State Democrats Unveil Ambitious To-Do List For Rural MinnesotansDFL lawmakers say they're prepared to use up to $400 million from the state's huge budget surplus to start focusing on what they say are specific issues that are having a tremendous impact on rural Minnesota, and that Twin Cities residents might not even think about.
Lawmakers Meet To Discuss Possible Special Session ItemsWith an eye on either salvaging a special session or putting those hopes to rest, lawmakers began weeding through ideas on Thursday that would bring Minnesota in compliance with a federal high-security driver's license law, extend unemployment benefits for laid-off steelworkers and tackle racial economic disparities.
Gov. Dayton Wants Special Session Answers Next WeekGov. Mark Dayton has asked legislative leaders to make a final call by the end of next week on whether to hold a special session, he told The Associated Press in a Thursday interview.
Lawmakers Debate Special Session To Discuss Disparities Among Black CommunityMinnesota's lawmakers and community leaders are brainstorming how to aid their state's hurting black community in a possible special session, though some acknowledge the issues may prove too weighty to take on in a one-day legislative blitz.
Democratic Sen. Goodwin Won't Seek Re-Election In 2016A showdown among two Minnesota House members took shape Friday, as a suburban state senator declared she wouldn't seek re-election next year.
Sandra Peterson, Former State Rep. & Union Leader, Dead At 79Former State Rep. Sandra Peterson, who helped guide the merger of Minnesota's two largest teachers' unions, has died. She was 79.
Koochiching County Commissioner Wins House PrimaryA county commissioner has won a special election primary for a House seat to represent Minnesota's largest district. Koochiching County Commissioner Rob Ecklund outpolled three other Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidates in Tuesday's election for District 3A, which covers Koochiching, Cook, Lake and northern St. Louis counties.
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.
MN Reps. Cited Step Down From Ethics CommitteeThe fallout continues for two Minnesota state lawmakers cited for "making out" in a Regional Park. GOP Reps. Tara Mack and Tim Kelly apologized Monday to law enforcement for saying the Dakota County park ranger lied about the incident.
MN Rep. Demands Colleagues Apologize To DeputyA Democratic member of the Minnesota House of Representatives is calling on two Republican colleagues to apologize to a deputy who cited them for public nuisance.
Sheriff: Lawmaker Cited For Making Out 'Changed Her Tune'The sheriff who handled the case of Minnesota lawmakers cited for making out in a park says one legislator "changed her tune" after initially thanking the park ranger for intervening.
House Speaker Daudt To Serve As MN Campaign Chair To WalkerWisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced Friday that House Speaker Kurt Daudt will serve as the Minnesota state chairman for Walker's presidential campaign. Currently, Daudt is the Speaker of the House in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
House GOP Plan Would Wipe Out Campaign Spending LimitsMinnesota House Republicans are proposing to significantly alter state campaign finance law as part of a budget plan. A component of the majority party's budget plan released Tuesday would repeal Minnesota's program that makes candidates eligible for campaign subsidies if they abide by spending limits.
Minnesota House Speaker: Sunday Liquor Sale Vote Will OccurMinnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt says advocates of full liquor sales on Sundays can be assured that a vote will be held before the Legislature adjourns this year. But the top Capitol Republican stopped short of guaranteeing an outcome in the perennial fight.
Bill Heightening Response To Campus Sex Assaults AdvancesA bill establishing a new protocol for Minnesota universities and more avenues for students and others to report cases of campus sexual violence has cleared a Minnesota House committee.