When Minnesota lawmakers returned to the State Capitol after the bruising 2014 election campaign, Tina Smith was outside their offices to greet them.
Gov. Mark Dayton took his second oath into office on Monday, but he celebrated his second term in style Saturday night. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith hosted the North Star Ball at the St. Paul Union Depot. The event was open to the public, and included music, food and mingling.
Members of the newly-elected Minnesota House took the oath of office in a major construction zone Tuesday. The Capitol is shrouded in scaffolding. Lawmakers and their families navigated closed-off hallways and long elevator lines to open the session. The new Republican majority selected Rep. Kurt Daudt as the powerful house speaker.
If voters grant Gov. Mark Dayton four more years, he says he’ll stick around for all of them. Dayton told The Associated Press in an interview this month that he’s heard the rumors he’d leave office before the end of a second term and catapult running mate Tina Smith into the top job. He says it’s not true.
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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is turning to a trusted adviser to be his running mate as he seeks a second term. Dayton has chosen Tina Flint Smith, his chief aide since he took office in 2011, to replace Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon. Prettner Solon didn’t want to serve a second term.
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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has picked his new running mate and will announce the decision on Tuesday. Dayton’s campaign said the new political team would appear at a union hall near the Capitol. The Democrat seeking a second term is replacing Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon on this year’s ticket after she said she would only serve one term.
A Minnesota state senator mentioned prominently as a running mate for Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton says she doesn’t want the job.
Wednesday marked day two of the federal government shutdown, and there’s growing anger about it. Congress and the President still haven’t come to an agreement, and there are no signs the end will be anytime soon. Meanwhile in Minnesota, top leaders are scrambling to adjust to possible impacts at home.
Gov. Mark Dayton and the Mayo Clinic turned Tuesday to heavy hitters in business and politics to run a new governing authority that will oversee the medical facility’s ambitious Destination Medical Center expansion in Rochester, which is billed as the state’s largest-ever economic development project.
Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration is highlighting quick bureaucratic changes they say have already saved the state tens of millions of dollars.
In the coming weeks, Gov. Mark Dayton will be trying to sell his new tax plan. The plan would reduce the current sales tax rate from 6.8 percent to 5.5 percent, while increasing the number of goods and services that will be taxed.
Gov. Mark Dayton’s chief of staff is telling Minnesota’s business leaders that tax increases must be part of solving the state’s chronic budget problems.
The advisers that will lead Democrat Mark Dayton’s transition to a possible governor’s administration are familiar names in the party.