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Calling the proposals harmful and inadequate, he urged Republicans to reconsider.
They would have ended state funds for abortions and enacted restrictions.
Long hours, late nights at Capitol mean less time at home with spouses, kids.
Group shows anger over votes for GOP measure repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.
Minnesota Poll: A large majority of Minnesotans support President Donald Trump's decision to order missile strikes against Syria but oppose other top priorities he has on national security.
The measure bans state dollars from covering the cost of abortions for low-income women on public medical programs. If it passes the Senate, it will face a veto by Dayton.
Last week’s ouster of Bill O’Reilly, the Fox News ratings juggernaut, over quiet settlements in numerous sexual harassment cases against women, drew attention to the…
Attorney from Ramsey says he would focus on consumer protection, public safety.
MCCL renews bid to overturn ruling allowing state to fund abortions for poor women.
His social agenda, farm policies don't mesh with many rural and small-town voters.
Dayton said further delay risks losing summer construction season, federal funding.
Nonpartisan finance officer in Minn. Senate let go after officials learn of felony forgery charges tied to earlier employment.
Republicans want to divert $400 million to pay for roads and bridges.
Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday condemned the burglary and racist graffiti at a Delano home belonging to a black family that has left the town…
Her surprise decision clears way for fellow DFLers.
The governor wants $147 million more in new spending; $100 million would go toward expanding voluntary preschool.
One of the state's top Republicans said the Minnesota House would not fund recently recommended pay increases to legislative salaries.
Stubborn rate of new infections prompts call for strategy to knock down numbers.
Scuffles broke out Saturday in the rotunda of the Minnesota State Capitol at a pro-Trump rally that drew several hundred supporters of the president and a smaller group of counterprotesters. Six people were arrested.
DFL Rep. Jennifer Schultz is leading the charge to reform the way regents are chosen after her fellow legislators elected four white men last month.
Minnesota health and law enforcement officials on Monday reported an "alarming" rise in the amount of drugs seized by authorities last year, led by a…
With the Legislature's repeal of the ban all but clinched, some owners fear higher overhead.
State budget officials on Tuesday will give state legislators a starting point from which to make spending decisions for the next two years. Released twice…
Gov. Mark Dayton forcefully denounced Trump's withdrawal of a federal directive that allowed transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity.
Senate Republicans mount push for tax cuts, reduced government spending and transportation funding.
Two bills that would crack down on protesters who block highways, public transit or airport roads passed, 10-6, along party lines.
First Somali-American state legislator finding her way at the Capitol.
An effort to raise more than $100,000 for a statue of Nellie Stone Johnson, a black civil rights and labor leader during the 1930s and…
Cargill boss, others say globalization has helped Minnesota companies.
Mayo Clinic procedure for governor on March 2 to remove prostate, says cancer has not spread further
"I've had other difficult life situations. I'm accustomed to them," he said of diagnosis.
A fainting episode and cancer diagnosis jump-started a wild week in Minnesota politics. After muscling through a lengthy budget presentation on Tuesday, Gov. Mark Dayton…
Gov. Mark Dayton said he would undergo more testing after he collapsed Monday night while delivering his State of the State address.
Legislators immediately adjourned the gathering, and Dayton appeared to be seated upright and aware shortly after the incident occurred, and he was escorted out of the room.
The possibility of an open Fifth Congressional District seat is bringing all kinds of DFLers out as potential replacements for U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison if…
With women divided over Trump, many in Minnesota who backed him — and some who didn't — say he deserves chance.
He says taxpayer dollars won't go to coach buyouts.
Combined, the proposals by the DFL governor and Republicans who control the Legislature would cost the state $600 million.
Dayton issued his second salvo of the session, urging lawmakers to pass a major public works bill this year after failing to pass one last year.
Governor sees more uncertainty but urges added spending.
A newly refurbished State Capitol was the backdrop Tuesday as 201 state legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton embarked on a debate about state spending over…
As GOP-led legislative session opens today, the governor prepares for his final budget showdown.
Justices will hear two cases, the first at the Capitol since renovations began in 2014.
MacDonald was accused of citing an endorsement that she did not have.
Soft-spoken, with a ministerial air that befits the title of the book he wrote before entering politics, Gazelka is described by colleagues from both parties as thoughtful, polite and measured.
D.C. authorities are investigating an incident involving an incoming Minnesota legislator and a D.C. cabdriver.
She filed reports of threats, bigotry with two Washington, D.C., agencies.
Gov. Dayton offers cautionary note, citing "continuing economic insecurity," but political leaders likely will fight over the sum as they debate priorities in the upcoming legislative session.
Friday's forecast will likely stoke political clashes over tax cuts, infrastructure and health care.
Previously, staff was on site to investigate discrimination claims just twice a month.
The nearly 50 percent drop in full-time staff since 1990 comes amid a growing workload and heightened racial tensions in Minnesota over the past year.
Republicans scored major electoral upsets, flipping control of the state Senate and surprising DFL leaders.
The four-term congressman from Eden Prairie, handily won re-election, beating his Democratic opponent by more than double-digits.
Images and video that emerged in October from a crackdown on protesters being arrested after blocking a proposed oil pipeline in North Dakota resonated deeply…
Congress members stump for their respective candidates.
The governor on Thursday proposed direct financial assistance to Minnesotans facing skyrocketing premiums on MNsure plans next year.
The poll results also reflect a dramatic gender divide that has been evident through much of the campaign.
Incumbent snubs nominee after latest flap, while DFL sees Bonoff as its best chance in years.
Governor says he'll call special session if both sides can agree on a plan.
The DFL and GOP candidates drowned out Independence Party contender Paula Overby.
In the wake of high profile police shootings of black men in Minnesota, Gov. Mark Dayton announces council that will examine policing practices and make recommendations.
As rural demographics shift, so does networking strategy of both parties.
During forum at U, she said she fully expects to see Angie Craig and state Sen. Terri Bonoff in Congress.
The fallout from Donald Trump's 2005 remarks about how his celebrity emboldened him to grope and kiss women extended to Minnesota, where prominent GOP officials on Saturday began withdrawing their support.
Secretary of State Steve Simon wants to make Minnesota No. 1 again — in voter turnout, that is. Simon, the state’s top elections official, has…
The ruling said the broad challenge should first be heard in district court.
Transportation funding was still the sticking point in the most recent talks.
The court now has its first first female majority since 1991.
Lost in the fierce debate over Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s shifting immigration position is a focus on two other issues that one longtime GOP…
More than 50 digital billboards across Minnesota will aim to counter a surge in human-trafficking cases this year.
The Minnesota visit was part of Tom Perez's pitch for expanded apprenticeships in blue-collar trades, which he said would ensure more women and minorities enter the workforce.
It serves as the unofficial kickoff of the political season, with booths and exhibits intended to get voters thinking more seriously about the November elections.
A Republican state legislator is proposing tax cuts for Minnesota Olympic medalists who said the elite athletes shouldn't be "financially penalized upon returning home."
Two Minnesota nonprofits serving adult American Indians aiming to finish their high school education are recipients of nearly $900,000 in new funding by the state…
Gov. Mark Dayton won't call legislators back after impasse over light rail.