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Dayton, Met Council seek to give Southwest LRT $145M boost

Dayton, Met Council seek to give Southwest LRT $145M boost

Money to keep project going would come from Met Council, Hennepin County, metro transit board.
Trump event in Mpls. draws GOP donors, some unruly protesters

Trump event in Mpls. draws GOP donors, some unruly protesters

The New York businessman made his first visit to the state as the Republican presidential candidate for a private nighttime fundraiser at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Trump to pass briefly through Minnesota for fundraiser today

Trump to pass briefly through Minnesota for fundraiser today

In Minneapolis stop Friday, Republican presidential candidate will raise money from state's business-oriented GOP donor base.
Minn. voters who like Trump's message still aren't sure about the messenger

Minn. voters who like Trump's message still aren't sure about the messenger

Political strategists expect Trump's populist message to resonate most outstate, but he needs success elsewhere to win Minnesota.
Jason Lewis wins GOP battle to run for U.S. Rep. Kline's seat

Jason Lewis wins GOP battle to run for U.S. Rep. Kline's seat

The former talk radio personality won the four-way race to be the Republican candidate against DFLer Angie Craig in what will be a closely fought swing district contest.
School districts get pre-K boost as new state spending spreads

School districts get pre-K boost as new state spending spreads

New state funds will allow 74 districts to expand their free prekindergarten offerings this fall.
Minnesota's McCarthy gets Collegeville honor on centennial year of his birth

Minnesota's McCarthy gets Collegeville honor on centennial year of his birth

Former U.S. Sen. Eugene McCarthy was born 100 years ago last March in Watkins, near St. Cloud. Educated entirely in Minnesota, he taught economics and sociology at St. John's and later St. Thomas before he was elected in 1948 to represent the St. Paul area in the U.S. House.
Trump hires Minnesota campaign director, plans visit

Trump hires Minnesota campaign director, plans visit

He has hired state director, plans Aug. 19 visit.
Minnesota DFL's Sanders, Clinton camps join in opposition to Trump

Minnesota DFL's Sanders, Clinton camps join in opposition to Trump

PHILADELPHIA – Passionate divisions among Minnesota DFLers who watched Hillary Clinton triumphantly claim the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday started to give way to a…
At the convention, Klobuchar and Franken are both in demand

At the convention, Klobuchar and Franken are both in demand

Everyone wants a piece of Minnesota's senators in Philadelphia.
Minnesota's DFL delegation brings deep diversity to the national scene

Minnesota's DFL delegation brings deep diversity to the national scene

State's DFL delegation brings deep diversity to the national scene.
Labor is key to a Democratic victory, Minnesota delegates say

Labor is key to a Democratic victory, Minnesota delegates say

Local Democrats stress importance of labor vote to a win in November.
Humphrey speech on race reverberating as Democrats return to Philadelphia

Humphrey speech on race reverberating as Democrats return to Philadelphia

As Democrats hold their national convention in Philadelphia for the first time since 1948, Hubert Humphrey's successful push for the first civil rights plank in the national Democratic platform is as pertinent as ever.
Trump, Minnesota GOP enter shaky alliance en route to general election

Trump, Minnesota GOP enter shaky alliance en route to general election

Fresh off their wild national convention, Minnesota Republicans are joined once and for all with the political thunderbolt that is Donald Trump.
Donald Trump's conservatism still in doubt for many

Donald Trump's conservatism still in doubt for many

Some in the Minnesota delegation aren't yet fully on board this train.
Minnesota millennials give voice to their peers' vital role in Trump's bid

Minnesota millennials give voice to their peers' vital role in Trump's bid

Democratic rival Hillary Clinton has a dramatic edge among younger voters, one that Trump tried to cut into Tuesday night.
Minnesota delegates, GOP leaders say Trump shows 'strength' after recent violence

Minnesota delegates, GOP leaders say Trump shows 'strength' after recent violence

Amid RNC, world turmoil, Minnesota delegates cite Trump's security stance.
Many Minn. Republicans off to Trump-focused RNC are conflicted

