Politics in Minnesota

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Wetland protections face renewed scrutiny

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:01pm
With the new GOP majority in the House pledging to focus on rural issues, the Iron Range’s seven-member, all-DFL delegation appears positioned yet again to make an outsized impact at the Capitol.

It’s always election season for some lawmakers

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 1:53pm
House and Senate panels will focus on voting rules and election finance among other things.

List of transit-oriented development sites narrowed

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 1:45pm
Metro Transit’s new transit-oriented development office has narrowed down a list of 110 Met Council-owned properties along transit lines to 62 parcels for further analysis as potential joint development opportunities.

Obama defiant

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 1:23pm
President Obama has decided to rely upon an aggressive and expansive definition of his executive powers in order to make policy regardless of congressional preferences.

Listening closely to kids

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 1:17pm
Adults and teens learn the value of resilience and relationships as part of the Itasca Area Initiative for Student Success.

3M may provide bird-safe fix for stadium

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 6:00pm
Two lawmakers--both supporters of a bird-safe stadium design--said they are optimistic a plan will be worked out to protect migratory birds using innovative materials from 3M .

Leaders approach surplus with caution

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 1:55pm
The $1 billion surplus is a ‘small cushion’ as the projected $42 billion 2016-17 budget looms ahead.

Counties push fix for ‘broken’ probation funding system

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 1:48pm
Counties handle 84 percent of the total probation load and say that system is jeopardized by byzantine funding formulas for probation services, which have forced them to pick up an ever larger share of the tab.

Park Board’s tunnel study concerns LRT backers

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 1:38pm
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s tunnel study is the latest in a series of potential hurdles for the Southwest LRT project based on the plan to run light rail through the narrow, environmentally sensitive corridor alongside freight trains and a popular recreational trail.

MnDOT opens bids for $69M worth of projects

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 1:29pm
Minnesota Department of Transportation officials opened bids for more than a dozen highway projects, including a costlier-than-expected upgrade of Old Highway 14 near Owatonna.

Wisconsin lawmaker hints at right-to-work exemption

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 1:24pm
The state Senate’s majority leader brought up the possibility of exemptions meant to preserve construction unions’ role in training workers.

The hubris of Eugene McCarthy

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 1:18pm
In 1968, McCarthy imposed his personal resentments toward Hubert Humphrey and Lyndon Johnson on the American people.

Focus on growth in Greater Minnesota

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 1:11pm
In today’s economy, Greater Minnesota has a terrific story to tell, and in many ways deserves more attention from policymakers than the Twin Cities urban region.

Winds shifting in agriculture

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:42pm
After their swing-district victories, House Republican will push farm issues like streamlining permits and regulations.

In fledgling pot firms, doctors are public face

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:20pm
Doctors serve as the face of LeafLine and MinnMed for purposes of the public rollout, but the investors, staff, and consultants at both companies come from a wide variety of other professions.

MAC requests proposals for airport hotel

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 1:51pm
A request for proposal seeks a development team to “finance, design, construct and operate” a full-service hotel on a site along the inbound/outbound roadway at the airport’s Terminal 1.

Right-to-work rumblings grow in Wisconsin

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 1:44pm
Backers of a right-to-work proposal say it would be easier to adopt than the 2011 law that stripped most public workers of the bulk of their collective bargaining rights.

Push for constitutional convention gathers steam

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 1:32pm
It’s still not likely to be successful, but the fact that more than two dozen states have called for a convention to change the Constitution is evidence the effort is more serious than before.

The color line of the 21st century

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 1:23pm
Repeatedly, the evidence suggests that we remain as racially divided today as we were 60 years ago when the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision supposedly desegregated America’s schools and launched a civil right revolution.

Maintaining the ‘Wellstone way’

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 12:15pm
Wellstone Action leader Ben Goldfarb encourages progressive organizing.