Jim Ragsdale

State Capitol reporter | Minnesota state government/politics
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Jim Ragsdale covers Minnesota state government and politics.

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53 percent say Dayton is doing good job

After two years of budget battles, vetoes and the longest state shutdown in Minnesota history, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is winning the popularity battle with the GOP-controlled Legislature, a Star Tribune Minnesota Poll has found.

Updated: September 27, 2012, - 11:05 PM

Minnesota Poll: More than half back voter ID, but support is down

Minnesotans favor a constitutional change that would require voters to show a photo ID, but support has weakened dramatically over the past year.

Updated: September 26, 2012, - 01:13 PM

State Supreme Court takes Gauthier, DFL-Duluth, off ballot

The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered that the name of DFL state Rep. Kerry Gauthier of Duluth, who was involved in a sex scandal with a 17-year-old boy this summer, be removed from the general election ballot.

Updated: September 25, 2012, - 08:53 PM

Hotdish Politics: High court incumbents on 66-year win streak

Decisions handed down decades ago are everything at the Minnesota Supreme Court, but three current justices do not want to cite the precedent of former Justice William Christianson.

Updated: September 23, 2012, - 07:50 AM

NYC Penn Station observes moment of silence

Police and firemen gathered for a moment of silence at NYC's Penn Station Tuesday on the anniversary of the 9/11...

Updated: September 11, 2012, - 09:09 AM

Strict photo ID requirement could hit 215,000 Minnesota voters

The elderly, poor and students are among those most affected by a strict photo ID requirement, such as is being proposed in a constitutional amendment this November.

Updated: September 08, 2012, - 10:09 PM

Minnesota Legislature gets upper hand in recent court decisions

The latest Supreme Court ruling, on proposed constitutional amendments, was called a "huge victory" over the executive branch.

Updated: September 04, 2012, - 12:47 PM

GOP legislators derail new state union deals

Republican legislators who believe the state must reform the way it compensates its workers rejected new contracts covering 27,700 state employees.

Updated: August 30, 2012, - 09:32 PM

Legislature wins photo ID, marriage amendment cases

Minnesota high court rejected attempts to change ballot wording regarding marriage, photo ID.

Updated: August 28, 2012, - 01:03 PM

Special session for flood relief will convene Friday

Legislative leaders, Dayton to approve $167.5M for Duluth.

Updated: August 22, 2012, - 09:44 PM

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