The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up

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MN 2012 Archives

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MINNESOTA GUV HEADLINES 2012 Archives

DECEMBER 2012

2012: Top ten best political persons in Minnesota (mnpACT!, 12/31/12)
State transportation committee offers revenue-generating ideas for roads (Echo Press, 12/31/12)
Minnesota’s gun law history is hard fought (Star-Tribune, 12/31/12)
Dayton spends one more day at Mayo Clinic (MPR, 12/31/12)
MN public colleges must work for funding boost from DFL (MPR, 12/31/12)
Dayton to have back surgery next week (MPR, 12/21/12)
Brad Brandon considers MNGOP Chair run (Real Capitol View, 12/20/12)
Minnesota’s health exchange process gets conditional approval from feds (MinnPost, 12/20/12)
It’s time to revamp Minnesota’s sales tax (MN Progressive Project, 12/20/12)
Session ‘13 politics: Let the games begin (Politics in MN, 12/19/12)
Beyond the budget 2013 (Politics in MN, 12/19/12)
Same-sex marriage opponents plot legislative strategy (Hot Dish Politics, 12/19/12)
Minn. agency seeks to dismiss lawsuit alleging state improperly pays for abortions (AP, 12/19/12)
Time is now for expansion of the state sales tax (mnpACT!, 12/19/12)
Dayton plan could expand sales tax (MPR, 12/19/12)
House DFL to focus on jobs (MPR, 12/19/12)
Gun control efforts in Minn. face cloudy future (MPR, 12/18/12)
DFL leaders want gun laws evaluated (AP, 12/18/12)
Dayton: Constitution limits gun control options (MPR, 12/17/12)
Minnesota legislators pursuing popular vote for president (Pioneer Press, 12/17/12)
Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s open-minded on Minnesota gun laws (AP, 12/17/12)
Some Minn. lawmakers want to make Electoral College irrelevant (MPR, 12/17/12)
Lawmaker wants teachers to carry guns (MPR, 12/17/12)
AUDIO: Minn. lawmakers considering 2013 bonding bill (MPR, 12/14/12)
Minnesota leaders off to a rocky start at legislative ‘preview’ (MPR, 12/10/12)
Dayton rips Parry for fundraising letter, cancels meeting (MPR, 12/9/12)
Marriage equality in 2013: The in-between senators (LeftMN, 12/3/12)
EDITORIAL: Balancing education budget a much-needed ‘Minnesota Miracle’ (Rochester Post-Bulletin, 12/3/12)
AUDIO: Minnesota same-sex marriage activists gather to plan strategy (MPR, 12/3/12)
Cities wean themselves from state aid (Star-Tribune, 12/2/12)
Same-sex marriage advocates will bring fight to Legislature (Hot Dish Politics, 12/1/12)
Dayton aims to overhaul Minnesota’s tax system (Star-Tribune, 12/1/12)
COMMENTARY: How a new Legislature earns respect (Star-Tribune, 12/1/12)
State health plan faces new future (Star-Tribune, 12/1/12)
MN: Gay-marriage advocates debate next move (Pioneer Press, 12/1/12)

NOVEMBER 2012

DFL Senate majority announces committee appointments (Politics in MN, 11/30/12)
State panel calls for gas tax hikes (Star-Tribune, 11/30/12)
Governor fills four judicial vacancies (Star-Tribune, 11/30/12)
Battered pension fund looks at changes (Star-Tribune, 11/30/12)
Dayton hits the road next week (MPR, 11/30/12)
Memo: Senate Majority Leader Bakk, what do we talk about when we talk about marriage freedom(Bluestem Prairie, 11/30/12)
PoliGraph: DFLers won, but leader’s claim goes too far (MPR, 11/29/12)
Liberty movement carries on in Minn. (Minnesota Daily, 11/29/12)
Policies and politics quiet ahead of the new session (West Central Tribune, 11/29/12)
Senator’s view: Possibilities, challenges await 2013 Legislature (Duluth News Tribune, 11/29/12)
Two Minn. legislative recounts start Wednesday (Politics in MN, 11/28/12)
Women poised to change politics, policy of next legislative session (MinnPost, 11/28/12)
AUDIO: Task force recommends revamping state education funding (MPR, 11/28/12)
Drazmania: More evidence emerges of Dayton Admin pitching citizens forums to farmers (Bluestem Prairie, 11/28/12)
Anti-tax crusader gets ready for Minnesota’s revenue debate (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 11/27/12)
Education-equalization proposal to go before state task force (MinnPost, 11/27/12)
MN Secretary of State Ritchie says he’d back legislative efforts to expand early voting (AP, 11/27/12)
The truth behind the Minnesota GOP’s opposition to early voting (Wry Wing Politics, 11/27/12)
Minnesota school financing overhaul on the table (Pioneer Press, 11/27/12)
State DFLers look to form progressive caucus (Minnesota Daily, 11/26/12)
Steve Drazkowski sends scary email about extremists hijacking EQB citizen forums (Bluestem Prairie, 11/26/12)
Rep. Kriesel: ‘I would never rule out a run for governor’ (Real Capitol View, 11/26/12)
Kriesel-for-governor tweet circulates over the weekend (MinnPost, 11/26/12)
Business will do just fine with the Democrats in charge (mnpACT!, 11/26/12)
Wary business community appears ready to work with DFL Legislature (MinnPost, 11/26/12)
AUDIO: Minn. tax hike not a sure thing, even as DFL takes reins (MPR, 11/26/12)
Voter restriction amendment senate author so looks forward to people setting MN straight (Bluestem Prairie, 11/23/12)
Voter restriction head: Voter fraud was partly responsible for amendment’s defeat (MN Progressive Project, 11/20/12)
Minn. health insurance panel assesses next steps (AP, 11/20/12)
State Rep. Jenifer Loon to be GOP’s House deputy minority leader (MinnPost, 11/19/12)
Two GOP state senators named additional asst. minority leaders (MinnPost, 11/19/12)
GOP minorities add to their leadership teams (Politics in MN, 11/19/12)
A seasoned conservative brilliantly explains the larger historic sweep (Growth & Justice, 11/19/12)
Minn. lawmakers ease off constitutional changes (MPR, 11/18/12)
EDITORIAL: Tax reform in Minnesota – key themes (Pioneer Press, 11/17/12)
OPINION: Liberals think they won. Not for long. (Star-Tribune, 11/18/12)
DFL Legislature: An opportunity to be bold (mnpACT!, 11/17/12)
Dayton urges union member to fight for better pay (MPR, 11/17/12)
Minnesota Republicans and that old Egyptian river (Wry Wing Politics, 11/16/12)
Senator majority’s new faces mix fresh with familiar (Politics in MN, 11/16/12)
Local lawmakers set to adjust to minority status (New Ulm Journal, 11/15/12)
Defeat of voter ID was team effort (Politics in MN, 11/14/12)
Governor won’t stand for Vikings stadium seat licenses (Star-Tribune, 11/14/12)
AUDIO: Stadium backers try to decipher Dayton’s objections to seat licenses (MPR, 11/14/12)
Senate DFL releases committee structure (MPR, 11/14/12)
DFL takeover of state Capitol raises new questions about Brodkorb suit (MPR, 11/14/12)
Rybak’s name floated as possible new DNC chair (MinnPost, 11/14/12)
Gov. Dayton unhappy with Vikings’ stadium plans, threatens to undo deal (Hot Dish Politics, 11/13/12)
AUDIO: Dayton blasts Vikings over stadium fee talk (MPR, 11/13/12)
DFL Legislature could make a difference for broadband (MPR, 11/13/12)
Sviggum, Penny offer their take on what went wrong for GOP (Rochester Post-Bulletin, 11/13/12)
How Minnesotans defeated the anti-Marriage Amendment (MN Progressive Project, 11/13/12)
Did Mark Dayton read the Vikings Stadium bill before signing it? (The Deets, 11/13/12)
Dayton letter slams Wilfs for Vikings proposals (Politics in MN, 11/13/12)
How the DFL can run on an ambitious agenda (MN Progressive Project, 11/13/12)
Victor reflects on voter ID campaign (MPR, 11/12/12)
GOP wants to blame process, when it really is just bad ideas (mnpACT!, 11/12/12)
Voter ID: The more you know, the less you like it (Huffington Post, 11/12/12)
11 ex-legislators successfully fight their way back to the Capitol (MinnPost, 11/12/12)
Ousted from power, Minn. GOP ponders its Capitol role (AP, 11/12/12)
AUDIO: Minority lawmakers hope for bipartisan commitment (MPR, 11/12/12)
While GOP leaders defend amendments, some losing candidates disagree (MinnPost, 11/12/12)
Now what? Legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota (Schultz’s Take, 11/10/12)
Many DFLers lead districts where marriage amendment passed (MPR, 11/9/12)
The new Minnesota House, by the numbers (MPR, 11/8/12)
The new MN Senate, by the numbers (MPR, 11/8/12)
Minnesota DFL, now controlling Legislature, looks ahead (MPR, 11/7/12)
Jeff Johnson ponders run for Minn. governor (MPR, 11/7/12)

