Bill Salisbury / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- Democratic state Rep. Melissa Hortman’s rise to the top rungs of political power in Minnesota has been a sometimes-bumpy but persistent climb grounded on her family’s religious values and her youthful dreams. Hortman, 48, an eight-term lawmaker from Brooklyn Park, will be elected speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives, the second-most-powerful office in state government, when the 2019 Legislature convenes on Jan. 8.
ST. PAUL — Here’s what you need to know about Minnesota’s roads and bridges as the Legislature prepares to start another debate on how they are paid for:
ST. PAUL — Minnesota drivers who are fed up with potholed pavements or time-wasting traffic jams know that many of the state’s roads and bridges are in bad shape and getting worse. The state’s top Democratic and Republican elected leaders feel your pain. “We agree that we need more road and bridge funding,” outgoing GOP House Speaker Kurt Daudt said last week. But the parties’ leaders continue to disagree on how to pay for transportation improvements.
ST. PAUL — DFLers won control of the Minnesota House of Representatives as election results rolled in Tuesday night, Nov. 6. Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt of Crown conceded defeat at 11 p.m., when he phoned House DFL Leader Melissa Hortman to congratulate her on winning a majority of seats. Hortman is expected to be elected the next speaker.
ST. PAUL — Democrats are in a good position to pick up seats in the Minnesota House of Representatives on Election Day, but face a steep climb to flip the chamber from Republican control. Republicans have a 77-57 majority heading into the election. But a dozen of those seats are in suburban districts carried by Hillary Clinton in 2016. Those seats, along with a handful of others that Donald Trump won by thin margins, are the Democrats' main targets. They need to pick up 11 seats to take control of the House, which they last held in 2013-14.
ST. PAUL — Although Election Day is more than six weeks away, Minnesota voters can cast early ballots starting on Friday, Sept. 21. Minnesotans will be able to vote in person at county election offices throughout the state or vote from home by mailing in "no-excuse absentee" ballots. Early voting will be open until Nov. 5, the day before Election Day. Secretary of State Steve Simon expects another large voter turnout this year, in part because early voting makes it easier to cast ballots.
ST. PAUL — Overshadowed by a mad dash of last-minute candidates seeking Minnesota's top offices, an apparent record number of women have filed to run for the state Legislature this year. When filings for offices closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at least 100 female candidates had officially signed up to run for the Minnesota House of Representatives. The state Senate is not up for election this year. Although the tally was not final, "It feels like a record," said House Minority Leader Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park. About 90 women ran for the House in 2016.
BURNSVILLE, Minn. — After narrowly losing her first bid for Congress in 2016, Democrat Angie Craig is getting a second crack at defeating first-term Republican Rep. Jason Lewis this fall. Craig, a former medical device company executive from Eagan, easily won the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party endorsement on Saturday for Minnesota's south suburban 2nd Congressional District seat. Craig, 46, was endorsed on the first ballot at the DFL convention at Burnsville High School, defeating Jeff Erdmann, a Rosemount High School teacher and head football coach.
ST. PAUL—If you are a Minnesotan experiencing a mental health crisis, there's a strong chance that the police officers or paramedics who respond to your call for help will take you to jail or a hospital emergency room because there aren't enough other treatment options available around the state. Or you may be taken hundreds of miles to another state where a psychiatric bed is available, making it hard for your family to visit. When you're released, you may end up homeless because you didn't get the care you needed and there are few other housing options available.
ST. PAUL—The chairs of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor and Republican parties rarely agree on anything, but on Monday, Feb. 5, the two leaders held a joint Capitol new conference to urge voters to go to their precinct caucuses on Tuesday night, Feb. 6. The caucuses are important, DFL Chairman Ken Martin and GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan said, because they start the process of endorsing candidates for governor, U.S. senator, members of Congress and other state offices.