It's October, which means we're hitting the homestretch of the election season.Today, in fact, may be one of the biggest days between now and November 4, as debates will be held in the races for the two highest-profile offices up for grabs in Minnesota -- the gubernatorial seat currently held by Mar ... More >>
Medical marijuana activists see the state's new law as only the beginning of broader reform. They've vowed to continue fighting at the Capitol and extend coverage to thousands more Minnesotans. Success or failure depends not only on the stamina of such activists, but on the outcome of this fall's ... More >>
The Minnesota Senate approved a bill Tuesday that legalizes marijuana for medical use but limits ingestion to pills, oil, and vaporizing. It made it across the finish line with enough votes to overcome a veto by Gov. Mark Dayton -- 48 to 18 -- following a five-hour debate that produced some of the m ... More >>
The Minnesota Senate recently approved legislation to remove the term "Asian carp" from statute. As we reported in March, the effort, spearheaded by Sen. John Hoffman (D-Champlin), is a response to concerns that "Asian carp" paints Asian people in a negative light.But during his radio show yesterday ... More >>
St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith says that, despite the claims of church officials, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has not fully cooperated with sexual abuse investigations. In one instance, Smith told reporters today, the archdiocese rebuffed his request to speak directly to the Rev. ... More >>
Two years ago, Michael Brodkorb was one of the Minnesota Republican party's up-and-coming voices, a ruthless political tactician who made a name for himself digging up dirt about the DFL and writing about it on his blog. But then news of his affair with Amy Koch broke, and by this time a year ago Br ... More >>
Sorry, Minnesota, but Michele Bachmann is not fleeing to Oregon over Monday's vote to legalize same-sex marriage. Not because she was bluffing, but because the Daily Currant -- the news site that published the report -- is satirical. SEE ALSO: Michele Bachmann falls from grace Minnesota Senate app ... More >>
This afternoon, the Minnesota Senate followed the House and approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage with a 37-30 vote.:::: UPDATE :::: Mark Dayton signs gay marriage bill into law Gov. Mark Dayton is reportedly wasting little time and planning to sign the legislation into law during a ceremon ... More >>
On Saturday, in a 44-16 vote, the Minnesota Senate passed a bill intended to make it easier for convicted criminals to land job interviews.SEE ALSO: MNGOP Sen. Dan Hall suggests gay marriage supporters are unpatrioticThe so-called "ban the box" bill would require most private employers to follow the ... More >>
The repercussions from the Michael Brodkorb-Amy Koch sex scandal will felt in the bank accounts of MNGOP Senate staffers this legislative session.SEE ALSO: Last year, MNGOP Senate staffers couldn't even eat lunch without getting in troubleYesterday, the DFL-controlled Senate approved new pay rates t ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- MNGOP scandal: "Smoking gun" email suggests alleged recount scheme was just the beginning-- MNGOP: Alleged recount debt conspiracy could mean jail time for Sutton, dissolution of party-- Michael Brodkorb files lawsuit against Minnesota SenateThe MNGOP and DFL released updated financial s ... More >>
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 >>
The Amy Koch-Michael Brodkorb sex scandal is like the gift that keeps giving richer and richer ironies.The latest? MPR reports that Brodkorb's application for unemployment benefits was denied by the Department of Employment and Economic Development. He's appealing the decision.In other words, the su ... More >>
Michael Brodkorb declined to take questions at a press conference this afternoon announcing that he has filed paperwork with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to begin a lawsuit against the Minnesota Senate. Through his attorney Gregory Walsh, Brodkorb announced that he will be suing S ... More >>
Yesterday, with a mostly party-line 40-23 vote, the Minnesota Senate approved the controversial Defense of Dwelling and Person Act, a bill that broadens the rights of property owners to use deadly force. Since the House passed a version of the bill last year, the legislation should soon reach the ... More >>
Amy Koch resigned over an "inappropriate relationship" with a staffer. Michael Brodkorb was her staffer and resigned today. Coincidence?Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch resigned her leadership position Thursday after fellow Republicans confronted her about an "inappropriate relations ... More >>
