Minnesota politics - commentary, blogs and multimedia | StarTribune.com

Gov. Mark Dayton looks back on 40 years of Democratic National Conventions

Gov. Mark Dayton of Minnesota speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016.

From 1976 to 2016, the DFL governor's political career has gone through highs and lows.

Obama signs bill requiring labeling of GMO foods

President Obama on Friday signed a bill that will require labeling of genetically modified ingredients for the first time. The legislation will cover most food packages.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has two years to write the rules, pre-empting a GMO Vermont law that kicked in earlier this month.

Outrage, caution from Latino stars in critical election year

Celebrities are known to jump on political bandwagons, whether it's Oprah Winfrey cheering candidate Barack Obama in 2008 or Clint Eastwood and his GOP convention monologue deriding the president in 2012.

A look at state flag-protection laws

Burning and other acts of destruction aimed at the United States' flag are protected by the U.S. Constitution as forms of free speech, but most American states have their own laws declaring them illegal. An Associated Press analysis found that at least 40 states have similar laws, which occasionally lead to arrests (though seldom, if ever, convictions). A look at the collection of obsolete state laws that live on:

Former governor, WWII ambassador to Britain getting his due

Publicly, John Gilbert Winant was a three-term New Hampshire governor, the first leader of the Social Security Administration and U.S. ambassador to Britain during World War II. Privately, he battled depression and massive debt. He shot himself just as his memoirs were about to be published in 1947.

States' flag-burning laws unconstitutional, but persist

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz had just finished walking in a July 4th parade when her assistant told her a central Illinois man had been arrested on suspicion of burning an American flag.

Duke seeks return to political relevance on Trump coattails

It would be hard to overstate how much former KKK leader David Duke has attempted to link his 2016 surprise Senate bid to that of the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

Dayton: Clinton 'dedicated her life to serving the needs of others'
Hot Dish Politics

Gov. Mark Dayton addressed the crowd at the DNC

Fitch lifts Minnesota to top credit rating
Hot Dish Politics

Rating increase reflects state's economy, budget reserves, financial health

Father of fallen soldier offers emotional rebuke of Trump

Khizr Khan lost his son, Capt. Humayun Khan of the Army, to the war in Iraq more than a decade ago. On Thursday night, he…

Tim Kaine is the ultimate dad, says Twitter

The main response to vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine at the Democratic National Convention last night? He is everyone's dad.

Push for $15 minimum in Minneapolis hits a snag

A push to give workers in Minneapolis one of the highest minimum wages in the country has run into a major obstacle.

Chelsea Clinton: Mom driven by compassion, heart

Chelsea Clinton praised Hillary Clinton's contributions to social causes throughout her life, calling Hillary her role model, saying "That's who my mom is - she's a listener and a doer. She's a woman driven by compassion, by faith."

Clinton: With no ceilings, 'the sky's the limit'

To thundering cheers of delegates at the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton noted that she's made history by becoming the first woman of a major U.S. political party to be nominated for president, saying "the sky is the limit."

Chelsea Clinton steps up to new role

– Chelsea Clinton had a singular role to play on the final night of the Democratic National Convention here, serving as the very…

Minnesota DFL's Sanders, Clinton camps join in opposition to Trump

– Passionate divisions among Minnesota DFLers who watched Hillary Clinton triumphantly claim the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday started to give way to a…

Trump says Putin is better leader than Obama

Donald Trump called President Vladimir Putin of Russia “a better leader” than President Obama, offering the praise in an interview with “Fox and Friends” on…

Dayton: Clinton 'dedicated her life to serving the needs of others'

Gov. Mark Dayton addressed the crowd at the DNC

Fitch lifts Minnesota to top credit rating

Rating increase reflects state's economy, budget reserves, financial health