Many Minn. Republicans off to Trump-focused RNC are conflicted

The approach of the GOP convention is eroding the last hopes harbored by some state delegates that Trump could somehow be replaced.
Donald Trump's campaign is a no-show in Minnesota so far

Donald Trump's campaign is a no-show in Minnesota so far

Trump's campaign has paid little attention to Minnesota to date, and at the moment there's not a single paid operative for Trump in the state.
Dayton still draws inspiration from mentor Rudy Perpich

Dayton still draws inspiration from mentor Rudy Perpich

Students of Gov. Mark Dayton's tenure are well aware of the outsize influence that the previous DFL governor, Rudy Perpich, made on his successor's approach…
Gov. Dayton is off to Croatia to mark National Guard milestone

Gov. Dayton is off to Croatia to mark National Guard milestone

Governor, National Guard group will attend ceremony marking collaboration with Croatian military
Dayton ignores last-minute pleas, lets $260M tax cut bill expire

Dayton ignores last-minute pleas, lets $260M tax cut bill expire

While Mark Dayton said he supported many of the bill's provisions, his administration caught an error that officials said would have cost the state treasury $101 million over the next three years.
Dayton-GOP stalemate puts tax, spending bills in limbo

Dayton-GOP stalemate puts tax, spending bills in limbo

With Dayton poised on Monday to veto a $259 million tax bill that's the crown jewel of the House Republican majority, Speaker Kurt Daudt must try to salvage the GOP agenda.
Dayton wants spending for U, buildings and transit in special session

Dayton wants spending for U, buildings and transit in special session

Republicans balk at the spending, bonding demands.
Dayton signs body camera bill sought by law enforcement agencies

Dayton signs body camera bill sought by law enforcement agencies

New law gives police tight control over recordings.
Success or failure of this year's Legislature rests with Dayton

Success or failure of this year's Legislature rests with Dayton

Lawmakers who left key issues on the table might have to heed his agenda to get a special session.
Legislators gave tax break to smokers; now it's up to Dayton

Legislators gave tax break to smokers; now it's up to Dayton

In its final hours, the Legislature approved a tax bill that repealed an automatic yearly increase in the tobacco tax. The measure is now sitting on the governor's desk.
Plenty of blame at Capitol after disappointing close of session

Plenty of blame at Capitol after disappointing close of session

Gov. Dayton won't commit to a special session to try again on spending, transportation bills.
At Republican convention in Duluth, GOP is Trump's party

At Republican convention in Duluth, GOP is Trump's party

It's him or "President Clinton," party activists warn dissenters at the divided convention.
Divisions on display as Minnesota GOP gathers in Duluth

Divisions on display as Minnesota GOP gathers in Duluth

Minnesota Republicans gathered Friday for their state convention remain divided over Donald Trump as the party's presidential nominee.
At Capitol, House finally releases public works plan but talks on transportation stall

At Capitol, House finally releases public works plan but talks on transportation stall

Republicans offer $800M in bonding as hope wanes for a deal on transit funding.
Taking the temperature in Anoka for president: None of the above?

Taking the temperature in Anoka for president: None of the above?

Many who live and work in what's a home base for independent voters seem unhappy with a choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Prince bill to lock down publicity rights runs into a debate at State Capitol

Prince bill to lock down publicity rights runs into a debate at State Capitol

Legislators initially proposed wider protections for guardians of image and likeness, while also carving out exemptions for media and other public uses.
Voter restoration for felons faces uphill battle in St. Paul

Voter restoration for felons faces uphill battle in St. Paul

There’s no better way to achieve a major change in Minnesota law than to build a bipartisan team of lawmakers as your allies. But for…
Hefty $1.5 billion public works bill fails in Senate by a single vote

Hefty $1.5 billion public works bill fails in Senate by a single vote

Defeat of bonding bill by a single vote raises fear of do-nothing session.
Trump candidacy still tough for many in Minnesota GOP to take

Trump candidacy still tough for many in Minnesota GOP to take

Republican Party responses include no way, OK, too soon to say, no comment.

