Minnesota State Legislature

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Endorsement scorecard: Ranking Minneapolis's wannabe mayors by support

    The race is on for outgoing Mayor R.T. Rybak's office. Facing a crowded field of candidates, the six leading mayoral contenders are relying on a key measure to help them stand out from the pack: Who they can get to endorse them. See Also: - Who's in the race? A guide to the six candidates for Minne ... More >>

  • Music

    May 29, 2013

    Dan Israel straddles past and future

    The musician has it both ways with the release of his new album and his retrospective double-LP

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Red Wing Mayor Dennis Egan resigns amid frac sand lobbying controversy

    Two weeks after saying he didn't plan to let a lobbying controversy end his tenure as Red Wing mayor, Dennis Egan has had a change of heart.SEE ALSO: Sauk Rapids Mayor Brad Gunderson was too drunk for jail after drunk-driving arrest Egan became mayor in early 2011 and won 73 percent of the vote last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    National Organization for Marriage issues $500k threat to gay-friendly MNGOPers [UPDATE]

    :::: UPDATE ::::Sen. Petersen says he's not worried about NOM's threat."Regardless of the amount, whether it's $500,000 or $50 million, my vote is not going to [be] bought either way. I'm going to do what's right," Petersen told the Pioneer Press. "If they want to throw away $500,000 then that's the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    Corey Day, DFL executive director, in jail after being arrested on suspicion of DWI

    Corey Day, executive director of the DFL since the fall of 2011, is in Hennepin County Jail this afternoon after being arrested near Lyn-Lake Saturday night on suspicion of DWI.SEE ALSO: Gauthier decides not to seek reelection after DFL Rep. Huntley calls him a "child molester"Day, 36, has not yet b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Final Exit right-to-die activists booked in suspected Apple Valley suicide

    Three members of the Final Exit Network were booked in Dakota County yesterday for their role in the alleged 2007 suicide of an Apple Valley woman. A fourth defendant, Jerry D. Dincin, didn't appear because he is reportedly dying. Dr. Lawrence D. Egbert, Thomas Goodwin, Roberta Massey and Jerry Din ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Minneapolis cuts 13 firefighters, unofficially lowers daily staffing

    The cuts will informally lower minimum daily staffing from 96 to 93.​The already-diminished Minneapolis Fire Department is about to get even smaller. Thirteen firefighters found out yesterday morning that they are being cut from the department, effective next month. Three will be forced into reti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Bradlee Dean Interview, Part 2: Taxes, Michele Bachmann, and the Capitol Prayer Debacle

    Bradlee Dean on Kurt Zellers: "He's a liar. He straight up lied."​In late May, pastor Bradley Dean Smith, the subject of this week's feature, launched himself into the public eye by delivering a controversial prayer on the floor of the Minnesota Legislature. Smith, better known as Bradlee Dean, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Bradlee Dean Interview, Part 1: The Early Days, Finding God, and the Public School Circuit

    City Pages sits down with Smith to talk about how his ministry came to be.​Since starting his evangelical, punk-rock ministry more than 10 years ago, Bradley Dean Smith has been the subject of much public scrutiny. For years, he's been accused of blurring the lines between church and state by tou ... 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

    May 20, 2011

    Michele Bachmann prays for Bradlee Dean's homophobic ministry [AUDIO]

    Michele Bachmann and Bradlee Dean​The Minnesota Legislature erupted in controversy today following the opening prayer this morning by Bradlee Dean, the Axl Rose-lookalike homophobic minister.The boneheaded decision to invite Dean to the party has backfired on Republicans, who now face a groundswel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Emily's Law redux aims to punish 13-year-olds as adults

    Bill author Rep. Torrey Westrom will have to push the bill through the committee process today, or it will be couched until next session.​On a June morning in 2006, Lynn Johnson dropped off her two-year-old daughter, Emily, at her daycare provider's house before heading to work. About eight h ... 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

    May 6, 2009

    DFL candidates line up to run against Bachmann in 2010

    In a Congressional district so heated from Rep. Michele Bachmann's near-constant barrage of gaffes and extreme comments, perhaps it's never too early to announce your plans to defeat her in 2010.

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2006

    Wetterling's deceptive anti-Bachmann ads: slime never sleeps

    Dump Bachmann? Okay. Embrace Wetterling? No thanks.


  • News

    October 25, 2006

    Have You Seen Me?

