Last year, fierce pushback from the pharmaceutical industry mattered. This year, it probably won’t.
The decision represents only one aspect of larger fights ahead.
House DFLers have unveiled a “comprehensive plan” to address the fatal disease, which has been found in isolated pockets of Minnesota but has flourished in Wisconsin and Iowa. Republicans have not supported all of the DFL-led legislation, but have also made battling CWD a priority.
The governor and his Department of Commerce had been mulling whether to drop the Dayton administration’s appeal after taking office, but ultimately decided to stay the course after the lawsuit was thrown out last week on a technicality.
After seeing that the parties could use the authority outlined in the bills to veto mainstream candidates, the bills’ chief sponsor in the state Senate said he reconsidered.
A judge’s order put new pressure on Gov. Tim Walz to quickly take a side on an issue he has been quietly mulling since taking office in January.
For some kinds of donors, it can pay to play both sides.
Under a provision in the bills, major parties would be asked for a list of candidates that each party has approved. No approval, no placement on the primary ballot.
The provider tax was supposed to become unnecessary as people covered by MinnesotaCare were covered by Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. There was one small problem.
Democratic groups focused their spending on the governor and attorney general races, both of which were won by DFLers.
Like many Greater Minnesota legislative districts held by Democrats, SD11 has increasingly turned toward Republicans.
Current state law says that no one can help more than three voters mark their ballots. A bill recently proposed by Rep. Samantha Vang would change that.
A task force convened last year by former Gov. Mark Dayton has recommended Minnesota allow platooning and has drafted legislation to make it legal.
Rep. Zack Stephenson’s bill would appropriate $2.5 million to the Department of Employment and Economic Development to oversee the program and guarantee any defaults by workers. No interest could be charged during a shutdown or for 90 days after the end of a shutdown.
Recreational marijuana probably isn’t coming to Minnesota this year. But the debate at Legislature has already become largely about when, not if, it will happen.
The new House DFL majority says the new rules are simply to make things more efficient. Republicans say they’re anti-democratic, and anti-transparency.
Transportation is now the largest source of emissions in the state.
Abortion opponents say equal rights amendments “have a history of discriminating against less-developed humans; those yet to be born.”
Initiatives the MAP Caucus has already discussed and hopes to work on include immigration and deportation, education, health, the environment and agriculture.
Warnings about climate change are getting more alarming. The GOP-led Senate and DFL-controlled House are offering starkly different responses.