State Sen. Michelle Benson Enters GOP Race For Governor; COVID Emerges As Top IssueMinnesota’s pandemic response and public safety are quickly emerging as central campaign issues for the widening pool of GOP hopefuls vying to unseat Gov. Tim Walz and break a 15-year streak of losing statewide office.
GOP State Sen. Michelle Benson Announces Bid For GovernorState Sen. Michelle Benson, who has been a frequent critic of Gov. Tim Walz’s pandemic response, has announced her campaign for the Republican nomination to challenge him next November. If elected, she would become the first woman governor in Minnesota.
COVID In MN: Gov. Walz Expected To Announce Easing Of Indoor Dining RestrictionsIndoor dining has not been allowed for almost two months in Minnesota, but Teddy Tschann, the governor’s communications director, says Walz will “announce a loosening of restrictions on indoor dining and other settings” in an address scheduled for Wednesday at 2 p.m.
DFL Inauguration Event Outside Minnesota State Capitol Criticized By Some GOP MembersAn inauguration event planned for outside the Minnesota State Capitol is getting pushback from some Republicans.
Coronavirus In MN: Minnesota Senate Passes Bill To Let Most Businesses ReopenWith one week left in Gov. Tim Walz's stay-at-home order, some Republicans are trying to speed up the re-opening process.
'It Is Time To Learn A Lesson': Lawmakers Hold Rare, Contentious Hearing On Troubled DHSMinnesota lawmakers are warning the Department of Human Services to end the turmoil at the $14-billion-a-year state agency.
Another Top DHS Official Steps Down; Two Others Rescind ResignationsAnother top official from the Minnesota Department of Human Services is stepping down.
Talking Points: Sen. Michelle Benson's Response To Walz's Gas TaxGov. Tim Walz called the budget he introduced last week his "One Minnesota Budget," but Republicans have a different name for it: "One Expensive Minnesota Budget," and they're promising to fight some of the big ticket items, including a 20-cent increase in the Minnesota gas tax for roads and bridges.
GOP HHS Chair: 'I Don't Play Chicken' With MNsure CrisisThere is still no insurance fix for 125,000 Minnesotans facing monthly insurance rate hikes.
Lawmaker To Chair Health Care Committee Mulls OverhaulRepublican Sen. Michelle Benson will chair a powerful health care committee in 2017 after the GOP won back control of the state Senate.
A List Of Who's Likely To Run For Governor In 2018The break from politics in Minnesota is over. Let the 2018 race for governor begin.
Senate Rejects Fee, Inspection Rule For Abortion ClinicsMinnesota senators have turned back a measure that would have led to twice yearly inspections and $10,200 licensing fees for clinics that provide 10 or more abortions per month. Friday's 32-29 vote establishes a chamber position as senators head into budget negotiations with the Republican-led House.
Split State Power Tempers GOP's Health Care PlansAfter two years of vilifying the federal health overhaul and the state's health insurance exchange, Minnesota Republicans face Democratic opposition in the Senate and governor's office that will scale back their hopes for a wholesale makeover.
Senate Sends Dayton Women's Workplace Rights Bill A bill called a hallmark update to Minnesota's workplace protections for women headed Thursday to Gov. Mark Dayton for his expected signature.
Minn. Senate Passes Anti-Bullying BillThe Minnesota Senate passed a bill Thursday to prevent bullying in Minnesota schools. But even though lawmakers support the idea of the Safe and Supportive Schools Act, it is still among the most controversial bills of the year at the Capitol. Minnesota has been in the national spotlight because of a rash of students committing suicides because of bullying.