Gov. Mark Dayton

Legislators blow another deadline

There were other complications with the special session, including a disagreement over a bill aimed at blocking local governments from setting their own wage and labor standards.

Bakkstabbed

After the state Senate voted to suspend pay raises for Gov. Mark Dayton’s commissioners, the governor said he didn’t know if he could ever trust Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk again.

The rise of Tina Smith

Once a little-known DFL insider, Smith is poised to become one of the most active lieutenant governors in state history — as well as a possible successor to her boss.