Minneapolis 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.
In restoring Minnesota’s Capitol to its old glory, renovators planned to spend $4.5 million on furniture and decorative finishing touches on the inside. That was until House Republicans quietly pushed to bump up the furnishings allocation by $2 million, or 45 percent.
Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker’s plan for replacing President Barack Obama’s health care law would extend refundable tax credits to help pay for private health insurance based on age instead of income, restructure Medicaid and allow people to shop for insurance across state lines.
These are the four stories you need to know about for Friday, August 7. They include a heated debate between 10 Republican presidential hopefuls, and mysterious new footage purporting to reveal a possible new look at an old legend.
On a crowded debate stage, 10 Republican candidates for president sought breakout moments and tried to avoid missteps that could sink their White House hopes at this early stage. Here’s a look at how they fared during the first Republican debate of the 2016 campaign.
The Republican bid to reclaim the White House begins in earnest Thursday with the first debate of the 2016 campaign, a 10-candidate face-off for leadership of a party grappling with internal divisions and a changing American electorate.
Gov. Scott Walker left Thursday for the first Republican presidential debate without answering questions about whether he knew he was suspected in 2011 of committing felony misconduct in office.
The Republican Party of Minnesota says it’s chipping away at a pile of debt that still exceeds $1 million. The party announced Tuesday that it will report holding $1.25 million in debt halfway through 2015.
Gov. Scott Walker planned to sign a pair of bills that would loosen Wisconsin’s guns laws Wednesday, legislation that had passed the Republican-controlled Legislature before last week’s fatal shootings at a South Carolina church.
Long before the 2012 Iowa caucuses, Tim Pawlenty was already out of the race for president. Yet his short-lived campaign lives on, casting a shadow over the Republicans now wooing voters in the state that kicks off the White House contest.
Gov. Mark Dayton and majority House Republicans came to a tentative deal Monday on education funding, the largest unresolved piece of the state budget fight that’s pushed Minnesota toward a potential government shutdown.
Gov. Mark Dayton has abandoned his priority plan for a statewide pre-kindergarten program but remains at odds with GOP lawmakers over the amount of new funding for public schools. Republican leaders said Friday that progress had been made in private talks but the Democratic governor described the state of negotiations as a disappointment.
A top House Republican says lawmakers offered another $100 million for public schools in an effort to head off Gov. Mark Dayton’s looming veto on an education budget.
Minnesota lawmakers got a visit Wednesday from a well-known celebrity chef and food writer lobbying to save the “Snowbate” tax credit for production companies. Andrew Zimmern greeted House members, some of whom took selfies with the famous chef.
Senate Republicans are putting pressure on one of Gov. Mark Dayton’s commissioners. Mike Rothman has served as commissioner of the Department of Commerce since 2011.
House Republicans put a health care program for tens of thousands of low-income Minnesotans on the chopping block as the centerpiece of a budget bill that aims to put up half of the $2 billion in tax relief GOP lawmakers hope to offer.
An attempt to dismantle the Minnesota health insurance exchange failed to get enough votes at the State Capitol Friday. The Democratic-led Minnesota Senate defeated the attempt by Republicans to get rid of MNsure via a budget bill.
Republicans in the Minnesota House are firming up their stance on one of the session’s biggest issues: education. A floor session on the GOP’s education budget was expected to last hours Saturday. The House would spend about $157 million more on schools and families over the next two years. The bulk of that is in money districts can use however they like.
House Republicans are staking out their boldest budget stance yet. The House was set to take up a bill funding state government Friday with a final vote expected hours later.
Minnesota senators have turned back a measure that would have led to twice yearly inspections and $10,200 licensing fees for clinics that provide 10 or more abortions per month. Friday’s 32-29 vote establishes a chamber position as senators head into budget negotiations with the Republican-led House.
Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker spent Thursday in his neighboring state. The potential Republican presidential candidate had three private events, including an unannounced visit to the State Capitol for a meeting with Republican state lawmakers.
A 10-year, $7 billion plan for Minnesota road-and-bridge construction has the GOP-led House on a different course than Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton for solving a top issue for both parties this legislative session.
The Minnesota House was going on record about how to pour billions more into road and bridge construction. A Republican-crafted proposal to direct $7 billion to projects over the next decade was slated for a vote Tuesday. As drafted, it would redirect existing taxes on auto parts, vehicle leases and car rentals to construction and borrow billions more.
Republicans in the state House unveiled a sweeping tax relief package Monday they hope will mean lower taxes for more than 2 million Minnesotans.
Republicans in the Minnesota House have carved out space in their budget to improve internet service in greater Minnesota.