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.


Swanson will join other states suing over border separations

Attorney General Lori Swanson said Thursday that Minnesota will join with other states preparing to sue the Trump administration over the "inhumane treatment of children"…


Dayton, Swanson challenge 'immoral' border separations of families

Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday that he would not authorize Minnesota National Guard troops to help with immigration enforcement at the border, and Swanson joined with other attorneys general to push against the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy.


State Rep. Omar wins DFL endorsement for Ellison's seat

Voting is largely symbolic but builds momentum for primary.


DFL to meet Sunday to sort out endorsement for Rep. Ellison's seat in Congress; Anderson Kelliher to sit it out

The endorsement is functionally a symbolic gesture, but official party backing still confers some status.


Pawlenty, Walz beat party-endorsed rivals in fundraising

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty has more in his campaign bank account -- $1.3 million -- than any of his Republican and DFL competitors.


Supreme Court strikes down Minnesota law on voter clothing

The court sided with voters who were challenged at polls in Hennepin and Ramsey counties for wearing T-shirts and buttons with political messages.


Lori Swanson debuts first TV ad of governor's race

She was the last to join the race but the first to buy statewide airtime.


President Trump headed to Minn. for first visit since election

The president's June 20 rally in Duluth will come just under two months before Minnesota holds its primary election.


For the DFL, a 'crazy ride' to the primary awaits

Primary infighting for governor, attorney general and Congress seats likely to expose weaknesses, drain financial resources.


Swanson joins governor's race with Nolan as running mate

A Swanson-Nolan gubernatorial ticket adds more drama to a DFL primary that already promises to be hotly contested. With the endorsing conventions behind them, both parties are focused on the next chapter of the campaign.