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Legislative pay, Obama's GOP targets, courting Jon Stewart and Ta-Nehisi Coates' explosive book.

Suspicious package found at state Capitol, prompting evacuation

July 27
A construction worker discovered a suspicious package at the Capitol, currently closed because of renovations. It turned out to be brick mortar and paper products, a spokesman later said.

GOP legislators want conceal-carry exemption for Minnesotans on active duty

July 27
A group of Republican state lawmakers say active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces and Minnesota National Guard should be exempt from the state's conceal-carry law.
July 27

Panel recommends 3 women as choices for state Supreme Court seat

The Commission on Judicial Selection has recommended two state appeals court judges and the Minneapolis city attorney for an upcoming vacancy on the Minnesota Supreme Court.
July 23

Minnesota lawmakers ask Obama to address human rights issues during Africa visit

With large Somali and Ethiopian populations in Minnesota, lawmakers ask President Obama to address human rights issues on his African visits
July 23

Chisholm post office to be named after Jim Oberstar

The hometown post office of late Minnesota Rep. Jim Oberstar will be named in his honor
July 21
Governor Mark Dayton said he learned a "brutal" lesson today and said...

Dayton: Tax cuts OK only if there's more money for preschool

Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday said that state surplus money should be diverted to early childhood education.
July 21

Dayton orders flags be flown at half-staff to honor Chattanooga, Tenn. victims

Gov. Mark Dayton issued a proclamation Tuesday ordering flags at state and federal buildings in Minnesota be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims in a recent shooting in Chattanooga, Tenn.
July 20

Franken: I was joking about Sen. John McCain

After GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, is "not a war hero," Sen. Al Franken said similar remarks he made more than a decade ago were a joke.
July 20

Klobuchar attends Cuban embassy opening Monday in Washington

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., was among lawmakers who attended the reopening of the Cuban embassy Monday in Washington
July 16
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton greets a spec...

Clinton inspires enthusiasm — and cash — in Minnesota

The state’s residents donated more than twice the amount to her than to all the other presidential hopefuls combined, according to a Star Tribune analysis of second quarter data.
July 16

Fifteen months from election day, Minnesota politicos post fundraising numbers

Fifteen months from election day, Minnesota politicos post fundraising numbers
July 15

Rep. John Kline recognized by National Guard for 'outstanding contributions'

Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., becomes fifth Minnesota lawmaker to be awarded Charles Dick Medal of Merit from the National Guard
July 15

Legislator who pushed medical marijuana bill hired by cannabis firm

Rep. Dan Shoen, DFL-Cottage Grove, was co-sponsor of last year's medical marijuana law and helped LeafLine Labs, one of two cannabis companies in the state, secure a production site in his district.
July 14

Peterson, Nolan rock with the Congressional Rock and Roll Caucus

While Rep. Peterson sang and strummed his guitar to classics like "Sweet Caroline" and "Ride Sally Ride," Tuesday night on Capitol Hill, Rep. Rick Nolan busted a move with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
July 14

Some partisanship in Minnesota Congressional delegation statements on Iran

Some partisanship in Minnesota Congressional delegation statements on Iran
July 13

DFL's Kahn, Carlson now longest-serving state House members ever

As of Monday, two DFL state representatives, Phyllis Kahn of Minneapolis and Lyndon Carlson of Crystal, hold the record as the longest-serving members of the state House in its history.
July 13

Rep. Collin Peterson gets attacked for raising status quo cash

Rep. Collin Peterson gets attacked for raising status quo cash
July 13

Rep. Collin Peterson gets attacked for raising the status quo cash

Rep. Collin Peterson gets attacked for raising the status quo cash
July 13

Franken, Paulsen team up to save federal funds for mental health services in Minnesota

Minnesota could lose nearly $5 million in federal funding for children and young adult services if facilities throughout the state qualify as mental health institutions
July 10

MN state revenue again higher than forecast

Minnesota’s general fund revenue for fiscal year 2015 is now estimated to be $20.36 billion, which is $555 million, or 2.8 percent more than projected in the February 2015 forecast, according to Minnesota Management and Budget.
July 10

Reps. Joe Atkins and Dan Schoen call for ban on gun-shaped cell phone cases

A pair of DFL lawmakers said they will introduce legislation next year to ban cell phone cases that resemble firearms.
July 10

Morning Hot Dish

Allison Sherry reports on the GOP House defending the Confederate battle flag on public cemetery grounds. Rep. Betty McCollum switched her vote from ‘no’ on an Interior Dept. spending bill to “Hell no” after the flag issue came up, she told Sherry.
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