Mark Dayton

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    October 14, 2014

    Dayton, Klobuchar, Franken Aren't Happy About Lack of Ebola Screenings at MSP Airport

    The Center for Disease Control recently started screening all arrivals from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone at five major American airports for Ebola symptoms.But MSP Airport isn't one of the airports included on the list, and Mark Dayton, Amy Klobuchar, and Al Franken aren't happy about that.See ... More >>

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    August 2, 2014

    Gov. Dayton declares Paul McCartney Day in Minnesota

    Leading up to Saturday evening's sold-out Paul McCartney show at Target Field, Minnesota governor Mark Dayton has dedicated the day to the Beatles legend. Sir Paul's last performance in the area was back in 2005, and he nearly hit Target Field in 2011. Tonight's performance will mark the third Minne ... More >>

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    July 28, 2014

    Gov. Mark Dayton donated $10,000 of his personal wealth to charity last year

    Gov. Mark Dayton's 2013 tax return was released last week and shows that he gave $10,000 to charities -- 10 times as much as last year. His office did not respond to our request for comment, but judging by previous news coverage, the boost came in response to the governor's own criticism last Novem ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014

    The DFL Party just came really close to putting legal pot on its list of priorities

    At the Minnesota DFL convention in Duluth last month, 1,076 delegates cast ballots related to the party's 2014-15 action agenda. Resolutions ranged from taxes to veterans to recreational cannabis. The last one needed 619 votes to pass, but ended up with 603, according to tally takers. See also: ... More >>

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    June 16, 2014

    Marty Seifert on Medtronic: Young people living in parents' basement because of Mark Dayton

    Former Republican House Minority Leader and failed 2010 gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert didn't win his party's endorsement to run for governor this year, but he, along with two other candidates, plans to battle the endorsed candidate, Hennepin County commissioner Jeff Johnson, in a primary.So ... More >>

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    May 27, 2014

    How the MN Board of Pharmacy advocated for and against medical marijuana research

    The idea to replace a statewide medical marijuana distribution system with a research study may have originated not with Gov. Mark Dayton's staff, but with the state's Board of Pharmacy. If that news isn't surprising, consider this: Although the board takes no official position on the medical eff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    MN Senate passes medical marijuana bill

    The Minnesota Senate approved a bill Tuesday that legalizes marijuana for medical use but limits ingestion to pills, oil, and vaporizing. It made it across the finish line with enough votes to overcome a veto by Gov. Mark Dayton -- 48 to 18 -- following a five-hour debate that produced some of the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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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    January 10, 2014

    Survey: Minnesotans want medical marijuana but split on full legalization

    A new St. Cloud State University survey shows that the overwhelming majority of Minnesotans favor legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. More than three-fourths of people interviewed in late October -- 76 percent -- answered yes to the question, "Would you support or oppose making marijuana l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Dayton administration blasts Kurt Zellers over sex offender controversy

    As we covered earlier this week (link directly below), the possible release of serial rapist Thomas Duvall from the state's sex offender facility in Moose Lake is a highly controversial issue.THE BACKSTORY: Mark Dayton, Lori Swanson disagree about whether serial rapist should be releasedOn one hand, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    MNGOP attacks Dayton's support for clean energy in wake of UN climate change report

    At the State Fair, Mark Dayton called for the state to move toward eliminating coal-burning power plants and said Minnesota ought to "be in the forefront of creating a cleaner environment."SEE ALSO: Will Steger baffled by Tim Pawlenty's global warming flip flop Nothing too out of the norm, right? Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Gov. Dayton will veto teacher tenure reform legislation

    ​Republican sponsors of a bill mandating that teacher layoffs be determined primarily by merit acknowledged today that the bill won't escape the veto pen of Gov. Mark Dayton. The governor met privately with bill sponsors this morning. He reportedly told them he's concerned that tenure reform is ti ... 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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    July 18, 2011

    Minnesota Catholic Conference: Say no to human cloning

    The Minessota Catholic Conference opposes the plot of this movie.​The Minnesota Catholic Conference is taking a stand against human cloning. At the moment, it's not clear who's on the other side of this issue, but they still seem pretty fired up about it.In a message to members, the MCC is telling ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Minnesota state shutdown: What's open

    The deadline for a solution is tonight at midnight.​If you're planning your Fourth of July weekend, you should keep in mind what will or won't be available if the state government shuts down on Friday. In total, 75 different state agencies will be affected, with 46 set to shut down altogether. Wh ... 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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    May 27, 2011

    Dayton signs synthetic drug ban

    Synthetic marijuana, now even more like regular marijuana: it's illegal.​Governor Mark Dayton this week signed legislation that bans a variety of synthetic recreational drugs. Synthetic marijuana compounds? Now listed as Schedule-I drugs. Bath salts? The same. Designer psychedelics 2C-E and 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 8, 2010

    Tom Emmer concedes governor's race to Mark Dayton [UPDATE]

    Tom Emmer says it's time to move on.​Given the steady drip, drip, drip of his failed ballot challenges and dead-end legal maneuvers since Election Day, it almost seems anticlimactic that Republican Tom Emmer has finally concluded that his race for governor is lost. A lot of GOP insiders, and ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 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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    October 7, 2008

    10/7 Morning Must Reads

    Mass_media_4.jpg Tuesday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.

  • News

    December 20, 2006

    Political Freight

    A host of Minnesota politicians say pork-barrel spending on a railroad expansion project threatens the Mayo Clinic

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2006

    Clinton's Fox News Snit Ensnares Grams in Old Criticism

    As U.S. Senator, Grams actually approved of Clinton going after bin Laden in 1998, but blunted that support with direct reference to movie "Wag the Dog."

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    May 3, 2005

    Kerry: Stumping for 2008?

    This campaign stop is for the kids! John Kerry will speak at a town hall meeting at 10:00 a.m. today in an effort to promote his Kids First Bill, which he says will provide coverage to the 11 million uninsured children in America. The meeting will take place at Lakes & Plains Regional Council of Car ... More >>

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    September 13, 2000

    You Are Here

    Ah, the fall rituals of the Prairie!

  • Books

    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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