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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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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.
Angie Craig says she'll seek a rematch with Jason Lewis in Minnesota's Second District

Angie Craig says she'll seek a rematch with Jason Lewis in Minnesota's Second District

She wants DFL endorsement to challenge Republican Jason Lewis in 2nd District.
On 'Daily Show,' Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar invites President Trump for tea

On 'Daily Show,' Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar invites President Trump for tea

The DFLer from Minneapolis talked about coming to the U.S. from Somalia and the invitation she's extended to President Trump to visit the Twin Cities' Somali community.
Gov. Mark Dayton joins governors' pledge to improve cybersecurity

Gov. Mark Dayton joins governors' pledge to improve cybersecurity

A pact signed by 38 governors aims to improve state cyberdefense networks and boost hiring for related jobs.
Minnesota attorney general sues CenturyLink over high billing

Minnesota attorney general sues CenturyLink over high billing

Attorney General Lori Swanson says the internet, phone and cable company billed customers at higher rates than sales agents quoted.
Dayton wants police training fund to be named for Castile

Dayton wants police training fund to be named for Castile

The governor says he wants a new $12 million police training fund to carry Castile's name. Law enforcement unions accuse him of "turning his back" on officers.
Minnesota's vehicle licensing system set for short closure

Minnesota's vehicle licensing system set for short closure

A computer system upgrade means Minnesotans won't be able to renew their tabs or get new license plates for about a week later this month.
Minnesota set to lose $2 billion, then more with GOP health bill

Minnesota set to lose $2 billion, then more with GOP health bill

The estimate by the Department of Human Services found those funding losses would multiply in subsequent years.
Minnesota state parks fees rise for first time in a decade

Minnesota state parks fees rise for first time in a decade

Starting July 1, state park fees went up for the first time in a decade, one of a number of changes approved by the Legislature this year.
With 18 months left, Dayton says he's focused on state's future

With 18 months left, Dayton says he's focused on state's future

Amid legal battle with Legislature, governor has eye on his last 18 months.
DFL Rep. Debra Hilstrom joins Minn. attorney general race

DFL Rep. Debra Hilstrom joins Minn. attorney general race

Rep. Debra Hilstrom is also a prosecutor in the Anoka County attorney's office.
Minnesota's credit rating stabilized after legislative funding deal

Minnesota's credit rating stabilized after legislative funding deal

S&P Global Ratings said Friday that it believes the state will be able to pay all of its debts.
Minnesota election chief skeptical of Trump panel's voter info request

Minnesota election chief skeptical of Trump panel's voter info request

Steve Simon said his office is reviewing legal issues raised by the request for full voter roll data, including name, address, party affiliation, last four digits of Social Security numbers and voting history back to 2006.
Judge orders temporary funding for Minnesota Legislature amid legal fight

Judge orders temporary funding for Minnesota Legislature amid legal fight

A Ramsey County judge says the state must keep funding the House and Senate through Oct. 1, as the Legislature and governor continue in a legal battle.
Judge hears arguments in Legislature's suit against Dayton

Judge hears arguments in Legislature's suit against Dayton

The Legislature's lawsuit against Dayton over funding gets a hearing.
Minnesota liquor stores gear up for the start of Sunday sales

Minnesota liquor stores gear up for the start of Sunday sales

Some are choosing to remain closed, though the long-held ban ends July 2.
Tina Smith's trip to Cuba plants seeds for future ties

Tina Smith's trip to Cuba plants seeds for future ties

Minnesota does little in the way of trade with Cuba, but Lt. Gov. Tina Smith believes last week’s trade mission to the island is likely…
Legislature says it will shut down by August if legal battle with Dayton continues

Legislature says it will shut down by August if legal battle with Dayton continues

Legal briefs filed in the Minnesota Legislature's lawsuit against Gov. Mark Dayton outline when hundreds of furloughs will begin.
Dayton's court fight with GOP mirrors standoffs in other states

Dayton's court fight with GOP mirrors standoffs in other states

Minnesota is one of several states where political dysfunction is spilling into courtroom as state-level politicians grapple with the same kind of vehement partisanship that also prevails in Washington.

Ratings agency: Time remains to protect Minnesota's credit

Fitch Ratings says it is confident funding dispute will be resolved.
Dayton vs. Legislature court fight will cost taxpayers

Dayton vs. Legislature court fight will cost taxpayers

The legal battle between Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature will be funded by taxpayers. But it’s not yet clear how big of a…
Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to lead Minnesota trade trip to Cuba

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to lead Minnesota trade trip to Cuba

Despite move by President Trump, trip aims to open new markets.
Minnesota's credit rating under scrutiny over dispute between Gov. Mark Dayton and legislators

Minnesota's credit rating under scrutiny over dispute between Gov. Mark Dayton and legislators

