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.


Rally at Minnesota Capitol calls out sexual harassment

In speeches, several women who serve at the Capitol who said they are frustrated by harassment and discrimination regularly encountered there.


Gov. Dayton's line-item veto of Legislature's budget upheld

The decision hands Gov. Dayton a legal victory as he seeks to rework costly tax breaks and other measures he signed into law this spring as part of a new state budget.


Gov. Dayton, Minnesota officials apologize for licensing problems

Dayton, state's top IT official say rollout of state's new vehicle licensing system has not gone as planned, inconvenienced Minnesotans.


Senate worker: Schoen 'crossed line' by sending explicit photo

Sen. Dan Schoen is facing renewed calls to resign after an employee of the state Senate reported that he sent her an unsolicited sexually explicit photograph.


U.S. Supreme Court to consider Minnesota law barring political clothing at polls

Groups are challenging a state law about political apparel at polling places.


Caught in the middle, Hodges squeezed out in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges mounted a re-election bid this year based on the same messages that had won over so many of the city's voters. But this time many of the same people who propelled Hodges into office voted to replace her. On Election Day, she became only the second Minneapolis mayor in 40 years to run for a second term and lose.


Minn. Senate faces December furloughs, shutdown

Amid a budget stalemate with the governor, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said the Senate will run out of money Dec 1.


'Reds' and 'blues' sit down together to try to heal the political divide

A group called Better Angels is organizing the gatherings of Republicans and Democrats to talk, listen and find what they have in common.


Minn. vehicle registration problems make for long waits

A recent run of problems with the state's new vehicle licensing system is prompting new headaches during an already bumpy transition.


Nov. 1: Gov. Dayton rejects Legislature's calls to restore funding

Republicans dispute his assertion that lawmakers have access to $45 million.