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August 17, 2012
Capital Chatter: Obama touts advances in wind power
ST. PAUL -- Wind was a major topic on President Barack Obama's campaign swing through Iowa, and not by chance the White House released a report showing wind power use is growing. The report shows Minnesota produces the third most wind power, one of six states that meet at least 10...
August 17, 2012 - 9:57pm
August 10, 2012
Capital Chatter: Candidates drill home specific points at Farmfest forum
REDWOOD FALLS -- Farmers listening to the two major-party candidates for U.S. Senate may not have understood just where they stood on some issues after a Farmfest forum, but they could not have missed two points: * Republican challenger Kurt Bills is a teacher, a fact he managed...
August 10, 2012 - 9:55pm
August 3, 2012
Capital Chatter: Are you ready? Another recount possible
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota election officials say a recount is possible in Aug. 14 primary election state Supreme Court races. Four years ago, Minnesotans endured a lengthy U.S. Senate recount between Al Franken and Norm Coleman.
August 3, 2012 - 9:45pm
July 20, 2012
Capital Chatter: Critics make Franson more determined
ST. PAUL -- Death threats, demands to resign and other attacks to have only made state Rep. Mary Franson more determined to stay in office, she said. A Democratic-Farmer-Laborite campaign official sent Internet links to a video clip of a recent Franson speech in Browerville in which...
July 20, 2012 - 9:53pm
July 13, 2012
Capital Chatter: Bakk suggests House OK disaster aid, then leave
ST. PAUL -- The question on everyone's mind during a news conference about a special disaster aid legislative session was whether Republican...
July 13, 2012 - 9:51pm
July 6, 2012
Capital Chatter: Marriage amendment backers count on DFL votes
ST. PAUL -- Conventional political wisdom is that a gay-marriage prohibition on the Nov. 6 ballot would pit Democratic-Farmer-Laborites against Republicans. "It is not that cut and dried," Chuck Darrell said. Darrell, Minnesota for Marriage spokesman, said Democrats are needed to...
July 6, 2012 - 9:34pm
June 29, 2012
Capital Chatter: Health care dispute keeps on giving
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House minority leader declared that the U.S. Supreme Court settled "once and for all" the federal health-care law dispute. The state's senior U.S. senator said the court put "the law above politics." Yes and no. It is a complex issue, and one that is far...
June 29, 2012 - 9:38pm
May 4, 2012
Capital Chatter: Dean's stadium plan a diversion
ST. PAUL -- The Dean plan will be an asterisk in the Great Stadium Debate of 2012, but it provided an interesting diversion while Minnesotans awaited a legislative vote about a new Vikings stadium. House Majority Leader Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, said he had worked a couple of weeks...
May 4, 2012 - 11:57pm
April 20, 2012
Capital Chatter: Politics mull sports bloggers, columnists
ST. PAUL -- Don't believe everything you read, especially in sports blogs and columns about government issues. That is what some Minnesota politicians say after dealing with Vikings stadium issues for months, or years. For instance, in a week dominated by stadium news (a frenzy...
April 20, 2012 - 10:04pm
April 13, 2012
Capital Chatter: 'Not exactly a pen-pal letter'
ST. PAUL - The end of the 2012 Minnesota Legislature approaches amid strong partisan disagreements. House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, called a recent letter from Democratic Gov.
April 13, 2012 - 9:36pm
April 6, 2012
Capital Chatter:Many tribes oppose wolf hunting plan
April 6, 2012 - 10:06pm
March 30, 2012
Capital Chatter: Pre-Easter adjournment looks unlikely
ST. PAUL -- Many people under the Capitol dome say it feels like the Legislature is in its final days, but more and more it looks like lawmakers will take a break and return April 16 to wrap up work. Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, said lawmakers are working quickly,...
March 30, 2012 - 9:32pm
March 23, 2012
Capital Chatter: White Earth casino plan still lingering at Capitol
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators talk little about a White Earth Band casino proposal to increase state revenue, but the band leader says she will continue to push it as lawmakers struggle to find money for everything from a stadium to schools. To answer one of the critics' nagging...
March 23, 2012 - 11:08pm
March 16, 2012
Capital Chatter: Bud Grant scores big with Minnesota senators
ST. PAUL -- The past week was full of big news under the Minnesota Capitol dome, everything from hundreds of workers protesting a proposal that would make joining unions optional to a sex scandal to the sudden stalling of a stadium construction bill. But the most entertaining episode...
March 16, 2012 - 10:04pm
March 9, 2012
Capital Chatter: Full house expected for right-to-work debate
ST. PAUL -- If there ever was a full committee room, it will happen at 8 a.m. Monday in Room 15 of the Capitol when the Senate Judiciary Committee hears a proposed constitutional amendment that would remove a requirement that some workers belong to unions. Union workers from across...
March 9, 2012 - 9:49pm