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The Capitol Note: Senate committee hears medical marijuana

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 7:50am
1) A key Senate committee Thursday morning will hear a proposal that would allow severely ill patients to access medical marijuana, marking the first movement in that chamber this session. The unexpected spring forward for what was once a struggling piece of legislation that had stalled out in the House and not been considered at ...

Senate panel okays $109 million Lessard-Sams package

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 4:13pm
The recommendations call for the acquisition of almost 2,000 acres of native prairie and would pay for restoration and enhancement projects on another 7,000 acres of such lands.

Metro alliance watches out for small retailers

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 4:10pm
The Metro Independent Business Alliance tries to prevent chains from gaining unfair edge.

Hearings to address Bottineau LRT impact statement

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 4:08pm
The Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority will host four public hearings on the Bottineau Transitway light rail project’s environmental impact statement.

CP train yard expansion requires wetlands fill

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:59pm
The state Environmental Quality Board has published an environmental assessment worksheet for the proposed expansion of Canadian Pacific Railway’s train receiving yard near Pig’s Eye Lake.

Senate tax bill sets up showdown

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:12pm
The Senate Taxes Committee passed its second tax-relief package of the 2014 session, but the bill differs significantly from a House counterpart that passed last week.

Kahn, Noor gird for House 60B primary

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:01pm
A deadlocked convention pushes DFL contest between Mohamud Noor and Rep. Phyllis Kahn to the August election.

One pricey delay for Southwest light rail line

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 2:48pm
How inflation adds $45 million-plus to total $1.68 billion cost.

Federal funds for VA project are slow to arrive

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 2:29pm
Nearly a year after the Minnesota Legislature approved a 100-bed skilled nursing home on the Minneapolis Veterans Home campus, the state is still waiting for most of the funding commitment from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Schier: Are Minnesota’s 2014 elections a national “also-ran”?

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 2:15pm
So far, Minnesota is not receiving much national attention regarding the November elections as the national political press steers toward political trends favoring states with perceived GOP victories.

Young: Friendship is the Golden Rule for excellent politics

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 1:53pm
The meetings of minds, or “deals,” are the mother’s milk of sustainable constitutional democracy.

Ponnuru: Jeb Bush isn’t a fantasy candidate

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 1:36pm
The former governor of Florida is at odds with the Republican Party on immigration and education, among other things.

Owl paparazzi, beware — you could be looking at a misdemeanor

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 8:52am
In an effort to capture the most vivid images, contemporary bird photographers sometimes go to elaborate lengths to draw their subjects close. Some of those methods—specifically, those used to efforts to lure wild owls into the range of a shutterbug’s viewfinder – could soon be illegal.

The Capitol Note: House passes anti-bullying measure, on to Dayton

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 8:21am
1) Gov. Mark Dayton will sign an anti-bullying measure on Wednesday following its passage in the House shortly after midnight, the Star Tribune reports. The bill, which stalled  in the Senate during last session’s waning hours, was approved with Republican opposition. It would require schools to better train staff to prevent bullying and require that ...

Dayton to lawmakers: Stop hiding on medical pot

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 3:41pm
“Let’s see ‘em vote. They’ve hidden behind their desks the whole session,” Dayton said at a press conference at the Capitol.

The Capitol Note: House and Senate agree on minimum wage

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 9:27am
1) House and Senate lawmakers announced on Monday a previously elusive compromise for legislation to hike the state minimum wage to $9.50 an hour, with an annual increase in most circumstances. The House and Senate had previously disagreed about inflation-related increases to the wage without any government approval — a measure pushed by the House ...

Senate committee approves $77 million office building plan

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:42am
Senate Minority Leader David Hann said he was dissatisfied by the lack of details available.

DFL leaders announce minimum wage deal

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 2:40pm
The stalemate between DFLers in the House and Senate over the minimum wage ended Monday as leadership from both chambers announced a deal to bump the minimum wage to $9.50 over the next three years.

The Capitol Note: Lawmakers set to announce a deal on minimum wage hike

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 9:03am
Lawmakers are expected to announce a deal on Monday raising Minnesota's minimum wage to $9.50 an hour with inflationary increases thereafter. Negotiations between the Senate -- which has been dragging its feet on the issue -- and the House, have been a major political division this session between the Democrats who control the Legislature.

Convention deadlocks as contentious Kahn-Noor race heads to primary

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 9:16pm
Mohamud Noor, a Somali activist, blocked an endorsement at the DFL Senate District 60 convention on Saturday in a competitive state House race that’s pitted the growing political power of Minneapolis’ East African community against Rep. Phyllis Kahn’s more than 40 years of experience winning her way back to the Legislature.