OCTOBER 2012

Can taxpayers afford Minnesota’s pension plans? (KSTP, 10/29/12)
Commentary: Marriage equality is not a slippery slope (MinnPost, 10/29/12)
Commentary: Voter ID amendment — fraud, not fraud prevention (Pioneer Press, 10/29/12)
Voter fraud: Stuffing ballot boxes or the stuff of myth? (Star-Tribune, 10/29/12)
Marriage debate: Both sides begin final push (MPR, 10/29/12)
Audio: ‘Vote No Twice’ a grass-roots push to reject amendments on ballot (MPR, 10/29/12)
In marriage amendment fight, both sides predict victory (Pioneer Press, 10/29/12)
In presidential politics, Minnesota has become a ‘fly-over state’ (Pioneer Press, 10/28/12)
Minnesota Poll: Voters deadlocked on marriage question (Star-Tribune, 10/28/12)
Commentary: New faces in DFL party? (Star-Tribune, 10/27/12)
Commentary: On Minnesota’s marriage amendment, give yourself room to change your mind (Pioneer Press, 10/27/12)
Minnesota Poll: Passage of Voter ID shows 12-point edge (Star-Tribune, 10/27/12)
Messinger gives $100K against photo ID; Naegele donates $25K for marriage amendment (Hot Dish Politics, 10/27/12)
Spending, groundwork ramp up in key legislative swing districts (Politics in MN, 10/26/12)
Opposing sides in marriage amendment fight drop latest ads (Politics in MN, 10/26/12)
SCSU survey: Obama holds comfortable lead over Romney in MN (Politics in MN, 10/26/12)
Ousted GOP insider Brodkorb: Marriage amendment about votes, not values (Pioneer Press, 10/17/12)
Catholic leader makes case for state’s proposed marriage amendment (Marshall Independent, 10/17/12)
Opinion: Marriage vote: For the children (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 10/16/12)
Brodkorb: Marriage amendment on ballot to boost voter turnout (MPR, 10/16/12)
Opinion: Marriage vote: Family’s love matters more than its form (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 10/16/12)
Interactive graphic: Legislative races in 2012 election (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 10/16/12)
Legislative candidates find Tea Party’s red-hot rage has cooled considerably (MinnPost, 10/16/12)
Supporters of voter ID taking to airwaves (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 10/16/12)
Video: What we don’t know about the voter ID amendment (MPR, 10/16/12)
Minnesota Council of Churches comes out against voter ID amendment (Hot Dish Politics, 10/16/12)
Audio: Brodkorb insists he was fired from state Senate unfairly (MPR, 10/15/12)
Audio: Military voting in the spotlight in photo ID campaign (MPR, 10/8/12)
Norm Coleman: Who is really crying wolf? (mnpACT!, 10/7/12)
Commentary: Business groups are snubbing DFLers (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 10/7/12)
Minn’s Dayton to host Sweden’s king and queen (KARE11, 10/7/12)
Marriage amendment: The archbishop draws the line (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 10/7/12)
Opinion: call it prejudice — because it is (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 10/7/12)
Commentary: Pass on voter ID, but add ranked-choice (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 10/6/12)
St. Louis County auditor: Educate yourself on voter ID amendment (Duluth News Tribune, 10/5/12)
Commentary: Coleman – Keep it easy to vote by ensuring ballot integrity (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 10/5/12)
Remember Ralph Reed? He’s back – and helping Minnesota marriage amendment supporters (MinnPost, 10/5/12)
Get yourself a Gieger counter, an Emmer candidacy for governor in ’14 is likely (PoliticsMN, 10/5/12)
Audio: Some black leaders say goal of voter ID requirement to suppress vote (MPR, 10/3/12)
PoliGraph: Voter ID specifics difficult to pin down (MPR, 10/3/12)
Opinion: Let’s keep it a clean Constitution (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 10/3/12)
City budget wind blows less harshly this fall (MPR, 10/3/12)
Video: Marriage amendment ad battle kicks off (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 10/2/12)
Dayton orders National Guard to help fight Minnesota fires (Hot Dish Politics, 10/2/12)
Campaign board clears Minnesota for Marriage in donor complaint (MPR, 10/2/12)
Low-key vote-yes ads frame marriage issue as one of voters’ rights (MinnPost, 10/2/12)
Marriage amendment supporters speak out (Rochester Post-Bulletin, 10/2/12)
Commentary: To balance our revenue system, start with a balanced discussion (MinnPost, 10/2/12)
Voter ID opponents drop $158K on first round of ads (MPR, 10/2/12)
Pro-marriage amendment group releases two television ads (Politics in MN, 10/1/12)
Supreme Court rejects anti same-sex marriage group’s appeal (MPR, 10/1/12)
Commentary: Envisioning the morning after the marriage-amendment vote (MinnPost, 10/1/12)
Candidates divorce themselves from marriage fight (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 10/1/12)
Same-sex marriage opponents debut first TV ads (MPR, 10/1/12)

