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 >>
GOP members of a Senate panel have passed a resolution authorizing the entire body to intervene in the lawsuit filed by Gov. Mark Dayton to keep essential services running in the case of a government shutdown. Today, the courts filed their own petition begging legislators and the governor to ... More >>
Minnesota lawmakers have until July 1 to get it together.As of today, the Minnesota Legislature is two-and-a-half weeks tardy in solving the state's $5 billion budget deficit. Unfortunately for everyone, there doesn't appear to be a budget deal in sight. If no agreement is made by July 1st, ... More >>
Dayton is Dr. No.Wasting no time after the Legislature adjourned without reaching a compromise with him over the state's fiscal mess, Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed all nine Republican budget bills passed in the waning hours of the session. In doing so, he reminded GOP leaders that he too had the b ... More >>
Mark Dayton and the dead northern pike.The annual floating photo op otherwise known as the Governor's Fishing Opener is over, Mark Dayton now gets to have his mug splashed all over the papers while holding a dead fish, and assorted political foes get to pretend for a few hours that they reall ... More >>
Dayton gives the rich a much-needed break.If you're making more than $500,000 a year, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Mark Dayton says he's not going to make your already tough economic situation any worse by requiring you to pay a little more in taxes. That bit of relief comes thanks to n ... More >>
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 >>
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.
Screen grab via TheUptake.Mark Dayton lays out the bad news.Gov. Mark Dayton used his first State of the State speech to summon the unity of post 9/11 America under George W. Bush, extol the Minnesota Miracle, and urge Republicans controlling the Minnesota Legislature to work together for the ... More >>
Dayton's spokeswoman couldn't say if he'll continue to accept the salary for his entire term.Up until today, Mark Dayton hasn't been able to decide if he would accept the $120,303 governor's salary. After all, Dayton is an heir to a department store fortune and had millions of his own money ... More >>
Mark Dayton will be the next governor of Minnesota.Be careful what you wish for, the old saying goes. Mark Dayton took the oath of office as Minnesota's governor at noon, the first Democrat to hold that office in decades.
Mark Dayton will be the next governor of Minnesota.It's over. Republican candidate for governor Tom Emmer will concede the race to Democrat Mark Dayton in an official announcement at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in his hometown of Delano. Emmer decided to quit his recount battle against Dayton just h ... More >>
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 >>
Mark Dayton wins again, but the contest isn't over yet.Every county in the state has completed its recount in the governor's race, and the result is the same as the day after Election Day: Democrat Mark Dayton has an insurmountable lead over Republican Tom Emmer. The Secretary of State's off ... More >>
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 >>
And now we wait on the Supremes.Tom Emmer's legal team got its shot before the Minnesota Supreme Court today to argue that election judges didn't follow the law when they counted up voters and votes on Election Day.
Every vote should count, right?Tom Emmer's legal eagles are taking another shot at helping their candidate beat Mark Dayton in court. They have petitioned the Minnesota Supreme Court to order every election judge across the state to prove that the number of voters and the number of votes ca ... More >>
Update: No change. Dayton leads.Ramsey County, the second most populous county in the state, has audited its Election Day ballots. As with Hennepin County last week, each candidate has picked up a thimble-full of support. That means the overall results are the same. Dayton is ahead of Republ ... More >>
Not the clear favorite after all.MPR and the Humphrey Institute released a poll the week before Election Day that predicted a victory for Mark Dayton over Tom Emmer in the governor's race. Team Emmer complained and said its own internal numbers show the race a toss-up.
Dayton, left, jumps out to an early lead.Maybe you were expecting to wake up and see that either Mark Dayton or Tom Emmer was your new governor? Sorry. It looks like 2008 deja vu all over again. The governor's race entered automatic recount territory in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Al ... More >>
Why the glaring gap between pollsters?Talk about whiplash. Three polls this past week have given Democrat Mark Dayton a solid lead in the governor's race. But a KSTP/SurveyUSA poll released late yesterday shows Republican Tom Emmer within a single percentage point of his rival.
A bad year for Democrats, but maybe not for Mark Dayton.Conventional wisdom has it that this is going to be a tough election cycle for Democrats around the country, but the Minnesota governor's race may be shaping up to buck the trend. Two polls in under a week have now given DFLer Mark Dayt ... More >>
Mark Dayton rumors: Where's the beef?Here's the essence of the mysterious documents that suddenly landed in the hands of a select batch of Minnesota journalists' mailboxes last week: A phantom author relaying an unproven rumor from an anonymous source, based on a third unidentified source, ... More >>
Mark Dayton was the victim of a smear campaignThe smear campaign against Mark Dayton began bubbling up last week--just in time, a callous political strategist might reason, to tip a tight Governors race.Last week Fox9 dedicated a segment to the scurrilous allegation--simultaneously sent to mult ... More >>
Mark Dayton has a phantom mistress. Or not.Minnesota Republicans want you to believe that Democrat Mark Dayton had an affair with a former staffer in 1998, and paid her off to boot. They don't have any proof of this. But they have a carefully orchestrated campaign centered on mysterious docu ... More >>
Clinton parachutes in tonight to help Dayton raise campaign cash.Mark Dayton has written himself some pretty big checks during his campaign for the governor's office, so he's probably pretty happy to have former President Bill Clinton in town tonight to help raise some cash from other people' ... More >>
Mark Dayton scores another law-and-order win.The 900-member strong Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis is moving from the red to the blue column, announcing today that it was endorsing Democrat Mark Dayton for governor.
Not a doctored photoArtist's representation of proposed GOP tracker t-shirtsMinnesota Republicans unveiled a very odd response to DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton's recent whining about "trackers" showing up at his rallies brandishing Flip videos.The Grand Old Party is using Ye Olde Gag T- ... More >>
Mark Dayton isn't quite the DFL nominee yet.You might have thought you would go to bed last night or at least wake up this morning knowing who won the DFL primary for governor. But this is Minnesota, where we like to take our sweet time with elections.All indications are that former senator M ... More >>
Photo: Nick VlcekMargaret Anderson Kelliher's burning through her cashDFL-endorsed Margaret Anderson Kelliher says her gubernatorial campaign has raised almost a cool $1 million so far in 2010. But while the figure sounds like a lot of dough, but the fact is that Team Kelliher currently only ... More >>
Dayton's wagon rolls into Drinking Liberally tonightHere's an awkward campaign event: DFL candidate Mark Dayton, a self-described recovering alcoholic, will be taking his stump speech into the belly of the beast, at the 331 Club bar for tonight's Drinking Liberally event.Dayton is the last Democr ... More >>
DFL dark horse outspends rivals
Mark Dayton dropped big donations on Planned Parenthood and MinnPostMark Dayton, one of three candidates running in the DFL primary election, released his tax records to reporters today. Dayton earned $172,475 in 2009, according to the records. The overwhelming bulk of the income -- $166,88 ... More >>
The former senator plans to visit all 87 Minnesota counties in 87 days following his Wednesday announcement.
A new Rasmussen poll also finds that another former Senator, Mark Dayton, now leads the Democratic field.
Dayton is one of 11 Democrats seeking the governorship. We'll see how this plays out.
Power Line blogger says "news" about gubernatorial candidate's alcoholism, depression is anything but.
Coleman and Dayton partner up to bring home the bacon
Taking a page from Norm Coleman's playbook
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?
A key hire by the Dayton campaign marks the start of the gubernatorial sweepstakes