Jim Ragsdale

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

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May 9: 'Ban-the-Box' bill sent to governor

Dayton favors limits on criminal history in job hunts.

Updated: October 25, 2013, - 09:14 PM

Emmer’s Internet ad could prove troublesome

Congressional candidate Tom Emmer appeared in a construction company’s video ad. He might have run afoul of election laws.

Updated: September 30, 2013, - 09:57 PM

MNsure health insurance rates will be lowest in nation

Minnesota exchange officials say they’ll start enrolling people in plans as scheduled next week.

Updated: September 26, 2013, - 06:40 AM

Minnesota gun checks have holes

Instant background checks and easy Internet lookups suggest that we can know a person by sifting through his electronic past. Important parts of the historical record are blotted out from view, and the story the records tell is incomplete or false. That was the message of Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek to the Legislature this year in the debate over background checks for gun permits.

Updated: September 21, 2013, - 08:39 PM

Unionization of personal care attendants moves ahead

Election could be largest in state union history, organizers say.

Updated: September 20, 2013, - 10:02 PM

Federal court halts vote to unionize home child-care providers

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals granted an injunction temporarily blocking Minnesota’s hotly contested unionization law, which has roiled the business of home child care, become a potent political issue and attracted national attention from both sides of the union movement.

Updated: September 19, 2013, - 09:34 PM

Sept. 16: Child-care union debate hitting home

The debate, part of a national battle that has occurred in more than 15 states over the past decade, is turning caregivers by day into rabble-rousers by night.

Updated: September 16, 2013, - 08:26 AM

Minnesota legislators OK disaster relief; tax talks delayed

Lawmakers’ differences on taxes will be pushed into next year’s session.

Updated: September 10, 2013, - 06:52 AM

Constituents line up to tell Walz they oppose U.S. military action in Syria

ST. PETER. Minn. – U.S. Rep. Tim Walz asked his constituents Friday to step up and tell him whether the...

Updated: September 06, 2013, - 10:37 PM

Former U.S. Sen. Rod Grams, battling cancer, is in hospice care

Grams, 65, has battled cancer for some time and had gone through several courses of chemotherapy treatments, said Kent Kaiser, a longtime friend and supporter. Grams stopped the treatments when they appeared unable to stop the spread of the disease, Kaiser said.

Updated: September 04, 2013, - 08:14 PM

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