Panel Votes Against Paying $200K Settlement To Former State EmployeeA panel of top Minnesota lawmakers has opposed a $200,000 settlement with an ex-state employee who accused her boss of defamation and discrimination while he forced her out.
DFL Sen. Tom Bakk Says GOP's PolyMet Move Could BackfireMinnesota's Senate majority leader says he's worried a Republican push to make a special session contingent on a PolyMet project pledge could do more harm than good.
MN Rep.: With 'Driverless' Cars Coming, Why Spend On Light Rail?Minnesota should prepare for thousands of "driverless" cars on state roads in the very near future. That's the prediction of a top state lawmaker, who says self-driving cars will one day outnumber traditional vehicles, and make other forms of transportation obsolete.
Key Lawmaker On Taxes Resigning To Take Job At Lobbying FirmA power player at Minnesota's Capitol is resigning her House seat to take a job at a lobbying firm, where she'll keep a focus on tax and local government policy.
Hillary Clinton Will Visit Minnesota Before 2016A senior adviser to presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton says the Democratic frontrunner will be back in Minnesota before year's end. Clinton communications adviser Karen Finney said Monday that the former secretary of state is beginning to build her campaign infrastructure in states beyond the pivotal first four.
Fierce Legislative Campaigns Expected Statewide In 2016With the November 2016 elections just one year away, Republicans, Democrats and outside groups are preparing for expensive battles over state legislative seats. Increasing activity by independent groups could push next year's campaign fundraising totals past those of previous election cycles.
Rep. Keith Ellison Endorses Bernie SandersRep. Keith Ellison has endorsed Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders for the 2016 election. In recent polls, 33 percent of Democrats said would throw their support behind Hillary Clinton, compared to Vice President Joe Biden's 25 percent and Sanders' 24 percent.
Senate Official Building Still Controversial As It Nears CompletionThe controversial new Minnesota Senate Office Building at the State Capitol is nearing completion. Republicans made the $90 million project an example of wasteful spending in the 2014 campaign.
Walker: Exiting Race Allows Him To Help Ron JohnsonWith his run for the White House behind him, Gov. Scott Walker says he will now be free to campaign aggressively to help fellow Republican Ron Johnson win re-election to the U.S. Senate in a rematch against Democrat Russ Feingold.
New Squabble Looms Over Minnesota Political Office SpaceAnother squabble is shaping up over offices for Minnesota politicians. The 83-year-old State Office Building that is the main workspace for 134 House members and their staffs is in need of more than $100 million in repairs, according to the agency that manages government properties.
4 Presidential Candidates Speak At Mpls. DNC ConferenceMinneapolis was center stage Friday for the Democrats in the 2016 presidential race. The Democratic National Committee is holding its summer meeting downtown, where Hillary Clinton was mobbed by supporters.
Democratic Party Lags In Money Before Presidential YearThe Democratic National Committee barely has more cash than it does IOUs, and it is being outraised month after month by its Republican competitor. Its $24 million debt from the 2012 presidential election, only recently paid down, has squeezed investments in the next White House race.