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For months observers have waited for her to announce a run for governor.
Minnesota is one of a few states that base state taxes on an income figure plucked from the federal filing called "federal taxable income."
If lawmakers do nothing, a complex maze awaits both tax collectors and taxpayers.
A recent report in the Washington, D.C., publication Roll Call speculated about potential Republican candidates in the special Senate race to replace Al Franken and…
By trying to remain in the Senate, Fischbach, a Republican, is helping her party maintain its narrow majority status.
Former U.S. House member Michele Bachmann said on a religious TV program that she is considering running for the U.S. Senate seat Al Franken is vacating.
It was a wild year in Minnesota politics. We lost a U.S. senator in Al Franken, who resigned under the duress of sexual harassment allegations,…
Since Gov. Dayton announced the IT division found that automated systems were flooding phone lines, Minnesotans have heard nothing more.
Keith Franke wears a tiny earring in his left ear, collects comic books and spent a decade riding his bike everywhere because he lost his…
Anyone who thinks the former governor is a done deal for getting in the 2018 U.S. Senate race to take on Tina Smith is mistaken, a GOP source said.
Michelle Fischbach cannot serve in the Senate while also being lieutenant governor, the attorney general says. The Republican Fischbach says she's doing both.
Tina Smith hasn't had a chance to take over Al Franken's Senate seat yet, but she already has a GOP challenger. State Sen. Karin Housley announced she's running.
Lt. Gov. Tina Smith’s political connections and savvy quickly united Minnesota’s ideologically and geographically diverse DFL Party behind her as Al Franken’s replacement in the…
Julie Blaha, former math teacher and current secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, announced recently that she would run for state auditor. That makes three DFL candidates…
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.
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison will not run in Minnesota’s special U.S. Senate election in 2018, he said in a statement. Ellison, a Democrat, earlier had…
Two high-level Democratic sources say the governor will appoint Smith as Minnesota's next U.S. senator, and that she will run for the seat in a 2018 special election.
The speedy investigative process, proposed by Republicans and DFLers, would allow confidentiality for accusers.
The senator's exit doubles the national stakes for the 2018 election in Minnesota.
The GOP-aligned Minnesota Jobs Coalition — House GOP chief of staff Ben Golnik’s old shop — sent out a nasty mailer on House DFL Minority…
Franken resignation, expected Thursday, would set off musical chairs in Minnesota politics, queue up epic election cycle in 2018.
It's Pearl Harbor day and now a day that will go down in infamy in Minnesota history, with Sen. Al Franken expected to resign this morning.
The Minnesota senator, who called the latest anonymous accusation "preposterous," is set to speak about his future. It comes after Democratic leaders united Wednesday to tell him it was time to go.
Mary Giuliani Stephens, the Republican mayor of Woodbury, announced last week at a well-attended kickoff that she’s running for governor. Despite a little understandable nervousness,…
A newcomer to state politics, Giuliani Stephens pitches experience as mayor of fast-growing suburb.
GOP and DFL highly motivated to claim Sen. Dan Schoen's spot.
Gov. Mark Dayton is indicating he will call two special elections before the Legislature convenes Feb. 20.
Legislators consider ways to put a stop to harassment.
Attorney Paul Rogosheske presented the DFL state senator's resignation letter, but he said Schoen never sexually harassed anyone intentionally and suggested that the claims were politically motivated.
Two Minnesota lawmakers announce they will resign on same day following harassment allegations that reverberated at State Capitol.
Republican state representative from southern Minnesota faced allegations from a fellow lawmaker and a lobbyist. Sarah Walker steps forward to say she's the lobbyist.
Minnesota’s 2018 legislative session, which convenes Feb. 20, promises to be bonkers. The Minnesota Supreme Court’s decision last week to uphold a line-item veto…
Dayton appointed Jessica Looman, deputy labor commissioner, to take over.
Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday he would create a task force to deal with abuses in senior homes revealed in a Star Tribune series this week. "The senior care failures are really appalling," he said.
A letter to the legislator from an accuser's lawyer suggests a lawsuit may be coming.
