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    April 10, 2014

    Public health commissioner Ed Ehlinger testifies against senate medical marijuana bill

    The senate version of a bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use in Minnesota got its first hearing Thursday, undergoing two hours of testimony and proving that the issue is not dead. Time ran out before members of the Health, Human Services and Housing Committee could vote, but they plan ... More >>

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    March 26, 2014

    Governor Dayton: Another day, another medical marijuana position

    During a WCCO radio appearance yesterday, Gov. Mark Dayton characterized the likelihood of any medical marijuana legislation being signed into law this year as between "slim and none." He lamented that "the advocates who want to be able to smoke leaf marijuana... are not interested in carrying [a me ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    DFL Rep. Ryan Winkler isn't fan of huge tax cut sailing through House

    Days after the Minnesota Management and Budget office projected a $1.23 billion surplus for the current biennium, the state House might vote as soon as today on a $500 million package of tax cuts and repeals.THE BACKSTORY: Mark Dayton doesn't take credit for Minnesota's $1.2 billion surplus... sort ... More >>

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    March 5, 2014

    Medical marijuana bill passes first test with signs that law enforcement is mellowing

    Maria Botker throws her arms forward and droops her head, mimicking, in slow-motion, the way in which her seven-year-old daughter wilts daily. She calls the worst of these "drop seizures." The Botkers live a fragmented life between Minnesota and Colorado so they can get access to Charlotte's Web ... More >>

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    December 10, 2013

    Star Tribune editor scolds Senate MNGOP for doctoring classic Dayton/Zygi photo

    Today, Star Tribune political editor Patricia Lopez and Strib photographer Glenn Stubbe took issue with the MNGOP Senate communications team for doctoring Stubbe's classic Mark Dayton/Zygi Wilf photo in the tweet at the top of this post.SEE ALSO: MNGOP moving to one of Mpls's crunchiest neighborhood ... More >>

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    December 4, 2013

    The Zygi Wilf/Mark Dayton photo people can't get enough of: Top 10 tweets

    Zygi Wilf and Gov Dayton toss dirt at Vikings Stadium Groundbreaking. Glen Stubbe (@gspphoto) December 3, 2013 During yesterday's Vikings stadium groundbreaking ceremony, Star Tribune photographer Glen Stubbe captured a photo of Zygi Wilf and Mark Dayton that's worth som ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013

    First same-sex couples legally wed in Minnesota

    At 11:57 p.m. on July 31, Cathy ten Broeke and Margaret Miles were ready to be married. They had put on their dresses, walked down the grand staircase in the Minneapolis City Hall Rotunda, and said their vows. Ten Broeke's voice had cracked as she recited, "as long as we both shall live"; Miles had ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Kurt Zellers says his "hot wife" separates him from gubernatorial competition

    Kurt Zellers, the six-term state representative and former speaker of the Minnesota House, became the latest GOP lawmaker to jump into the 2014 gubernatorial race on Sunday.The field of GOPers vying to run against incumbent DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is likely to be crowded. Already, Zellers has three dec ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    The Thermals at 7th Street Entry, 5/14/13

    The Thermals with Strange Relations 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis Tuesday, May 14, 2013 The Thermals are indie rock's consummate underdogs. They've never been as popular as they should be. Their albums are perennially underrated and it's more vexing with each passing year. The workman-like, scrappy ... More >>

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    May 13, 2013

    Senate set to vote on legalizing gay marriage [STREAMING VIDEO]

    Within a few hours, all that will stand in the way of legal gay marriage in Minnesota is Mark Dayton's signature, and we already know his pen is ready and willing for action.SEE ALSO: House approves marriage equality; four Republicans vote in favor, two Dems against [UPDATE]Days after the House appr ... More >>

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    March 20, 2013

    Gov. Dayton calls death of gun background checks bill "very disappointing," blasts NRA

    Last night, a bill calling for backgrounds checks on all firearm purchases in Minnesota died in a House committee, meaning any gun control legislation approved this legislative session will be watered down at best.SEE ALSO: MNGOP Rep. Tony Cornish says Jesus would pack heat if he were alive today Th ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013

    The Star Tribune and WCCO wrote very different stories about Dayton's speech

    Governor Dayton gave a speech to the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce last night, and depending on what you read, the takeaway was either that he got a standing ovation or a cold reception from the business community.SEE ALSO: Fox 9 led last night's 10 o'clock newscast with a real head-scratcher of a s ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013

    MNGOP Rep. Mary Franson, through tears, says: "Democrats are just destroying this state"

    You wouldn't expect anything else, but Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, is no fan of the job the DFL-controlled legislature is doing so far this session.SEE ALSO:-- Mary Franson spouts bogus autism theories at House hearing, gets shut down [VIDEO]-- Gov. Dayton's deputy chief of staff wants Mary Fra ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    Voter ID amendment fails in Minnesota

    In an outcome that seemed nearly impossible just a few weeks ago, Minnesotans have defeated a controversial amendment to the state constitution that would have created stricter voting laws in the state, including a requirement for voters to bring a government-issued photo I.D. to the polls. With 94 ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012

