Minnesota Politics

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    March 13, 2014

    Gov. Mark Dayton, though pessimistic, breathes a little life into medical marijuana bill

    Cops are out. Gov. Mark Dayton has directed two members of his staff as well as the state public health commissioner to work with medical marijuana supporters in crafting a bill he could possibly sign into law within the next two months. The news came on Thursday after patients and advocates d ... More >>

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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

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    January 13, 2014

    Sen. Dibble says he's confident comprehensive transit bill can finally get done this session

    Sen. Scott Dibble, D-Minneapolis, is optimistic this legislative session will finally be the one where a comprehensive transportation bill is approved and signed into law.SEE ALSO: Check out this awesome time-lapse tour of the Central Corridor [VIDEO]A bill of that sort made it out of the Senate las ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    November 1, 2013

    Liberal group apologizes for characterizing MNGOP guv candidate as "evil on the inside"

    The Alliance for a Better Minnesota's Halloween spoof about various MNGOP notables went a little too far yesterday.SEE ALSO: ABM director, watching Amazing Race: "I'm cheering for a plane crash that kills 2 teams" The piece, entitled "Minnesota GOP scarier than Halloween costumes" and written by ABM ... 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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    January 24, 2013

    Minnesotans overwhelmingly favor assault weapons ban

    Despite what the Pine County Sheriff thinks, the latest Public Policy Polling survey of Minnesota voters indicates Minnesotans overwhelming favor an assault weapons ban.SEE ALSO:-- Minnesota Republicans want Norm Coleman vs. Mark Dayton in 2014-- Minnesota Republicans want Michele Bachmann vs. Al Fr ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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

    May 4, 2012

    House Speaker Kurt Zellers wants Vikings stadium bill to pass... but won't vote for it?

    House Speaker Kurt Zellers, like many Minnesota legislators, is trying to cover his ass best he can in advance of next Monday's House floor vote on the Vikings stadium bill.During an appearance on Dan Barrerio's KFAN radio show yesterday, Zellers offered up this shining example of Orwellian Doublesp ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    April 5, 2012

    New York Times on MN voter ID amendment: Solution to a "virtually non-existent problem"

    In a column published last night, New York Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal blasts Minnesota Republicans for pushing a voter ID amendment through the legislature."I never cease to be amazed -- in a really bad way -- at the lengths to which Republican lawmakers will go to cut down the num ... More >>

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    December 17, 2011

    Michael Brodkorb leaves Mike Parry congressional campaign

    Michael Brodkorb's fall continues​More bad news for Minnesota Republicans: Michael Brodkorb has left state senator Mike Parry's campaign for congress. Brodkorb had been a powerful figure in the state GOP until leaving his position as a senate staffer yesterday in the midst of a huge scandal i ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    August 19, 2011

    Minnesota GOP fined $170,000 for FEC violations

    The state GOP failed to report nearly $1 million in debt.​The worst time to owe someone money is when you're in debt. That's the case with the  Republican Party of Minnesota, which is already in debt, but now owes the Federal Election Commission $170,000 for campaign finance violations. Funny ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Dayton, GOP agree to end shutdown

    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Dayton complains about GOP using shutdown to raise money

    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 >>

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    July 5, 2011

    Mark Dayton's former home set on fire

    ​Instead of coming back from the long Fourth of July holiday weekend to find a renewed sense of respect among Minnesota's lawmakers seeking an end to the shutdown, we instead heard that someone tried to burn down Gov. Mark Dayton's former home near Lake Harriet. "To say that it's politically moti ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    May 20, 2011

    Vote No Minnesota releases video on anti-gay marriage amendment

    FacebookThe bill hasn't even passed, but the opposition has already released its first video.​At the Capitol yesterday, hundreds showed up to support or oppose a bill that would put a constitutional ban on gay marriage on the Minnesota ballot in 2012. A rally against the amendment started at ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    Watch Nick Ayers, Tim Pawlenty's presidential campaign manager, get arrested for DWI [VIDEO]

    Nick Ayers as he would like you to see him.​It was well known, even before Tim Pawlenty hired him to manage his presidential campaign, that Nick Ayers was pulled over and arrested for DWI in 2006. What hasn't been available for the public to view, until now, is the dash cam video of that arrest. ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Republicans fast track proposed constitutional amendment aimed at banning gay marriage

    Warren Limmer knows what's best for your marriage.​Republicans in the state Senate have announced they are fast-tracking a bill that would put a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage before the voters by 2012. Might as well get started now, they say, so that we can all have plen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    No local media outlets are good enough for Governor Dayton's radio show [UPDATE]

    petroleumjelliffeDead air for Dayton.​Jesse Ventura had one. Tim Pawlenty had one. But Gov. Mark Dayton has decided that he won't have his own radio show, even after sending out a 16-page form to local media so they could bid on the project. Even reliably lefty AM950, where "what's left is th ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    February 9, 2011

    Mark Dayton, in State of the State, tallies demise of the Minnesota Miracle

    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 >>

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    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.

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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 quitting race. Mark Dayton will govern Minnesota

    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Pawlenty on sex criminal daycare pardon: "I am very troubled"

    Maybe if Governor Tim Pawlenty doesn't talk about Jeremy Giefer it will all just go away. But we doubt it.​Tim Pawlenty is in full ostrich mode.Tuesday we learned that Jeremy Giefer, the sex offender Pawlenty voted to pardon in 2008, has been allegedly raping his own daughter for the past nine yea ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Mark Dayton vs. Tom Emmer: The recount timeline

    The goal: Dec. 14.​Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has published his proposed timeline for the recount process in the governor's race. Hopefully he ran all this by Heidi Collins over at Fox9, just to make sure she's OK with the planning. Wouldn't want her going off again.

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    November 2, 2010

    Steve Horner: My brother's nuts, but I'd vote for him anyway

    Brotherly love reigns.​Steve Horner hasn't exactly been the ideal brother to his gubernatorial-hopeful sibling, Tom Horner, during the past few months. First there was Steve's anti-ladies' night crusade. He filed complaints against five bars in the Twin Cities earlier this year for discrimin ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Dayton sex assault rumor knocked down with old-fashioned reporting

    Mark Dayton was the victim of a smear campaign​The 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 >>

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    October 15, 2010

    Mark Dayton affair rumor: Where's the beef?

    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 >>

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    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.

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    October 4, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty keeps spending money on personal rapid transit

    Podcars: Coming to Winona?​The Pawlenty administration has approved at least $150,000 since the start of the year on personal rapid transit system studies. That's despite the fact that key state lawmakers have told MnDOT not to waste taxpayer dollars on PRT and podcars. Isn't it usually the ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Randy Brown: The Worst Person in the World

    A screengrab of the video posted on an official Minnesota state Senate website by webmaster Randy Brown​Keith Olbermann named Minnesota GOP Webmaster Randy Brown the Worst Person in the World today.Brown earned the offensive honor with his decision to run--on an official Minnesota state senator's ... 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 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 >>

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    July 21, 2010

    Emmer trails all Democrats in Rasmussen poll

    Tom Emmer has some ground to make up.​A new poll released by Fox 9/Rasmussen suggests that Minnesotans support any Democrat in the race for governor over Republican Tom Emmer. He trails in hypothetical match-ups againstDFLers Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Mark Dayton and Matt Entenza. Indepen ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    May 26, 2010

    Margaret Anderson Kelliher: The fight for Minnesota governor

    MAK faces her toughest test yet, but could make history

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    March 3, 2010

    Drinking Liberally pairs progressive politics and a social hour

    Minnesota's chapter meets weekly and launched in 2004

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    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.

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