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August 15

Duluth native still backs Confederate symbols

A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."
August 11

Dems launch political ads against Minnesota reps, others

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this week launched digital ads against U.S. Reps. Jason Lewis, Erik Paulsen, and 23 other GOP lawmakers.
August 9

GOP group launches TV ads in Third District

Sen. Norm Coleman's American Action Network launches multi-million dollar ad campaign targeted at vulnerable Republican districts.
August 3

NRCC targets Craig, Phillips over health care

The National Republican Campaign Committee is targeting several Minnesota Democratic campaign challengers with digital ads attacking some party leaders' support for a single-payer healthcare system.
July 13

Paulsen raised $565K in second quarter

Paulsen's newly Democratic challenger raised nearly as much in half the time this spring.
July 12

Phillips raised $500K in the first weeks

The deep-pocketed Democrat running for Minnesota's Third Congressional District seat says his donations have come entirely from individual donations over the campaigns first six weeks.
May 31

Gov. Dayton and the Legislature: what happened, why and what comes next?

Minnesota state budget is settled, but Dayton extends political battle with lawmakers -- with likely legal consequences.
May 25

Morning Hot Dish: Labor's revenge

The Star Tribune's morning political newsletter
May 15
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

Sen. Klobuchar vows Judiciary Committee will closely vet Comey's replacement

As President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey continues to rock the Capitol, Sen. Amy Klobuchar anticipates the Senate Judiciary Committee will play an important role in the aftermath.
May 10

Paulsen calls for independent investigation into Russian interference

Rep. Erik Paulsen called for an independent investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election following President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, going further than many GOP lawmakers in the aftermath of a move that has roiled the Capitol over the last day.
May 8

Attack ads launched over GOP healthcare vote

The attack ads are already starting against House Republicans who approved the controversial healthcare overhaul last week.
May 4

Health care vote splits Republicans, Democrats in Minnesota delegation

Reps. Erik Paulsen, Jason Lewis and Tom Emmer were among 217 House Republicans who voted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Thursday.
May 3

Tobacco industry spent $486,000 trying to influence Minnesota politics

The tobacco industry spent at least $486,000 trying to influence Minnesota politics and government in 2016 and the first part of 2017.
May 1

State House GOP releases $600 million public works plan

The proposal is considerably smaller than the bonding plan proposed by DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, who wants to borrow $1.5 billion for roads, bridges, college campuses and other public projects.
May 1

Minnesota House blocks vote on grants for measles outbreak

A majority of House members voted against the proposal on procedural grounds, saying more meetings were needed.
April 25

Minn. GOP Chairman Downey attacks deputy as election nears

GOP Party Chairman Keith Downey released a letter to a party committee questioning the judgment and competency of Deputy Chairman Chris Fields just days ahead of the election for party officers in St. Cloud Saturday.
April 20

Dayton open to approving transportation plan without raising gas tax

Gov. Mark Dayton said that if the Legislature passes a 'satisfactory' transportation budget bill without a gas tax, he would be inclined to sign it into law.
April 11

Minnesota revenue commissioner warns budget cuts could prompt tax-refund delays

Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly criticized GOP budget proposals from the House and Senate, which aim to cut millions from her department.
April 5

Lawmakers from minority communities create new caucus

Lawmakers from minority groups try to unify, focus their message.
April 5

Campaign to draft Rep. Rick Nolan for governor hires campaign operative

Hire indicates Nolan may be serious.
April 5

Parks, water projects, historical sites share in $527M Legacy funds

The Legacy funding bill was passed unanimously this week by the Minnesota House.
April 3

Klobuchar, Franken vote against Gorsuch

Before the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court along party lines, Minnesota's senators joined other Democrats on the panel in criticizing him for not protecting the interests of vulnerable people.
March 30

MN House passes $1.35 billion tax cut

The Senate is considering its own tax cut bill that would cost $900 million and would include a reduction in the lowest tax bracket from 5.35 percent to 5.15 percent and eventually 5 percent.
March 27
The campaign to replace U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, shown in May, is heating up, with the GOP aiming to win back a Republican-leaning area held by a Democrat for more than a decade.

U.S. Rep. Tim Walz says he's running for governor

The Democratic congressman, who has represented southern Minnesota since his election in 2006, told the Rochester Post-Bulletin that he's running for governor.
March 27

Franken to vote against Gorsuch nomination

As Democrats line up to oppose Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court, Sen. Al Franken is vowing to vote against Gorsuch and Sen. Amy Klobuchar appears to be leaning against him.