SEPTEMBER 2012

Minnesota voter ID opponents call it costly, unnecessary (Duluth News Tribune, 9/30/12)
Commentary: About that state ‘surplus’: It’s really a mirage (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 9/29/12)
GOP lawmaker has (a long list of) questions about health insurance exchange (MinnPost, 9/28/12)
Republican Paul Sandman compares marriage equality to pedophilia (MN Progressive Project, 9/28/12)
Dayton hits the road for better economy (Capitol Chatter, 9/28/12)
Wealthy outside political groups find a home in Minnesota (MPR, 9/25/12)
Commentary: Voter ID requirement would make voting more complicated, expensive (Duluth News Tribune, 9/25/12)
Marriage amendment supporters put up first billboards (Hot Dish Politics, 9/24/12)
Audio: Activists criticize DFL in battle against voter ID (MPR, 9/24/12)
Audio: As MN considers marriage amendment, a look at same-sex unions in Iowa (MPR, 9/24/12)
Minnesota Poll: More than half of those polled back voter ID, but support is down (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 9/24/12)
Minnesota Poll: Marriage vote splits state in two (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 9/24/12)
Amendment opponent house parties raise $350K (Hot Dish Politics, 9/24/12)
Who will control the 2013 Minnesota Legislature? (MinnPost, 9/24/12)
General Mills defends gay marriage stance (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 9/24/12)
It’s not defining marriage – It’s redefining the Constitution (mnpACT!, 9/24/12)
Amending the Minnesota Constitution: Reading the polls (Schultz’s Take,  9/23/12)
5 reasons you must vote NO on photo ID (mnpACT!, 9/23/12)
Voter ID amendment: Close elections drive battle (Pioneer Press, 9/22/12)
Editorial: Facing the facts about public unions (Pioneer Press, 9/22/12)
Lobbying pressures force health exchange move (Politics in MN, 9/21/12)
Elections: Absentee voting begins in MN (AP, 9/21/12)
Bakk blames GOP for gridlock at MN Legislature candidates forum (Duluth News Tribune, 9/21/12)
Dave Senjem: Working for his party, not his constituents (MN Progressive Project, 9/20/12)
Attack mail drop: Bank account isn’t only negative thing about MN Republican Party (Bluestem Prairie, 9/20/12)
So long, Tim Pawlenty – Wish we could say it was enjoyable (mnpACT!, 9/20/12)
Marriage amendment: Opponents ready second TV ad (Pioneer Press, 9/20/12)
Pawlenty to lead lobbying firm (Pioneer Press, 9/20/12)
Tim Pawlenty to head bank lobbying organization (Politico, 9/20/12)
GOP lawmaker: After Gov. Dayton’s spending spree (Pioneer Press, 9/20/12)
Marriage amendment: Opponent’s Facebook tool likened to stalking by measure’s supporters (Pioneer Press, 9/19/12)
Marriage amendment supporters accuse other side of ‘stalking’ (Hot Dish Politics, 9/19/12)
Teacher evaluation standards still fraught (Politics in MN, 9/19/12)
Archbishop Nienstadt wrong about marriage amendment (MN Progressive Project, 9/19/12)
Both sides in marriage fight appeal to faithful (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 9/19/12)
Farm bill not passing become political issue (AP, 9/19/12)
Ritchie launches online ballot tool (MPR, 9/18/12)
Minn’s  new welfare-fraud law takes effect, food-stamp use rises (MinnPost, 9/18/12)
Audio: Citing potential conflicts of interest, Dayton moves insurance exchange to budget office (MPR, 9/18/12)
Nienstedt: Marriage amendment ‘not intended to be hurtful’ (MPR, 9/18/12)
Marriage amendment opponents launch first ad (Hot Dish Politics, 9/18/12)
Dayton says DEED grant biggest mistake so far (Rochester Post-Bulletin, 9/18/12)
Audio: Would voter ID amendment really prevent voter fraud? (MPR, 9/18/12)
Commentary: Marriage amendment has nothing to do with ‘separation of church and state’ (MinnPost, 9/18/12)
Michele Bachmannn: Pioneer Press helps her out again (MN Progressive Project, 9/17/12)
Unions take center stage in Rochester this week (Rochester Post-Bulletin, 9/17/12)
The photo ID Constitutional Amendment debate: Does voter fraud happen in Minn.? (PoliticsMN, 9/17/12)
Audio: Voter ID implementation costs in dispute (MPR, 9/13/12)
Does anyone care about Minnesota? (Polling the 2012 Presidential race) (Smart Politics, 9/12/12)
Marriage Amendment: A tale of two polls (mnpACT!, 9/12/12)
Dayton holds steady with solid job approval numbers (Public Policy Polling, 9/12/12)
Minnesota’s uninsured rate rises to 9.5%, below national average (Pioneer Press, 9/12/12)
Panel advocates against marriage amendment (Winona Daily News, 9/12/12)
Minn. Marriage Amendment a ‘tossup,’ voter ID supported, latest poll shows (Pioneer Press, 9/12/12)
Live candidate forums to be held for state legislative races (Pioneer Press, 9/12/12)
Marriage amendment foes, St. Paul school levy supporters bump heads over yard signs (Pioneer Press, 9/12/12)
Group working to elect Democrats slams GOP’s Cravaack as TV ads start in MN’s 8th District (AP, 9/12/12)
Rock County Star Herald mines consequences of photo ID amendment (Bluestem Prairie, 9/12/12)
Minnesota split on marriage amendment (Public Policy Polling, 9/12/12)
GOP lawmaker finally admits Voter ID amendment wouldn’t stop felons from voting (MN Progressive Project, 9/12/12)
Dayton warns tax opposition could be ‘death of the country’ (MPR, 9/12/12)
New PPP polls: Marriage amendment views even; voting amendment running strong (MinnPost, 9/12/12)
Poll: Voters split on marriage amendment (MPR, 9/12/12)
Dayton to name local DEED projects Thursday (MPR, 9/12/12)
Poll: Voter ID, marriage amendments poised to pass (MPR, 9/11/12)
Video: Alliance for a Better Minnesota begins running ads in race for legislature (MN Progressive Project, 9/11/12)
Supporters of proposed voting amendment rally in St. Paul (MinnPost, 9/11/12)
Did Viking Chris Kluwe’s Deadspin letter help gay marriage supporters? (MinnPost, 9/11/12)
Coleman outfit may weigh in on voter ID (MPR, 9/11/12)
Video: Marriage, voter ID amendments appear poised to pass in MN (KSTP, 9/11/12)
Planned Parenthood weighs in on marriage, voter ID amendments (MPR, 9/11/12)
State tax revenue rises in August (Politics in MN, 9/10/12)
Minn. to keep enforcing campaign disclosure law; federal judge called part of it ‘onerous’ (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 9/10/12)
Dayton renews call for higher taxes, more spending (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 9/10/12)
Michele Bachmann: The long shadow on Minn. down ticket races (MN Progressive Project, 9/10/12)
ABM to run statewide ads criticizing Republican legislators (Politics in MN, 9/10/12)

