Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto is asking voters to give her another four years in the role. The two-term Democrat released a Web video Tuesday that declares her intention to seek re-election in 2014.
Gov. Mark Dayton is meeting with the Legislature’s four top leaders as they try to agree on whether to hold a special session. Dayton and the lawmakers plan to meet Friday afternoon in the governor’s office.
The gun control debate is not only at the State Capitol Wednesday, it’s about the State Capitol. A meeting about Capitol security started about late Wednesday morning in St. Paul, and a group of gun owners made a dramatic appearance.
A task force studying security at Minnesota’s Capitol is starting a review of regulations for having firearms in the building. The Advisory Committee on Capitol Security has two hearings planned on the topic, the first coming Wednesday. Next week, the panel expects to take public testimony.
Another Democratic state lawmaker is joining the race for Minnesota secretary of state. State Rep. Steve Simon of Hopkins announced his plans Tuesday. He is chairman of the House Elections Committee.
Opponents of the effort to unionize thousands of Minnesota home day care operators are appealing the ruling of a federal judge who dismissed their case. The plaintiffs, a group of day care operators, filed the appeal Tuesday to the U.S. Eight Circuit Court of Appeals.
Sen. Al Franken says he’d welcome a campaign visit by President Barack Obama, a fellow Democrat, during his Minnesota Senate race next year. Franken insisted Monday that he’s not yet in campaign mode, but told reporters that he’d “really enjoy it” if the president campaigned for him.
State and federal officials are fanning out this week across 18 Minnesota counties for briefings with local leaders about available aid to recover from severe storms in late June. The contingent from Minnesota’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will be joined by representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Senator Al Franken is making several Twin Cities stops where he’ll be talking health care and criminal justice issues. The Democratic senator holds a state Capitol news conference Monday morning to tout a provision of President Obama’s health care overhaul that he helped shape.
In less than 24 hours, same-sex couples can legally get married in Minnesota. Some couples are not wasting any time. They are getting married at 12:01 Thursday morning. It will be a busy night both in Minneapolis and St. Paul as both cities have large events planned.
A new Minnesota law will heighten criminal penalties for assaulting bus or light rail drivers. The new law takes effect Thursday. It adds public transit operators to a list of occupations and individuals protected under the state’s fourth-degree assault statute.
The Minnesota Legislature’s most senior members are getting a rundown on how the state’s economy is performing. Nine top House members and nine from the Senate were due to convene the Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy on Thursday.
Top Minnesota officials on Monday approved the design and work plan for a state Capitol restoration that will touch every corner of the historic building and cause construction headaches along the way.
A legislative committee that will oversee the development of Minnesota’s new health insurance exchange holds its first meeting Monday. Minnesota is one of 17 states setting up its own exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act.
The fate of a possible election that could unionize thousands of Minnesota home day-care operators rests with federal Judge Michael Davis, who said at a hearing Thursday that he would rule quickly on whether to halt the drive.