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Gov. Dayton and the Legislature: what happened, why and what comes next?

Minnesota state budget is settled, but Dayton extends political battle with lawmakers -- with likely legal consequences.


Morning Hot Dish: Labor's revenge

The Star Tribune's morning political newsletter


Sen. Klobuchar vows Judiciary Committee will closely vet Comey's replacement

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

As President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey continues to rock the Capitol, Sen. Amy Klobuchar anticipates the Senate Judiciary Committee will play an important role in the aftermath.


Paulsen calls for independent investigation into Russian interference

Rep. Erik Paulsen

Rep. Erik Paulsen called for an independent investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election following President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, going further than many GOP lawmakers in the aftermath of a move that has roiled the Capitol over the last day.


Attack ads launched over GOP healthcare vote

The attack ads are already starting against House Republicans who approved the controversial healthcare overhaul last week.


Health care vote splits Republicans, Democrats in Minnesota delegation

Reps. Erik Paulsen, Jason Lewis and Tom Emmer were among 217 House Republicans who voted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Thursday.


Tobacco industry spent $486,000 trying to influence Minnesota politics

The tobacco industry spent at least $486,000 trying to influence Minnesota politics and government in 2016 and the first part of 2017.


State House GOP releases $600 million public works plan

The proposal is considerably smaller than the bonding plan proposed by DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, who wants to borrow $1.5 billion for roads, bridges, college campuses and other public projects.


Minnesota House blocks vote on grants for measles outbreak

A majority of House members voted against the proposal on procedural grounds, saying more meetings were needed.


Minn. GOP Chairman Downey attacks deputy as election nears

Keith Downey

GOP Party Chairman Keith Downey released a letter to a party committee questioning the judgment and competency of Deputy Chairman Chris Fields just days ahead of the election for party officers in St. Cloud Saturday.


Dayton open to approving transportation plan without raising gas tax

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton

Gov. Mark Dayton said that if the Legislature passes a 'satisfactory' transportation budget bill without a gas tax, he would be inclined to sign it into law.


Minnesota revenue commissioner warns budget cuts could prompt tax-refund delays

Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly criticized GOP budget proposals from the House and Senate, which aim to cut millions from her department.


Lawmakers from minority communities create new caucus

Lawmakers from minority groups try to unify, focus their message.


Campaign to draft Rep. Rick Nolan for governor hires campaign operative

Hire indicates Nolan may be serious.


Parks, water projects, historical sites share in $527M Legacy funds

The Legacy funding bill was passed unanimously this week by the Minnesota House.


Klobuchar, Franken vote against Gorsuch

Before the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court along party lines, Minnesota's senators joined other Democrats on the panel in criticizing him for not protecting the interests of vulnerable people.


MN House passes $1.35 billion tax cut

The Senate is considering its own tax cut bill that would cost $900 million and would include a reduction in the lowest tax bracket from 5.35 percent to 5.15 percent and eventually 5 percent.


U.S. Rep. Tim Walz says he's running for governor

U.S. Rep. Tim Walz addressed the crowd during the dedication of the State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Minn., on Sunday, May 29, 2016.

The Democratic congressman, who has represented southern Minnesota since his election in 2006, told the Rochester Post-Bulletin that he's running for governor.


Franken to vote against Gorsuch nomination

As Democrats line up to oppose Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court, Sen. Al Franken is vowing to vote against Gorsuch and Sen. Amy Klobuchar appears to be leaning against him.


Senate Republicans pitch $208 million jobs bill

The plan includes funding for new training programs and rural broadband.