Jim Ragsdale

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Jim Ragsdale covers Minnesota state government and politics.

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Background checks at center of legislative gun debate

Bill would make background inquiries universal, extending them to all private firearms purchases in Minnesota.

Updated: March 13, 2013, - 12:14 AM

Dayton retools budget as poll indicates public approval lagging

When Dayton unveils his new budget proposal this week, the plan will lean heavily on a tax hike for the wealthiest 2 percent of Minnesotans and he is strongly considering a significant bump in the tobacco tax, sources say.

Updated: March 10, 2013, - 06:56 AM

Organized labor agenda gains steam with turn in Capitol politics

With a new DFL-led Legislature, unions are pushing their agenda, starting with child care. Monday they turned out at the Capitol in support of measures that would help unionize thousands of child-care and home health-care workers.

Updated: March 05, 2013, - 10:51 AM

Minnesota Poll: Background checks draw strong support

More than 70 percent of all respondents — including 60 percent of gun owners and 64 percent of Republicans — favor universal background checks.

Updated: March 04, 2013, - 06:57 AM

Two-year budget forecast cuts Minnesota deficit by
 43 percent

Two-year projection shrinks to $627M. GOP says Dayton should back off on tax hikes.

Updated: March 01, 2013, - 02:39 PM

Battle resumes over unionizing Minnesota's in-home daycares

Battle resumes on unionizing in-home child care providers – or not.

Updated: February 25, 2013, - 10:19 PM

Universal background checks are focus of Minnesota gun debate

Police supported expanding background checks to all private gun sales, but the NRA voiced its opposition at the Legislature.

Updated: February 22, 2013, - 02:18 PM

Red-light camera plan bogs down at Capitol

Sponsor lays over bill after failure appeared imminent.

Updated: February 21, 2013, - 08:36 AM

Assault weapons, ammo bans off table in Minn. Senate

Weapons hearings in St. Paul will focus on background checks, not “highly divisive” bans on assault weapons and magazines.

Updated: February 18, 2013, - 11:47 PM

Permit appeals get guns in questionable hands

Sheriffs deny permit applications, only to have them overturned.

Updated: February 18, 2013, - 01:10 PM

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