Those who regularly pass through the Capitol share stories of a proverbial small world that can enable untoward behavior.
"I believe he should resign" and apologize, says the former GOP House speaker.
Late Thursday, House Speaker Kurt Daudt suspended Sen. Tony Cornish's chairmanship and called for a human resources investigation of the allegations, which Cornish denies.
Amid allegations against Sen. Dan Schoen, a DFL state representative says sexual harassment is "bigger than one senator" at Capitol.
The RNC is investing money here designed to help congressional Republicans as they fight for every last seat to maintain their House majority.
In supporting PolyMet mining project, Dayton courts onetime DFL stronghold.
There's a wild card: What if a bunch of Republicans retire?
As long as the public is protected from environmental and financial calamity, the governor says, the northern Minnesota mining project should be allowed to go forward.
Donors and activists say they want a "proven winner" for the 2018 governor's campaign. The names most often mentioned? Daudt and Pawlenty.
An analysis of granular, precinct-level results of the 2016 election is making the rounds, and I got a look at some of the data from…
Labor, environmental wings fighting over jobs, impact of project.
The former governor's efforts to hush all the talk about a return to politics seem a little less than completely sincere to both fans and foes.
The reaction on the Iron Range to a New York Times Magazine article is the last thing DFL Chair Ken Martin needed.
The quote has exploded already simmering tensions between environmentalists and mining advocates on the Iron Range.
Politics is like college sports: The best teams begin with an advantage because they recruit the best players, and the cycle continues. Politics is often…
DULUTH – The six DFLers running in next year’s governor’s race wooed 900 union activists gathered here Friday, trying to win their valuable backing…
DFL candidate chose state Rep. Peggy Flanagan from the west-metro, who has progressive credentials.
Let’s call Friday the unofficial kickoff of the DFL campaign for governor, when candidates will appear in Duluth at a forum put on by the…
The Minnesota Supreme Court ordered the Legislature to again submit to the justices a report on how much money they have as part of their ongoing legal fight with Gov. Mark Dayton.
Hey, Hamlet: It’s time to decide. It’s that time during the election cycle when a bunch of potential candidates are weighing whether their party has…
The Minnesota Nurses Association endorsed Rep. Erin Murphy’s campaign for governor Wednesday after a vote of the union’s board of directors. “Nurses decided to…
Despite a persona that's pretty much the opposite of the president, Dean has emerged as an early leader in the still-forming Republican field.
In a sign of how seriously it is taking the 2018 election, Education Minnesota is upping its political action committee dues by $10 per year.…
Republicans are furious with Franken for blocking the nomination of Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras to the federal bench.
Dayton cited the importance of local companies Target and Best Buy, which are both competitors to the online retailing giant.
The Minnesota Supreme Court's ruling threw the dispute back to the state's politicians with a message that might be summarized this way: Not our problem. Fix it yourselves.
Word is that Keith Downey, former legislator and state Republican Party chairman running for governor, is lighting it up on the hustings as he runs…
Most of the DFL's leading candidates for governor support legal cannabis for recreational, not just medicinal use
Eliot Seide to retire from powerful labor job, leaving union strong but under assault.
The election is more than a year away, but tests of support loom.
Even in years without major elections, politicians flock to Minnesota State Fair.
High court takes on his funding veto this week.
Minnesota Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan named Matthew Pagano the new executive director of the party last week. Pagano has worked for U.S. Reps. Tom…
Self-described "fighter" vows to bring Trump-style combative campaigning to governor's race.
The St. Paul mayor proposed a 24 percent increase in the property tax levy last week, and if you're explaining, you're losing.
Minnesota Republican touts plan as GOP agenda sputters under Trump.
Walz, a DFL candidate for governor, is the ranking Democrat on the House Veterans Affairs Committee and has made care for veterans a defining issue.
Gov. Mark Dayton says tax cuts leave no "margin for error"; GOP says spending is bigger issue.
Hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans will get more money in their pockets thanks to tax cuts beginning July 1, costing the state treasury about $650 million over the next two years.
If his union hall speech is any indication, Perez seems to have decided Democrats need a positive message.
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