Minnesota Politics

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    January 29, 2014

    When will medical marijuana be legal in Minnesota?

    An unlikely coalition stands poised to fight for legalization of the natural remedy

  • 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

    January 23, 2013

    Minnesota Republicans want Norm Coleman vs. Mark Dayton in 2014

    With a 53 percent approval rating, Mark Dayton looks like he'll be tough to beat in 2014. But as of right now, polling indicates Norm Coleman has the inside track to become the Republican who gets a shot to knock him off.SEE ALSO: Minnesota Republicans want Michele Bachmann vs. Al Franken in 2014The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Majority Leader-elect Bakk: "Some real liberal constituencies" pushing marriage equality bill

    In 1997, the Minnesota Legislature passed a law banning same-sex marriage. Repeal of that bill would be the first step toward legalizing same-sex marriage here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.SEE ALSO: Marijuana legalization bill could come before DFL-controlled legislature this sessionMore than 4,000 h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    MNGOP's Dan Severson on election results: "I'm not a Minnesotan for long"

    In the wake of last Tuesday's DFL-on-MNGOP beatdown, responses from various Minnesota Republicans have spanned the gamut -- from soul-searching introspection to denial to anger and everything in between.SEE ALSO: Andy Parrish on marriage amendment defeat: 'We won 74 out of 87 counties' But in an ele ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Michael Brodkorb files lawsuit against Minnesota Senate

    See also:--The Amy Koch Affair--Michael Brodkorb created a hostile work environment, GOP senator says--Michael Brodkorb wants to settle invasion of privacy lawsuit with Senate--Michael Brodkorb's attorney "blindsided" by meeting with senators--Michael Brodkorb domestic dispute Minnesota Republicans' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Dayton vetoes two abortion-restricting bills

    Today, Gov. Mark Dayton announced he's vetoing a bill that would've banned so-called "telemedicine abortions" and required the physical presence of a doctor when an abortion is performed.Last Thursday, Dayton announced his veto of a separate bill that would've required abortion clinics to be license ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    MNGOP: 'No state party may be in worse financial shape,' writes Politico

    Late last year, the MNGOP announced that it was a whopping $2 million in debt.The party's dire financial predicament led to Tony Sutton's resignation as the chair of the party. Sutton was replaced by Pat Shortridge, but the damage was already done, according to a Politico analysis of the balance she ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Vikings stadium won't get a special session

    This stadium will have to wait until the legislature's New Year's hangover wears off.​The Minnesota Vikings are, putting it kindly, not a very special football team right now. Fittingly, the team won't get a special session from the legislature to rule on its new stadium(s?), and will have to wait ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Business as usual for state GOP during shutdown, including salaries

    Tony Sutton will still get paid during the shutdown.​With Gov. Mark Dayton and a slew of legislators not taking their paychecks during the state government shutdown, City Pages thought it would check up on the state political parties. Eleven of the 14 state senators skipping their salary are Repub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Countdown to government shutdown: Who's to blame?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Tim Pawlenty second in Arizona tea party poll

    Matt VisionquestTim Pawlenty, tea party hero​All his threats about pushing gays back into the closet, shutting down the federal government, busting unions, and insulting the president seem to finally be paying off for Tim Pawlenty. He keynoted a steeped-in-tea confab over the weekend in Arizona c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Mark Dayton sworn in as governor today [UPDATE]

    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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Jeremy Giefer, accused child molester, got Pawlenty pardon to open childcare center

    City PagesJeremy Giefer, the sex offender now accused of molesting his daughter, was pardoned by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.​Jeremy Giefer served time in jail in 1994 for having sex with a 14-year-old girl. But you wouldn't know it to look at the record of the man now charged with sexually mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Margaret Anderson Kelliher no longer to be unemployed

    Nick VlcekMAK attack on the technology industry.​Margaret Anderson Kelliher will not be unemployed come January. The outgoing Minnesota House Speaker landed a job as president of the Minnesota High Tech Association, a non-profit that advocates for the state's technology industry.

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Slug endorses Matt Entenza for governor

    The Matt Entenza gubernatorial campaign has been full of WTF moments. Remember, this is the guy who picked a FOX 9 news anchor/jewelry entrepreneur to be his running mate. Then there was that false report that the Minnesota faction of the National Organization for Women endorsed Entenza over Marga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Satveer Chaudhary stripped of DFL backing over fishy vote

    Photo: Minnesota SenateThe senator won special fishing protections for a lake at which he owns a cabin​So state Sen. Satveer Chaudhary gets language inserted into an omnibus game and fish bill in the waning days of the legislative session in St. Paul; he wants additional measures to protect th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Susan Gaertner endorses Matt Entenza for governor

    Sisterhood only goes so far​So much for the sisterhood. When DFLer Susan Gaertner dropped out of the governor's race, she said that one of her reasons was to try and clear a path for rival Margaret Anderson Keliher to make some history. "This is the closest Minnesota has yet to come to elec ... More >>

  • News

    May 26, 2010

    Margaret Anderson Kelliher: The fight for Minnesota governor

    MAK faces her toughest test yet, but could make history

  • News

    March 3, 2010

    Drinking Liberally pairs progressive politics and a social hour

    Minnesota's chapter meets weekly and launched in 2004

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Busted: Rybak used mayoral campaign funds for gubernatorial run

    Rybak used mayoral campaign funds in May to conduct a poll about his strength to run for governor.

