Jim Ragsdale

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

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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

Minnesota House abandons plans to vote on gun legislation this year

“Neither side has been willing to come to an agreement,” Speaker Thissen said as to why expanded background checks and...

Updated: May 02, 2013, - 12:13 AM

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