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Erin Golden

Reporter | Politics and government reporter
phone: 612-673-4790
Erin Golden reports on Minnesota government and politics. Before joining the Star Tribune, she reported for the Omaha World-Herald and The (Bend, Ore.) Bulletin.
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Lawmakers say state should pay for licensing problems

Lawmakers say state should pay for licensing problems

State's flawed computer system has some registrars operating in the red.
Dayton, Fischbach pledge to work together in governor's office

Dayton, Fischbach pledge to work together in governor's office

In first meeting to discuss Fischbach's new role, they avoid legal issues.
Tina Smith, a political insider, steps onto the national stage

Tina Smith, a political insider, steps onto the national stage

Long known as a "velvet hammer" behind the scenes, she must craft her own public persona as Minnesota's next senator.
Dayton picks Lt. Gov. Tina Smith for Franken's Senate seat

Dayton picks Lt. Gov. Tina Smith for Franken's Senate seat

Sen. Al Franken, facing accusations of sexual harassment, said last week that he would resign "in the coming weeks." Smith would be up for election next November.
Dayton's Senate appointment could create a mess at State Capitol

Dayton's Senate appointment could create a mess at State Capitol

GOP Sen. Michelle Fischbach says she'll keep seat in Senate; Dayton administration disagrees.

Third DFLer joins race for Minnesota state auditor

So far, no Republicans have signed up to run for Rebecca Otto's seat.
Dayton not ready to talk about Franken seat; Smith mulls run

Dayton not ready to talk about Franken seat; Smith mulls run

Minnesota's DFL governor said Friday that he'll name a replacement for Sen. Al Franken "in a couple days," but he wouldn't say who it might be.
Minnesota projected to have $188 million budget deficit

Minnesota projected to have $188 million budget deficit

The deficit in the current two-year budget cycle is projected to grow to $586 million in the 2020-21 biennium. Since the state budget must be balanced, it would require cutting spending or raising more revenue.
Special elections set to replace Minn. legislators accused of harassment

Special elections set to replace Minn. legislators accused of harassment

Voters to decide who will replace two legislators who quit after allegations.

Gov. Mark Dayton says he's cancer-free, encourages more screening

Governor proclaimed 'Cancer Screen Week" in Minnesota, says own experience taught importance of early detection.
Candidates agree: Health care is the top issue in Minn. governor's race

Candidates agree: Health care is the top issue in Minn. governor's race

DFL and GOP candidates offer up vastly different fixes.
Rep. Matt Dean tops GOP governor straw poll

Rep. Matt Dean tops GOP governor straw poll

Party activists picked among a field of seven candidates who hope to be on the ballot in 2018.
State outsources drivers licensing system upgrade work for $26M

State outsources drivers licensing system upgrade work for $26M

Following the bumpy rollout of a new vehicle licensing system, the state of Minnesota is hiring a private firm for similar upgrades to its drivers licensing operations.
In final year, Dayton ready to move on from fight with GOP

In final year, Dayton ready to move on from fight with GOP

He says he'll lift budget veto and rebuild relationship with Republican legislators.
Faster internet coming to greater Minnesota, with help from the state

Faster internet coming to greater Minnesota, with help from the state

The $26M is for broadband projects across the state.
Gov. Mark Dayton's chief of staff to serve as St. Paul deputy mayor

Gov. Mark Dayton's chief of staff to serve as St. Paul deputy mayor

With governor's term winding down, members of his administration are lining up their next positions.
Rally at Minnesota Capitol calls out sexual harassment

Rally at Minnesota Capitol calls out sexual harassment

In speeches, several women who serve at the Capitol who said they are frustrated by harassment and discrimination regularly encountered there.
Gov. Dayton's line-item veto of Legislature's budget upheld

Gov. Dayton's line-item veto of Legislature's budget upheld

The decision hands Gov. Dayton a legal victory as he seeks to rework costly tax breaks and other measures he signed into law this spring as part of a new state budget.
Gov. Dayton, Minnesota officials apologize for licensing problems