The battle for the MN Legislature: The Minnesota House of Representatives (PoliticsMN, 9/5/12)

AUGUST 2012

Republican leaders worry about divided state party organizations (The Hill, 8/27/12)
MN delegate accuses Romney campaign of ‘power grab’ (MPR, 8/25/12)
Republican recount fund files forms with state finance board (MPR, 8/24/12)
Audio: Marriage amendment campaigns square off at State Fair (MPR, 8/24/12)
Audio: Legislators take up flood aid in special session today (MPR, 8/24/12)
Emmer: The truth will set you free (True North, 8/24/12)
Leaders hope for smooth and short disaster session (Capitol Chatter, 8/24/12)
GOP lawmaker touts reasons for Voter ID amendment (New Ulm Journal, 8/24/12)
Gov. Dayton asks for additional $42.5M to build health exchange (MPR, 8/23/12)
Vikings assist legislative candidates this election year (MPR, 8/23/12)
Brodkorb lawsuit: Minnesota Senate’s legal costs top $100K (Pioneer Press, 8/23/12)
Disaster relief special session set to convene (Politics in MN, 8/23/12)
Audio: Senate’s Brodkorb legal bill hits six figures (MPR, 8/23/12)
Dayton shines as fundraising star for legislative candidates (MinnPost, 8/22/12)
Legislative primaries shake out across Minnesota (Politics in MN, 8/15/12)
Dayton says disaster aid price shouldn’t be shocking (MPR, 8/15/12)
Tea party wave rolls over Lake Minnetonka’s suburbs (MPR, 8/15/12)
Primary voters toss out longtime GOP legislator (AP, 8/15/12)
Minn. primary: Democrats pick Nolan; GOP goes with Quist (Pioneer Press, 8/15/12)
Tuesday’s primary sets up race for control of the Legislature (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 8/15/12)
Primary races had surprises and curiosities (mnpACT!, 8/15/12)
Voter turnout light for Minnesota primary (Duluth News Tribune, 8/15/12)
Incumbents and righties come through judicial primaries (MN Progressive Project, 8/15/12)
Today’s GOP: Taking care of #1 (MN Progressive Project, 8/14/12)
Tim Pawlenty sat on secret that it wasn’t him (ABC News, 8/14/12)
Vikings speak up for pro-stadium legislators (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 8/14/12)
Video: Are MN Senate Republicans campaigning at Capitol? (MyFoxTwinCities, 8/14/12)
Audio: Mankato weighs in on marriage amendment (MPR, 8/13/12)
Pawlenty can’t compete with a guy who cuts the boss’s tax rate to 1% (Wry Wing Politics, 8/13/12)
Audio: West metro legislative primaries a race to the right (MPR, 8/13/12)
Audio: Pawlenty’s future might lie in Romney Cabinet or 2014 Senate race (MPR, 8/13/12)
Political notebook: Republicans want more details on flood-relief package (Rochester Post-Bulletin, 8/13/12)
House Speaker Zellers says state employee raises are ‘overstepping the bounds’ (MPR, 8/13/12)
Is Minnesota in play? (Let Freedom Ring Blog, 8/12/12)
Battle over Minnesota Legacy dollars heating up again (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 8/12/12)
Primary will chart path for Congress and Legislature (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 8/12/12)
For MN GOP lawmakers, challenges from the right (AP, 8/12/12)
Passed over again, Pawlenty pledges to support ticket (Pioneer Press, 8/11/12)
Minnesota mayors discuss LGA issues (Marshall Independent, 8/11/12)
Businesses drawn into fight over marriage amendment (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 8/11/12)
Sticker shock: Dayton’s $190 million disaster bill (Politics in MN, 8/10/12)
The Minn. GOP needs serious self-examination (mnpACT!, 8/10/12)
State examining finances of charter founder’s schools (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 8/10/12)
Candidate Parry faces rowdy crowd at legislative hearing (Winona Daily News, 8/9/12)
Tim Pawlenty waits to see if his campaigning will lead to vice presidential nod (Washington Post, 8/9/12)
Parry hearing on public union contracts generates partisan fireworks (Politics in MN, 8/9/12)
Pawlenty on 7 corporate boards, raising new VP questions (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 8/9/12)
Pawlenty: Obama has nothing to show, except Bin Laden (Hot Dish Politics, 8/9/12)
Does Pawlenty have what it takes to be vice president? (Pioneer Press, 8/9/12)
New Medicaid payment method will save money, MN officials say (MPR, 8/9/12)
Editorial: Fresh voices for state Senate, House (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 8/9/12)
Opinion: Will governor put money where his mouth is? (Rochester Post-Bulletin, 8/9/12)
Public employee contracts face tough review (MPR, 8/9/12)
State Republicans criticize GOP Rep. Steve Smith voting record, union campaign funds (MinnPost, 8/9/12)
West-suburban struggles take center stage in GOP primaries (Politics in MN, 8/8/12)
Parry talks bipartisan, slams DFL, Dayton (Mankato Free Press, 8/8/12)
Why does Minn’s handgun permit map look like this? (MPR, 8/8/12)
Editorial: Candidate’s attack on governor was irresponsible (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 8/8/12)
Dayton and pills: ‘scary’ or a lie? (Capitol Chatter, 8/8/12)
Video: Farmfest video: MN CD-1 candidate Mike Parry & Gov. Mark Dayton respond to ‘pills’ claim fire (Bluestem Prairie, 8/8/12)
Republicans call for Ritchie’s impeachment (Let Freedom Ring, 8/8/12)
Dayton calls Parry’s comments ‘gutter politics’ (MPR, 8/7/12)
Video: The Parry-Dayton feud (MPR, 8/7/12)
Cash-strapped MN GOP buys time to pay fine (AP, 8/7/12)
Fine print within photo ID proposal could loom large (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 8/7/12)
Audio: GOP lawmakers taken aback by $190M flood proposal (MPR, 8/7/12)
Donor gives $325K to fight Minnesota’s proposed marriage amendment (AP, 8/7/12)
There is no real argument in favor of the photo ID Amendment (mnpACT!, 8/5/12)

