U.S. State Politics

  • News

    January 29, 2014

    When will medical marijuana be legal in Minnesota?

    An unlikely coalition stands poised to fight for legalization of the natural remedy

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Dayton administration blasts Kurt Zellers over sex offender controversy

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    Mark Dayton has some tough talk for Virginia and those damn Confederates

    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 >>

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    March 25, 2013

    Scott Walker takes shot at Dayton, proving that those in glass houses do throw stones

    Thanks to Wisconsin's dismal job market, Scott Walker is in a glass house. But that isn't stopping him from throwing stones at Mark Dayton.SEE ALSO: Wisconsin Democratic spokesman loses job after comparing Scott Walker to Jeffrey Dahmer Today, Walker took to Twitter to lob a diss at Dayton for his p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    North Dakota moving to ban all abortions with "personhood" bills

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Minnesota Republicans want Norm Coleman vs. Mark Dayton in 2014

    With a 53 percent approval rating, Mark Dayton looks like he'll be tough to beat in 2014. But as of right now, polling indicates Norm Coleman has the inside track to become the Republican who gets a shot to knock him off.SEE ALSO: Minnesota Republicans want Michele Bachmann vs. Al Franken in 2014The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Majority Leader-elect Bakk: "Some real liberal constituencies" pushing marriage equality bill

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    MNGOP's Dan Severson on election results: "I'm not a Minnesotan for long"

    In the wake of last Tuesday's DFL-on-MNGOP beatdown, responses from various Minnesota Republicans have spanned the gamut -- from soul-searching introspection to denial to anger and everything in between.SEE ALSO: Andy Parrish on marriage amendment defeat: 'We won 74 out of 87 counties' But in an ele ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Michael Brodkorb files lawsuit against Minnesota Senate

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Tom Barrett bitch-slapped -- literally -- after conceding Wisconsin recall [VIDEO]

    Last night, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett got bitch-slapped twice -- once by Scott Walker, and a second time by a supporter.Moments after Barrett conceded the recall election, an upset supporter let Barrett have it with an open palm to the face. Her beef? That Barrett conceded the election just after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Dayton vetoes two abortion-restricting bills

    Today, Gov. Mark Dayton announced he's vetoing a bill that would've banned so-called "telemedicine abortions" and required the physical presence of a doctor when an abortion is performed.Last Thursday, Dayton announced his veto of a separate bill that would've required abortion clinics to be license ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    MNGOP: 'No state party may be in worse financial shape,' writes Politico

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Randy Hopper, former Wisconsin GOP senator, says drunk driving arrest politically motivated

    ​And we think Minnesota's politics are bitter...Randy Hopper, a former GOP state senator in Wisconsin from Fond du Lac, testified yesterday that he believes his October 2011 drunk driving arrest was a result of his support for Governor Scott Walker's effort to eliminate collective bargaining for p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Gov. Scott Walker: Recall election is likely

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Vikings stadium won't get a special session

    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 >>

  • News

    October 5, 2011

    Rick Perry's "Texas miracle" is a fantasy

    The GOP presidential candidate's claims don't hold up

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Business as usual for state GOP during shutdown, including salaries

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Mark Dayton's former home set on fire

    ​Instead of coming back from the long Fourth of July holiday weekend to find a renewed sense of respect among Minnesota's lawmakers seeking an end to the shutdown, we instead heard that someone tried to burn down Gov. Mark Dayton's former home near Lake Harriet. "To say that it's politically moti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Minnesotans blame Legislature, Dayton equally for shut down

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Dayton wants 13,000 workers spared from shutdown

    ​The Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton keep stumbling toward a possible government shutdown on July 1, and now the governor has submitted a list state services deemed essential--and who should keep working despite the shutdown. The list encompasses about 13,000 workers providing core services to 2 ... 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

    June 7, 2011

    Wisconsin Republicans' fake Democrats exposed

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Watch Nick Ayers, Tim Pawlenty's presidential campaign manager, get arrested for DWI [VIDEO]

    Nick Ayers as he would like you to see him.​It was well known, even before Tim Pawlenty hired him to manage his presidential campaign, that Nick Ayers was pulled over and arrested for DWI in 2006. What hasn't been available for the public to view, until now, is the dash cam video of that arrest. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2011

    Most Wisconsin voters don't believe Gov. Scott Walker's union talk

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Katherine Windels ordered to stop threatening Wisconsin Republicans

