Minnesota Republicans trying to oust Gov. Mark Dayton from office are giving negative reviews to the final State of the State speech of the Democrat’s term. Reaction from the field of challengers was sharp and swift Wednesday night.
Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday it would be “pointless” for him to veto a bill stripping the Minnesota Lottery’s ability to sell tickets online if the Legislature votes convincingly for the restriction. Dayton told The Associated Press that he hopes lawmakers at least give the lottery adequate time to end its Internet games and minimize breached contracts. The Senate voted overwhelmingly last week for an immediate online lottery prohibition. A House vote could come soon.
Minnesota Republicans say the state Department of Revenue shouldn’t have cited Gov. Mark Dayton’s role in enacting recent tax breaks in a letter sent to people who might benefit.
In St. Paul Tuesday, Gov. Mark Dayton said he doesn’t have the legal authority to declare a moratorium on frac sand mining in southeastern Minnesota. This announcement comes after dozens of residents delivered a petition to his office asking for one. Both sides of the Mississippi River bluffs are home to a special kind of sand that’s used in frac mining for oil and gas.
Other people might call April 15 “Tax Day,” but Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has another name for it.
Republicans made their choice of who should take Michele Bachmann’s seat in Congress Saturday. Tom Emmer is a former state lawmaker who narrowly lost the governor’s race to Mark Dayton in 2010. He celebrated his party’s endorsement for Congress Saturday in Monticello, Minn. getting 76 percent of the vote.
If the first thing you think of when you hear “Swedish chef” is the Muppets character, then maybe you need to start thinking of Paul Berglund. He has a picture of his felt counterpart in the kitchen of the Bachelor Farmer, the red-hot North Loop Minneapolis restaurant. “A liver pate is one of my favorite things,” Berglund said.
Lawmakers will be less than a month from the mandatory session finish line when they return to the Capitol after Easter, but don’t be surprised if they make an earlier break for it. Much of the heavy lifting of the election-year session is done. Negotiators from the House, Senate and Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration forecast more ease than usual buttoning up remaining tax and budget bills.
President Barack Obama is praising Minnesota lawmakers for raising the state’s minimum wage.
Gov. Mark Dayton is asking for more time to prepare his State of the State speech before a joint session of the Minnesota Legislature.
The Minnesota House was in an emotional debate Tuesday over a bullying bill that would toughen the state’s laws, following a rash of student suicides linked to bullying.
In Minnesota, at least one group opposed to Obamacare encouraged Minnesotans not to enroll and encouraged them to refuse to sign up on any website. Gov. Mark Dayton calls it inexplicable. “It’s been a barrage of criticism all the way. It’s been people cheering when it has problems. It’s been telling people not to enroll, which i think was very ill-advised,” Dayton said.
Supporters of medical marijuana are trying to turn up the heat on Gov. Mark Dayton with a new TV ad that will debut in prime late-night and daytime slots. Their ad features a St. Paul woman and her 5-year-old son, whose daily seizures from intractable epilepsy have been eased by medical marijuana. The woman, Angela Garin, says in the ad she was shocked to learn that Dayton is blocking legalization of medical marijuana in Minnesota.
For Patrick McClellan, here’s what mitochondrial myopathy can feel like: muscle spasms that won’t stop, spreading through half his body and bursting blood vessels with their force. And being attacked by a swarm of invisible bees, their stingers piercing every uncovered spot of skin.
The new federal health care law says everyone must be signed up by midnight Monday, or face a penalty. In Minnesota, MNsure is moving quickly to enroll as many people as possible over the weekend. Already this week, MNsure ramped up recruiting at more than 1,000 signup events.