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Patrick Condon

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Patrick Condon covers all aspects of Minnesota politics, the state budget, the administration and state agencies.
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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.

Minnesota House Republicans aim to deliver for seniors

Proposal to end tax on Social Security income is one of several aimed at "continuing … trend" of aiding older Minnesotans.
Cruz tells St. Paul crowd first thing he'd do if he were president

Cruz tells St. Paul crowd first thing he'd do if he were president

The surging GOP candidate touted his conservative credentials and declared: "People are waking up. There is a revival."
Hillary Clinton sees Minnesota as model for terror fight

Hillary Clinton sees Minnesota as model for terror fight

Democratic front-runner uses Minneapolis speech to spell out counterterrorism initiative, saying any plan must respect diversity.
Gov. Dayton tries to keep health issues from slowing second term

Gov. Dayton tries to keep health issues from slowing second term

A cane usually at his side, Gov. Mark Dayton moves more slowly these days as he keeps up the hectic schedule that comes with his…
Hubbard as free with his opinions as he is with campaign donations

Hubbard as free with his opinions as he is with campaign donations

Broadcast mogul Stanley Hubbard has given millions to political campaigns. Now he's waiting to see which presidential candidate "rises to the top."
Group behind legislators' trip to Turkey has controversial ties

Group behind legislators' trip to Turkey has controversial ties

Three Minnesota state lawmakers, including House Speaker Kurt Daudt, spent nine days in Turkey at the end of last month at the invitation of a U.S. nonprofit with ties to an exiled Turkish religious figure.
Ted Cruz easily wins straw poll of Minnesota Republican activists

Ted Cruz easily wins straw poll of Minnesota Republican activists

The Texas senator won almost 2-1 support over second-place finisher Marco Rubio.
Strong state economy brings Minnesota $1.9 billion surplus

Strong state economy brings Minnesota $1.9 billion surplus

Leaders talk of tax cuts, but battles loom over size and other priorities
Minn. political leaders struggle to fix sex offender policy

Minn. political leaders struggle to fix sex offender policy

As judge presses for reforms, even defenders admit flaws.
House Speaker Daudt willing to consider special session on steelworker benefits

House Speaker Daudt willing to consider special session on steelworker benefits

But House speaker wants to fast-track controversial projects in exchange.
Gov. Dayton, GOP ask for extension on Real ID

Gov. Dayton, GOP ask for extension on Real ID

Governor and House Republicans want the feds to give Minnesota a few more months to comply with new law affecting air travel.

Dayton calls for special session to extend unemployment benefits for steelworkers

Governor wants Legislature to extend unemployment benefits for steelworkers.
With government, less is best, GOP's Rand Paul tells U rally

With government, less is best, GOP's Rand Paul tells U rally

Kentucky senator pitches his libertarian-themed message against federal overreach.
Minnesota could be site of Democrats' early 2016 battles

Minnesota could be site of Democrats' early 2016 battles

Minnesota is likely to be among the ripest targets for the Bernie Sanders campaign to sap Hillary Clinton's momentum when presidential primaries and caucuses get started

Dayton wants expedited state inspections of rail route that's seen escalating oil train traffic

Gov. Dayton's order is a response to more oil train traffic in the Twin Cities.
Dayton seeks study of PolyMet proposal's financing

Dayton seeks study of PolyMet proposal's financing

He wants proposed mine's financing scrutinized.
Gov. Dayton meets with Essar Steel executive after company misses deadline

Gov. Dayton meets with Essar Steel executive after company misses deadline

The company missed an Oct. 1 deadline and faces reimbursements to state.
U.S. Rep. Ellison opts for Sanders over Clinton in Democratic presidential race

U.S. Rep. Ellison opts for Sanders over Clinton in Democratic presidential race

The Mpls. Democrat is just the second member of Congress to endorse the Vermont senator.
Tina Smith's high-profile role fuels speculation about future

Tina Smith's high-profile role fuels speculation about future

She has become nearly as much the face of the administration as Gov. Dayton himself. And he plans to hand her even more responsibility.
For Republican governors, Midwest is no path to presidency

For Republican governors, Midwest is no path to presidency

Last April, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker used a speech in Iowa to describe a central political rationale for his now-defunct candidacy. “The path to the…

Mondale, Carters met for dinner in Atlanta following former president's cancer diagnosis

Former political partners, friends dined in Atlanta.