Dayton wants review of state's diversity efforts

Independent audit aims for recommendations at diversifying state's workforce and its private contracting.
Hearing on background checks for guns draws supporters, advocates

Hearing on background checks for guns draws supporters, advocates

Despite a crowded hearing that at times grew testy, the Senate Judiciary Committee did not vote on either of two bills.

Minn. lawmakers can't agree on transportation spending

Both parties agree the "need is enormous" but are split over using surplus or gas tax.
Complicated Minn. rules help create broadband haves and have-nots

Complicated Minn. rules help create broadband haves and have-nots

Communities feel left in the dust of high-speed Internet installations.
House votes to legalize more fireworks, codify fantasy sports

House votes to legalize more fireworks, codify fantasy sports

The serious business of fun and games was on the agenda at the Capitol as House votes to legalize fireworks, ratify fantasy sports leagues.
'United Black Legislative Agenda' seeks $75 million from state for capital fund

'United Black Legislative Agenda' seeks $75 million from state for capital fund

Urban League, other groups pushing broad legislative package to reduce Minnesota's racial economic disparities
Candidates look for decisive wins in swing-state Wisconsin

Candidates look for decisive wins in swing-state Wisconsin

For Republicans trying to derail Trump's candidacy, Wisconsin has emerged as a last-ditch bulwark of their strategy.
Touching down in Wisconsin, Trump goes after Walker, Cruz

Touching down in Wisconsin, Trump goes after Walker, Cruz

Earlier in the day Walker endorsed Trump's chief remaining rival in the race, Sen. Ted Cruz. The state holds a crucial primary on Tuesday.
In Minneapolis to raise campaign cash, Kasich says he's most electable

In Minneapolis to raise campaign cash, Kasich says he's most electable

Ohio governor says he's 'the only governor left standing' in the GOP presidential race.
For Gov. Dayton, accomplishments mean getting GOP on board

For Gov. Dayton, accomplishments mean getting GOP on board

Late one night last year, Republican state Sen. Karin Housley sent DFL Gov. Mark Dayton a message asking if she could throw herself a birthday…
Gun control coalition pushing for universal background checks

Gun control coalition pushing for universal background checks

But gun-safety plan will be "uphill battle" at Capitol.
Dayton says Minnesota works well for many, can do better

Dayton says Minnesota works well for many, can do better

To that end, the governor urged the Legislature to swiftly approve a $30 million extension for unemployed Iron Range workers.
Legislature opens with no break in tension over Iron Range unemployment

Legislature opens with no break in tension over Iron Range unemployment

DFL-GOP dispute festers over tying a business tax cut to Iron Range jobless benefits.
Minnesota's GOP leaders rattled by Trump's support

Minnesota's GOP leaders rattled by Trump's support

Donald Trump’s early surge toward the Republican presidential nomination is dividing GOP loyalists in Minnesota and prompting the billionaire’s many party critics to talk openly…
Rubio, Sanders turn the tide, win Minnesota caucuses

Rubio, Sanders turn the tide, win Minnesota caucuses

Minnesotans turned out to support the Florida and Vermont senators, in a break from how many of the other Super Tuesday races went. Long lines and heavy traffic at many caucus sites meant a late start to voting as well as delayed reporting results.
Sanders bets big on Minnesota for Super Tuesday victory

Sanders bets big on Minnesota for Super Tuesday victory

As Sanders makes third visit in four days, Clinton, Rubio plan Tuesday stops.
Super Tuesday caucuses bring presidential energy, hopefuls to Minnesota

Super Tuesday caucuses bring presidential energy, hopefuls to Minnesota

All top contenders but Donald Trump have visited.
Rubio rallies Minnesota support in Minneapolis as GOP race narrows

Rubio rallies Minnesota support in Minneapolis as GOP race narrows

Florida senator, looking for much-needed win in GOP presidential race, sets sights on Minnesota
Klobuchar in mix as talk swirls around Supreme Court seat

Klobuchar in mix as talk swirls around Supreme Court seat

She has no experience on the bench but could sway colleagues in the Senate.
Clinton, Sanders make case for campaigns to Minn. DFLers

