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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Union showdown takes center stage at Minnesota Capitol

The Legislature’s final testy days became a battle on the most sweeping union expansion in Minnesota in recent history. Vocal...

Updated: May 19, 2013, - 12:30 AM

Dayton turns to smokers to fill Vikings stadium funding gap

Higher cigarette tax, closed loophole for businesses would make up for e-gambling shortfall.

Updated: May 17, 2013, - 08:53 AM

All-night battle shows power of unionization issue

All-night debate yields passage, but also political ammunition.

Updated: May 15, 2013, - 10:10 PM

Child-care unions bill passes after 17-hour debate over 2 days

The fight over unionizing in-home child-care providers kept the Minnesota Senate up through the night, as supporters and opponents debated whether the small, private businesses should have a right to vote on unionization. The measure was approved on a 35-32 vote.

Updated: May 15, 2013, - 09:44 AM

Another hole opens in Vikings stadium funding plan

With six days left, Senate leaders call sports memorabilia tax a no-go.

Updated: May 14, 2013, - 10:47 PM

Couple celebrates marriage vote

A couple celebrated in the Capitol rotunda shortly after the marriage amendment was approved.

Updated: May 14, 2013, - 11:59 AM

Minn. poised to become 12th state to legalize gay marriage

The 37-30 vote came after a failed, last-ditch attempt by opponents to scuttle the measure. Only one Republican, Sen. Branden Petersen, joined a majority of DFL legislators.

Updated: May 14, 2013, - 09:59 AM

Gay marriage splits Anoka County

Residents share widely divergent views on House vote.

Updated: May 11, 2013, - 11:26 AM

Minnesota House sets new election in case of candidate's death

Would change process in event of tragedy and expand absentee voting.

Updated: May 08, 2013, - 07:49 PM

Child care union bill stalls in Senate committee

Backers surprised by 11-11 tie; two DFLers voted no.

Updated: May 06, 2013, - 09:02 PM

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