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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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

Feb. 7: Gun-rights supporters show their might at Capitol hearings

Proponents of restrictions cite violence, threat to safety.

Updated: February 09, 2013, - 08:49 PM

Minn. Legislature: Assault-weapons ban heats up gun hearings

As the debate continued, a legislative committee heard a range of strong views from law enforcement officers and gun owners.

Updated: February 07, 2013, - 07:45 AM

Emotions run high at Legislature's gun-violence hearing

The Accent Signage rampage and other cases provided grim testimony for a committee considering a series of gun bills. Advocates for both sides had their say.

Updated: February 05, 2013, - 11:11 PM

Obama hails Minneapolis gun efforts; his plans still face a fight

President Obama brought his battle against gun violence to Minneapolis, praising the city for its efforts to reduce youth gunplay to an audience that included survivors of Minnesota gun tragedies.

Updated: February 05, 2013, - 05:51 AM

NRA faces major test of clout in Minnesota

The DFL-controlled Legislature will weigh a range of gun-control bills this session. The National Rifle Association says numbers are on its side.

Updated: February 04, 2013, - 12:00 PM

Minn. gun bills include proposals to keep guns away from kids

Legislators next week will debate bills to expand background checks and to ban some assault weapons and large-capacity clips.

Updated: February 01, 2013, - 12:22 AM

Dayton eyes low-key way to protect school kids

A small government unit aimed at helping schools avoid violence disappeared when federal funds ended, but would be given new life in Gov. Dayton's budget proposal.

Updated: January 26, 2013, - 06:02 PM

Dayton's budget plan: Widen sales tax, increase top income rate

High-wage earners would pay $1 billion more in income taxes, all Minnesotans would pay sales tax on pricier clothing and homeowners would see $500 yearly rebates under Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal.

Updated: January 23, 2013, - 05:40 AM

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