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It has plenty of political history — and this year is a prime political crucible.
With changes at the U.S. Supreme Court, those elected in our state this November may face a decision as soon as 2020.
For this state, it's a workforce issue. We need light, not heat.
What to make of DFL's several wide-open races.
A sense that partisanship is now so extreme that it poses a risk to the republic may have spurred turnout.
On legislative effectiveness, the rural-urban divide and much more.
The vote did not seem to be about the good of the university.
Public higher education must not be neglected.
On its size, influences, vacancies, constitutional obligations and more.
It embodies many political and social trends and worries. A look at some numbers:
Longtime legislator Paul Thissen, on his way to the state Supreme Court, had some thoughts about this.
Governor's race has strong field, but how many know that?
This might have been a quieter year for this topic than it's turned out to be.
Whether the old generation is ready to receive them is another question.
A fair summation of proposed Medicaid work requirement: First, do harm.
Following federal reform, Minnesota's concerns are business-friendliness and equity to all income levels.
Is this time really different? At the Capitol, signs of hope.
A good test of whether voters like their congressional candidates legislatively seasoned will come in Minnesota's First District this year.
Tim Pawlenty seems to have an itch for it. But Rudy Perpich provides the model.
Our success is a regional story — at risk of an unhappy ending.
#MeToo brings a lineup of special-election hopefuls.
That's where innovation is most likely, bringing federalism full circle.
For starters, the state's shortage isn't in jobs but in workers.
She can't afford to alienate Franken's supporters but will be expected to lead on women's issues.
The Minnesota senator's fall is confirmation that the culture has shifted toward respect and dignity.
Franken news is just one of the big things going on.
They still have work to do together.
Their burgeoning bust-ups are a national trend, most evident locally with the DFL.
New ideas this election at the cost of experience?
Maybe that's no surprise. But "how to solve" is up for debate.
Here's how it might play out in the upcoming elections.
This year’s Minneapolis city election is RCV 3.0, the third since 2009 to allow voters to rank their preferences in multicandidate races via ranked-choice…
A full-throated debate over full legalization in this state has seemed to be a question of when, not if.
It appears that the federal government was not the most reliable partner.
It's a "better argument for a Republican." Fair enough. But, those climate consequences are pretty compelling, too.
Two proposed lines: one liked, one not — but just in case ...
Legislature has laid at least some plans for motoring trends.
Ruling on funding veto will set the stage for the governor's final session.
Looks like this fall's Minneapolis and St. Paul campaigns won't be just about policing after all. Not with property tax increase proposals shooting like Roman candles from mayoral offices last week.
But needs are changing, and neighborhoods will, too.
Right track or wrong track? Wrong track, they say.
There are differences in cop culture and civilian review, though that is evolving.
Health care policy punt to states may be welcomed.
Could no-party-endorsement trend reach the state level?
Imagine if it had always been an elected body. Would there be less partisan suspicion?
For women, the economic mission is yet to be accomplished.
As I saw too many times when young, it steals the public's power to decide.
What's at stake in battle between the governor and the Legislature is not just politics, but the state's Constitution.
He's been a fine addition to the State Capitol triumvirate.
A post-Watergate Minnesota GOP chairman has this advice: If there's chaos in Washington, keep it there. Put on an orderly show in St. Paul.
He used to be resigned to having some unwanted legislation get past him. No more.
Why legislators face a single-subject rule (which they ignore).
Especially if you have Nordic heritage, you'll like this book. But its value goes beyond that.
This is, after all, the department that brings in the funds for Minnesota.
How Minnesota's Dave Durenberger handled the developing news about the Iran-contra affair.
Carbon-free sources have momentum, thanks to visionary leadership of the past.
In Minnesota, that would be state Rep. Erin Murphy, a licensed nurse, who says: "You don't walk away from a patient who needs your attention."
Examples abound. Will citizens get cynical or energized by this?
The party has purpose and perhaps a chance in this session to show rural voters how it better meets their needs.
It would be a welcome revival of civic culture cultivation, if legislators buy in.
It's all about the driver's seat.
Quick pick was needed for the board, and he's the guy.
Voters there may warm to politicians who can make things better on this front.
A critical mass unites against Trump policy.
An agreement on health premium relief and other factors give reason for hope.
For that, let's turn to the leader of St. Catherine University.
It involves dissolving the Counties Transit Improvement Board.
When you were out of commission for updates, things didn't always go well.
Who's leaving the scene and what lies ahead.
Our state isn't like other places when it comes to politics. Here, self-dealing is self-destruction.
Trump, unbeholden to big money? Just a wish.
Some of state's best historical ideas for achieving equity remain the best way forward.
Coming together for our region's future is still a highly relevant goal.
DFL must remember to pay attention to economic security in rural Minnesota.
A breakthrough to leadership still requires working twice as hard.
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