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As the president visits Duluth on Wednesday, the state's Republicans are banking on him to boost their prospects in the November election.
The paralels are many with the latest scramble, especially in DFL politics.
A major task for Minnesota's next governor will be to reset the relationship between the office of chief executive and the Legislature.
Paulsen, Emmer, Lewis all have different response.
A Swanson-Nolan gubernatorial ticket adds more drama to a DFL primary that already promises to be hotly contested. With the endorsing conventions behind them, both parties are focused on the next chapter of the campaign.
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty did not compete with the other candidates who went to Duluth for the Republican convention. U.S. Rep. Tim Walz withdrew in Rochester in pursuit of party backing but will continue at the polls.
At dueling political conventions the same weekend, Minnesota Republicans and DFLers gathered to endorse candidates for what promises to be the most significant election cycle in the state in decades.
Ex-governor cites longtime legislator's experience.
St. Paul state rep in tight battle with Walz, Otto for DFL backing in campaign to run for governor.
The five-term Republican used a forum his critics sought for months to highlight areas where he disagrees with fellow Republicans.
Across the state, activists and candidates gear up for the endorsing ritual.
Who will take the blame? How will voters react? Will it matter much?
State Sen. Michelle Fischbach had been holding off from being officially sworn into the position amid a legal challenge from DFLers who maintained the state Constitution prohibited her from serving in both roles.
Beat-the-clock bill has funds for pricey-to-build, affordable-to-rent units.
Dayton vowed to veto both a tax bill and a hefty catchall bill with nearly 1,000 pages of spending and policy changes; he has two weeks in which to decide for sure.
Minnesota lawmakers adjourned late Sunday after finalizing a handful of tax and spending measures, but with little chance they'd have much to show for three months of work as Gov. Mark Dayton vowed to veto most of their major efforts.
In session's second-to-last day, a late meeting between Dayton, lawmakers produced no agreement.
Lost amid the usual hubbub at the end of this year’s legislative session, the race for governor saw major developments two weeks before the state…
Few Minnesota lawmakers have more at stake in the legislative session's final few days than state Sen. Karin Housley, who is working to fatten a…
Gov. Mark Dayton is promising to veto a key tax bill that the Republican-controlled Senate passed narrowly Wednesday, ratcheting up tensions between the governor and the Legislature's GOP majorities.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling sets up the prospect of legal sports gambling, and a marked change in the sports entertainment experience. But Minnesotans may have to wait: State Rep. Pat Garofalo said there's not enough time in Minnesota's current legislative session — which ends in less than a week — to get a law passed.
Businesses are watching last-minute deal making closely for winners, losers.
It will make for a busy and chaotic week.
The GOP is turning to an obscure state entity that gets its money from the State Lottery to borrow as much as $100 million for public works projects.
The bill, which is opposed by the powerful pharmaceutical industry and conservative activist groups, still faces a tough road in the Republican-controlled House.
He called it an extreme overreach by state lawmakers and a violation of the federal Clean Water Act.
The Minnesota House and Senate, both controlled by Republicans, have each passed bills to lower taxes for most Minnesotans and bring the state’s tax…
Local governments in Minnesota spent less money on lobbying in 2017 compared to the previous year, but still used $8.77 million trying to influence decisions…
More than three dozen lobbyists were deployed to kill penny-a-pill measure.
Lawmakers from the Republican-controlled House and Senate now must compromise on their different plans and then win the approval of DFL Gov. Mark Dayton.
$176 million would be used to reduce the state's lowest-tier income tax rate.
The Minnesota House passed a bill Monday that would lower the state's individual income tax rate for the first time since 2000 while updating the tax system.
His comments, seemingly a glimmer of hope for supporters of stricter gun laws, drew lots of media coverage. But Kurt Daudt says they were misunderstood.
Following allegations against Rep. Rod Hamilton, Republican leaders of the state House have suspended him as committee chairman.
House committee also votes to end some income tax breaks.
Minnesota Poll: Most favor wider background checks, reporting of lost or stolen guns.