JULY 2012

Ballot question groups biding time with bank accounts (Politics in MN, 7/31/12)
Title fights in MN Supreme Court (The Uptake, 7/31/12)
Who has power to name amendments? Supreme Court poised to settle dispute (MinnPost, 7/31/12)
Dayton appoints former rival Margaret Anderson Kelliher and five others to MnSCU board (MinnPost, 7/31/12)
Minn. DFL Party leads 2012 fundraising race (MPR, 7/31/12)
Minnesota Supreme Court weighs edited ballot question titles (Pioneer Press, 7/31/12)
Dayton endorses Nolan in 8th Congressional race (St. Cloud Times, 7/31/12)
Dems have cash edge in race for Minn. Legislature (AP, 7/31/12)
MN GOP amendment title ‘deceptive’ says Justice Paul Anderson (The Uptake, 7/31/12)
Capitol Chatter: As GOP running mate, Pawlenty would likely face issues (West Central Tribune,7/30/12)
House DFL Caucus has more than $1.2M in the bank for campaign (MPR, 7/30/12)
Marriage amendment activists mark 100 days till election (MPR, 7/29/12)
Hot Dish Politics: The colorful history of Minnesota’s paper ballot (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 7/28/12)
Low- and middle-income Minnesotans would pay for $30B business tax cut (MN Budget Bites, 7/27/12)
Special session: No shenanigans, please (Politics in MN, 7/27/12)
Tax reform in Minnesota? (Alexandria Echo Press, 7/27/12)
Marriage amendment support soars, but how ‘likely’ is that? (MinnPost, 7/27/12)
Dayton calls aid denial ‘cruel and wrong’ (MPR, 7/26/12)
Dayton backs new rules for crime labs (MPR, 7/26/12)
Opinion: State ballot measures — the name game (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 7/26/12)
Minnesota’s financial woes match those of other states (MinnPost, 7/26/12)
Minn. to extend children’s health coverage (AP, 7/26/12)
Dayton wants to investigate FEMA aid differences (Capitol Chatter, 7/26/12)
Dayton to fight FEMA decision to deny more flood aid for north (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 7/25/12)
Our legal bills from MNGOP drama are about to skyrocket (MNPublius, 7/24/12)
Brodkorb lawsuit could face limits on naming Capitol affairs (MinnPost, 7/24/12)
Minn GOP sex scandal causes political hazard (KSTP, 7/24/12)
Republicans trying really hard to imagine that the 2012 session was a success (MN Progressive Project, 7/24/12)
Brodkorb alleges steamy sexcapades, but can he prove it in court? (Wry Wing Politics, 7/24/12)
Michael Brodkorb sues over Senate firing after affair (Pioneer Press, 7/24/12)
Dayton appoints House DFL staffer Jaime Tincher as legislative liaison (Politics in MN, 7/24/12)
Minn. seeking outside Medicaid audit (MPR, 7/23/12)
KSTP survey shows momentum for Romney, cash-strapped conservatives (Politics in MN, 7/23/12)
MN Medicaid program: Independent audit sought; federal probes under way (Pioneer Press, 7/23/12)
Brodkorb sues the Minnesota Senate (MPR, 7/23/12)
Republican lawmakers warn of health care law’s tax implication (MPR, 7/23/12)
Early analysis shows limited Minnesota revenue impact from health care law (MinnPost, 7/23/12)
Brodkorb sues Senate for discrimination, defamation and invasion of privacy (Politics in MN, 7/23/12)
Minneapolis reports on effects of potential Voter ID law (MN Progressive Project, 7/20/12)
RPM asks: Where do we go from here? (Politics in MN, 7/20/12)
GOP legislators take Ritchie to task over voter ID (Hot Dish Politics, 7/20/12)
GOP accuses Sec of State Ritchie of ‘going deep into Orwellian playbook’ (The Uptake, 7/20/12)
MN Supreme Court could rule voter photo ID amendment unconstitutional (The Uptake, 7/19/12)
Video: Senate panel takes up changes to gay marriage, voter ID amendment titles (Pioneer Press, 7/19/12)
Bachmann backlash grows after she accused Clinton aide of terrorist ties (Pioneer Press, 7/19/12)
Dayton apologizes for Vikings arrest comments (Hot Dish Politics, 7/19/12)
Updated: Ritchie faces second suit over rewriting amendment title (Capitol Chatter, 7/19/12)
Revenue commissioner: State tax system in need of repair (Bemidji Pioneer, 7/19/12)
The unofficial backgrounder for getting to know Tim Pawlenty (Wry Wing Politics, 7/19/12)
Strategist is central figure against gay marriage (AP, 7/19/12)
Video: Metro moms vow to defeat Marriage Amendment, one flag at a time (KSTP, 7/19/12)
Plenty on the ballot menu in 2012 (Marshall Independent, 7/19/12)
Voter ID backers file lawsuit over title change (MPR, 7/19/12)
Voter ID opponents out-raise amendment supporters (MPR, 7/18/12)
Common Cause seeks criminal charges against MNGOP, Sutton (MPR, 7/18/12)
Minn. Supreme Court: Group rebuts rebranding of marriage amendment (AP, 7/18/12)
Audio: Does Pawlenty make sense as Romney’s choice for VP? (MPR, 7/18/12)
MN marriage amendment group raises $289K in ’12 (MPR, 7/18/12)
Poll Tax Amendment proponents: The legislature can lie to voters if it chooses (MNPublius, 7/18/12)
Common Cause files criminal complaint against Sutton, state GOP (Politics in MN, 7/18/12)
Tony Sutton, party of one (Politics in MN, 7/18/12)
Coleman group reserves $860K in Twin Cities TV ad time for fall elections (Hot Dish Politics, 7/17/12)
Photo ID amendment: Bad wording and bad idea (mnpACT!, 7/17/12)
