As a conference committee tries to hash out (pardon the pun) a medical marijuana compromise, one issue that's already been agreed upon is that Minnesota's medical marijuana system won't allow patients to actually smoke marijuana. The House bill doesn't even allow patients to get their hands on plant ... More >>
An unlikely coalition stands poised to fight for legalization of the natural remedy
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 >>
During yesterday's Capitol sendoff for a group of Minnesota Civil War reenactors who are headed to Pennsylvania to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg, Governor Mark Dayton said it would basically take another civil war for Virginia to reclaim a Confederate flag that was seized by Minnes ... More >>
North Dakota is establishing itself as the most anti-abortion state in the nation with "personhood" bills that are working their way through the GOP-dominated Legislature.SEE ALSO: North Dakota Capitol reporters repeatedly warned about wearing revealing clothing If either of the measures are ultimat ... More >>
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 >>
It's been little more than two weeks since foes of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker began petitioning for a recall, and they've already surpassed 300,000 signatures -- more than half of the 540,000 needed by the January 17 deadline. If they keep progressing at this pace, a recall election will be inevit ... More >>
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 >>
The GOP presidential candidate's claims don't hold up
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 >>
Throwing cold water on claims of popular support by both the Republicans running the Legislature, and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesotans in a new poll are blaming both sides equally for the budget battle that may force a state government shutdown. They also largely disapprove of the job the L ... More >>
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 >>
Gov. Scott Walker's allies get caught in a dirty trick.A number of Wisconsin Republicans are still trying to figure out how to survive the PR debacle birthed by their public employee union busting legislation earlier this year. One of the upshots is a series of recall drives being launched agains ... More >>
Walker's even lost the zombie vote.He's a hero to tea partiers, but Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker keeps getting bad news from statewide polls. The latest survey finds that just 31 percent of folks in Wisconsin have apparently bought into his line that he wants to strip public employees of thei ... More >>
Katherine Windels got carried away.There's no doubt that pro- and anti-union forces used almost every trick in the book during the assembly battle over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's bill to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights. But while there was a lot of shouting, scre ... More >>
Kathy Nickolaus admits she screwed up, but says she won't resign.Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus appears to have been exposed as either a ham-fisted political hack, or simply incompetent. Or maybe it's both. But just because she flipped a much-watched Wisconsin Supreme Court election i ... More >>
Sue Peacock/FlickrLet the recall efforts begin.Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly finally dropped all pretenses about Gov. Scott Walker's union-busting bill having anything to do with balancing the state's budget. Wednesday night, with 14 Democrats still on the lam trying to block a vote, the ... More >>
Scott Walker is falling in the polls.There's more bad poll news for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who insists he's going to stand firm in his budget battle to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights. Rasmussen Reports is out with a new survey of Wisconsin voters showing that ... More >>
Mark RiechersIt's not dead yet.Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been invited to the Illinois state line for a face-to-face meeting with some of the 14 Democratic state senators who won't give Republicans the quorum needed to pass their union-busting bill. A showdown now that Walker's tanking in t ... More >>
Walker defends his budget.Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker stood before Wisconsin lawmakers yesterday, defended his union busting tactics against public workers, and then announced he wanted to gouge $1.5 billion out of the state's public school and local government aid spending. If he keeps this ... More >>
Sen. Scott Fitzgerald says some of the 14 Democrats want to come home.As long as 14 Wisconsin Senate Democrats stay on the lam, GOP Gov. Scott Walker can't push his controversial union busting bill through the Legislature. So he threatened again today to start laying off 1,500 public sector ... More >>
Matt VisionquestTim Pawlenty, tea party heroAll 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 >>
Surly asks for help to get dream brewery approvalWhen Surly Brewing Company announced plans for a new $20-million brewery complex last week the Twin Cities beer world exploded with excitement. This wasn't going to be just any brewery; this was going to be a "destination brewery" complete with ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
Minnesota's chapter meets weekly and launched in 2004
Rep. Michele Bachmann gave $1,000 to Ted Tedisco, the Republican New York legislator vying for the Congressional slot left open in recent shuffling of New York politicians.
If you're interested in knowing how much it costs for Gov. Tim Pawlenty to run his office and pay his staff members, you won't find those totals in one place. Pawlenty's office has been doing a nifty trick to look frugal.
In the latest poll about Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's job performance, his approval rating hit the lowest level since October 2006.
Minnesota Democrats have introduced a bill in the state Legislature that would seat Al Franken provisionally while the election contest is underway.
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced today that he has opened an investigation into whether Minneapolis-based United Health Care, the nation's largest health insurer, has been fleecing patients ... More >>
The subscription-only newsletter Politics in Minnesota is reporting that Star Tribune veteran Dane Smith has taken a buyout: Remember that fascinating story about the state's two most powerful interest groups, Education Minnesota and the Taxpayers League? That was vintage Dane Smith. He excelled ... More >>
Former Republican Governor Carlson believes incumbent Republican Auditor Pat Anderson has "lost" the independence of the office. A similar charge was levied yesterday by another retired official against Republican Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer.
Challenger Rebecca Otto has raised more--and has more money--than incumbent state auditor Pat Anderson
For Ron Peterson, the veteran boxing promoter from Mounds View, no word carries more sting than "liberal." He ascribes most of the world's ills to liberals. When he wants to convey disgust and garden variety invective fails him, he will usually deploy some variation of the L word.
Believe it or not, Minnesota does have a law against selling drug paraphernalia. Really. It's right there in Chapter 152 of the Minnesota State Statutes: "It is unlawful for any person knowingly or intentionally to deliver drug paraphernalia or knowingly or intentionally to possess or manufacture dr ... More >>
You know it is getting close to election time for Governor Tim Pawlenty when he starts bashing immigrants.
Here we go again. At least once or twice a year, the folks in the Pawlenty Administration call a press conference, use the economic forecast to paint an artificially rosy picture of the state budget, and spin themselves a windfall of positive publicity. The irony is, if the Governor and his crew str ... More >>
In a piece printed on Wednesday's op-ed page of the Star Tribune, Rep. Mark Buesgens (R-Jordan) fulminated with a forked tongue. The premise of Buesgens' diatribe was that it was indeed better to shut down state government than cave in to the budgetary priorities of "former governors and other burea ... More >>
Pawlenty's ethics run into tree Governor Tim Pawlenty gave new meaning to the phrase "stumping for votes" early last month when his borrowed all-terrain vehicle hit a stump and plowed into a tree, causing $2500 worth of damage. That the incident occurred the spring convention of the All-Terrain Vehi ... More >>