Smith’s parents were on hand at the Minnesota Capitol earlier this week to tell his story one more time, part of an effort to pass a package of bills to stop price gouging and bring some transparency to the insulin market.
The new caucus was born less out of ideology than from unhappiness with the leadership of the House GOP caucus.
The four-term Democratic state senator from Kerrick has a long history of legislative experience working on behavioral health issues.
Beyond paying for social programs with state dollars for now, the governor and his administration is relegated to keeping an eye on things — and to being the sympathizer in chief.
The chair of the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association has made it clear to legislative leaders that the state’s casino-owning tribes aren’t interested in adding sports betting to their offerings.
Research shows that calls made while holding a cellphone are not, in fact, significantly safer than calls made with hands-free systems.
While House DFLers are eager to act on gun legislation, Senate Republicans are not persuaded that changes to state law are needed, a position that also applies to a series of other DFL priorities.
During the annual “Session Priorities” dinner of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, a panel of legislative leaders was asked to give one-word answers to a series of questions by host Tom Hauser.
If his funding request is adopted, Kaler said he thinks the U of M could keep tuition increases at inflationary levels at the Twin Cities campus and at zero at the other four campuses in the system.
Former Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration opposed the controversial proposal. Whether that approach will continue under Gov. Tim Walz is now unclear.
For the most part, DFLers have offered vastly different solutions to the problem, however.
Education was featured prominently in Gov. Tim Walz’s remarks, but he also highlighted a theme that was a big part of his campaign — that the state has addressed tough problems in the past and can do so again.
Laws aren’t necessarily well-known — or enforced, according to researchers and advocates.
Passing a gas tax increase and a MinnesotaCare buy-in option are top priorities for Gov.-elect Tim Walz and House DFLers. But opposition among Senate Republicans is bound to create a conflict from day one.
Tension between environmentalists and industry has become a hallmark of DFL politics. Walz is trying to keep both groups happy.
Secretary of State Steve Simon’s solution to address concerns about revealing party preferences is to make the 2020 primary voter lists exempt from Minnesota’s Data Practices Act — for everyone but the parties.
The Food Innovation Team is an eight-member group that includes two more food system advocates, as well as representatives from the state health and agriculture agencies and a couple people from county health departments.
From HQ2 to Janus, a look at the year in economic development.
From rise and fall of the new Tim Pawlenty to the fall and rise of Keith Ellison, the year in Minnesota politics has been nuttier than a Pearson’s roll.
More than $120 million was spent to influence voting in the state, according to an accounting of every ad listed in FCC filings.