Mark Dayton

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    June 11, 2014

    Comment of the Day: A little help, governor?

    They say government is there to help people, but this is going a bit far.In response to yesterday's post about the surprising amount medical marijuana might cost patients out of pocket, some readers pointed out that folks might be better off just buying pot off the street. But Jason Port, rememberin ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014

    Legislators send conservative medical marijuana bill to governor's desk over lone protest

    A committee of Minnesota legislators chaired by Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis) voted 5-1 Thursday on a single medical marijuana bill that more closely resembles the ultra-conservative House version. In less than a week, Dibble went from lobbying for his cheaper and more inclusive bill to givi ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    Gov. Dayton proposes replacing medical marijuana bill with health studies

    Last week, Gov. Mark Dayton asked members of his staff to work on a medical marijuana bill that he could possibly sign into law. Here it is -- a seven-page proposal that seems destined to make everyone happy except the actual supporters of medical marijuana. Rather than green light a distribution s ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    Mark Dayton sentences turkey to death

    This year, instead of pardoning a turkey, Governor Mark Dayton sentenced one to death.During a ceremony today, Dayton officially donated the brother of the turkey that will be pardoned by President Obama to the St. Paul Salvation Army, where it'll be used to feed 80 people. Both turkeys were raised ... More >>

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    July 26, 2013

    Obama signs disaster declaration for counties hit by solstice storms

    Few things can bring Keith Ellison and Michele Bachmann together, but one of them is a disaster.See Also: - Gov. Dayton asks Obama to declare federal disaster in Minnesota - Minnesota asks FEMA for help cleaning up after the solstice storms - Two weeks after the Solstice Storms, restaurants that los ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Same-sex marriage applications will be available June 6 in Hennepin

    Same-sex couples in Minneapolis looking to be among the first in the state to legally wed will be able to hold their ceremonies on Aug. 1, the day the gay marriage law goes into effect. SEE ALSO: COVER: A history of gay marriage in Minnesota Dayton signs gay marriage bill into law

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    May 17, 2013

    Same-sex couples might have to wait just a little longer to wed in Minnesota

    Since Gov. Mark Dayton signed the gay marriage bill into law Tuesday, same-sex couples around the state have already begun planning their weddings, many hoping to wed the day the law goes into effect on Aug. 1. But those couples looking to be among the very first to legally marry in Minnesota mig ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    MN United creates fundraising PAC to support lawmakers who voted for gay marriage

    Minnesotans United is the lobbying group responsible for all those "Vote No" bumper stickers and yard signs in the fall.After the amendment was defeated, the campaign transformed into "Vote Yes," and MN United became the force behind the blue-and-orange "Support the Freedom to Marry"shirts that crow ... More >>

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    May 13, 2013

    Minnesota Senate approves marriage equality

    This afternoon, the Minnesota Senate followed the House and approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage with a 37-30 vote.:::: UPDATE :::: Mark Dayton signs gay marriage bill into law Gov. Mark Dayton is reportedly wasting little time and planning to sign the legislation into law during a ceremon ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013

    House approves marriage equality; four Republicans vote in favor, two Dems against [UPDATE]

    This afternoon, the House approved marriage equality by a 75 -59 vote. Sixty-eight votes were needed for passage.SEE ALSO: Minnesota for Marriage's Hinckley rally was the biggest megafail in the history of megafails [VIDEO]The Senate plans to take up a companion bill on Monday. If it also wins appr ... More >>

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    April 5, 2013

    DFL Rep. Jason Metsa seeks to understand poverty by living on minimum wage... for a week

    As the legislature considers raising Minnesota's minimum wage, Rep. Jason Metsa, D-Virginia, wants to better understand what life is like for the working poor. So he's pledged to live on the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour... for a whole week.SEE ALSO: Mark Dayton doesn't want to raise minimum ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Minnesota law enforcement's last word on pot: "We do not support legalization for any purpose"

    Mark Dayton says he won't sign a bill relaxing Minnesota's marijuana laws unless it has the support of law enforcement. SEE ALSO: The new Green Giant looks like he just took a bong rip [PHOTO]That raises the question -- could law enforcement leaders ever be persuaded to support something like that? ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Zygi Wilf, ignoring report, is "very, very optimistic" about a new Vikings stadium

    Zygi Wilf is very excited to be doing business with you, Minnesota.​Zygi Wilf, Minnesota Vikings owner and official mustache, knows business strategy. He also knows football bravado. Lesson one: Never show weakness. Even when you're out of leverage on a deal, or doctors have stapled your arm to yo ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Vikings stadium won't go to a vote

    Who cares if you want to pay for the new Vikings stadium?​The Minnesota Vikings new stadium will be a $1.1 billion monument dedicated to the death of democracy. That's what taxpayers learned last night, when the Ramsey County Charter Commission voted not to allow a vote on the tax that will build ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Minnesota state parks campsite reservation system back online today

