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.
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.
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.
Nearly all records created by state and local elected officials would not be subject to the Wisconsin open records law under a sweeping surprise change Republicans have approved as an amendment to the state budget.
Gov. Mark Dayton was preparing to announce pay raises for his state agency commissioners as Republicans were warning exorbitant increases would become a campaign issue next year.
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.
With a presidential field approaching 20 high-profile Republicans, the GOP’s 2016 class offers voters a little bit of everything.
Minnesota lawmakers are holding a dramatic special legislative session Friday — three weeks after their regular session ended. Lawmakers are back in St. Paul to pass billions of dollars in budget bills to fund state government.
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.
The group of state Department of Natural Resources scientists that Republican lawmakers targeted for cuts has been working on a number of politically charged issues in recent years, including climate change, pollution and mining.
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.
A one-day special session will be held next month so lawmakers can wrap up unfinished business. What they’ll actually be voting on has yet to be determined.
All eyes heading into this year’s legislative session were on new House Speaker Kurt Daudt, under pressure to hold together 71 fellow Republicans back in power and eager to slash government spending.
House Speaker Kurt Daudt says Gov. Mark Dayton should apologize for saying some Republicans hate public schools.
Minnesota’s Senate has adopted a tax plan that could put a dent in property taxes for homeowners, farmers and businesses — except for railroad companies.
Minnesota’s teaching board is getting a look from the state’s legislative auditor. The board handles appeals from would-be educators denied Minnesota teaching licenses. It’s come under scrutiny at the Capitol this year from Republicans and Democrats alike. Some lawmakers and advocates say the board’s policies keep qualified teachers out of classrooms.
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.
House Republicans are moving to license Minnesota abortion providers and ban taxpayer dollars for paying for the procedure. The Republican-controlled House added both provisions to a health care budget bill on the floor Tuesday night. A handful of Democrats joined Republicans to approve the changes.
House Republicans are putting a health care program for tens of thousands of low-income Minnesotans on the chopping block.
A highly contentious debate over education issues kept state lawmakers working through the weekend.
At a rally outside the capitol Saturday, activists say with a $2 billion surplus, now is the time to invest in education. Republicans want to use the surplus to lower taxes.
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.