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.


Former state GOP chairman Keith Downey launches bid for governor

Keith Downey, a former chairman of the state Republican Party, joined the race for governor Monday with a promise to vastly cut the size of…


New Minnesota GOP leader says outsider status could help Republicans win

Jennifer Carnahan wants to shift the way people in Minnesota think about the Republican Party.


'Abandon quotes,' Rochester senator urges in controversy over governors' bios

Sen. Carla Nelson, a member of the Capitol Preservation Committee and the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board, wrote a letter to the Historical Society's president saying she was aghast.


House Speaker Kurt Daudt sued by colleagues over lawmaker pay

The bipartisan suit, filed Thursday, asks judge to enact an already-approved raise.


Judge strikes down Dayton's veto of legislative budget plan

The governor will go to the state Supreme Court after the Ramsey County district judge's ruling.


Watchdog group wants judge to reverse funding extension for Minn. Legislature

Group seeks to intervene after judge OK'd lawmakers' deal with Dayton to avoid furloughs.


Angie Craig says she'll seek a rematch with Jason Lewis in Minnesota's Second District

She wants DFL endorsement to challenge Republican Jason Lewis in 2nd District.


On 'Daily Show,' Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar invites President Trump for tea

The DFLer from Minneapolis talked about coming to the U.S. from Somalia and the invitation she's extended to President Trump to visit the Twin Cities' Somali community.


Gov. Mark Dayton joins governors' pledge to improve cybersecurity

A pact signed by 38 governors aims to improve state cyberdefense networks and boost hiring for related jobs.


Minnesota attorney general sues CenturyLink over high billing

Attorney General Lori Swanson says the internet, phone and cable company billed customers at higher rates than sales agents quoted.