Campaigning in Iowa ahead of campaign exit, Wisconsin's Walker kept it low-key

Meeting with small groups in neighboring state, Scott Walker gave no hints he was about to drop out of race.

Carver County state Senate race will be political debut of Jake Coleman, son of former Sen. Norm Coleman

Jake, son of former U.S. Sen. Norm, is running for a state Senate seat.
Lawmakers on bonding committees tour state for close-up view of construction projects

Lawmakers on bonding committees tour state for close-up view of construction projects

It's a kind of show-and-tell opportunity for officials at dozens of state facilities and sites vying for a chunk of what could be close to $1 billion in state bonds for construction projects.
Minnesota State Capitol gets sweeping new look

Minnesota State Capitol gets sweeping new look

The time frame for the State Capitol's $307 million extreme makeover is half over, but the work is only 30 percent done.
Minnesotans begin to put their money behind presidential candidates

Minnesotans begin to put their money behind presidential candidates

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will court donors at a Thursday luncheon in the exclusive Minikahda Club overlooking Lake Calhoun.
Minnesota State Fair visitors give bump to Donald Trump

Minnesota State Fair visitors give bump to Donald Trump

Donald Trump is outstripping his GOP competitors in an unofficial "corn poll." But it's hard to locate any support among Minnesota's Republican establishment.
Speaker Daudt appears to change course on Capitol funds

Speaker Daudt appears to change course on Capitol funds

He says the additional $2M he championed doesn't necessarily need to be spent on legislative offices.
House speaker backed $2M in upgrades at renovated Minn. Capitol

House speaker backed $2M in upgrades at renovated Minn. Capitol

It was specifically earmarked to refurbish antique furniture and enhance other historical touches in legislative office space in the new building.
At Minnesota campaign event, Scott Walker details plan to replace Obamacare

At Minnesota campaign event, Scott Walker details plan to replace Obamacare

  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker proposed a replacement to President Obama’s health care law Tuesday at a Brooklyn Center machine shop, using an important policy…

Mille Lacs walleye group abruptly adjourns; aid for resorts in doubt

For Dayton, yet another frustrating deadlock with legislative leaders.
Gov. Dayton proposes costly reforms to sex offender program

Gov. Dayton proposes costly reforms to sex offender program

The proposed changes could cost tens of millions of dollars but still may not satisfy a federal judge.
First presidential debate provides entertainment, tough decisions for Minnesota Republicans

First presidential debate provides entertainment, tough decisions for Minnesota Republicans

  It’s difficult, if not impossible, to find Republican Party activists in Minnesota who support Donald Trump for president. That was true last Thursday night,…
Minn. Republicans consider options in wide-open presidential field

Minn. Republicans consider options in wide-open presidential field

The 10 leading Republican presidential candidates meet in Cleveland this Thursday for the first debate of the 2016 campaign, and many Minnesota conservatives with plans to tune in are still undecided.
Minnesota National Guard, other military personnel wouldn't need firearm permit under GOP proposal

Minnesota National Guard, other military personnel wouldn't need firearm permit under GOP proposal

Group of lawmakers wants Guard personnel to be able to carry concealed weapons without a permit.
Three are recommended to Gov. Dayton to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice Alan Page

Three are recommended to Gov. Dayton to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice Alan Page

Gov. Dayton is expected to select a new justice by the end of August.
Vikings legend Alan Page retiring from court after singular career

Vikings legend Alan Page retiring from court after singular career

From gridiron to high court, retiring Justice Alan Page ties it up with a bow
Outstate interest groups say the Minnesota Legislature disappointed them

Outstate interest groups say the Minnesota Legislature disappointed them

Rural communities expected more after they helped the GOP gain a majority in the House.
Special session of unusual setting, suspense wraps up

Special session of unusual setting, suspense wraps up

Minnesota's political leaders approved billions in spending, including passage early Saturday of the environmental and agriculture budget bill, avoiding a state government shutdown.
Gov. Dayton calls a special session of Legislature for 10 a.m. today