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Kathy Nickolaus refuses to resign over Wisconsin election screw up

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Scott Walker wins: Wisconsin Republicans through union-busting bill [UPDATE]

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Scott Walker tanking in another Wisconsin poll [UPDATE]

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Scott Walker called to the border by 14 Wisconsin Democrats [UPDATE]

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Scott Walker defends union busting, gutting public school spending

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Scott Walker: Wisconsin has buyer's remorse

    Maybe Wisconsinites are embarrassed by Scott Walker's epic phone fail.​Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker gives his big budget address today in Madison, where he's expected to defend not just trying to neuter public employee unions, but also slashing funding for public education and local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Wisconsin senate Democrats getting homesick, Republican says

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Tim Pawlenty second in Arizona tea party poll

    Matt VisionquestTim Pawlenty, tea party hero​All 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Madison union supporters plan Minneapolis demonstration Monday afternoon

    The rally starts at 4 p.m. Monday.​More than 1,000 people turned out on Saturday in St. Paul to demonstrate solidarity with union workers in Madison, and now a march has been scheduled for 4 p.m. today in downtown Minneapolis. A rally will begin at 4 p.m. at the Hennepin County Government Cen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Mark Dayton promises no union-busting laws [UPDATE]

    Mark Dayton supports unions in Wisconsin.​Gov. Mark Dayton told about 1,000 pro-union demonstrators in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday that he'd block any attempt by Republican legislators to pass a union-busting bill similar to the one raising a ruckus in Wisconsin. That bill, being pushed by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Scott Walker phone fail: Wis. governor falls for prank call you wouldn't believe [AUDIO]

    Scott Walker falls for a crank phone call that is so fake you wouldn't believe it.​Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has fallen for a prank phone call, and in the process spent 20 minutes revealing his secret union-busting plans to the opposition. The prank call was made by the alternative weekly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Wisconsin 14 missing senator photos: Have you seen these politicians?

    Gov. Scott Walker: Senate Democrats are MIA.​Fourteen Wisconsin state senators are on the lam, hiding from police trying to return them to Madison for a vote on a union-busting bill that none of them support. They were last seen hunkered down in an Illinois motel. Anyone with information as to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Surly asks fans for help changing laws

    Surly asks for help to get dream brewery approval​When 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Mark Dayton sworn in as governor today [UPDATE]

    Mark Dayton will be the next governor of Minnesota.​Be careful what you wish for, the old saying goes. Mark Dayton took the oath of office as Minnesota's governor at noon, the first Democrat to hold that office in decades.

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    December 8, 2010

    Tom Emmer concedes governor's race to Mark Dayton [UPDATE]

    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 >>

  • News

    December 1, 2010
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    December 1, 2010

    Jeremy Giefer, accused child molester, got Pawlenty pardon to open childcare center

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Tom Emmer's seven mortgages unearthed by blogger

    Who's a regular Minnesotan?​Score one for the blogosphere. Last month, Sally Jo Sorensen posted on her Bluestem Prairie site that Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer had taken out seven mortgages on his Delano home since 2002. Today, the Minnesota DFL gave that tidbit a much bigger m ... 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.

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    August 2, 2010

    Tom Emmer again trails Democrats, this time in Star Tribune poll

    Mark Dayton showed the widest lead over Tom Emmer in the Star Tribune poll​Republican candidate for governor Tom Emmer has again come up with the short end of the stick in a statewide poll compared to his Democratic rivals. A Star Tribune poll released over the weekend shows Mark Dayton, Marga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Slug endorses Matt Entenza for governor

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Satveer Chaudhary stripped of DFL backing over fishy vote

    Photo: Minnesota SenateThe senator won special fishing protections for a lake at which he owns a cabin​So 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 >>

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    June 22, 2010

    Susan Gaertner endorses Matt Entenza for governor

    Sisterhood only goes so far​So much for the sisterhood. When DFLer Susan Gaertner dropped out of the governor's race, she said that one of her reasons was to try and clear a path for rival Margaret Anderson Keliher to make some history. "This is the closest Minnesota has yet to come to elec ... More >>

  • News

    March 3, 2010

    Drinking Liberally pairs progressive politics and a social hour

    Minnesota's chapter meets weekly and launched in 2004

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    November 6, 2009

    Busted: Rybak used mayoral campaign funds for gubernatorial run

    Rybak used mayoral campaign funds in May to conduct a poll about his strength to run for governor.

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