Rachel Stassen-Berger

Reporter | State politics
Phone: 651-925-5046
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger covers state government and politics at the State Capitol in St. Paul.


Recent content from Rachel Stassen-Berger

Minnesota Poll: Majority supports raising state minumum wage

But Minnesotans are divided on how high to go, $7.50 an hour vs. $9.50.

Updated: March 09, 2013, - 11:29 PM

Dayton drops much-criticized business tax plan

Fierce opposition – even within DFL – forced governor to retreat.

Updated: March 09, 2013, - 12:02 AM

Issue of gun background checks divides Minnesota Legislature

Minnesota Democrats are split on whether to seek universal background checks. A counterproposal is being called too weak.

Updated: March 06, 2013, - 11:20 PM

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

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

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison tangles with Sean Hannity on Fox News

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., began a Tuesday night interview on Fox News by telling host Sean Hannity that he was...

Updated: February 27, 2013, - 08:48 PM

Feb. 20: GOP Minn. legislator preparing to co-sponsor gay marriage bill

Sen. Branden Petersen would become the first Republican legislator to publicly support same-sex marriage, highlighting the rapidly changing dynamics of the issue at the Capitol.

Updated: February 25, 2013, - 11:06 PM

Bachmann to address national PAC event

FROM HOT DISH POLITICSSince winning re-election by a slim margin in November, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has kept a low...

Updated: February 21, 2013, - 08:32 PM

Capitol rule change touches off partisan spat

The new rule requiring all House members to submit proposed floor amendments 24 hours before bringing them up during floor debate, touched off the 2013 session's first protracted floor debate.

Updated: February 16, 2013, - 07:33 PM

Minnesota lawmakers get education budget details

Dayton's plan would not completely repay the state's debt to public school districts until 2017.

Updated: February 14, 2013, - 07:42 PM

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