Gov. Dayton, Minnesota officials apologize for licensing problems

Dayton, state's top IT official say rollout of state's new vehicle licensing system has not gone as planned, inconvenienced Minnesotans.
Senate worker: Schoen 'crossed line' by sending explicit photo

Senate worker: Schoen 'crossed line' by sending explicit photo

Sen. Dan Schoen is facing renewed calls to resign after an employee of the state Senate reported that he sent her an unsolicited sexually explicit photograph.
U.S. Supreme Court to consider Minnesota law barring political clothing at polls

U.S. Supreme Court to consider Minnesota law barring political clothing at polls

Groups are challenging a state law about political apparel at polling places.
Caught in the middle, Hodges squeezed out in Minneapolis

Caught in the middle, Hodges squeezed out in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges mounted a re-election bid this year based on the same messages that had won over so many of the city's voters. But this time many of the same people who propelled Hodges into office voted to replace her. On Election Day, she became only the second Minneapolis mayor in 40 years to run for a second term and lose.
Minn. Senate faces December furloughs, shutdown

Minn. Senate faces December furloughs, shutdown

Amid a budget stalemate with the governor, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said the Senate will run out of money Dec 1.
'Reds' and 'blues' sit down together to try to heal the political divide

'Reds' and 'blues' sit down together to try to heal the political divide

A group called Better Angels is organizing the gatherings of Republicans and Democrats to talk, listen and find what they have in common.
Minn. vehicle registration problems make for long waits

Minn. vehicle registration problems make for long waits

A recent run of problems with the state's new vehicle licensing system is prompting new headaches during an already bumpy transition.
Nov. 1: Gov. Dayton rejects Legislature's calls to restore funding

Nov. 1: Gov. Dayton rejects Legislature's calls to restore funding

Republicans dispute his assertion that lawmakers have access to $45 million.
Dayton says GOP tax plan would cut deductions for 900K Minnesotans

Dayton says GOP tax plan would cut deductions for 900K Minnesotans

The governor called a morning news conference to blast the GOP plan still in the works in Washington — particularly a proposed elimination of federal deductions for income, sales tax and property tax.
CenturyLink ordered to be more clear in billing Minn. customers

CenturyLink ordered to be more clear in billing Minn. customers

A ruling in a lawsuit by the attorney general includes ordering the company to stick to the prices it initially quotes to customers buying phone, internet and cable packages.
Unhappy with Trump, Minnesota 'resistance' eyes next election

Unhappy with Trump, Minnesota 'resistance' eyes next election

Many activists are tackling local issues, launching own bids for office.
Minnesota Legislature asks Ramsey County judge to restore funding

Minnesota Legislature asks Ramsey County judge to restore funding

The legal battle with the governor dates back to May.
What the Real ID extension means for Minnesotans

What the Real ID extension means for Minnesotans

Recent announcements about Minnesota’s timeline for implementing the federal Real ID Act have left some Minnesotans feeling relieved about their upcoming travel plans — and…
Minnesotans don't need new ID to board planes for a year

Minnesotans don't need new ID to board planes for a year

Federal officials said Wednesday that the state now has through October 2018 to comply with the federal Real ID law.
Dayton says pitch to Amazon doesn't pledge specific tax break

Dayton says pitch to Amazon doesn't pledge specific tax break

The governor said the state's proposal to land the company's second headquarters focuses on the state's strengths, rather than promises of tax breaks.
Minnesota finalizes pitch for Amazon HQ

Minnesota finalizes pitch for Amazon HQ

Gov. Mark Dayton reviews the state's plan to attract company's headquarters.
Minnesota gets one Real ID extension, but will need another soon

Minnesota gets one Real ID extension, but will need another soon

Residents can keep using regular driver's licenses, but only until Jan. 22.
State's roll-out of new licensing system straining offices, drivers

State's roll-out of new licensing system straining offices, drivers

Drivers report being over- or undercharged for their plates and tabs, and licensing offices saw repeated systemwide shutdowns and monthslong processing delays.
Gov. Dayton hosts Lynx for victory reception

Gov. Dayton hosts Lynx for victory reception

The governor welcomed the WNBA champions to his home Friday morning.
Dayton, lawmakers continue dispute over Legislature's budget situation

