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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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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.

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.
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