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.
Sen. Franken To Introduce Anti-Stalking App BillA crime that is sweeping the nation is targeting people in Minnesota. Stalking apps are being used on cellphones, which allow abusers to secretly stalk their victims. These apps are not available on the iTunes or the Android Apps store.
Franken Calls His Washington Memoir A 'Psychological Thriller'U.S. Sen. Al Franken is not done with his career as an author. The second-term Minnesota Democrat, former "Saturday Night Live" writer-performer, and best-selling author is working on a memoir about his years in Washington.
Partisan Divide To Remain In New, $90M Senate OfficeMinnesota's now-scattered 67 state senators are planning their move into offices under one roof for the first time anyone can recall. As the new, $90 million Senate Office Building nears completion, an office draft is underway.
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.
GOP's Petersen Accelerates Senate Exit, To Resign This Fall A Republican sped up his planned exit from the state Senate, announcing Thursday he'll resign this fall from the seat he had already opted not to again run for in 2016.
Abeler Aims For Return To Legislature In Senate RunA former Republican lawmaker is eyeing a return to the Legislature after just a year away. Rep. Jim Abeler spent eight terms in the House before stepping away in 2014 for a failed bid for the U.S. Senate.
Coleman's Son Eyes State Senate Seat For 2016Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman's son is looking to get a start in politics. Jake Coleman announced on Tuesday a bid for a state Senate seat representing southwestern Twin Cities' exurbs as a Republican. GOP Sen. Julianne Ortman announced this year she won't run for a fifth term in the seat.
Sen. Klobuchar Talks New Book On WCCO RadioMinnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar's new book "The Senator Next Door" comes out Tuesday. Klobuchar was a guest on the WCCO Morning News with Dave Lee Tuesday morning where she told the story of how she got going in politics.
Wisconsin A Step Away From 20-Week Abortion Ban The state Assembly is set to take up a bill that would ban non-emergency abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Petersen Joins List Of GOPers Exiting Senate In 2016A third Republican state senator plans to step down next year. Sen. Branden Petersen announced Monday he won't run for a second term in 2016. The Andover Republican served one term in the House before being elected to the Senate in 2012.
California Legislature Passes Strict School Vaccine BillCalifornia lawmakers on Monday sent the governor a contentious bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in reaction to a recent measles outbreak at Disneyland.