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DFL, GOP candidates for governor agree on need to address workforce shortage, highlight differences at forum.
Sen. Scott Newman, Republican from Hutchinson, writes off sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee.
Minnesotans are evenly split on the U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh in a new Star Tribune-MPR News Minnesota Poll taken before an allegation of sexual assault against him surfaced.
DFLer Tim Walz holds a 9-point advantage over Republican Jeff Johnson in the race for governor with less than two months to the election. The poll finds about one in six voters still undecided in the race.
Recent union endorsements provide clues about the direction of both organized labor and the two parties. The carpenters and their 11,000 Minnesota members endorsed…
Minnesota's airwaves will be increasingly filled with political appeals and attacks.
The GOP gubernatorial candidate fired back, calling the ads "blatant lies."
Housley remains unknown to many Minnesotans and will have to distinguish herself from generic Republicans.
The Stauber campaign declined to make him available or provide access to the e-mails, which appear to violate a St. Louis County policy.
Tim Walz backs tuition-free college plan, public health insurance and rural broadband access. Can he deliver?
Republicans hope that domestic abuse allegations against U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, who is running for Minnesota attorney general, will bring down the rest of his…
Whole-hog participation is unwritten prerequisite for statewide elected office.
Family business had been source of pride for GOP's Benson; now it may force her to step back.
But if 2016 is a guide, running against Trump also has risks.
Dueling statements from Karin Housley and Tina Smith highlight the power of immigration as a campaign issue this year.
Historic voting dynamic is upended with an outstate DFLer, metro Republican.
Tim Walz and Jeff Johnson offered very different visions for leading the state a day after their primary victories.
Jeff Johnson shocked the Minnesota political world when he built an insurmountable lead over former Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Meanwhile, Tim Walz defeated Erin Murphy and Lori Swanson on the DFL side.
The alleged incident between Keith Ellison and Karen Monahan came to light Saturday night after her son posted about it on Facebook. Ellison responded Sunday in a statement.
The DFL gubernatorial candidate's campaign says the accusers are politically motivated.
And we'll have some answers soon.
In a remarkable sequence of events days before the DFL primary for governor, Swanson released the criminal record of a critical former aide via emails from the attorney general's office. And the ex-staffer sought a restraining order against her.
They spar over immigration, gun laws, negative ad.
The forum was the only joint appearance for the five major hopefuls ahead of next week's primary election.
While Republicans and DFLers clearly disagree on guns, candidates in the same party don't see eye to eye either.
If Republicans hold the current legislative majorities, a conservative chief executive with an allied House and Senate could finally act on long-standing GOP vows to lower taxes and shrink government.
The consequences for whoever wins Aug. 14 are huge: Whether Minnesota stays on a path set by eight years of a Democratic governor or joins neighboring states in choosing Republican rule.
It's pointless to prognosticate because all scenarios seem possible.
GOP's Johnson, Pawlenty argued over credibility as true conservatives.
Now they have a good idea of how every voter is likely to behave — whether they are going to vote and for whom.
Looking at turnout, the candidate favored by the metro is going to be tough to beat.
In a late interview, the attorney general and one of the three DFL candidates for governor defends her running mate against the accusations that he didn't react strongly enough to harassment situation.
Comments he made on his provocative show are getting a wider airing.
The immigration debate has emerged as a polarizing cultural fracas in recent years, but Pawlenty said it's not a new issue for him.
The muddled DFL field for governor has created a challenge for Republican ad makers who would like to go on the attack now.
The ad is a sharply negative attack on the Hennepin County commissioner, who is his Republican primary opponent for governor.
The August primary will be a big test of the salience of name ID.
Democrats worry that a growing metro bent could leave the DFL's rural constituencies increasingly endangered. Even if DFLers can continue to win statewide races with big vote margins in the Twin Cities, a loss of rural support makes it tough to restore legislative majorities.
The Republican-endorsed candidate for state House in a western Hennepin County district declared bankruptcy in 2010 with more than $1 million in liabilities and a…
After a test run, the service offered by a New York-based company has started, but opponents are lining up.
Let us return to the fever that afflicted the DFL during the candidate filing period a few weeks ago, after which a DFL operative texted…
In an interview with the Star Tribune, Jennifer Carnahan declined to identify who attacked her.
A group of nine Minnesota businesses is suing the Trump administration, asserting irreparable harm from a U.S. Department of Interior decision to reinstate two long-expired…
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.
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