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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Dayton says no one's happy with the deal. Are you?Mark Dayton announced the deal to end the state shutdown by saying that no one would be happy. The Republican leaders didn't sound thrilled either. The deal borrows money to pay for the budget, and doesn't raise taxes on anyone. It ends a two-week ... More >>
Dayton wants to end the shutdown, but he's making demands.After months holding out for a tax increase of some kind, Mark Dayton is telling Republican legislators that he'll accept their budget plan with no new taxes. In a letter to Republican leadership, Dayton says he still doesn't like the plan ... More >>
State workers can't get back-pay like they did in 2005.Friday is the last scheduled payday for the 22,000 state workers who are laid off until the state government agrees on a budget.But even when -- if? -- Mark Dayton and the Republicans iron things out, there's not a dime of back-pay coming to ... More >>
"Here's $10, Micah, throw this on the grill."Micah Pace and Michele Mersereau woke up yesterday as a chef and a housekeeper, respectively, but by day's end they were a political controversy. The two women are among 20 "essential staff" that have continued working for Mark Dayton during the shutdo ... More >>
Minnesota's shut down, but the state GOP isn't.Mark Dayton says Minnesota Republicans are trying to mine the state shutdown for campaign money. The governor criticized the GOP for hitting up contributors while Minnesota can't pay for highway repairs and state parks. In a response to City Pages th ... More >>
Mark Dayton wants you to use Iowa's toilets.Mark Dayton is taking all the blame for the state shutdown in a new billboard ad campaign.With his head looking slightly too big for the body it's on, Dayton is shown presenting a series of shutdown-related images in the style of a "Price is Right" girl ... More >>
The looming government shutdown will almost certainly impact bus and light rail service across the Twin Cities. But the long-range impact of the budget mess carries even worse news for commuters. Metro Transit will be forced to lay off 500 employees, eliminate 200 bus routes, and curtail service ... More >>
A note to car commuters who figure they've dodged a bullet after hearing about Metro Transit getting screwed by the shutdown: Some of you will not escape the pain. MnPass, the program that lets drivers pay a premium to speed down the HOV lanes on local interstates, is also going dark on July 1 u ... More >>
When Gov. Mark Dayton said he wasn't going to draw his salary if and when there's a state government shutdown beginning July 1, and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch followed suit, we wondered who in the House and Senate might jump on the bandwagon They and Dayton could be responsible for layi ... More >>
Throwing cold water on claims of popular support by both the Republicans running the Legislature, and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesotans in a new poll are blaming both sides equally for the budget battle that may force a state government shutdown. They also largely disapprove of the job the L ... More >>
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled four Republican senators jumped the gun in saying that Gov. Mark Dayton is overstepping his constitutional bounds by involving the courts in government shutdown contingency plans. That's because no state money has been ordered to be spent, so there's no ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.