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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.'
Dayton heading to Mayo Clinic for another spinal procedure, similar to two previous surgeries meant to decrease leg pain and improve balance.
With Affordable Care Act still jarring U.S. politics, access to health care and how to pay for it a major issue dividing Tim Walz, Jeff Johnson.
Democratic pushback on Kavanaugh seems to have revved up GOP enthusiasm, which had been flagging.
It's not even close, according to Google Trends.
Jeff Johnson, the surprise winner of the Republican primary against former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, has seen a surge in fundraising since late July.
The Republican candidate for Minnesota governor wants broad relief, but schools, social programs would likely take hit.
Because politics has become so nationalized, an unpopular president portends bad things for his party.
In a statement, the St. Cloud Republican denied the allegations but said he needs to work toward healing his family.
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.