    Duluth flood update, and 10 more jaw-dropping images [PHOTOS]

    Thankfully, the rain has stopped in the Duluth area, and the forecast is dry for the next handful of days. While it'll take some time to fully assess the damage yesterday's historic flooding caused, Mayor Don Ness tentatively estimates the impact in terms of "tens of millions of dollars, if not more ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    Mark Dayton declares state of emergency over Duluth flooding

    Gov. Mark Dayton ordered emergency relief to eight northeastern Minnesota counties this afternoon that are experiencing potentially deadly flooding. Heavy rainfall has thrown the Duluth area into chaos, turning roads into rivers, leaving hundreds without power, and drowning several animals from the ... More >>

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    June 5, 2012

    Minnesota voters of all stripes agree: 'Let us buy booze on Sundays'

    Minnesota Democrats, Republicans, and independents all agree on one thing -- we should be able to buy booze on Sundays.A new poll released by Public Policy Polling shows that just about everyone except our elected officials agrees that there is no good reason those of us who fail to plan ahead shoul ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    New Saints ballpark highlights Governor's bonding proposal

    A rendering of the Saints' proposed Lowertown ballpark. The project is one of many in Gov. Dayton's $775 million bonding proposal.​It isn't $500 million for a new Vikings stadium, but today, Gov. Mark Dayton proposed a bonding bill that would allot $27 in public funds for a new St. Paul Saints bal ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    Minnesota might sell Zygi Wilf the Metrodome for $1

    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 >>

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    September 29, 2011

    Angry taxpayers shout "No!" to Vikings stadium money

    ​The Minnesota Vikings are basically in the worst possible position to be asking for money right now. The team isn't just 0-3, it's choked on big leads in all three games. The NFL's new owner-friendly labor agreement has left each franchise flush with cash from television deals. And the state of M ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    The largest employer in Minnesota is Minnesota

    Mark Dayton, Barack Obama: Minnesota's greatest bosses.​We have officially entered phase three of the plan to turn America into a socialist country: Everyone in Minnesota works for Mark Dayton or Barack Obama.Well, not everyone. But the top two employers in the state of Minnesota are the state gov ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    Minnesota lawmakers not accepting their salary: The full list

    ​After Gov. Mark Dayton announced he would not accept a paycheck during the shutdown, we asked all the Minnesota legislators whether they would follow suit. While the vast majority didn't reply, we got some responses and put together a preliminary list. Now we've got our hands on the official li ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Judge Kathleen Gearin supports Dayton in government shutdown

    ​With the Minnesota government shutdown less than 36 hours away, a critical ruling from Ramsey County Judge Kathleen Gearin has finally given people an idea of what a shutdown means: Gov. Mark Dayton's minimalist view of the core functions of government that would keep running during a shutdown. ... More >>

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    June 20, 2011

    Republicans demand special session to deal with budget

    ​With just 10 days to go until a possible state government shutdown, top GOP leaders are asking Gov. Mark Dayton to call a special session to deal with the state's $5 billion budget deficit. House Speaker Kurt Zellers says it's time. Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch says that state legislator ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011

    Dayton vetoes abortion bills, reminds politicians they aren't doctors

    ​Just to prove they weren't totally heartless, Republicans pushed through a bill this session that, while outlawing all abortions after 20 weeks, made exceptions for saving the life of a mother or sparing her from irreparable physical harm. But if that woman were a victim of rape or incest, the b ... More >>

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    May 24, 2011

    Legislature goes home with no budget

    Under the Capitol dome, no budget.​Republicans controlling the Legislature had five months to craft a bipartisan budget suitable for DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's signature, and they failed. Now lawmakers have to come back for a special session that will either produce a budget to fund K-12 educatio ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Feds signing over $478 million in Central Corridor funds today

    Federal funds grease the rails.​So it turns out the $478 million check really was in the mail. We were a little leery last week when St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman used his State of the City address to declare federal funding had been approved to cover half the cost of the Central Corridor ligh ... More >>

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    March 23, 2011

    Eric Dayton to open restaurant in Warehouse District

    Eric Dayton is starting work on his Warehouse District building.​The rumors are true: Eric Dayton, the eldest son of Gov. Mark Dayton, expects to start construction this spring on a restaurant/retail development at the historic Marvel Rack Building at 200 N. 1st St. that he purchased a couple ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Bad week for WCCO: First Dayton, now Gophers

    "The Good Neighbor" has a bad week.​Can you still be a "Good Neighbor" if everyone's moved away? Yesterday, we learned that WCCO-AM failed in its bid to snag Gov. Mark Dayton for a regular weekly radio show. Today, the University of Minnesota announced it was pulling the plug on all its long- ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011

    Mark Dayton vetoes $900 million GOP budget-cutting bill

    Dayton issues his first veto.​The Republican-controlled Legislature sent DFL Gov. Mark Dayton a $900 million budget-cutting bill today, after no public hearings and with no Democratic support, and he wasted no time in striking it down with his veto pen. He lambasted it as an effort to protect ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    Tom Emmer's recount petition rejected in MN Supreme Court opinion

    Another nail in the coffin.​Tom Emmer now has what he wanted from the Minnesota Supreme Court: A written opinion that explains why the justices denied his petition that essentially accused some state elections officials of breaking the law. The 18-page opinion, just issued, refutes Emmer's le ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010

    Mark Dayton vs. Tom Emmer: Now what?

