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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.
Legal fight between Dayton, GOP leaders headed to court but they agreed on 90-day funding.
Tom Perez was joined by U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison during a rally at a South St. Paul union hall.
Rep. Paul Thissen joined a crowded DFL field of gubernatorial candidates last week, and during an interview he explained his campaign themes: economic security and…
It was tucked inside a new state law that distributes $378 million in taxpayer dollars to create jobs and spur economic development.
The DFL field in the race to replace Gov. Mark Dayton continues to grow.
Mark Dayton, a second-term DFL governor not running for re-election, largely sealed his ambitious budget legacy in May when he signed his final two-year budget.
It's unclear if average Minnesotans know or care, but the Legislature's operating funds will be cut off in just a few weeks, leaving it to survive on reserves while pay and benefits for lawmakers and staffers hang in the balance.
A conservative group on Monday sued to ensure continued paychecks for state lawmakers who are trapped in a fight with Gov. Mark Dayton over the…
Here's a look back at what got done and what didn't at the State Capitol in another extra-long session.
A Republican-led panel agreed to enter into negotiations with a law firm after the governor used his line item veto authority to cut all funding for the Legislature's operations beginning July 1.
Nolan, 73, has won two tough re-election victories in his northeastern Minnesota district since his election in 2012.
State lawmakers prepared Wednesday to hire an outside lawyer to represent their interests as a political dispute with Gov. Mark Dayton snowballed.
Gov. Mark Dayton invited a high-stakes constitutional clash Tuesday by signing bills that will fund the executive branch while eliminating funding for the Legislature, leaving lawmakers with dwindling cash to continue operations.
Otto's lawsuit alleged that a 2015 law has undermined the authority of her office.
Who did well and who didn't in the legislative session that ended early Friday.
Minnesota’s labor movement had a crisis moment last week, as various compromises and deals between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican-controlled Legislature surfaced in…
The governor leveled criticism at some features of the plan, particularly the tax bill, after the Legislature wrapped up its special session at 3 a.m. Friday.
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.
Republicans and DFLers spar over who's responsible for the lack of progress.
In a special session, Gov. Dayton and lawmakers work to finalize the state's $46 billion budget.
"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.
The Hennepin County sheriff made the announcement on Facebook.
With the Senate not up for election in 2018 and the House GOP majority looking relatively secure, a Republican governor in 2018 could finally get the GOP the big tax cuts they have been thirsting after for years.
Ben Golnik's instincts, drive to win pushed the party to new heights.
Asked what he thought are the prospects the Legislature would finish in time for a Monday deadline, the DFL governor replied: "Not promising."
An orderly and on-time conclusion to the legislative session was already starting to look iffy last week as Republican lawmakers and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton…
Jeff Johnson, the 2014 Republican nominee, made his announcement with a polished video via social media, promising to restore "power, opportunity and freedom" to Minnesotans.
Walz, Nolan, Ellison among those backing bill in Congress to shore up funds for retirees.
Dean Phillips, an heir to a Minnesota liquor fortune who later helped launch a successful gelato brand, said Monday he’s preparing to run for Congress…
On the surface, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s speech to the Dakota County Chamber of Commerce seemed assiduously apolitical and most certainly nonpartisan. He laid out…
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, now a highly paid lobbyist, says he's retired from politics. But his recent speech to the Dakota County Chamber of Commerce laid the groundwork for a return to public life if he decides to do so.
Proposal would undo subsidies for those who agree to spending limits.
The governor enters his final 18 months in office with more than three out of five Minnesotans — 62 percent — approving of his performance, according to the new poll.
Large majorities approve of the job performance of both Democratic senators, according to a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll.
Jennifer Carnahan beats out more well known candidates.
The Republican field will get still more clarity if Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan also decided to run.
More Minnesota Republicans are likely to join him.
Activists hope Saturday's meeting in St. Cloud is the start of a busy 2018 election year.
Republicans are trying to use their state House and Senate majorities to re-engineer Minnesota government in a cheaper, leaner, more business-friendly direction. But their plans also include favorable treatment for insurance, agribusiness and homebuilders.
They wouldn't have to pay for the $70 million cleanup if a bill under consideration at the Capitol survives opposition from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
The Coalition to Draft Rick Nolan for the 2018 governor’s race hired Emily Jensen last week. She was an operative for the presidential campaign of…
House Minority Leader Melissa Hortman's remarks broke an unspoken rule of the House, that goings-on in the retiring room not be discussed publicly.
Republicans in the Legislature move to cut taxes and spending, cut regulation on businesses, subsidize health insurance companies and shift transportation money away from the metro region.
After November’s election wipeout, the DFL seems to have found its early course of action: panic and infighting. A memo floating around the Capitol landed…
With seven weeks to go, the legislative session has reached crunch time. How will it end? With a GOP Legislature and a DFL governor, who…
Next, a House-Senate compromise will be sought on Real ID.
GOP environmental budgets seek to lessen regulations, reduce cost of environmental permitting
Democratic congressman from Mankato cites appeal outside the metro area.
Expect a lot of conflict in the coming weeks. Lots of dueling news conferences, and letters back and forth.
The bill is similar in approach to one that passed the House in 2016 but failed to win the signature of DFL Gov. Mark Dayton.
But plan looks headed for a long-standing stalemate with Dayton over spending.
A Star Tribune analysis found that metro and greater Minnesota taxpayers each provide about half the money for Minnesota's roads and bridges, but greater Minnesota gets twice as much back in projects.
Lt. Gov. Tina Smith’s decision not to run for governor gives clarity to the 2018 race. Smith would have been a formidable candidate, given her…
As GOP moves to change or delay the law, governor says he won't negotiate.
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