Politics in Minnesota
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Otto shook up both her role as state auditor and her campaign for re-election last month when she cast the lone “no” vote as the state’s Executive Council took up 31 exploratory nonferrous mining leases in northeastern Minnesota. The leases went ahead anyway, but in voting against them, Otto became the first statewide elected official to express concern about the state’s move toward the new process of nonferrous mining
The filibuster in the U.S. Senate may soon go the way of the horse-drawn carriage. Recently the majority Democrats eliminated the 60 vote requirement for passage of cloture motions that end debate on federal judicial and executive branch appointments. Now a simple majority of Senators can end debate and move them forward. What is the likely outcome? Surprisingly, ending the filibuster may facilitate minority rule of the American public.
Sen. Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana and the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, wants to cut corporate tax rates. But he’s finding that corporations are lining up to criticize his proposal.
Wisconsin’s lawyer met with a hail of questions from U.S. appeals court judges while he tried to defend a state law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have local hospital admitting privileges.
Ranked choice voting (RCV) gained added attention for being the method used in Minneapolis/St. Paul municipal elections, including the recent mayoral elections. What do you see as the good and bad of RCV?
When Larry Pogemiller was Majority Leader of the Minnesota Senate between 2007 and 2011, he had a competent staff and the resources of state government at his disposal. But on a semi-regular basis, Pogemiller would make a phone call or have a hallway conversation with a numbers-crunching independent consultant named Jeff Van Wychen.
Nonetheless, convention planning continues. The event will be at the River’s Edge Convention Center in downtown St. Cloud and is expected to draw 500 people. Miles McEvoy, a deputy administrator of the National Organic Program, will be a keynote speaker and will fill people in on the status of the federal Farm Bill, Hanks says.
Aerial imagery taken since the 1930s indicates that, since the time of the Great Depression, human hands have diverted half the mileage of all Minnesota streams and rivers.
Since early October, the University of Minnesota has released numerous crime alerts for armed robberies, random sexual assaults and an attempted kidnapping.
Political and ideological opponents did not waste their chance to grab some of the spotlight from Tuesday's groundbreaking.
The politeness that has prevailed in the early stages of the CD 6 GOP race may have come to an end this week, when candidate Phil Krinkie fired the first volley aimed directly at a fellow Republican: frontrunner Tom Emmer.
Bergeron works as a committee administrator on the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee.
The sex offender task force's final recommendations emphasized the importance of separating the civil commitment process from the risk of political interference.
Gov. Mark Dayton welcomed Monday's release, though he stopped short of endorsing any of its findings.
Notable among those who did not endorse Nguyen is Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, who has not ruled out running for the office.
Bergstrom said Sunday she will seek the DFL endorsement to run for House District 64B next fall, which covers the Highland Park and Macalester-Groveland neighborhoods of St. Paul. She joins three other candidates in the race, including former House staffer Melanie McMahon, St. Paul mayoral aide Matt Freeman and longtime activist Gloria Zaiger. Paymar recently announced he would not seek re-election to the seat.
Fenton, of Woodbury, said Monday that her last day as deputy chair will be Jan. 1. She is running for the House District 53B seat next fall after incumbent GOP Rep. Andrea Kieffer announced she would not seek re-election. Fenton initially said she would continue as deputy chairwoman during her run for the House.
Dayton's and Franken's relative unpopularity does not seem to have hurt their party.
The cause of immigration reform has led Bill Blazar a bit outside his organization’s usual comfort zone. The second-in-command at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has been with the organization for two decades, but his position advocating in favor of comprehensive immigration reform in Washington, D.C. represents the first time he’s undertaken a major role on a federal issue.
The committee did approve proposals that would nearly double the amount dedicated to security resources for the Capitol Area Complex.