The Minnesota Fair marks the unofficial kick-off of the fall election campaigns. Both Governor Mark Dayton and his Republican challenger, Jeff Johnson, are making their case in person with fair goers.
She is one of the nation’s most controversial members of Congress and in just a few months Rep. Michele Bachmann will be leaving office. While Bachmann has not said what she will do next, last Tuesdays primary gave us her likely successor.
You may not be thinking politics right now, but in just eight days Minnesota votes will go the polls to cast ballots in the Aug. 12 primary. Turnout is expected to be very low and that has candidates scrambling for support.
Last week, the jury for the Jesse Ventura defamation trial deliberated for nearly 25 hours without coming to a verdict. The lengthy deliberations have even experts wondering what could be taking so long.
On Wednesday of last week, President Barack Obama announced economic sanctions to punish Russia for supplying arms to the rebels in Ukraine. The very next day the Malaysian Airliner was shot down.
Fighting continues in Iraq with government forces continuing to try and hold off the advances of Sunni militants. The appearance this weekend of the militant spiritual leader Abu Bakr al – Baghdadi at a mosque in Mosul, despite a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head, is seen as a further sign of how emboldened the rebels have become. Questions are also growing over whether the U.S. should back an effort to replace the current president of Iraq, Nouri Al-Maliki.
This weekend an estimated 300,000 people packed the Pride Festival in the Twin Cities. The Festival is one of the largest GLBT events in the nation and a parade Sunday morning attracted top Democratic political leaders. It’s an indication of how powerful gay voters are.
News last week that Medtronic is buying an Irish firm and moving its headquarters to that country is prompting debate here in Minnesota and across the country. Medtronic says it needs to make the move so that millions of dollars of overseas profits can be taxed at a lower rate. That has members of Congress asking if it’s time to either change the tax code or make it harder for companies to make this kind of a move.
Despite the weather, the debut of the Metro Transit Green line is being hailed as a big success. On Saturday, about 45,000 people took advantage of free service to try out the new line connecting downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. But along the corridor, there is concern about safety.
Republicans may have already had their nominating convention, but four candidates remain in the race for Minnesota Governor. The four will face off in an Aug. 12 primary that is expected to have a turnout of only 10 percent of eligible voters.
By this time next week, we will know who the Minnesota Republican party will nominate to run against Sen. Al Franken and Gov. Mark Dayton.
This week, the Minnesota House and Senate will have to hammer out differences between the Senate and House versions of a medical marijuana law.
Bills legalizing medical marijuana could be voted on in both the Minnesota House and Senate this week, but the House and Senate versions are significantly different. That has led to disagreements among supporters that some say threaten passage of any type of bill.
Week two of the Byron Smith trial will begin Monday. The defense is expected to continue to present witnesses who will testify that Smith was living in a state of fear because of a series of break-ins at his home.
It is rare that big business news breaks on a Saturday night before a holiday. But that is what happened at 10 p.m. last night when General Mills chose to announce it was reversing a days-old policy, in which the company tried to get consumers to give up their right to sue.