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Lawmakers call Maine governor unhinged after obscene tirade

FILE- In this June 7, 2016, file photo, Maine Gov. Paul LePage attends an opioid abuse conference in Boston. LePage is being accused again of making racially insensitive comments, this time by saying photos he's collected in a binder of drug dealers arrested in the state show more than 90 percent of them are black or Hispanic. The governor made the remark at a town hall in North Berwick, Maine, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Maine's bombastic Republican governor has built a reputation on his unfiltered comments, but his obscene tirade unleashed on a liberal lawmaker prompted Democratic lawmakers Friday to warn that the governor was coming unhinged and to call for a political intervention.

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump are measuring the White House drapes

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have already moved teams into an office building a block from the White House, where they are vetting résumés, sketching organizational charts and otherwise planning their transitions.

Candidates' transition teams plan post-election hires for their administrations.

Officials concerned over whitewater center reopening

State and local elected officials have expressed concerns that the U.S. National Whitewater Center has reopened its channels less than two months after a rafter died from a brain-eating amoeba and with no new regulations in place.

Donald Trump's doctor explains the letter he wrote in 5 minutes

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump prepare for Sept. 26 debate

Behind the scenes, Clinton and Trump are preparing for the first of three showdowns, set for Sept. 26.

Riley Horan, 20, hopes to leave mark on politics even if he loses Minnesota legislative race

Couple files lawsuit to bring dozen cats into remodeled home

A Buncombe County couple is going to court to get permission to keep the 12 cats they refer to as their "tribe" in their refurbished home.


GOP, Trump campaign try to quell Minnesota ballot panic
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Amid reports that Donald Trump was in danger of not getting on Minnesota's presidential ballot, the Trump campaign says everything is in order and voters will have a chance to cast their ballot for him in November.

Outside political group alleges campaign-finance violations by two DFLers
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The Minnesota Jobs Coalition, a Republican allied political group, has alleged violations of campaign-finance law by a DFL House candidate and a former DFL state legislator.


Libertarians fight for a spot on the debate stage

Gary Johnson must meet 15-percent poll threshold.


U.S. is getting ready to make truck, bus drivers slow down

For newly made U.S. vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds, regulators are considering a cap of 60, 65 or 68 mph, though that could change.


New Brighton elections called off after judge rules city acted improperly

Judge says city improperly switched to even-year elections, wrongly rejected a challenge.


In canoe on Mississippi, interior secretary marks 100 years of Park Service

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell paddled a canoe Friday off St. Paul to highlight the Twin Cities' urban park, lauded as a national treasure.


Gov. Dayton orders steps to protect bees, other pollinators

Gov. Mark Dayton issued new state limits Friday on the use of a controversial class of pesticides that have been implicated in the decline of honeybees and other pollinators.


Judge: Rep. Bob Barrett doesn't live in district, can't be on ballot

The State Supreme Court will make final decision on whether the Republican representing Chisago County will be on ballot.


Maine gov. leaves lawmaker obscene voicemail rant

Republican Gov. Paul LePage unleashed an obscene tirade on a Democratic legislator, leaving him a voicemail message that said "I am after you" and telling reporters he wished it were 1825 so he could challenge the lawmaker to a duel.


Greek clergy seeks Minnesota support for Orthodox leader

Gov. Mark Dayton met with leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church last Sunday, and it wasn’t to share a slice of baklava at the Greek…


Vin Weber linked to ex-Trump strategist's Ukrainian lobbying effort

The former Minnesota Republican faces uncertainty as to whether he will be part of any federal inquiry into the lobbying.


Dayton, Met Council seek to give Southwest LRT $145M boost

Money to keep project going would come from Met Council, Hennepin County, metro transit board.