    A law-and-order Christian conservative most people have never heard of tries to wrest the AG's office away from the DFL

  • News

    May 10, 2006

    5th District: The Battleground That Wasn't

    In the crowded race to replace Sabo, Keith Ellison wins endorsement easily

  • News

    May 3, 2006

    Cross Purposes

    The Catholic Church's right turn touches off battles over dogma and diversity at the University of St. Thomas

  • News

    December 21, 2005

    Little Court of Horrors

    In Anoka County juvenile court, meth and red tape are playing hell with the fate of children

  • News

    July 6, 2005

    The Shutdown Showdown

    For once, Minnesota Dems take a hard line with Pawlenty

  • News

    March 16, 2005

    Indecent Proposals

    Pawlenty's gambling push might be a budget quick fix, but it will cost in the long run

  • News

    March 16, 2005
  • News

    January 28, 2004

    Capitol Offenses

    State legislators are poised for a spending spree--on stadiums and prisons

  • News

    October 1, 2003

    The White Man

    Can David Jennings please inner-city minorities and neo-con legislators?

  • News

    March 5, 2003

    The Prescription Drug Wars

    Can Minnesota rein in prescription costs?

  • News

    February 19, 2003

    The Godfather of "Conceal and Carry"

    Will Minnesota get a new handgun law on the strength of sham science?

  • Books

    August 14, 2002

    The White Flight

    The neighborhood revitalization program misses those most in need

  • Books

    August 29, 2001

    Junk Mail

    Advocates fight against predatory lenders and for regulatory relief

  • News

    June 27, 2001

    No Choice

    Dr. Mildred Hanson is one of the few Minnesota physicians who hasn't been bullied out of performing abortions. At 77, she's more afraid of what will happen when she retires.

  • Books

    February 28, 2001

    Home Is Where the Art Is

    Artists and city planners are shopping for a new home for a north-side landmark

  • News

    August 2, 2000

    Off Beat

    A Good Bet, and If the Shubert Doesn't Fit...

  • News

    July 26, 2000

    Poker Faces

    Looking for a painless way to lose your shirt? Head down to the Canterbury Card Club, where bad luck comes in spades, some lucky schmo is always raking in all the chips, and even if you win the house takes its cut.

  • Books

    May 17, 2000

    Porn Again

    The Minneapolis Public Library hustles to the vanguard of the anti-smut crusade

  • Books

    May 10, 2000

    Simple Division

    From metro-area classrooms to the state Legislature, "new new math" equals controversy

  • Books

    October 20, 1999

    The Rise and Fall of an Edifice Complex

    The Star Tribune's quixotic quest for a new Twins stadium

  • News

    October 13, 1999
  • Books

    October 13, 1999

    Cable Petty

    Minneapolis settles its spat with Paragon--and gears up for another

  • News

    September 29, 1999

    Against the Grain

    Alfalfa electricity? Northern States Power planted the idea, Minnesota farmers grew it, and a bitter tug-of-war chopped it down.

  • Books

    June 9, 1999

    A Bull in the Classroom

    Public-school teachers take the stock market by the horns and retire early

  • News

    February 3, 1999

    The Path of Lease Resistance

    Hennepin County Housing Court was set up to resolve disputes between landlords and tenants. So why do the landlords keep winning?

  • Books

    September 9, 1998

    Hot Pursuit

    Minneapolis police say the chase that ended in the deaths of two bystanders on I-94 was by-the-book. Some other cities are throwing out that book.

  • News

    March 11, 1998

    I'm Just a Bill...

    In the month left before sine die, Minnesota lawmakers must decide what to do about the stadium, the budget surplus, and that nagging turtle-trafficking issue.

  • News

    February 11, 1998

    Seven-Year Itch

    Critics say Minnesota's vaunted effort to make courts fairer is all talk and no action.

  • News

    January 7, 1998

    Sold Down The River

    Minneapolis's brave new riverfront will have parks, museums, and upscale condos. Who said subsidized housing was just for the poor?

  • News

    November 26, 1997

    Dust in the Wind

    The cost of clean electricity, environmentalists say, should be borne by all Minnesota ratepayers, not just ecologically minded customers who can afford the premium.

  • News

    November 12, 1997

    Jock Itch

    Sports columnists won't bite the hand that feeds them.

  • News

    October 1, 1997

    Lone Wolf No More

    The timber wolf, along with baby harp seals, was an environmental-movement poster child. But biologists have found wolves don't need wilderness to prosper. They need, simply, something to eat and to be more or less left alone.

  • News

    August 27, 1997

    Web Mastery

    Advertising execs say Vance and Dwight Opperman's purchase of a share of Channel 4000 suggests that publishers are still struggling to make money on the Net.

  • Art

    October 23, 1996

    Beyond Drinking and Driving

    A number of Minnesota jurisdictions are experimenting with more aggressive and invasive programs to deal with repeat drunk-driving offenders.

  • News

    April 3, 1996

    Cracking Down

    Rising repression means escalating tensions at Oak Park Heights, the state's only maximum-security prison.

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