Voter ID challenge argued; Newman and Kiffmeyer confirm plan to sue Ritchie (Politics in MN, 7/17/12)
Commentary: Minnesota marriage amendment defies belief in limited government (Pioneer Press, 7/17/12)
Minnesota conservatives offer faint praise for Pawlenty as Romney VP (MinnPost, 7/17/12)
Top Minnesota court joins voter ID fray (Pioneer Press, 7/17/12)
Minn. Supreme Court vigorously questions Photo ID supporters and opponents — but doesn’t tip hand (MinnPost, 7/17/12)
Misleading or not? State Supreme Court mulls voter ID case (AP, 7/17/12)
Dayton officials fire back on $30M UCare payment (Hot Dish Politics, 7/17/12)
Revenue commissioner embarks on summer tax reform tour (Echo Press, 7/17/12)
ACLU leads challenge to voter ID amendment in court today (MPR, 7/17/12)
Opinion: Dayton should stay out of vonding decisions (Rochester Post-Bulletin, 7/17/12)
Stung by fines and ruling, Minnesota GOP tries to regroup (MinnPost, 7/16/12)
MN AG: Law permits change in ballot title (AP, 7/16/12)
Pros and some big cons of Pawlenty as Romney’s VP choice (MinnPost, 7/16/12)
Audio: Minnesota candidates collect money from outside the state (MPR, 7/16/12)
Legislative hearing planned on constitutional amendments (Hot Dish Politics, 7/16/12)
MN GOP on the hook for recount debts, Sutton and party fined (Politics in MN, 7/13/12)
Being suitable lifts Pawlenty stock in veep hunt (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 7/12/12)
Health care battles roll on (Politics in MN, 7/11/12)
Dayton says he’ll pick projects for $47.5M development fund (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 7/11/12)
2012 MN congressional races – current outlook (mnpACT!, 7/11/12)
Dayton, lawmakers agree on flood aid special session (MPR, 7/11/12)
Dayton reiterates plans for health insurance exchange (Insurance News Net, 7/11/12)
Hann to Gov. Dayton: No health exchange vote before election (Let Freedom Ring Blog, 7/11/12)
Special session to address disaster relief expected in late August (Politics in MN, 7/11/12)
Who abducted the ‘nonpartisan Mark Ritchie’? (Let Freedom Ring Blog, 7/11/12)
Dayton makes plans for state to implement health care law (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 7/10/12)
Former GOP Rep. Ron Erhardt tries to win back his old job as a Democrat (MinnPost, 7/10/12)
Dayton: MN is moving forward with health insurance exchange (MPR, 7/10/12)
Emmer: Again… why isn’t someone at least asking this question? (True North, 7/10/12)
Truth in advertising: Mark Ritchie and the election law amendment (MNPublius, 7/10/12)
Minnesota amendment proposals become legal battles over words (Duluth News Tribune, 7/10/12)
Dayton and Romney:  A tale of two millionaires (Wry Wing Politics, 7/10/12)
Commentary: Ritchie meddles to help own agenda on marriage, voter ID (Pioneer Press, 7/10/12)
Minn. part of Coleman group’s $10M ‘orphan state’ effort (MPR, 7/9/12)
Backers sue over marriage amendment title (MPR, 7/9/12)
Voices of Conservative Women announces state House and Senate endorsements (Politics in MN, 7/9/12)
Ritchie also changes ballot title of photo ID amendment (Politics in MN, 7/9/12)
Marriage amendment backers to sue Ritchie, Swanson for changing ballot title (Politics in MN, 7/9/12)
Sec of State sued over marriage amendment (MPR, 7/9/12)
Express Scripts worked to bring ‘certainty’ to MN’s (GOP?) voters during redistricting (Bluestem Prairie, 7/8/12)
Photo ID amendment doesn’t fix what they tell us is voter fraud (mnpACT!, 7/8/12)
Marriage debate is about to get louder (Duluth News Tribune, 7/8/12)
Marriage amendment backers count on DFL votes (Capitol Chatter, 7/8/12)
Vote 2012: What to expect if the voter ID amendment is passed (Pioneer Press, 7/7/12)
Lessons learned from shutdown (Politics in MN, 7/6/12)
Emmer: Minnesota can and should refuse to create a health care exchange (True North, 7/5/12)
ThreeSixty: A lot hangs on voter ID question (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 7/5/12)
Editorial: Voter ID – The integrity of the vote is always worth talking about (Pioneer Press, 7/5/12)
Capitol preps for special session on Duluth flooding (Politics in MN, 7/3/12)
Dayton wins NEA award (MPR, 7/3/12)
Gov. Mark Dayton in DC to get NEA award for ‘America’s Greatest Education Governor’ (MinnPost, 7/3/12)
Opponents file court brief on Photo ID amendment (MinnPost, 7/3/12)
Common Cause files complaint against Minnesota Majority (Hot Dish Politics, 7/3/12)
Audio: Photo ID supporters question Ritchie’s opposition to amendment (MPR, 7/3/12)
Shutdown blame redux (Hot Dish Politics, 7/2/12)
House DFL blames GOP for shutdown, again (MPR, 7/2/12)
Minn. to be part of massive union, PAC ad buy (MPR, 7/2/12)
Foes of MN voter ID push decry question wording (AP, 7/2/12)
Business groups back light rail bonding request (MPR, 7/2/12)
House DFLers mark shutdown anniversary by blaming Republicans (Politics in MN, 7/2/12)
Minn. spends more than most states to educate each student (Pioneer Press, 7/1/12)
Marriage amendment allies rewrite playbook (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 7/1/12)