Dayton, lawmakers continue dispute over Legislature's budget situation

Each tells own tale of Legislature's finances.
Dayton names an adviser as new state rail director

Dayton names an adviser as new state rail director

Tenzin Dolkar, a policy adviser in the governor's office, will oversee rail safety efforts.
Minnesota lawmakers, residents urge more help for Puerto Rico

Minnesota lawmakers, residents urge more help for Puerto Rico

Lawmakers and residents ask federal government to do more. "A life preserver is not a handout."
Rep. Erin Murphy puts health care at center of campaign for governor

Rep. Erin Murphy puts health care at center of campaign for governor

The DFL legislator has some high-profile opponents, but she has quietly carved out a spot as a candidate to watch.
Dayton disagrees with kneeling protests, but also Trump response

Dayton disagrees with kneeling protests, but also Trump response

The DFL governor said athletes should find other ways to protest, but he defends their right to kneel during the national anthem.
Dayton says U.S. Senate health care plan is a 'sham' that will hurt Minnesotans

Dayton says U.S. Senate health care plan is a 'sham' that will hurt Minnesotans

The governor warned Monday of significant cuts to Medicaid programs.
Mediation falls apart in GOP's veto battle with Gov. Dayton

Mediation falls apart in GOP's veto battle with Gov. Dayton

Court-ordered mediation between Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders broke down around noon Friday, when GOP leaders said Dayton ended the session.
Dayton, legislative leaders wrap up mediation sessions for the day

Dayton, legislative leaders wrap up mediation sessions for the day

The state's top leaders held closed-door talks under orders from the Minnesota Supreme Court
Minnesota officials seek clarity from Washington over premium relief, MinnesotaCare funding

Minnesota officials seek clarity from Washington over premium relief, MinnesotaCare funding

Dayton, Paulsen, others blast apparent plan by Trump Administration to link 'reinsurance' waiver to cut in MinnesotaCare support
Closed-door mediation for Dayton, Legislature to begin Thursday

Closed-door mediation for Dayton, Legislature to begin Thursday

Dayton, GOP leaders staying mum about mediation sessions, as taxpayer-funded legal bills keep growing.
Fight between Dayton, lawmakers shines light on hefty legislative expenses

Fight between Dayton, lawmakers shines light on hefty legislative expenses

Court filings provide a rare glimpse into expenses.
Legislature warns of winter shutdown if no deal with Dayton

Legislature warns of winter shutdown if no deal with Dayton

GOP report says Senate will run out of funds by December, House by February. The update may add urgency to court-ordered mediation the governor and lawmakers begin this week.
Gov. Dayton, GOP leaders lay out legal cases in their veto fight

Gov. Dayton, GOP leaders lay out legal cases in their veto fight

Both sides filed new arguments as the Minnesota Supreme Court considers constitutional clash.
Retired judge to mediate dispute between Dayton, Legislature

Retired judge to mediate dispute between Dayton, Legislature

The governor and lawmakers jointly selected Rick Solum, a former trial lawyer and judge who has long focused on mediation.
Republican women consider runs for Minnesota office — but so far, few pulling trigger

Republican women consider runs for Minnesota office — but so far, few pulling trigger

A few consider major bid in party that historically chooses male candidates.
Minn. Supreme Court says Dayton veto was constitutional

Minn. Supreme Court says Dayton veto was constitutional

The Minnesota Supreme Court has found that Gov. Mark Dayton's line-item veto of legislative funding was constitutional -- but said an ongoing dispute between the DFL governor and Republican-led Legislature will take more work to be resolved.
Surge in Minnesota clean-energy jobs prompts calls for tighter energy standards

Surge in Minnesota clean-energy jobs prompts calls for tighter energy standards

Some state lawmakers are championing a new goal: generating 50 percent of the state's energy from renewable sources by 2030.
Headaches persist weeks after rollout of new license system

Headaches persist weeks after rollout of new license system

Six weeks into the new computer system, some Minnesotans looking to renew tabs, get license plates or transfer titles still are facing delays.
Gov. Dayton appoints new Minnesota National Guard leader

