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End of the Line-Almost….

In the waning days of the 2016 session, Gov. Mark Dayton and top lawmakers still haven’t reached agreements on the biggest outstanding issues. ...more

Finance Deadline Week/One Month and Counting

Midnight Thursday marked the deadline for all finance bills to make their way through their respective chambers before today’s Passover Break. Omnibus Budget Bills - By the end of the week, the House combined eight...more

Fast Pace for Third Week of Session

Lawmakers begin a short Easter recess today and will return to the Capitol on Tuesday. Real ID - The Minnesota Senate voted overwhelmingly Monday to direct the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to study how to bring...more

Capitol Departures

The 2016 election cycle includes all 201 legislative seats and elections create lots of new faces at the Capitol. Add to that the 21 retirements/resignations that have been announced thus far, and 2017 will be a year of...more

3/2/2016  /  General Elections

2016 Minnesota Election Preview

The variables keep changing for the 2016 elections. This is a quick, overall look at the 2016 elections as they stand today....more

Political Notes

Sertich Appointed to the Minnesota Stadium Facilities Authority - After the dust up with Stadium Authority member Duane Benson and Stadium Authority Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen, Governor Dayton appointed former IRRRB...more

Week in Review – June 2015

Special Session – Not Yet - Governor Mark Dayton and House Republican leaders on Monday tentatively agreed to a two-year school spending budget, moving them one step closer to avoiding a partial government shutdown...more

Week In Review - May 2015

Budget Showdown - Governor Mark Dayton has expressed dismay at the direction lawmakers are veering in their budget plans. On spending state money, lawmakers are widening the chasm. The May 18 legislative...more

Week in Review - April 2015 #2

Minnesota legislators resumed the 2015 session Tuesday with a full plate and six weeks remaining. Gov. Mark Dayton’s ambitious education and transportation spending proposals face serious challenges from the radically...more

Minnesota House Committee Structure

Newly elected Speaker-designate Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) and Majority Leader-elect Joyce Peppin (R-Rogers) will begin the hard work of setting up the committee structure for the Minnesota House of Representatives. The leaders...more

Hot List for the 2014 Minnesota State House Elections

Recent polling and local community response has elevated a number of the 134 Minnesota State House elections to the “Hot List.” Most of these seats are in a swing district, have a potentially vulnerable freshman member and/or...more

9/25/2014  /  Political Campaigns

Minnesota Primary Election Results

All in all, primary election night was a good one for endorsed candidates and incumbents. That result was no doubt driven in part by the very low voter turnout. Secretary of State Ritchie predicted a 10 to 15 percent voter...more

8/14/2014  /  Political Campaigns

Minnesota Elections Update

Candidates released their fundraising numbers for 2013. On the DFL side, incumbent Governor Mark Dayton raised just over $1 million in 2013 with $470,000 of that in the last quarter. Not surprising anyone, businessman Scott...more


MNsure Metrics

The MNsure Board met this week and provided metrics on the rollout of the MNsure program for the October 1 through November 30, 2013 timeframe. According the Executive Director April Todd-Malmlov, about 25,000 are in the...more

12/9/2013  /  Healthcare

MNsure - Up and Running

MNsure, Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, met the October 1, 2013 deadline to open their health exchange website for consumers to purchase health insurance. The launch was not without glitches, some relating to the...more

Minnesota Special Session

On Monday, September 9, the Minnesota Legislature convened for a one day special session. The previously agreed to agenda included disaster relief money to match federal disaster aid for the June 2013 severe storms and...more

Special Session Set for September 9, 2013

The Minnesota GOP and DFL leadership agreed to a one day Special Session for disaster relief. The Legislature will take up only one bill dealing with the damage from June storms. It will appropriate approximately $5.7 million...more

8/26/2013  /  Legislative Agendas

Special Legislative Session on the Horizon

Minnesota’s Governor Mark Dayton (DFL) has proposed a fall Special Session, suggesting September 9, 2013 as the date. The Governor initially wanted to deal only with disaster relief. However, House Speaker Paul Thissen...more

Minnesota Elections Update

With almost exactly one year to go until the 2014 primary elections, the 2014 contests have already begun to take shape. The top races will be the Franken U.S. Senate seat, Governor Mark Dayton’s quest for reelection, the...more

Growing List of Candidates for Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District

When Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN 6th) announced she would not run for re-election and DFL challenger Jim Graves dropped out of the race, (see post dated May 31, 2013), potential candidates started lining up as they...more

Floor Calendar Prediction for the Week

The 2013 Minnesota Legislative Session is all about lengthy floor sessions this week. It is risky to predict legislative schedules but this is only a tentative guide for the week. Keep in mind schedules change quickly at the...more

4/24/2013  /  Proposed Legislation

Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange Bill Finally Hits the House Floor

The Health Insurance Exchange (HIX) bill SF1 Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick) / HF5 Joe Atkins (DFL-Inver Grove Heights) has been moving through the Legislature on a bumpy road to the floor. In order to meet the aggressive deadline...more


2013-14 Minnesota Legislative Committee Structure and Chairs

House - Today Minnesota Speaker-designate Paul Thissen (DFL-Mpls) released the House committee structure and chairs. The House has 28 committees and has loaded up Tuesday through Thursday for the bulk of the committee...more


The Minnesota DFL Trifecta

A hurricane blew through the Minnesota State Capitol on election night! The Democrats swept both chambers in the Legislature and now have control of the State House, Senate and the Governor’s office....more

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