Clinton, Sanders make case for campaigns to Minn. DFLers

Both Democratic candidates spoke at a DFL fundraising dinner, and earlier, Sanders sought to make inroads with black voters.
Democratic contenders Clinton, Sanders swing through Twin Cities as race tightens

Democratic contenders Clinton, Sanders swing through Twin Cities as race tightens

The scene heats up as Clinton, Sanders prepare to visit Minnesota

Republicans win special legislative elections in Bloomington, Anoka

In a narrow surprise victory, Republican Chad Anderson defeated DFLer Andrew Carlson to succeed Rep. Ann Lenczewski.

Sanders to attend Minneapolis event on issues facing black Americans

Minnesota's Neighborhoods Organizing for Change has organized the event
Female voters consider issues, symbolism in Clinton-Sanders fight

Female voters consider issues, symbolism in Clinton-Sanders fight

Vermont senator's appeal among younger women is growing in Minnesota and nationwide.
Bernie Sanders brings fiery populist message to St. Paul

Bernie Sanders brings fiery populist message to St. Paul

Hours after speaking to 6,000 people in Duluth, Sanders addressed more than 14,000 at RiverCentre, aiming for momentum before the Iowa caucuses on Monday.
Minnesota Poll shows even split over spending, refunding or saving surplus

Minnesota Poll shows even split over spending, refunding or saving surplus

The coming debate at the State Capitol over what to do with this year's surplus is likely to be among the most contentious.
Tighter gun checks have strong backing among Minnesotans, says poll

Tighter gun checks have strong backing among Minnesotans, says poll

Poll respondents back tighter gun laws but many are not sure they'd be effective in preventing the alarming rise of mass shootings.
Duluth Sen. Reinert leaving Legislature with goal of lifting liquor sale ban likely unfulfilled

Duluth Sen. Reinert leaving Legislature with goal of lifting liquor sale ban likely unfulfilled

To the extent that rank-and-file members of the Legislature are remembered at all after they leave office, it’s usually because they are lucky or unlucky…
GOP House speaker still resists special legislative session

GOP House speaker still resists special legislative session

Top DFLers seek to address key issues before March; GOP leader wants to wait.

Minneapolis Sen. Jeff Hayden draws DFL challenger

Mohamoud Hassan said the incumbent has lost touch with community.
In town for fundraiser, Rubio paints himself as most electable Republican

In town for fundraiser, Rubio paints himself as most electable Republican

Florida senator, presidential contender swings through Minnesota for fundraiser.
Dayton suggests $1.4B in bonding projects; Republicans skeptical

Dayton suggests $1.4B in bonding projects; Republicans skeptical

Borrowing proposal too costly, GOP leaders say.

Rural towns, leaders press Minn. House GOP to spend more on aid

Mayors and other elected officials from outstate Minnesota are pressuring House Republicans to support increased state spending on government aid to cities and towns, hoping…
DFL senators and staff move into new office building

DFL senators and staff move into new office building

Republicans still waging a protest, refusing to occupy their offices.
In Iowa, Republican presidential contenders see votes in appeal to evangelicals

In Iowa, Republican presidential contenders see votes in appeal to evangelicals

Front-runner Cruz is unabashedly using his faith in his pitch. But with Trump in the mix, caucuses are more complex.
Dayton meets with Black Lives Matter leaders

Dayton meets with Black Lives Matter leaders

He vows to help find solutions, raises safety concerns over protests.
For Gov. Mark Dayton, a rough start to second term

For Gov. Mark Dayton, a rough start to second term

The thermometer barely rose above zero last Jan. 5, as Gov. Mark Dayton was sworn in for his second term. It was a chilly start…
Real ID fix must be underway by the end of April, Gov. Dayton says

Real ID fix must be underway by the end of April, Gov. Dayton says

The first step to fixing the problem, the governor said, is that lawmakers need to repeal a 2009 state law that was adopted specifically in opposition to the movement toward Real ID.

Homeland Security: No extra time for Minnesota on Real ID

State had sought more time to comply with law; air travel is unaffected — for now.
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