Klobuchar Bolsters Support For Iran Nuclear DealU.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she'll vote for the Iran nuclear deal. The Minnesota Democrat threw her support behind the plan in a Monday statement. She says it's imperfect but it offers the "best available option to put the brakes on Iran's development of a nuclear weapon."
Clinton Building Vast Network Of Campaign Staff, VolunteersScott Hogan wanted to know why his batch of potential volunteers was "ready for Hillary." The campaign staffer didn't get the answer he wanted, but it was enough to get the conversation started.
Layoffs Loom For Thousands Of State Workers As Budget Talks StallThousands of state workers will get layoff notices on Monday. It comes after another day of budget talks between Governor Mark Dayton and Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt.
Senate Fills In Bubble For Early Voting, House Not On BoardMinnesota state senators have filled in the bubble for early voting.
Lawmakers Cope With Waiting Season As Deadline LoomsA massive, friendly dog padded around Rep. Peggy Bennett's office this week, hemmed in by a plastic fence he could easily jump.
Legislators Rally Around Farmers Hit By Bird Flu In BudgetMinnesota lawmakers are hoping to send more help to turkey farmers and the state as they fight a deadly bird flu outbreak.
USDA, Minnesota Agree To Provide $220K For Wolf ControlThe U.S. Department of Agriculture and the state of Minnesota have agreed on a plan to provide $220,000 to control gray wolves that prey on livestock. The announcement came Wednesday from U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson. The Minnesota Democrat calls it welcome news for farmers and ranchers who haven't been allowed to shoot or trap wolves that threaten their livestock since a federal judge in December put wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan back on the endangered list.
GOP Bill Would Halve Minnesota Health ExchangeA Republican state senator wants to split Minnesota's health insurance exchange into two separate entities. MNsure currently signs up residents in private plans and public programs like MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance. Sen. Michelle Benson unveiled a bill Thursday that would split those up.
Bakk: Pass New Money For Roads This Year Or Punt To 2017Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk is cranking up the pressure to pass a major transportation package this year. The Cook Democrat said Thursday he thinks the Legislature will punt until at least 2017 if lawmakers fail this session to pass new funding for roads and bridges.
Franken Calls Re-Election 'Gratifying'Sen. Al Franken's margin of victory in Tuesday's election was a landslide compared to his razor-thin win six years ago. In July of 2009, after a seven-month recount and a drawn-out legal challenge, Franken was finally declared the winner by just 312 votes. While the margin of Franken's victory this time was predicted by recent polls, as recently as a year ago he was not expected to do nearly as well.
Johnson Wishes Dayton Well After Falling ShortRepublican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson says he's wishing the victor, Democratic incumbent Mark Dayton, success because he wants Minnesota to succeed. Johnson lost his bid Tuesday to oust Dayton after a single term.
McFadden Touts Party's Progress In LossGOP U.S. Senate hopeful Mike McFadden says Minnesota's Republican party is in better shape than two years ago, despite his loss to Sen. Al Franken.