Jim Ragsdale

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

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In Illinois, a surprising bit of Mormon history

The unassuming Mississippi River town of Nauvoo, Ill., played a surprising and pivotal role in the history of Mormons.

Updated: July 11, 2014, - 04:20 PM

Hot Dish Politcs : Hair-threading exemplifies work of 'unsession'

“Does it hurt?” the committee chairwoman, Sen. Sandra Pappas, asked the bill sponsor of the subject of his legislation.“Just a...

Updated: April 26, 2014, - 09:41 PM

Hot Dish politics: Felons' rights all over the map

“Felon voting” sounds ominous, like an attempt by burglars and rapists to hijack an election. But in Minnesota, it poses...

Updated: April 12, 2014, - 05:05 PM

State Capitol monument to Hmong-Lao veterans is moving forward

The Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton are considering a proposal to spend $450,000, combined with another $150,000 to be raised privately, to build the memorial.

Updated: March 29, 2014, - 05:26 PM

Hotdish Politics: Making a case for popular vote

Comedian Robin Williams once said living in Canada was like renting an apartment upstairs from a really good party. Minnesota...

Updated: March 22, 2014, - 06:25 PM

Are amendments' path to the ballot too easy?

Some DFLers want a “super-majority’’ before a constitutional amendment is put to voters.

Updated: March 15, 2014, - 10:15 PM

Minnesota legislators try to clear confusion over e-cigarettes

In Minnesota, where 80% of the state’s 200 e-cigarette retailers have popped up in the past year, the Legislature is eyeing the idea of regulating them like regular tobacco, including banning their use indoors and in public places.

Updated: February 27, 2014, - 05:03 PM

Precinct caucuses will be held Tuesday

Minnesotans will head out on Tuesday to their party’s caucus, hoping to weigh in on who their next elected representatives...

Updated: February 03, 2014, - 08:40 PM

Minnesota Hotdish Politics: Elections report embraces more online practices

You give your name to a kindly neighbor, probably someone in her golden years, who looks through her thick glasses...

Updated: February 01, 2014, - 05:31 PM

Abortion opponents rally on Roe vs. Wade anniversary

Speakers at the State Capitol call for a push this year for restrictions.

Updated: January 22, 2014, - 09:38 PM

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