    DNR Facbook PageInterstate State Park is open and enticing.​The shutdown was rough on Minnesotan outdoorsmen and women. No boat or fishing license renewal. Closed state parks. A minefield of poop outside of locked public restrooms. Well, it's all over now. And starting this morning, the Departmen ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Dayton wants 13,000 workers spared from shutdown

    ​The Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton keep stumbling toward a possible government shutdown on July 1, and now the governor has submitted a list state services deemed essential--and who should keep working despite the shutdown. The list encompasses about 13,000 workers providing core services to 2 ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Mark Dayton promises no union-busting laws [UPDATE]

    Mark Dayton supports unions in Wisconsin.​Gov. Mark Dayton told about 1,000 pro-union demonstrators in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday that he'd block any attempt by Republican legislators to pass a union-busting bill similar to the one raising a ruckus in Wisconsin. That bill, being pushed by ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    Gov. Mark Dayton's budget: The documents

    Dayton offers a plan that calls for new taxes.​After nixing the Legislature's proposed $900 million in budget cuts last week with his veto pen, Gov. Mark Dayton submitted his own proposal today for balancing the state's budget, complete with a promised tax hike on the wealthiest among us.

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    January 5, 2011

    Mark Dayton jettisons Tim Pawlenty's health insurance stands [UPDATE, VIDEO]

    Mark Dayton meets the press today.​Congress passed health care reform. But in Minnesota, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty said we couldn't have it. Today, making good on campaign promises, Mark Dayton said that we can. And his two executive orders can't be stopped by the new Republican-controlled Legisl ... More >>

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    December 17, 2010

    Mark Dayton's election certificate: Photo of the day

    We're done here.​It's all over except for the inauguration. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has issued election certificates to Governor-elect Mark Dayton and his running mate, Yvonne Prettner Solon. Here's what they look like:

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    December 6, 2010

    Tom Emmer's recount ship is sinking

    Arranging deck chairs on the Titanic?​Tom Emmer's Team Frivolous did the right thing Saturday, withdrawing almost 2,600 frivolous challenges to recounted ballots in Hennepin County. On Sunday, the Great Withdrawal continued as they took similar action on the work of their overzealous troops i ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    Tom Emmer demands MN Supreme Court opinion in ballot count petition

    Mark Dayton's roughly 9,000-vote lead has not changed.​Tom Emmer's still losing the recount in the governor's race, but he's not conceding anything to Mark Dayton. Instead, with the recount nearing completion and the outcome still favoring Dayton by almost 9,000 votes, he demanded today the t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Bob Dylan is this year's version of the Lizard People [VIDEO]

    Blowin' in the recount.​Remember the Lizard People, the mysterious write-in candidates who added one more layer of weirdness to the Al Franken-Norm Coleman Senate race recount battle in 2008? Thanks to the ever vigilant folks at The UpTake, we have a worthy successor: Bob Dylan. Hibbing's fa ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Tom Emmer leads Team Frivolous [UPDATE]

    Tom Emmer's taking a ride on the slow boat.​Tom Emmer's recount watchdogs appear intent on burying precinct election officials under tables of frivolous ballot challenges. In Hennepin County alone, the Emmer camp was responsible for 894 of 907 frivolous challenges lodged by the end of the rec ... More >>

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    November 30, 2010

    Minnesota recount: Tom Emmer is still losing

    Mark Dayton, left, still leads Tom Emmer.​Tom Emmer lost his state Supreme Court challenge in the governor's race recount last week. And by the end of the day on Monday, as the hand count got under way, he was still losing to Mark Dayton. In fact, the Secretary of State's office added another ... More >>

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    November 1, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty may be a drag on Tom Emmer's campaign

    Tim Pawlenty: Is this guy the problem?​Is outgoing Gov. Tim Pawlenty proving to be a drag on Republican Tom Emmer's campaign for the governor's mansion? Public Policy Polling's Tom Jensen asks that in the wake of his survey released over the weekend giving Democrat Mark Dayton a 43-40 percen ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    Deputy Dave Schultz isn't shooting straight on taxes [Updated]

    Is Deputy Dave a straight shooter?​It's apparently not a good election cycle to be a spokesman on a TV ad. First there was Michele Bachmann's "Jim the Election Guy," who turned out to be some strapped-for-work actor who didn't even live in Minnesota, let alone the 6th District. Now we have D ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    Barack Obama recommends meditation for Republicans

    Screen grab via TheUptakeObama rallies at the U​Mark Dayton's campaign for governor got two big boosts this weekend: Yet another lead in another poll, and a pat on the back from Barack Obama. Obama flew in for a Dayton rally at the U of M, where he said Republicans would drive the economy bac ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    Mark Dayton leads second poll in two days

    Emmer, right, trails again.​Two polls in two days maintain the trend: Democrat Mark Dayton is leading Republican Tom Emmer in the governor's race as Election Day approaches. And these most recent results put Dayton's lead outside the margin of error.