JUNE 2012

Cities and counties cut jobs by thousands (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 6/30/12)
Commentary: Voter ID as written is just not our style (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 6/30/12)
MN aims for buyer-friendly health marketplace (AP, 6/29/12)
Mark Dayton talks jobs, education during Thursday visit to Winona (Winona Daily News, 6/29/12)
Marriage amendment backers seek documents after ballot title change (Hot Dish Politics, 6/29/12)
Mark Ritchie fixes the Marriage Discrimination Amendment’s title (MNPublius, 6/29/12)
Dayton readies federal disaster request for floods (AP, 6/29/12)
Dayton: There will be a special session for flood relief (Politics in MN, 6/29/12)
Audio: Minnesota officials say they will press ahead with new health care system (MPR, 6/29/12)
Supreme Court ruling gives green light to health care reform in MN (Politics in MN, 6/28/12)
DFL chair confident about taking Legislature in 2012 (New Ulm Journal, 6/28/12)
Minnesota health system needs Obamacare too (MinnPost, 6/28/12)
Minnesota House hPVI (LeftMN, 6/28/12)
Minnesota reaction to the Supreme Court’s health care ruling (MPR, 6/28/12)
Sec of State Ritchie replaces marriage amendment title; proponents say he’s ‘meddling’ (Pioneer Press, 6/28/12)
MN political reaction to SCOTUS health care ruling (MPR, 6/28/12)
ABM to target GOP legislators with ads on shutdown anniversary (Politics in MN, 6/27/12)
Minnesota Majority files amicus brief in voter ID lawsuit (True North, 6/27/12)
Proponents of gay marriage amendment targeted by hackers (Politics in MN, 6/27/12)
Senate handling of Brodkorb situation: How NOT to handle it (mnpACT!, 6/27/12)
Dayton tours flood zone, says special session could provide aid (MPR, 6/26/12)
Brodkorb sets deadline for settlement talks with Senate (MPR, 6/26/12)
Marriage Amendment supporters to rally at General Mills (CBS Minnesota, 6/26/12)
Independence Party stays out of US Senate race, opposes constitutional amendments (Politics in MN, 6/25/12)
Why Tim Pawlenty will help Romney win Minnesota (Wry Wing Politics, 6/25/12)
Opinion: Marriage amendment: ‘No’ is the helpful vote (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 6/25/12)
High court ruling throws state campaign law into doubt (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 6/25/12)
The brief against Tim Pawlenty for VP (True North, 6/25/12)
Governor to make Highway 14 announcement Tuesday (Mankato Free Press, 6/25/12)
Pawlenty says to look elsewhere for potential VP (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 6/24/12)
Voter ID amendment: Minnesota’s version of ‘Papers, please?’ (Alexandria Echo Press, 6/22/12)
Video: Gov. Mark Dayton interviewed on Chinese TV (MinnPost, 6/22/12)
Marriage amendment dominates money landscape (Politics in MN, 6/22/12)
Republicans on the run: Cummins withholding cash, county editors scold GOP senate caucus lawsuit bills (Bluestem Prairie, 6/22/12)
Why sloppy drafting will kill the photo-ID amendment (Schultz’s Take, 6/21/12)
Who is funding the marriage amendment fight? (MinnPost, 6/21/12)
Sec of State explains all of the problems with the Poll Tax Amendment (MNPublius, 6/21/12)
DFL statewide media campaign needed: ‘Replace the worst legislature ever.’ (Wry Wing Politics, 6/19/12)
Ventura offers to campaign against marriage amendment (Rochester Post-Bulletin, 6/18/12)
Minnesota Vikings spend $115K lobbying for new stadium (Pioneer Press, 6/18/12)
Audio: For charter schools, mixed results at 20-year mark (MPR, 6/18/12)
Opinion: Marriage ban is bad for business (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 6/18/12)
Election confusion — signs of the times (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 6/18/12)
St. Paul files brief in suit challenging Voter ID amendment, wants measure kept off ballot (Pioneer Press, 6/18/12)
Dayton returns, his No. 2 heads out on trip abroad (MPR, 6/17/12)
Minnesota CEO rallying fellow execs to publicly oppose marriage amendment (Pioneer Press, 6/17/12)
GOP wary of shutdown talk (Marshall Independent, 6/16/12)
Minnesota’s reputation as electoral battleground state appears to be waning (Pioneer Press, 6/16/12)
Brodkorb case a campaign 2012 poison pill (Politics in MN, 6/15/12)
Another MN blogger wants you to believe GOP Agenda 21 fretting is shiny new crazy (it’s not) (Bluestem Prairie, 6/15/12)
MN Senate set to approve $46K in sex scandal-related legal fee (Hot Dish Politics, 6/15/12)
LGA payments contained in tax bill signed by Gov Dayton (Echo Press, 6/15/12)
Top Dayton aide to lead Vikings stadium authority (MPR, 6/14/12)
Firefighters speak at hearing to discuss risk to personnel, public (MPR, 6/14/12)
Audit released on agencies’ handling of the 2011 shutdown (Hot Dish Politics, 6/14/12)
Legislative leaders hire private attorney to defend Photo ID plan (Hot Dish Politics, 6/14/12)
Wheeling and dealing with Dayton in China (MinnPost, 6/14/12)
Little movement, more skepticism about MN job market (MPR, 6/14/12)
General Mills opposes marriage amendment (MPR, 6/14/12)
Dayton, Rybak appoint stadium authority members (Politics in MN, 6/14/12)
Commentary: Voter ID: Opponents underestimate the problem, overestimate the cost (Pioneer Press, 6/13/12)
Commentary: Minnesota dodged North Dakota tax bullet (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 6/13/12)
Audio: Former Gov. Jesse Ventura takes on ‘gangs’ in government (MPR, 6/13/12)
Koch group targets lawmakers on Vikings stadium vote (MPR, 6/13/12)
MN congressional races: The four GOP seats (mnpACT!, 6/11/12)
MN economic reports a mixed bag (MPR, 6/11/12)
Duluth rally promotes defeat of MN marriage amendment (Duluth News Tribune, 6/11/12)
When opportunity doorknocks: Redistricting and the rising tide of optimism among rural DFLers (Bluestem Prairie, 6/9/12)
The DFL’s window of opportunity? (Marshall Independent, 6/9/12)
Minnesota gay marriage vote divides state’s clergy (Rochester Post-Bulletin, 6/8/12)
Senjem, other Republicans seek to keep photo ID on ballot (Rochester Post-Bulletin, 6/8/12)
GOP legislative sponsors Kiffmeyer and Newman want to intervene in Photo ID lawsuit (MinnPost, 6/8/12)
Gov. Dayton leads MN trade mission to China (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 6/8/12)
Commentary: MN’s voter ID amendment: A Trojan horse with a surprise inside (MinnPost, 6/8/12)
Minn. clergy group kicks off effort to defeat marriage measure (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 6/7/12)
Poll: Romney trails Obama in MN; Norm Coleman is state’s most-favored Republican (Pioneer Press, 6/7/12)
MN Supreme Court drawn into newest chapter of ‘voting wars’ (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 6/7/12)
‘Emboldened’ MN GOP is going to lean on that 12% approval (mnpACT!, 6/7/12)
Opinion: Minn. legislative session good for business (Duluth News Tribune, 6/7/12)
State dismisses union lawsuit claiming university influence (MPR, 6/7/12)
Flurry of retirement sets off scramble for House, Senate seats (Politics in MN, 6/6/12)
Audio: Should businesses take a stand on marriage amendment? (MPR, 6/6/12)
Dayton family ramps up efforts to defeat marriage amendment (MPR, 6/6/12)
Stadium postmortem: How a wealthy NFL owner got millions from taxpayers (MinnPost, 6/6/12)
Audio: More than a dozen former legislators attempt comebacks this year (MPR, 6/6/12)
Vikings stadium commission still not set (MPR, 6/6/12)
Audio: Wis. recall outcome emboldens MN Republicans on union issues (MPR, 6/6/12)
State Supreme Court moves quickly to hear photo ID challenge (Hot Dish Politics, 6/6/12)
A Better Legislature campaign group’s geo-targeting finds voters right on their computer (MinnPost, 6/6/12)
Battlegrounds emerge in NE Minn. legislative races (Minnesota Brown, 6/6/12)
Racial minorities overwhelmingly support the photo ID amendment that suppresses their vote (Wry Wing Politics, 6/6/12)
Dayton picks new PUC chair (MPR, 6/6/12)
Minnesotans’ opposition to marriage amendment growing (Public Policy Polling, 6/5/12)
Poll: More Minnesotans oppose marriage amendment (MPR, 6/5/12)
Ranked Choice Voting now a part of the permanent DFL platform (MN Progressive Project, 6/5/12)
Poll says gay marriage ban losing support in Minnesota (Pioneer Press, 6/5/12)
Minn: With a quarter of Legislature’s seats up for grabs, candidates file (Pioneer Press, 6/5/12)
Interactive: Who’s running for the Minn Legislature (MinnPost, 6/5/12)
Dayton won’t fight court loss in child care union case (AP, 6/5/12)
Marriage amendment motivates voters on both sides (MPR, 6/5/12)
Poll: Opinion shifting against marriage amendment (Politics in MN, 6/5/12)
DFLers file to run in competitive Minnesota congressional races (Politics in MN, 6/4/12)
Minnesota DFLers head to Wisconsin to help improve turnout in Walker recall election (MinnPost, 6/4/12)
DFL convenes amid lots of loathing but maybe not enough fear (MinnPost, 6/4/12)
Political notebook: Dayton rips Republicans over civic center funding (Rochester Post-Bulletin, 6/4/12)
Will changes among religious Minnesotans make the difference in MN’s gay marriage vote? (Wry Wing Politics, 6/4/12)
DFL turns focus to training (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 6/3/12)
Dayton, barred from convention two years ago, praised this year (Hot Dish Politics, 6/2/12)
DFL state convention starts with plea against marriage amendment (Hot Dish Politics, 6/2/12)
DFL state convention gets underway in Rochester (MPR, 6/2/12)
Dayton: DFL must win majorities in the Legislature (MPR, 6/2/12)
Amy Klobuchar’s endorsement overshadowed by other DFL convention speakers’ fiery rhetoric (MinnPost, 6/2/12)
Commentary: Will the DFL capitalize on opportunity? (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 6/1/12)
Legislative races take center stage for DFLers at Mayo Civic Center (Rochester Post-Bulletin, 6/1/12)

