A new study conducted by the University of Minnesota's State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) finds that last fall's MNsure rollout coincided with a dramatic drop in the number of Minnesotans without health insurance.Between September 30 of last year and May 1, the number of uninsured M ... More >>
Today, medical marijuana's House supporters announced a big compromise they hope will be amenable to law enforcement and signed into law by pot unfriendly Gov. Mark Dayton.The compromise, announced at a Capitol news conference by House Speaker Paul Thissen (D-Minneapolis), Majority Leader Erin Murph ... More >>
The Minnesota Senate already passed legislation calling on Congress to overturn Citizens United, the controversial 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling which held that the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting political independent expenditures by corporations, associations, or labor u ... More >>
-- Update at bottom -- Last year, bills raising the minimum wage from $6.15 passed the House and Senate. But the House wanted to raise the floor significantly higher than the Senate ($9.50 to $7.75, respectively), and DFL leaders never came to an agreement.DFL leaders announced today, however, that ... More >>
A bill written by a group of Concordia University students that would strip legislators of DWI immunity appeared to be dead in the House earlier this month, but was revived after Speaker Paul Thissen, D-Minneapolis, publicly threw his support behind it. It cleared the House Civil Law Committee on Fr ... More >>
Last week, Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston, made a bold and terrifying proclamation: He told the Rochester Post Bulletin that "people will die because of MNsure. That's a fact."RELATED: Pat Kessler eviscerates MNsure, says officials lied to him As the January 1 deadline approaches at which point some fo ... More >>
Meet the man behind Minnesota's gay marriage campaign
Synthetic drugs are already illegal in Minnesota, but lawmakers believe there's more work to be done to "combat the spread of the sale" of these and other controlled substances across the state. House Speaker Paul Thissen, D-Minneapolis, announced this week he's starting a committee to study the i ... More >>
A minimum-wage hike that once looked like a sure deal is no longer likely to happen this session because DFLers in the House and Senate can't agree on how much to raise it.THE BACKSTORY: House, Senate approve minimum wage increase, but disagree on how much is too muchThe bill passed by the House wou ... More >>
Before this weekend is in the books, marriage equality might be approved by the Minnesota House and Senate.SEE ALSO:-- MN for Marriage: "Don't let the metro area force gay 'marriage' on the rest of the state"-- Minnesota for Marriage's Hinckley rally was the biggest megafail in the history of megafa ... More >>
Today, House DFLers unveiled their proposed tax bill, and it's bad news for those of you who like to drink.SEE ALSO: The "I hate the Pedal Pub" Facebook page is hilarious [IMAGES]House DFLers are proposing the first increase in the state's liquor tax in years. It'd add roughly seven cents to the cos ... More >>
This legislative session, Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, has emerged as Minnesota's leading caveman critic of the "gay lifestyle" and everything that follows from it, including the desire to get married.At a news conference last months, Gruenhagen characterized homosexuality as "an unhealthy, sex ... More >>
Rep. Ernie Leidiger, R-Mayer, has three tax liens filed against him and reportedly owes $144,000 in overdue state and federal taxes.SEE ALSO: Rep. Ernie Leidiger outed for inviting Bradlee Dean to lead House prayerIs the failing small business owner from the party of personal accountability being ac ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Guv-hopeful Thissen accuses rival Kelliher of hijacking his message-- DFL Minority Leader Paul Thissen calls for embattled Rep. Kerry Gauthier to step down-- Paul Thissen shepherding gay death rights bill through Legislature; hearing todayNate Atkins is part of a rare species, and it's n ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Kerry Gauthier says he intentionally OD'd on pills as news of rest stop oral sex circulated-- Kerry Gauthier sex scandal: Are these his oral sex-seeking Craigslist posts?-- Rep. Gauthier, 56, claims rest-stop oral sex with Craigslist boy, 17, was consensualYesterday, Rep. Kerry Gauthier ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- DFL Minority Leader Paul Thissen calls for embattled Rep. Kerry Gauthier to step down-- Kerry Gauthier sex scandal: Are these his oral sex-seeking Craigslist posts?-- Rep. Gauthier, 56, claims rest-stop oral sex with Craigslist boy, 17, was consensualRep. Kerry Gauthier, D-Duluth, will n ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Kerry Gauthier sex scandal: Are these his oral sex-seeking Craigslist posts?-- Rep. Gauthier, 56, claims rest-stop oral sex with Craigslist boy, 17, was consensualRepublicans have already called for Duluth DFL Rep. Kerry Gauthier to step down. It took Minnesota Democrats a few days longe ... More >>
Lawmakers have Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and Attorney General Lori Swanson at their disposal to defend lawsuits against approved legislation, but in the case of the voter ID amendment, MNGOP leaders don't trust the left-leaning duo to do a satisfactory job.As a result, the Legislative Coordina ... More >>
An exchange on the House floor Tuesday night succinctly captured the difference of opinion between MNGOP and DFL lawmakers about a tax bill vetoed this morning by Gov. Mark Dayton.House Taxes Committee Chairman Greg Davids, R-Preston, described the legislation as a "smokin' hot tax bill." In reply, ... More >>
A constitutional amendment requiring voters to show photo ID when casting their ballots is headed to the House floor.Today, the House Rules Committee approved the proposed amendment in a 13-9 party-line vote. A companion bill is pending in the Senate Rules Committee. If approved by the full House ... More >>
Legislators will hold a special meeting today in hopes of closing a loophole in the state's sex offender notification law.Current law mandates that communities are informed when offenders leave prison. But there is no notification requirement when offenders leave state hospitals for halfway house ... More >>
America's longest state shutdown could finally end.By signing his name 12 times, Mark Dayton could end the shutdown this morning. It took six months of arguing and 19 days of shutdown, but the legislature's special session finally passed 12 budget bills, with the last of them passing at around 3: ... More >>
After Gov. Mark Dayton announced he would not accept a paycheck during the shutdown, we asked all the Minnesota legislators whether they would follow suit. While the vast majority didn't reply, we got some responses and put together a preliminary list. Now we've got our hands on the official li ... More >>
Team Entenza picks up former foe's stafferMatt Entenza, one of three candidates left in the DFL gubernatorial primary race, just plucked a staffer from former opponent Paul Thissen. Pam McCrory worked as a field organizer for Thissen, a.k.a. the statehouse's resident boy genius, before Thiss ... More >>
His speech was barely over before Democrats seeking his office took to the Internet offering instapunditry.
Here's what we know so far, including number of votes, and percentage of votes.
Thissen's campaign manager says a recent e-mail from Kelliher is a little too similar to what they've been saying all along.
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Public policy cheers and jeers in 140 characters or less.
Just two days after winning reelection as Minneapolis mayor, R.T. Rybak appears to have his sights on higher office.
Now, if only he'd rock the blouse and scarves.
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That's right, a badass who is one of the few representatives able to milk a dairy cow.
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Some reflection on Pawlenty's decision and then it's straight into speculation about the next governor of Minnesota.
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