Gov. Dayton appoints new Minnesota National Guard leader

Major Gen. Jon Jensen, with long background in National Guard, will serve seven-year term as Minn. adjutant general starting in November.
Supreme Court takes up battle between Dayton, Legislature

Supreme Court takes up battle between Dayton, Legislature

Justices hear balance-of-power arguments in case.
Dayton's legacy is on the line in legislative funding Supreme Court fight

Dayton's legacy is on the line in legislative funding Supreme Court fight

High court takes on his funding veto this week.
Minn. Commerce Dept. must pay $1M in legal fees to auto glass firm

Minn. Commerce Dept. must pay $1M in legal fees to auto glass firm

Commerce Department ordered to cover Safelite AutoGlass' lawsuit costs.
Minnesota Supreme Court will livestream hearings for first time

Minnesota Supreme Court will livestream hearings for first time

The new livestreaming feature begins Aug. 28, with high-profile case involving Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature.

Minnesota minimum wage set to rise with inflation in 2018

The minimum wage will rise by 15 cents to $9.65 per hour for most businesses around the state.

Young Women's Initiative seeks cabinet members

Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith are seeking applicants for an advisory group that aims to improve the lives of young women around the state.
'Your Capitol' celebrates $310M restoration with a weekend-long party

'Your Capitol' celebrates $310M restoration with a weekend-long party

The three-day event marks the end of a $310 million restoration project.
Minn. State Capitol grand opening celebration kicks today

Minn. State Capitol grand opening celebration kicks today

The three-day celebration marks the end of a three-year, $310 million restoration project.
Minnesota Supreme Court agrees to consider state auditor's appeal over privatization

Minnesota Supreme Court agrees to consider state auditor's appeal over privatization

Rebecca Otto is challenging a law allowing counties to hire private auditors.
Minnesota Rep. John Lesch faces $20,000 fine over campaign finance violations

Minnesota Rep. John Lesch faces $20,000 fine over campaign finance violations

Rep. John Lesch said he took responsibility for inadequate record keeping, but denies using campaign funds for personal purposes.
Starting Aug. 1, stiffer penalties for pretending to be police, military

Starting Aug. 1, stiffer penalties for pretending to be police, military

A slate of policy changes passed by the state Legislature this year will become law on Aug. 1.
National group sets up shop in Minnesota to support Paulsen

National group sets up shop in Minnesota to support Paulsen

The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), a deep-pocketed national super PAC, gets a jump on the fierce campaign battle for the seat 15 months before the election.
Police standards board rejects naming training fund for Castile

Police standards board rejects naming training fund for Castile

A new state training fund for police officers will not be named for Philando Castile, despite Gov. Mark Dayton's recommendation.
Former state GOP chairman Keith Downey launches bid for governor

Former state GOP chairman Keith Downey launches bid for governor

Keith Downey, a former chairman of the state Republican Party, joined the race for governor Monday with a promise to vastly cut the size of…
New Minnesota GOP leader says outsider status could help Republicans win

New Minnesota GOP leader says outsider status could help Republicans win

Jennifer Carnahan wants to shift the way people in Minnesota think about the Republican Party.
'Abandon quotes,' Rochester senator urges in controversy over governors' bios

'Abandon quotes,' Rochester senator urges in controversy over governors' bios

Sen. Carla Nelson, a member of the Capitol Preservation Committee and the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board, wrote a letter to the Historical Society's president saying she was aghast.
House Speaker Kurt Daudt sued by colleagues over lawmaker pay

House Speaker Kurt Daudt sued by colleagues over lawmaker pay

The bipartisan suit, filed Thursday, asks judge to enact an already-approved raise.
Judge strikes down Dayton's veto of legislative budget plan

Judge strikes down Dayton's veto of legislative budget plan

The governor will go to the state Supreme Court after the Ramsey County district judge's ruling.

Watchdog group wants judge to reverse funding extension for Minn. Legislature

Group seeks to intervene after judge OK'd lawmakers' deal with Dayton to avoid furloughs.
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