Public Policy

Dayton, Franken have wide leads, new poll says

A new poll says Democratic incumbents Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sen. Al Franken have double-digit leads over the Republicans who are challenging them in the November election. The survey, conducted...

June 17, 2014

Possible hurdle for Medtronic-Covidien deal: Congress

The $43 billion deal Medtronic announced late Sunday to acquire Ireland-based competitor Covidien – and save the newly merged company a bundle on U.S. taxes – is not yet a done deal. One possible...

June 17, 2014

St Paul Capitol

MN Chamber Rates State Lawmakers’ Voting Records

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce published a report that outlines its stance on bills and how lawmakers voted on them throughout the 2014 session.

June 17, 2014

Poll: GOP primary race for governor extremely close

A new KSTP/SurveyUSA poll shows a close race among the Republican gubernatorial candidates vying in the primary. Jeff Johnson (above at left), a Hennepin County Commissioner who won the endorsement...

June 12, 2014

Dayton going to D.C. to push for money to finish SW Minnesota water line

Yes, the wheels of bureaucracy sometimes turn slowly – or even grind to a halt. But perhaps a well-placed shove can get them back in gear. That seems to be the hope behind Gov. Mark Dayton’s...

June 10, 2014

Minnesota had to give NFL a lot of free stuff to win Super Bowl bid

Bringing the Super Bowl to Minnesota in 2018 was no small accomplishment for the Super Bowl Bid Committee representing Minneapolis and the Vikings. Minnesota’s winning bid was better than...

June 09, 2014

Commerce Dept. calls Xcel's proposed rate increase 'way too high'

The Minnesota Department of Commerce says Xcel Energy’s proposed rate increase is too large and should be scaled back by 60 percent. The Pioneer Press says the increase Xcel is seeking over a...

June 05, 2014

Franken renews push to ban 'stalking apps'; ad industry airs concerns

At a Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday U.S. Sen. Al Franken revived his push to ban smartphone apps he says many stalkers use to track the movements of their victims. As the Associated Press reports...

June 04, 2014

Jeff Johnson

Half-United, Half-Divided, Minnesota Republicans Pledge Pragmatism In 2014 Campaign

The state Republican Party has been conducting a frank reappraisal of its priorities, outreach, and messages since the 2012 election when the GOP lost control of the legislature.

June 02, 2014

Coal Burning Plant

Fed Plan Orders MN To Cut Carbon Emissions 41 Percent

To reach that goal the Environmental Protection Agency is setting customized targets for each state.

June 02, 2014

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