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    October 22, 2010

    Mark Dayton again leads Tom Emmer in Rasmussen poll

    Dayton leads, but within the margin of error.​Rasmussen Reports, the most GOP-friendly of the major pollsters, is out with another survey this morning that shows Democrat Mark Dayton leading Republican Tom Emmer in the governor's race.

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    October 8, 2010

    Mark Dayton barely leads latest Rasmussen poll

    Dayton leads another poll, but not by much.​Rasmussen Reports is out this morning with a poll that shows Democrat Mark Dayton leading the race for Minnesota governor, but the margin is so close it may as well be a tie. A Sept. 24 Rasmussen survey that gave Republican Tom Emmer a hair's breadt ... More >>

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    September 29, 2010

    Tom Emmer trailing Mark Dayton by double digits in new poll

    Mark Dayton gets help from Tom Horner​For the second time in one week, a new statewide poll shows Democrat Mark Dayton pulling ahead of Republican Tom Emmer in the race for governor. And this time he has a double-digit lead. The numbers from the just-released MPR/Humphrey Institute poll also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Mark Dayton leads Tom Emmer by 9% in new poll

    Mark Dayton, left, leads Tom Emmer, right, in another poll.​DFLer Mark Dayton leads Republican Tom Emmer in the race for governor by 9 percentage points in a Star Tribune opinion poll released over the weekend. With one exception, that result continues Dayton's pattern of beating or tying Emm ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Best of Hot Dish: September 20-24, 2010

    Have a nice trip, see you next fall.​It's officially fall, the time for scarfs and sweaters, pots of soup, whole chickens roasting with lemons and garlic--this is the season that many consider the best time of the year. The Hot Dish brings you the recipes, food events, and news to help you enjoy t ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    Mark Dayton leads Tom Emmer but Tom Horner surges in new poll

    Mark Dayton leads the governor's race, but not by much.​Democrat Mark Dayton has the edge over Republican Tom Emmer in the latest statewide poll conducted ahead of the November election for governor. But his margin is narrow. And Independence Party candidate Tom Horner gained a lot of ground ... More >>

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    August 11, 2010

    Margaret Anderson Kelliher's anti-climactic 'victory' party [UPDATED]

    Photo: Nick VlcekKelliher wouldn't give up the fight, despite what the polls said.​ Update: Margaret Anderson Kelliher conceded defeat to Mark Dayton late this morning. "In Minnesota we value every person's voice and count every person's vote. And that's what happened this election," she said ... More >>

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    August 11, 2010

    Margaret Anderson Kelliher concedes to Mark Dayton

    MAKForGovernor.comKelliher calls it quits.​After refusing to close the books on her primary race last night, Margaret Anderson Kelliher announced this morning that she is conceding the DFL governor's race to Mark Dayton."In Minnesota we value every person's voice and count every person's vote. And ... More >>

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    August 9, 2010

    Dayton, Entenza, Kelliher debate for last time at the Fitz

    TheUptake videoThe DFL candidates: These people want your vote​ It's down to the wire for Mark Dayton, Matt Entenza, and Margaret Anderson Kelliher. The three DFL candidates debated last night, their last appearance together before Tuesday's primary. If you still haven't decided, maybe this video ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    GOP Chair Sutton calls DFLer Dayton's alcoholism "not relevant"

    Dayton is one of 11 Democrats seeking the governorship. We'll see how this plays out.

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    November 25, 2008
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    November 22, 2006
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    May 31, 2006

    5/31: Morning Communique

    War widow wants Wiccan symbol on husband's memorial, Marie Osmond's naughty daughters, the 50 great "conservative" rock songs, the Top 10 ways to destroy Earth, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

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    April 17, 2006

    Swift kick on the way out

    Touted as "those who make a difference in the U.S. Senate--and five Senators who are falling short," Time magazine last Friday releas ... More >>

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    June 23, 2005

    Burn this bill

    The perennial calls for a constitutional amendment to prohibit desecration of the flag is among the most absurd features of contemporary American political life. Why? Because no matter where you fall on the free speech implications, you have to acknowledge that there simply isn't much of a probl ... More >>

  • News

    December 10, 2003

    In Pork We Trust

    Coleman and Dayton partner up to bring home the bacon

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    September 17, 2003

    Dayton: Back From the Dead?

    Taking a page from Norm Coleman's playbook

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    January 16, 2002

    United They Sit

    Minnesota's senators were supposed to be the type to stand up for social programs, the environment, and civil liberties. So why are critics left and right accusing them of lying down on the job?

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    September 1, 1998
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    April 30, 1997

    Guv Groupies

    A key hire by the Dayton campaign marks the start of the gubernatorial sweepstakes

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