S&P Global Ratings says stalemate over funding for Legislature could put state's credit rating at risk
Gov. Mark Dayton hires outside counsel for court battle with Legislature

Gov. Mark Dayton hires outside counsel for court battle with Legislature

A former state Supreme Court justice will represent Gov. Dayton and the Minnesota Management and Budget department in a legal battle with the Legislature over the governor's line-item veto of legislative funding.
Legislature files suit against Gov. Dayton after talks fail

Legislature files suit against Gov. Dayton after talks fail

Leaders of the Minnesota Legislature resist Gov. Mark Dayton's bid to reopen tax and policy disputes after the two sides failed to negotiate a compromise over the governor's line-item veto of legislative funding.
Dayton takes aim at reduced tobacco tax, plans to meet with GOP

Dayton takes aim at reduced tobacco tax, plans to meet with GOP

By pressing his case, Dayton hopes to get GOP to renegotiate.
Gov. Dayton seeks meeting with GOP leaders in hopes of settling differences out of court

Gov. Dayton seeks meeting with GOP leaders in hopes of settling differences out of court

The governor spoke in Rochester and Mankato on the budget and his dispute with GOP lawmakers.
State Legislature wraps up special session

State Legislature wraps up special session

With votes on the bonding bill, lawmakers ended their work early Friday on the state's $46 billion two-year budget. The finish came on the fourth day they met in a special session. The bills were headed to Gov. Mark Dayton.
Legislature adjourns for night, meaning another day of special session

Legislature adjourns for night, meaning another day of special session

Republicans and DFLers spar over who's responsible for the lack of progress.
Special session starts now: Last-minute budget deal reached

Special session starts now: Last-minute budget deal reached

"We've got a framework. We still have details to work out," Dayton said, calling a special session for 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, to end at 7 a.m. on Wednesday.
Legislature chips away at budget, but long list remains

Legislature chips away at budget, but long list remains

By late Sunday, the House and Senate had passed only three of 10 budget bills that will shape the state's next spending plan. Among the biggest challenges as private budget talks tumbled on: finding agreement on spending on transportation and health and human services programs, and final details on hundreds of millions of dollars in tax cuts sought by Republicans.
Legislative session counts down amid uncertainty, quiet at Minn. Capitol

Legislative session counts down amid uncertainty, quiet at Minn. Capitol

Minnesota lawmakers have only until Monday night in their nearly five-month session and one huge, unfinished job.
Education veto, spending fight dominate end days of Minn. Legislature

Education veto, spending fight dominate end days of Minn. Legislature

Dayton, Republicans deadlocked over budget; GOP upset as Dayton vetoes major education priority.
Dayton signs bill to bring Minn. driver's licenses in line with federal rules

Dayton signs bill to bring Minn. driver's licenses in line with federal rules

No budget agreement, but the battle over ID bill appears to be over, along with worries that passports would be needed to fly.
Dayton, GOP leaders get closer to a budget deal

Dayton, GOP leaders get closer to a budget deal

Both sides offered concessions on spending and tax cuts and managed to reach agreement on the first of 10 bills.
Gov. Dayton to Republicans: take policy out of budget debate

Gov. Dayton to Republicans: take policy out of budget debate

Dayton's flurry of vetoes stalls momentum on budget with week of session left to go.
Dayton says he'll veto GOP spending bills, resume budget talks next week

Dayton says he'll veto GOP spending bills, resume budget talks next week

The governor and GOP lawmakers have just over a week left to negotiate the state's next two-year budget.
Budget progress in Minnesota Legislature delayed with lawmaker's absence

Budget progress in Minnesota Legislature delayed with lawmaker's absence

Absence of one Senate Republican gives Dayton's veto pen a rest for the day.
State budget negotiations implode as GOP moves forward without Dayton

State budget negotiations implode as GOP moves forward without Dayton

The GOP-led House and Senate began to vote on and pass a series of major spending bills that the DFL governor promised he would veto.
More work ahead on bonding bill

More work ahead on bonding bill

The $600 million public works borrowing bill is making its way through legislative committees.
In the final stretch, it's a scramble to track Minnesota Legislature

In the final stretch, it's a scramble to track Minnesota Legislature

A fast start doesn't ensure a tidy finish — or a process that's easy for everyone to follow.
Minnesotans evenly split over Affordable Care Act, poll finds

Minnesotans evenly split over Affordable Care Act, poll finds

Although a larger number say it has done more good than harm, divisions along party and geographic lines show the challenges ahead, according to the latest Star Tribune Minnesota Poll.

Internet privacy measure removed as lawmakers debate budget

Both Senate and House had given overwhelming support to the legislation.
Poll: Majority of Minnesotans want independent probe of Trump-Russia ties

Poll: Majority of Minnesotans want independent probe of Trump-Russia ties

A majority of Minnesotans support an independent investigation into possible campaign-season contact between Russia and associates of President Donald Trump but are divided over whether…
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