Dave Orrick / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL—Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton lately is all about an "emergency" funding plan for public schools running deficits. He's on a bully-pulpit kick, urging Republican lawmakers to change course late in the legislative session and spend $138 million to shore up school budgets to reduce the likelihood of teacher layoffs or larger class sizes. He wants the GOP-controlled Legislature to authorize the money instead of planned tax breaks. So far, he's getting nowhere. But he's not stopping.
ST. PAUL—A bipartisan group of lawmakers want to make it illegal to sell cigarettes and other tobacco products to anyone under 21 in Minnesota. The current age is 18. The proposal by a group of House members would also cover nicotine products like e-cigarettes. Why would we change? The harder you make it for people under 21 to buy nicotine, the fewer people will get sick and die, supporters say.
ST. PAUL—The general says she's being hamstrung in her mission. On Tuesday, March 6, Minnesota National Guard Brig. Gen. Johanna Clyborne — the newly appointed commissioner for the state's IT department, said delays by the Republican-led Legislature are prohibiting her from doing what she was hired to do: fix Minnesota's beleaguered computer system for vehicle registration and titles.
ST. PAUL — Two Minnesota lawmakers want Minnesota to get an extension so that people can still board domestic airplanes with regular driver's licenses after Oct. 10. On Tuesday, Feb. 27, Reps. Paul Torkelson, R-Hanska, and Dennis Smith, R-Maple Grove, asked Gov. Mark Dayton to seek an extension from the federal government on a fall deadline over compliance with Real ID, a new, higher-security identification regimen.
ST. PAUL — Al Franken, what's next for you? "It's a good question, and one I'm not quite ready to answer yet." That's how the former U.S. Senator answers the question in a letter to supporters that arrived in inboxes Friday morning.
ST. PAUL — State Rep. Erin Maye Quade left Wednesday's sexual harassment training for the Minnesota House of Representatives in tears. The Apple Valley lawmaker — a central figure in the #MeToo movement's presence in the Minnesota Capitol — needed a few minutes to compose herself before speaking with a reporter.
ST. PAUL — A pair of Republican state lawmakers have effectively derailed — at least for now — plans for so-called "high-speed" passenger train service between the Twin Cities and Chicago. All they needed to do was object. "It's in effect like a one-person veto," said Sen. Scott Newman, one of the two lawmakers who put the brakes on a vision that has been in the works since the 1990s and has, over the years, received bipartisan support.
ST. MARY'S POINT, Minn.—State Sen. Karin Housley, a Republican from Washington County, announced Tuesday that she'll run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Al Franken. Housley, a Realtor who lives in St. Mary's Point, is the first Republican to formally announce a bid for the seat.
ST. PAUL — Two Minnesota lawmakers — a Republican woman and a Democratic man — have a plan to revamp the way the state House deals with sexual harassment allegations. The plan, announced Monday, Dec. 11, would speed up the process for allegations to be addressed and allow anyone — not just fellow lawmakers — to make a complaint.
ST. PAUL — Dan Schoen is ready to turn in his Washington County lawmaker credentials, but not his gun and badge. Faced with allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior, Schoen, a Democratic state senator from St. Paul Park, has officially notified Gov. Mark Dayton he'll resign Dec. 15. The letter was delivered Monday, Dec. 4, to Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, the top Democrat in the Senate. But Schoen, who is on the Cottage Grove police force, said he wants to remain a cop.