governor Day ... More >>

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    July 25, 2012

    Duluth flood: Dayton "very disappointed" in FEMA's decision to deny individual assistance

    SEE ALSO:-- Duluth floods: Top 10 jaw-dropping images [PHOTOS]-- Duluth flood update, and 10 more jaw-dropping images [PHOTOS]-- Mark Dayton declares state of emergency over Duluth floodingOn July 19, Governor Dayton requested individual assistance for home and business owners affected by June's one ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    One month after Dayton vetoes bill, Linwood man nearly kills himself with illegal fireworks

    Sometimes the governor really does know best, apparently.Late last month, Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill that would've allowed for the sale and use of a wide array of consumer fireworks in Minnesota, including aerial rockets and firecrackers. In his veto letter, Dayton wrote that it's "government's ... More >>

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    May 15, 2012

    Mark Dayton very popular, MNGOP-controlled legislature about as popular as kick in the pants

    Gov. Mark Dayton will probably have a friendlier legislature to work with next year. A new SurveyUSA poll of 600 Minnesotans found that only 21 percent of respondents approve of the job the MNGOP-controlled legislature was doing during the last days of this year's session, compared to 67 percent dis ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    Poll: Dayton very popular, legislative Repubs have "horrible numbers"

    ​Minnesotans apparently haven't held last summer's government shutdown against the governor. Instead, they're blaming Republicans.14 months after defeating Republican Tom Emmer by less than one percent of the vote, Mark Dayton is now "one of the most popular Governors in the country."A poll releas ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012

    NARAL Report: Crisis Pregnancy Centers give false medical information to pregnant women

    ​In a new report released by NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota Foundation, pro-choice advocates accuse state funded "crisis pregnancy centers" in the metro area of dispensing deliberately misleading or false information about pregnancy in an attempt to dissuade women from having an abortion. "Everyone ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    Vikings stadium won't get a special session

    This stadium will have to wait until the legislature's New Year's hangover wears off.​The Minnesota Vikings are, putting it kindly, not a very special football team right now. Fittingly, the team won't get a special session from the legislature to rule on its new stadium(s?), and will have to wait ... More >>

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    November 2, 2011

    Should Minnesota pay for a new Vikings stadium, or fix the State Capitol? [POLL]

    Vikings stadium, State Capitol: What's important to us?​The Minnesota Vikings need a new stadium, and they need lots of money the state doesn't have to build it. But now, they're not the only state institution that needs a pile of cash. Yesterday, Mark Dayton spoke about two separate issues, both ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    Gambling on football: How the Block E Casino might build the Vikings stadium

    Want this stadium? Fine, just keep dumping quarters in that slot machine.​As of this morning, Minneapolis is a city with one professional football team, and zero casinos. Some day soon, that could be the other way around.The new push for a special session to finance the Vikings stadium in Arden Hi ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Mark Dayton plans special session for Vikings stadium [POLL]

    The Vikings stadium will be agreed upon before the stuffing is served.​Mark Dayton announced yesterday that he's so excited about a new Vikings stadium, it doesn't even matter what the damn thing looks like, or costs, or whatever -- just build it, man, we'll figure it out later! After a meeting wi ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    Moody's downgrades Minnesota to negative

    Wikipedia Thanks, a lot guys -- now our credit's screwed.​To get a state budget passed, Minnesota used a bit of tricky accounting -- a lot of borrowing here, a lot of delayed payments there -- to make the numbers work on paper. The tricks didn't fool Moody's Investor Service, the premiere credit r ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    Shutdown will end with Dayton's signature

    America's longest state shutdown could finally end.​By signing his name 12 times, Mark Dayton could end the shutdown this morning. It took six months of arguing and 19 days of shutdown, but the legislature's special session finally passed 12 budget bills, with the last of them passing at around 3: ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    Dayton signs budget to end shutdown, state employees back to work tomorrow

    Dayton said he was forced to sign a budget he didn't like.​Minnesota's shutdown is over.Mark Dayton signed the nine budget bills and three spending bills at 9:00 a.m., ending the state's embarrassing, costly lockout on its 20th day. The shutdown's end is good news for the 22,000 state employee ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    Shutdown could end today

    Dayton's very special session will begin at 3 p.m.​Mark Dayton has called for a special session of the legislature to meet at 3 p.m. this afternoon. With a fast-track vote, Minnesota's shutdown might be over before happy hour. The legislature will try to pass all nine budget bills and Dayton's req ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    Handshake agreement to end shutdown

    The handshake heard round the state.​Mark Dayton and Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers just shook hands in the Capitol in a symbolic end to the shutdown. After months of acrimony and backbiting, Dayton and the Republican leaders spent the press conference announcing the agreement and congratulatin ... More >>

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    July 18, 2011

    Government shutdown not ending today

    The shutdown won't end today -- don't hold out for tomorrow, either.​Mark Dayton and Republican leadership agreed on a deal that would end the state shutdown, but not everyone's on board. With no special session today, the shutdown, now 18 days old and the longest state freeze-out in modern U.S. h ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Dayton, GOP agree to end shutdown

    The shutdown ended not with a bang, but with a shrug.​After two weeks of gridlock and three hours locked in his office, Mark Dayton and Republican leaders emerged yesterday with a deal to end the state shutdown. The governor forced a tight grin as he stepped to the microphone, announcing the deal ... More >>

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