Bill Ingebrigtsen wants you to speak English only.State Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, a guy with enough Scandinavian in his surname to qualify as a character in an O.E. Rolvaag yarn about immigrant hardship on the prairie, is carrying the flag for English-only into the Minnesota Senate. Yah. He wa ... More >>
Years of cuts have already left the department below industry standards.If Minnesota Senate and House Republicans get their way, the Minneapolis Fire Department is in for even more bad news. Republicans announced a budget proposal yesterday that recommends cutting Local Government Aid to hel ... More >>
Photo: WikipediaGeorge Soros, moneybags.George Soros, the fantastically rich financier and current muse of Glenn Beck's darker paranoias, is all set to host a fundraiser for not-yet-Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton in New York on Dec. 12. Former President Bill Clinton is the guest of honor. Dayton ... More >>
Mee Moua surprised local politicos when she announced her retirement from the Minnesota SenateWhen Mee Moua announced last May she was retiring from the state Senate, no Hmong American held a higher elected office in the country, and the news caught a lot of people by surprise. But what no o ... More >>
Photo: Minnesota SenateMore bad news for ChaudharyFirst, the DFL withdraws its endorsement of state Sen. Satveer Chaudhary over his fishy environmental measure protecting a lake by his cabin up north. Now he's in more hot water. The Duluth News Tribune is out with a story this morning repor ... More >>
Photo: Minnesota SenateThe senator won special fishing protections for a lake at which he owns a cabinSo 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 >>
Mee Moua retirement announcement was a surpriseJohn Harrington, who's hanging up his handcuffs as the St. Paul Chief of Police on June 30, has ended the speculation and confirmed he's going to run for the Minnesota Senate seat being vacated by Mee Moua. A DFLer in good standing, he's already ... More >>
Sen. Sandy Pappas of St. Paul proposed the legislation. She says many abused women will stay in dangerous situations because of their companion animals.
Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher is none too happy about the proposal. (Surprise!)
The Minnesota Senate approved a state medical marijuana bill with a 36-28 vote. The legislation now heads to the state House before hitting Gov. Tim Pawlenty's desk for a likely veto.
We might not have any actual news in the never-ending fight for Minnesota's U.S. Senate race until next week when Norm Coleman actually files an appeal, but the partisan hacks will continue to milk this over-dramatic issue for all it's worth.
Monday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.
Children would be legally required to sit in car seats for twice as long under a current bill in the Minnesota Legislature.
Earlier this week, a bill that would outlaw smoking in cars with passengers under the age of 18 came cleared a hurdle after Minnesota Senate panel gave it the green light. At least one lawmaker is wondering if the law's passage would lead to an increase in racial profiling.
Those silly Republicans are finally admitting what we knew all along: They don't mind having Minnesota's Senate seat empty for now.
Michael Stokes Paulsen, formerly an associate dean of the University of Minnesota Law School, called the recount "unconstitution ... More >>
If Minnesota's Senate recount stretches into January and you are itching for a ticket to President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in ce ... More >>
A Dartmouth study of the Minnesota Senate recount shows more evidence that undervotes in the race could favor Al Franken in his ... More >>
Al Franken isn't clowning around. He's serious. This, we should know. The national media has done well reminding us that he's not joking, jesting, joshing, kidding, pranking, or shitting us whenever they report on his rather vigorous (one might say "serious") campaign.
Congressional Quarterly has changed its assesment of the Minnesota Senate race between Rep. Mark Kennedy and Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar. After weeks of polls showing Klobuchar with a commanding lead--with the margin ranging from 7 points to 16--the influential beltway publication now ass ... More >>
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So far this year, the 67 members of Minnesota Senate have filed expense reports totalling $226,539. In keeping with historical patterns, however, there is considerable variation between individual senators. Those who live the furthest from the Capitol typically wind up with biggest tabs because of t ... More >>
The rich are different from you and me: They pay less in taxes
Paranoia causes the Legislature to do an about-face on industrial hemp production.