    Photo: WkipediaDayton vs. Emmer: Shades of 2008?​With all precincts reporting, here's where we stand: Democrat Mark Dayton has 919,238 votes compared to Republican Tom Emmer's 910,382 votes. That's 8,856 votes, or a 43.63-43.21 percent margin of victory. And it's within the one half of one pe ... More >>

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    October 12, 2010

    Barack Obama booked for Mark Dayton rally

    Barack Obama will lead a rally at the University of Minnesota on Oct. 23.​President Barack Obama will headline an Oct. 23 rally on the University of Minnesota campus to boost Democrat Mark Dayton's run for governor. The White House won't confirm or deny the exact location, but all indications ... More >>

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    October 12, 2010

    Dora the Explorer's excellent Tom Emmer video

    Screen grab via TheUptakeOh no, not you again.​At least, Tom Emmer says, Nick Espinosa didn't bring the pennies this time. But he still looked a little fed up to see the immigrant rights activist stealing the scene at Monday's health care gubernatorial debate with Mark Dayton and Tom Horner.

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    September 16, 2010

    Mark Dayton, Tom Emmer and Tom Horner pledge new Vikings stadium

    Horner's wit earned the biggest applause and laughs last night at the expense of his opponents.​Gubernatorial candidates Tom Emmer, Mark Dayton and Tom Horner don't agree on much. And with Election Day fast approaching, none wasted much time with pleasantries at last night's debate. Independe ... More >>

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    August 31, 2010

    Tom Emmer fights to a tie in latest governor's race poll

    Mark Dayton and Tom Emmer are even in a new state-wide poll.​Republican Tom Emmer has consistently trailed his Democratic opponents in governor's polls over the past few months. And lately he's been the butt of attacks over his drunken driving convictions and his support from Target. So today ... More >>

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    August 2, 2010

    Tom Emmer again trails Democrats, this time in Star Tribune poll

    Mark Dayton showed the widest lead over Tom Emmer in the Star Tribune poll​Republican candidate for governor Tom Emmer has again come up with the short end of the stick in a statewide poll compared to his Democratic rivals. A Star Tribune poll released over the weekend shows Mark Dayton, Marga ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    Mark Dayton, Matt Entenza spend and barely lift a finger

    Matt Entenza just wrote his campaign a check for a cool $4 million​Remember a few months ago when Matt Entenza and Mark Dayton said they would be willing to spend millions of dollars from their own fortunes on their gubernatorial campaigns? Looks like they weren't kidding. This week's campaign ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Margaret Anderson Kelliher tax disclosure follows Dayton

    Photo: Nick VlcekThe Kellihers pulled in $143,968 last year​Following Mark Dayton's lead, DFL-endorsed gubernatorial candidateMargaret Anderson Kelliher released her 2009 tax records yesterday afternoon. Filing jointly, Kelliher and her husband, David Kelliher, earned $143,968 in adjusted gros ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    Kelliher, Dayton stiff Floodwood 3rd-graders' schoolyard face-off

    Matt Entenza says he's ready for a schoolyard face-off.​A class of ambitious third-graders has invited candidates running in the 2010 Minnesota governor's race to debate Friday at their school in Floodwood, Minn. Floodwood is a small town northwest of Duluth. While it's probably not a schedul ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Tom Emmer jabbed for missed votes

    Kelliher and Dayton jabbed for missing votes​Gubernatorial candidates Tom Emmer and Margaret Anderson Kelliher are both taking jabs for missing votes this week at the Legislature. Mark Dayton, one of three candidates vying for the DFL primary, called out Republican-endorsed Emmer this morning ... More >>

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    April 26, 2010

    Minnesota governor's race: Social media cheat sheet (UPDATED)

    Here's the list, organized in alphabetical order by party affiliation. It's a work in progress.

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    February 23, 2005

    Somebody Say Oh Lord!

    Michele Bachmann heads an all-star cast of GOP Christian flat-earthers in the Sixth District

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    September 13, 2000

    You Are Here

    Ah, the fall rituals of the Prairie!

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    August 30, 2000

    Invisible Man

    Jerry Janezich is staking his U.S. Senate campaign on a populist message and the DFL endorsement. But will any of that matter without TV ads?

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    September 23, 1998
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    October 8, 1997

    Target: Target

    "[Dayton-Hudson CEO] Bob Ulrich got a 200 percent raise after the value of the company stock doubled," says one Target employee. "We got a 2.7 percent raise. And for Christmas I got a box of candy."

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