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It can't have been easy for Gov. Tim Walz to build a state budget, given his background in the United States Congress. Congress hasn't balanced…
New revenue data fuels the tax debate at Capitol.
The governor welcomed hundreds of military veterans converging on the State Capitol to press for housing, disability services and upkeep of cemeteries.
MnDOT has identified 500 road and bridge projects for development around the state — if lawmakers approve new revenue.
Energy firms, business groups and unions were leaders in spending.
Republicans are using their three-seat majority in the state Senate to block the ambitious agenda of newly elected DFL Gov. Tim Walz.
On one point, both sides agree: They would like to give Minnesotans future relief from complications many are enduring this year as they file.
Legislative auditor found no evidence that child-care money was funneled to terrorists, as was alleged in a TV news report.
Republicans say the fees are no different than tax increases.
Republicans in the Minnesota Senate voted down a measure Monday to legalize marijuana for recreational use, abruptly ending debate on the subject — for now.
Advocates of legalization are pushing hard and see an opening, with Gov. Tim Walz ready to sign a bill. Even the GOP-controlled Senate will hold a hearing Monday on a legalization measure.
The Enbridge Line 3 pipeline project continues to be one of new Gov. Tim Walz's most complex political challenges.
U.S. House Democrats plan on a resolution formally condemning Omar's recent statements on Israel.
Hey, Gov. Tim Walz: Enjoying your new job? This week highlighted some of the challenges of being governor, even when you win a historic…
Spokesman said she was commenting on "undue influence of all foreign interests.
After the debilitating November election, Minnesota Republicans needed a win.
She's aiming to be unlike any other first lady in Minnesota history, with an office in the Capitol and an ambitious policy portfolio.
Walz said he expects to sign bipartisan legislation that would spend roughly millions on prevention, enforcement and treatment.
Infinite Campus CEO aims to support "centrists" such as Walz and Klobuchar.
DFL Party Chair Ken Martin showed why he's known as such a skilled fundraiser.
End-of-year fundraising reports show significant financial support for Walz, including heavy spending by independent groups backing his candidacy.
Democratic lawmakers are already moving on two tracks to legalize marijuana.
A veteran auditor alleges that he was subjected to "unfair and discriminatory treatment" because of his race and national origin.
The Supreme Court paved the way for sports betting, but with a full agenda already, busy lawmakers may take their time.
State's system has been plagued by high-profile failures, and an IT leader is difficult to find.
Democratic Gov. Tim Walz is the first Minnesota governor to publicly indicate support for legalizing recreational marijuana, giving activists fresh hope the state might pass the measure this year. But Minnesota opponents are lining up against legalization.
More signs that U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is moving toward a presidential run: She made the rounds of national media outlets this past week.…
Jim Nobles took the action after public safety officials didn't turn over information on mishandled data.
Bipartisan bills boost penalties for texting and restrict drivers to hands-free devices.
The Cook Democrat was his usual self after the Senate's first floor session last week.
As a legislator and St. Louis County commissioner, he served with pride, humor.
Walz filled out most of his Cabinet after an exhaustive process that included more than 500 applicants.
History suggests presidential elections are both better for Minnesota Democrats and far less volatile than midterms.
Under Carnahan, the GOP lost every statewide race but fought to a draw in congressional races in Minnesota.
State Sen. Tony Lourey will take over Human Services; Sarah Strommen is the first woman appointed to lead the DNR.
Minnesotans entrusted a new crop of elected officials with big jobs in the November election. The next year will be a hugely important proving ground,…
A mix of good economic fortunes, shrewd political skill and the missteps of his opponents has allowed Dayton to make his mark.
We're in the middle of a rapid change in the state's politics, especially as Gov. Mark Dayton passes the baton to Gov.-elect Tim Walz. It's…
After first show sells out, star responds to plea.
If not for the American Indian population, which comprises 13 percent of Bemidji, John Persell probably would not have won his Minnesota House seat. Persell,…
Splinter group shakes up GOP's dynamics at Capitol before session gets started.
Survey of Minnesota House members and staff was conducted in response to the 2017 scandal that cost two lawmakers their seats.
Legalizing marijuana is looming as a next big political showdown at the Minnesota State Capitol.
It’s easy to be cynical about politics and especially about negative ads. Minnesotans were bombarded with tens of millions of dollars worth of political ads…
Fortunes have changed with the Democrats' sweeping electoral gains, which came with an assist in dollars and volunteers from labor.
Exit polling in the Second District by St. Olaf political scientist Christopher Chapp and his students illustrates Republicans' 2018 problems.
It's a first step in setting the party's agenda in the session that starts in January.
Gov.-elect Tim Walz's success hinges on whether the vigorous approach and penchant for pragmatism he brought to the campaign trail can win over the Republican lawmakers whose votes he needs.
The Walzs, who have a 17-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son, said they are considering moving into the governor's residence in St. Paul but are unsure of the timing.
Ken Martin has been the chairman since 2011.
The victory gives Democrats four more years in the governor's office following two terms by Gov. Mark Dayton.
Midterm victories could turn on reactivating passions that drove president's win in 2016.
Turnout will be the key factor in so many ways on Election Day.
In days, Minnesotans will choose one of the two to replace DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, who is retiring after two terms.
A long, contentious regulatory review ends with permits for the huge copper-nickel mine.
Issues like taxes, health care, education and roads are at the top of the to-do list for Minnesota’s next governor. But whoever wins the race…
Pete Stauber once used his St. Louis County e-mail to seek damaging information about Rep. Rick Nolan's voting history and forwarded damaging information about another potential opponent to a GOP operative in Washington, according to e-mails released by the county.
Campaign 2018: Business groups focus resources on retaining GOP control of Legislature.
Blame the outside money flowing in for the four competitive House districts, all of which require TV ads in the expensive metro Twin Cities market.
Democratic politicians got some help in the closing days of the campaign from national gun control advocates.
GOP candidate is in a tight U.S. House race with Joe Radinovich.
DFL candidate for governor supports minimum wage increases by cities, while GOP opponent Jeff Johnson calls local wage floors a burden on business.
Both major-party gubernatorial hopefuls say they support Enbridge, but politics could prove dicey.
Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio among GOP stars visiting to boost House candidates.
Although the Johnson and Walz households both earn incomes higher than average, the two families are mostly wage earners, and neither uses unusual maneuvers to avoid paying taxes.
Democrat Keith Ellison, Republican Doug Wardlow unleash vitriol as other candidates debate health care, taxes.
With just over two weeks until Election Day, governor's race has tightened, with sharp divides across gender and age.
Recent public polling by NBC News and the Star Tribune/MPR News suggests Democrats are going into the stretch run of the election season in relatively…
Against a state agency’s recommendation, St. Louis County again refused on Wednesday to release e-mails sought by the Star Tribune between Pete Stauber, a St.…
The candidates for Minnesota governor sparred over taxes, ag and health care as each tried to prove he would be a champion of areas felt ignored.
The county had confirmed the existence of the e-mails, sent to and from Stauber's county e-mail address, but declined to provide the e-mails.
Democrat Tim Walz says his experience crossing cultural and political fault lines positions him to rise above the partisanship that has stunted progress at the State Capitol.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar had lunch with about 30 CEOs of the largest Minnesota companies last week. According to an executive who was there but…
Accuracy of allegations called into question.
The new TV ad from GOP's Paulsen hits DFL challenger Dean Phillips over harassment lawsuit, but lawyer for claimants says Phillips had 'no involvement.'