Remember earlier this year when the University of Minnesota was being criticized by the Wall Street Journal and legislature for having lost control of its spending? If the latest news is any indication, it looks like not much has changed the past couple months.SEE ALSO: Rush Limbaugh decries $3,406 ... More >>
The Minnesota Legislature kicked off the 2013-2014 biennium today at noon. Which means that marching protestors arrived on the Capitol steps at 11:30.See Also:- Take Back the Capitol protests end today- Cover: When will gay marriage be legal in Minnesota?- Marijuana legalization bill could come befo ... More >>
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 >>
Minnesota's controversial wolf hunting season is officially underway, and after the opening weekend, the DNR has tallied 50 kills. That amounts to one-quarter of the quota for the early 16-day wolf hunting season. Another quota of 200 will be set for a later season, running from November 24 to Janu ... More >>
See Also: COVER: The Benediction of Bradlee Dean Bradlee Dean gives creepy opening prayer at Legislature Remember last year when Bradlee Dean told the Minnesota Legislature that Barack Obama didn't believe in Jesus? Well, you should, because it totally "rocked Minnesota - and much of the nation." ... More >>
Get a peek at the downtown brewery this weekend.If you're looking for a reason to cut out of work and start your weekend a little early on Friday, Fulton Brewery has an excellent one: growlers go on sale starting at 4 p.m. The guys behind the brand will also be offering free beer samples and a pe ... More >>
Look, we did something!Miraculously, the Minnesota Legislature found time in its busy schedule of not making a budget to pass a few bills. Not only that, but Mark Dayton actually signed these pieces of legislation, promptly, and they're about to debut as new laws. Starting August 1, there'll be n ... More >>
Because the additional cuts come midyear, the departments could have to slice deeper to compensate.The Minnesota Legislature may have finally passed its overdue budget, but that doesn't mean that anyone has to like it. Following the Legislature's cut of $23 million to Local Government Aid, admi ... More >>
Jon BremPride on parade along Hennepin avenue.Maybe they were buoyed by news that the New York Legislature had just passed a bill allowing same-sex marriage. Maybe they ventured out because, unlike last year, the weather in Loring Park didn't feel like a steam bath. Whatever it was, organizers ... More >>
Is Minnesota's ban on synthetic pot unconstitutional? The war on synthetic drugs is far from over. A lawyer representing several head shops filed a lawsuit today against the state of Minnesota, alleging that a statewide ban on synthetic pot is unconstitutional and not supported by scientific ... More >>
At least one union is asking bank CEOs to cut a deal with the school districts.If the Minnesota Legislature doesn't resolve the state budget by July 1, a government shutdown wouldn't be bad news for everyone. In order to stay open, school districts without enough reserve funds to pay employe ... More >>
Bradlee Dean, Axl Rose look-alike and legislative chaplain.There's something fitting about this: On the day that the Minnesota Legislature is likely to vote forward a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, the Republican leadership invited the most notoriously bigoted preacher in the s ... More >>
The fact he can't have any doesn't hold Dayton back from supporting Surly.The Minnesota Legislature has finally finished hammering out the differences between their two versions of a liquor omnibus bill, and the finished product is now heading for Governor Mark Dayton's desk. Contained in it ... More >>
Rep. Steve Simon.DFL Rep. Steve Simon had a very simple question during committee hearings on the anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment steamrolling its way through the GOP-controlled Minnesota Legislature. "How many more gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves if he ... 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 >>
fbi.govThe Bureau is taking heat for its raids on Minnesota activists.From the moment FBI agents and local police raided their homes last month looking for evidence of ties to overseas terrorist groups, Twin Cities peace activists have been calling the actions part of a government intimidatio ... More >>
A booze-free zoneTCF Bank Stadium will remain a booze-free football field for the time being. Rather than adopt a compromise approved in the Minnesota Legislature that would have allowed alcohol sales in the most expensive seating areas at TCF Bank Stadium, along with some of the general adm ... More >>
Gov. Tim Pawlenty appears to be walking perilously close to shutting down huge swaths of Minnesota's state government after the state Supreme Court earlier this week shot down one portion of his 2009 effort to balance the state budget unilaterally. The court's decision only addressed a $5.5 ... More >>
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Children would be legally required to sit in car seats for twice as long under a current bill in the Minnesota Legislature.
Small town convenience stores on the Iowa border appear to be benefitting from the 75-cent-a-pack cigarette tax that the Minnesota Legislature passed recently. The Associated Press reports stores in Saint Ansgar and Lake Mills are selling cases of cartons to Minnesotans who travel from as far away a ... More >>
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