ST. PAUL — Like many barbers, Ken Kirkpatrick usually has the lowdown on what’s going on in his neighborhood. But Kirkpatrick works in a unique neighborhood: the Minnesota State Capitol...
ST. PAUL — As Minnesota’s First Lady, Gretchen Quie threw herself into restoring the Governor’s Residence, opened the mansion to the public and championed the arts. The wife of former Gov. Al Quie died at home on Sunday after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. She was 88. Throughout her life, Gretchen Quie was active as a potter, promoter of ecclesiastical art and volunteer in numerous civic organizations.
ST. PAUL — With a large chunk of extra cash sitting in the state treasury, Minnesota legislative leaders say they want to cut taxes in 2016, an appealing option to politicians in an election year.
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday promoted Minnesota Appeals Court Judge Natalie Hudson to the state Supreme Court. Hudson will succeed retiring Justice Alan Page. “Judge Hudson brings superb judicial experience over an outstanding career to this high office,” Dayton said in announcing her appointment at the entrance to the high court’s chamber in the Minnesota Judicial Center. Her selection preserves the court’s racial diversity. Hudson, like Page, is black. Before Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton says a Minnesota delegation’s trip to Mexico this week is “the most productive trade mission I’ve been involved in.”
ST. PAUL — While his opponent was attacking his MNsure health insurance exchange at a Twin Cities news conference last week, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton was sitting on the floor of a Brainerd kindergarten classroom reading to about 20 5-year-olds. Each child had drawn a picture for the governor illustrating what they think he does.
RED WING — Just about everybody knows a Jeff Johnson, but one of them has a name recognition problem. A large share of Minnesota voters don’t know who Republican candidate for governor Jeff Johnson is, and many who recognize his name haven’t formed an opinion of him. Meanwhile, the state Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and a DFL-allied political action committee have spent the past several weeks pummeling Johnson in television commercials as a right-wing extremist. “Tea Party Republican Jeff Johnson, that’s my name,” the candidate joked about the l
ST. PAUL — In addition to deciding which candidate will challenge Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton on Nov. 4, Minnesota Republican voters will pass judgment in Tuesday’s primary election on the value of the party’s endorsement. If GOP-endorsed Jeff Johnson wins, the party’s stock will rise.
ST. PAUL — Republican candidates for Minnesota governor came out swinging in a broadcast debate Wednesday, arguing over idealistic visions versus the practical realities of running a divided state government. First-time candidate Scott Honour said he would make the biggest and boldest cuts in state spending, prompting Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson to accuse him of making unrealistic campaign promises during the four-man exchange on Minnesota Public Radio. Less than two weeks before the Aug.
ST. PAUL — If the Minnesota governor’s race hasn’t grabbed your attention yet, here’s one reason: The candidates haven’t raised or spent nearly as much money on their campaigns as previous contenders. So far this year, the five leading Democratic-Farmer-Labor and Republican candidates have spent a combined total of just under $2 million in this race. At this time four years ago, by contrast, the five top candidates had paid out nearly $9 million.