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    NY-20 could be headed for Minnesota's political hell

    The ridiculously close results are leading both parties to scramble to both use and abuse the situation in Minnesota for political gain. The poor people in New York will soon be spinning and dizzy from all of the bickering that will likely follow.

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Once McCain's sweetheart, Pawlenty is now but an afterthought

    He's third on John McCain's short-list, behind some guy you never heard of and some other guy whose already a laughingstock.

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    Gov. Pawlenty's office budget total? It's hidden all over the place

    If you're interested in knowing how much it costs for Gov. Tim Pawlenty to run his office and pay his staff members, you won't find those totals in one place. Pawlenty's office has been doing a nifty trick to look frugal.

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Pawlenty's approval rating on the decline

    In the latest poll about Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's job performance, his approval rating hit the lowest level since October 2006.

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Minn. DFL bill would seat Franken provisionally

    Minnesota Democrats have introduced a bill in the state Legislature that would seat Al Franken provisionally while the election contest is underway.

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Are SOS Mark Ritchie and The Uptake BFFs?

    Michael Broadkorb of Minnesota Democrats Exposed seems to be co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008
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    November 6, 2008

    Coleman lead update: down to 337

    Things keep looking better for Franken.

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    AP on Minn. Senate race: Just kidding!

    Ivoted.jpeg The Associated Press took back their report that Sen. Norm Coleman won reelection. Whoops!

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2008

    Former GOP Minn. Gov. Carlson endorses Obama

    Former GOP Gov. Arne Carlson announced today his endorsement of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. We aren't completely surprised.

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2008

    VP Pawlenty Meter: Did T-Paw snub McCain or was it the other way around?

    The New York Times is reporting that McCain is meeting with potential running mates on Friday. Pawlenty i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2008

    VP Pawlenty Watch: More likely to get love from McCain than Mrs. Pawlenty

    Speculation on a McCain/Pawlenty ticket continues as governor confesses that his wife won't sleep with hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2008

    Tom Sorel new transportation chief

    Tim Pawlenty today appointed Tom Sorel to head the Minnesota Department of Trans- portation. Sor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2007

    And the Strib Departures Commence

    The subscription-only newsletter Politics in Minnesota is reporting that Star Tribune veteran Dane Smith has taken a buyout: Remember that fascinating story about the state's two most powerful interest groups, Education Minnesota and the Taxpayers League? That was vintage Dane Smith. He excelled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2006

    Senate Democrats choose Pogemiller

    Choice of longtime Tax Committee Chair to be Senate Majority Leader signals DFL willingness to challenge Gov. Pawlenty on tax policy. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2006

    Otto bags Arne's endorsement

    Former Republican Governor Carlson believes incumbent Republican Auditor Pat Anderson has "lost" the independence of the office. A similar charge was levied yesterday by another retired official against Republican Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer.

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2006

    Campaign cash: Auditing the auditor candidates

    Challenger Rebecca Otto has raised more--and has more money--than incumbent state auditor Pat Anderson

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2006

    The Unmaking of a Pawlenty Voter

    For Ron Peterson, the veteran boxing promoter from Mounds View, no word carries more sting than "liberal." He ascribes most of the world's ills to liberals. When he wants to convey disgust and garden variety invective fails him, he will usually deploy some variation of the L word.

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2006

    Hatch to announce running mate Sunday

    LG announcement to come a day after Independence Party convention rounds out the endorsed candidates for governor.

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2006

    From the front page of today's Star Tribune

    1) Headline: "Flying? Better Be On Time" Subhed: "If you're flying this summer, arrive early, pack light and be prepared to wait. You may want to bring an extra book or DVD to help pass the time." 2) Quote from Tim Pawlenty, the Governor of Minnesota: "I can tell you what your worst nightmare is. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2006

    The best legislature money can buy: Stadium edition

    There is hardly a shortage of speculation as to how the Minnesota Twins managed to convince so many lawmakers to finally grease the skids for a publicly funded ballpark. In one commonly held view, the Twins owe their success mainly to their freakish persistence.

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2005

    Will playing up prejudice backfire on Pawlenty?

    You know it is getting close to election time for Governor Tim Pawlenty when he starts bashing immigrants.

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2005

    The Fake Surplus

    Here we go again. At least once or twice a year, the folks in the Pawlenty Administration call a press conference, use the economic forecast to paint an artificially rosy picture of the state budget, and spin themselves a windfall of positive publicity. The irony is, if the Governor and his crew str ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2005

    Eibensteiner feels DeLay's pain

    Many have forgotten that the state's GOP chair, Ron Eibensteiner, is embroiled in a little Delay-like campaign-contribution scandal himself.

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2005

    Anti-Tax Talk Is Cheap. Education Isn't

    In a piece printed on Wednesday's op-ed page of the Star Tribune, Rep. Mark Buesgens (R-Jordan) fulminated with a forked tongue. The premise of Buesgens' diatribe was that it was indeed better to shut down state government than cave in to the budgetary priorities of "former governors and other burea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2005

    Pawlenty's ethics run into tree

    Pawlenty's ethics run into tree Governor Tim Pawlenty gave new meaning to the phrase "stumping for votes" early last month when his borrowed all-terrain vehicle hit a stump and plowed into a tree, causing $2500 worth of damage. That the incident occurred the spring convention of the All-Terrain Vehi ... More >>

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