Erin Golden | Star Tribune
Reporter | Politics and government reporter

Erin Golden reports on Minnesota government and politics. Before joining the Star Tribune, she reported for the Omaha World-Herald and The (Bend, Ore.) Bulletin.


Lawmakers say state should pay for licensing problems

State's flawed computer system has some registrars operating in the red.


Dayton, Fischbach pledge to work together in governor's office

In first meeting to discuss Fischbach's new role, they avoid legal issues.


Tina Smith, a political insider, steps onto the national stage

Long known as a "velvet hammer" behind the scenes, she must craft her own public persona as Minnesota's next senator.


Dayton picks Lt. Gov. Tina Smith for Franken's Senate seat

Sen. Al Franken, facing accusations of sexual harassment, said last week that he would resign "in the coming weeks." Smith would be up for election next November.


Dayton's Senate appointment could create a mess at State Capitol

GOP Sen. Michelle Fischbach says she'll keep seat in Senate; Dayton administration disagrees.


Third DFLer joins race for Minnesota state auditor

So far, no Republicans have signed up to run for Rebecca Otto's seat.


Dayton not ready to talk about Franken seat; Smith mulls run

Minnesota's DFL governor said Friday that he'll name a replacement for Sen. Al Franken "in a couple days," but he wouldn't say who it might be.


Minnesota projected to have $188 million budget deficit

The deficit in the current two-year budget cycle is projected to grow to $586 million in the 2020-21 biennium. Since the state budget must be balanced, it would require cutting spending or raising more revenue.


Special elections set to replace Minn. legislators accused of harassment

Voters to decide who will replace two legislators who quit after allegations.


Gov. Mark Dayton says he's cancer-free, encourages more screening

Governor proclaimed 'Cancer Screen Week" in Minnesota, says own experience taught importance of early detection.