Gov. Dayton calls a special session of Legislature for 10 a.m. today

The final deal to finish the state budget, struck Thursday night, sets the table for a special session today where approval of money for environmental and agricultural programs is still in doubt.
Bakk says some Senate DFL votes are in doubt for budget deal

Bakk says some Senate DFL votes are in doubt for budget deal

Gov. Mark Dayton is tentatively scheduled today to meet with all four legislative caucus leaders in hopes of nailing down a final agreement and set a special session.
Dayton backs down over auditor, likely clearing way to special session

Dayton backs down over auditor, likely clearing way to special session

Gov. Mark Dayton said three disagreements remain between him and House Republicans in the clutch of budget bills that would be up in the special session.
Dayton, Daudt fail to agree in dispute over state auditor

Dayton, Daudt fail to agree in dispute over state auditor

A special session is needed so legislators can approve remaining pieces of the budget and avoid a partial shutdown of state government on July 1, but only the governor can call it.

Lawmakers agree on hefty public works bill, but overall deal remains elusive

Key legislators agree on hefty bonding bill; Dayton holds fast on audits.
Timing of special session uncertain, with fuzzy details

Timing of special session uncertain, with fuzzy details

Questions on school spending, budget items must be resolved.
Special sessions aren't very special anymore

Special sessions aren't very special anymore

"It's become a perennial breakdown, and it doesn't have to be this way," said Sen. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester.
As budget talks bog down, layoff notices are pending for 9,500 state workers

As budget talks bog down, layoff notices are pending for 9,500 state workers

As political stalemate lingers, agency begins preparing to let state workers go.

Special session site set, but no budget deal in sight as Dayton resumes meetings with legislative leaders

Dayton releases a lengthy list; meanwhile, layoff notices loom for 10,000 state employees.
With divided Legislature, what was -- and wasn't -- accomplished in 2015

With divided Legislature, what was -- and wasn't -- accomplished in 2015

A big surplus had some thinking this session would be smooth, but the extra money fueled extra debates.

CAPITOL SCORECARD • 2015 LEGISLATIVE SESSION Divided Legislature, mixed results

Minnesotans chose divided government in last year's election, giving Gov. Mark Dayton a second term while flipping control of the House to Republicans. And division…

Dayton signs spending bills, prepares for school funding standoff with House Republicans

$25 billion approved for human services, higher-ed, transportation, public safety.
Dayton to make good on veto vow, call for special session

Dayton to make good on veto vow, call for special session

Dayton said he would veto $17 billion in education spending as soon as the bill lands on his desk and will call a special legislative session once he and House Republicans can settle the standoff.
Last night of session brings confusion at Minnesota Capitol, uncertainty over schools funding

Last night of session brings confusion at Minnesota Capitol, uncertainty over schools funding

Governor holds firm to veto threat over early ed funding
Dayton renews early education veto threat as deadline nears

Dayton renews early education veto threat as deadline nears

Dayton says he's willing to risk shutdown, special session to boost funding for early ed.
Gov. Dayton takes issue with Minnesota legislators' budget deal

Gov. Dayton takes issue with Minnesota legislators' budget deal

Minnesota House and Senate leaders said late Friday that they had struck a tentative budget deal, but the governor was objecting to the level of education funding and said he intends to stand firm.
Minnesota state budget talks drag on as deadline approaches

Minnesota state budget talks drag on as deadline approaches

Wrangling by lawmakers led to a higher education deal, but little other progress.
As budget talks continue at Capitol, state lawmakers fret

As budget talks continue at Capitol, state lawmakers fret

Gov. Dayton and legislative leaders have private budget discussions, give few details, as rank-and-file members worry.
With clock ticking at Capitol, budget talks continued into night

With clock ticking at Capitol, budget talks continued into night

With little apparent progress and time running out, Dayton and lawmakers trade accusations
As budget talks intensify, Dayton doubles down on school funding

As budget talks intensify, Dayton doubles down on school funding

Republicans balk at request for a 2 percent increase (up from 1 percent) for school spending.
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