Reduction would be the first in state since 2000.
Gov. Mark Dayton offered a sharply worded threat to the Republican-controlled Legislature last week: "There's nothing the administration has to have in this session. There…
Less than five weeks to go in the legislative session, and the two parties are trading accusations.
Tim Pawlenty has the money and name recognition to skip an unpredictable GOP endorsement convention and head straight to the primary.
Jerry Trooien files as an independent to challenge Democrat Tina Smith.
In running again for governor, the Republican faces scrutiny of his tenure at Financial Services Roundtable, which fought aggressively against regulations.
Get ready to be inundated with TV ads this autumn, thanks to the Minnesota races.
The administration of Gov. Mark Dayton has rolled out a five-year strategic plan to improve state government’s cybersecurity in the face of daily attacks from…
"I don't know what he's going to run on because his record as governor was so abysmal," Dayton said in an interview with the Star Tribune.
The lawsuit by Destiny Dusosky seeks to remove Fischbach, a Republican, from the Senate.
But the party will have to work to turn voters out in a nonpresidential year.
Weeks before election he had called candidate "unhinged and unfit" to be president
The former two-term Republican governor, moving toward a comeback bid for months, aims to recapture support of state GOP.
A behind-the-scenes effort is underway at the Minnesota Legislature to legalize sports betting in defiance of current federal law.
Taxpayer tally was settled when firm for Legislature submitted a $399,000 bill.
Vice President Mike Pence rallied Republicans in downtown Minneapolis , selling the party's tax cuts and talking up the state of the U.S. economy.
Pence will appear at Minneapolis event on Wednesday with Republican members of Congress from Minnesota.
DFL governor calls on lawmakers to make one-time money permanent for early learning classes, a key goal of his tenure.
More than 30K state workers got a raise of 2 percent retroactive to last summer, with another 2.25 jump in July.
The tax plan Dayton recently outlined would cut taxes for most income tax filers while raising them on many businesses. Republicans, particularly in the state Senate, have offered a blistering response.
Its support in the days leading up to the convention — during which labor will play a big role — would be an enormous lift.
Republican control of the state House and Senate has made significant gun control measures unlikely at the Minnesota Capitol this year. But lawmakers have introduced…
Former Republican governor expected to formally announce bid for third term in near future.
The National Rifle Association has no full-time Minnesota lobbyist. Why? It doesn't need one.
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty is continuing to lay the groundwork for a bid for his old job, as evidenced by several developments last week. Pawlenty…
Ex-governor shows off his grasp of policy in possible prelude to decision to run.
He also called for more state spending on education, public works infrastructure and school safety, saying he wants to leave the state in better financial condition than he found in 2011.
Abdi Mohamed is a Republican Trump voter with a red “Make America Great Again” hat to prove it, and he is a practicing Muslim. Born…
Half a century ago, Lyndon Johnson had gone from “Uncle Corn Pone” — the derisive nickname given him by the Kennedys — to a record…
One-time Drug Enforcement Agency official Joseph T. Rannazzisi helped uncover drug industry influence in Washington.
U.S. Rep. Tim Walz bagged another endorsement last week, this one from carpenters, which continues a string of building-trades support that includes the International Union…
Minnesota Republican says research into gun violence should proceed. One of his DFL foes, Dean Phillips, said it's too little, too late.
He's slammed by DFLers for past support and by gun rights advocates for the shift.
A group of about 100 of Minnesota's richest, most politically engaged Republicans filed into a common room last week. The host was former Gov. Tim Pawlenty. He was offering an opportunity to get in on his own potential comeback bid in a gubernatorial race shaping up as the most significant and wide open in years.
From a delegate perspective his caucus support was wide as well as deep in some places.
He says Nation of Islam leader's presence at 2013 dinner was incidental.
The removal of David and Mark Wellstone and the split come heading into an election year that many in the party view as the most consequential in years.
The plan would raise about $20 million per year for prevention, emergency response, treatment, recovery and law enforcement.
These are the major contenders vying for their parties' nominations for Minnesota governor in 2018.
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