Baird Helgeson

Reporter | Politics and government
Phone: 651-925-5044
Baird Helgeson covers all aspects of Minnesota politics, the state budget, the administration and state agencies.

Recent content from Baird Helgeson

Minnesota legislators brace for more bad budget news Thursday

Slowly improving economy and uncertainty in D.C. won’t ease $1.1 billion hole forecast in November.

Updated: February 26, 2013, - 11:08 PM

Gay-marriage foes vow to 'take out' GOP opponents

National group pledges $500k to defeat GOP legislators who support same-sex marriage.

Updated: February 26, 2013, - 05:38 AM

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

Hot Dish Politics: Sunday liquor, budget equity

A bid to sell liquor on Sundays is back at the Minnesota Legislature, though its prospects don’t look good.Sen. Roger...

Updated: February 25, 2013, - 09:51 PM

Minnesota's early-voting proposal raises constitutional questions

Proponents said Minnesota’s current system is outdated, while opponents raised questions about fraud and plan’s constitutionality.

Updated: February 20, 2013, - 10:37 PM

Dayton's budget frays alliance with Minnesota business

Analysis: DFL governor’s plan to reshape state taxes jeopardizing his efforts to court CEOs.

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

Gov. Dayton delivers up a broadside on state budget

He used his State of the State address to tell his critics to get constructive or get out of the way.

Updated: February 07, 2013, - 09:11 AM

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

Dayton hits the stump, championing his budget proposals

Governor staunchly defends what a foe calls "a great deception."

Updated: January 29, 2013, - 11:49 PM

Fractures in DFL ranks showing on Gov. Dayton's tax overhaul

Several DFL legislators were openly skeptical of the proposed $500 property tax rebate and the DFL governor's decision to raise tobacco taxes but not those for alcohol.

Updated: January 29, 2013, - 06:42 AM

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