MAY 2012

Caucus campaign teams gear up (Politics in MN, 5/31/12)

Long-anticipated lawsuit filed opposing Photo ID constitutional amendment (MinnPost, 5/30/12)
Voter ID ballot question draws lawsuit (MPR, 5/30/12)
Star Tribune CEO: ‘No hurry’ to sell Vikings stadium land; would stay downtown (MinnPost, 5/29/12)
Editorial: Tuition cost shift hurts state’s future (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 5/29/12)
Campaign finance board to investigate ALEC (MPR, 5/29/12)
Legislative session gave us some environmental gains — and losses (MinnPost, 5/29/12)
MN campaign finance board to investigate complaint against ALEC (Pioneer Press, 5/29/12)
Future of Sartell paper mill unclear; Dayton pledges state help (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 5/29/12)
Democrats to hold state convention in Rochester (Rochester Post Bulletin, 5/29/12)
DFL chief wants parties to move toward center (Capitol Chatter, 5/28/12)
Opinion: Minnesota’s cookie-cutter GOP (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 5/27/12)
Soon-to-be-named stadium authority to influence $975M Vikings stadium (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 5/27/12)
Legislators explain session at local forum (Faribault County Register, 5/27/12)
Commentary: Sales tax bill becomes a litmus test (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 5/26/12)
Vikings stadium: At key point, it was state vs. Vikings. Guess who blinked. (Pioneer Press, 5/26/12)
Sec of State discusses Voter ID issues (Marshall Independent, 5/26/12)
At least part of recount group’s ‘mystery CEOs’ case may be solved (MinnPost, 5/25/12)
How the stadium deal was done (Politics in MN, 5/25/12)
Ramsey County won’t investigate GOP recount company (Hot Dish Politics, 5/25/12)
Stadium plan clears House on 73-58 vote; Vikings would pay more (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 5/8/12)
Last-minute lobbying aims to sway Vikings vote (MPR, 5/7/12)
11th-hour stadium rally led by Dayton (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 5/6/12)
The GOP’s Vikings problem (mnpACT!, 5/5/12)
Audio: Stadium outcome in question when House votes Monday (MPR, 5/4/12)
Monday’s the date for real jobs legislation (MinnPost, 5/4/12)
Strange turns precede looming stadium vote (Politics in MN, 5/4/12)
GOP lawmaker: Another chance for the governor to show he’s serious about putting people to work (Rochester Post Bulletin, 5/4/12)
Angry GOP not inclined to help Dayton’s priority (stadium) after losing its priority (tax bill) (MinnPost, 5/4/12)
Editorial: State makes two right moves (Red Wing Eagle Republican, 5/4/12)
Dayton signs off on racetrack-casino deal, vetoes standards bill (Hot Dish Politics, 5/4/12)
Legislative notebook: Cooperation fading as session nears end (Capitol Chatter, 5/4/12)
GOP Speaker Zellers says he ‘misspoke’ in KFAN interview about the Vikings (Hot Dish Politics, 5/4/12)
Dayton vetoes GOP tax bill, rejects tie-in to Vikings stadium push (Politics in MN, 5/4/12)
Dayton vetoes GOP’s business tax relief bill — will it affect stadium vote? (MinnPost, 5/4/12)
Why should a legislative Democrat vote for any of this? (mnpACT!, 5/4/12)
GOP leaders scrap roofless stadium plan, set end-of-session path (Politics in MN, 5/3/12)
Bonding bill delayed to ‘tweak’ higher ed funding (Hot Dish Politics, 5/3/12)
Audio: Job fairs are good politics, but unlikely to lead to work (MPR, 5/3/12)
Audio: GOP leaders call Monday vote on original stadium plan (MPR, 5/3/12)
Audio: Movement at Capitol, as deadline nears (MPR, 5/3/12)
Dayton is Exhibit A in event on governor as ‘best job’ (MinnPost, 5/3/12)
Finally, a floor vote awaits after new stadium plan dies a quick death (MinnPost, 5/3/12)
It’s not all Capitol bickering as governor signs Legacy bill (MinnPost, 5/3/12)
Gov. Mark Dayton expected to veto tax-cut bill (Pioneer Press, 5/3/12)
Vikings stadium: House Republicans vow to vote Monday (Pioneer Press, 5/3/12)
Dayton vetoes bill to repeal LIFO (Politics in MN, 5/3/12)
Dayton vetoes bill that would weaken teacher seniority (MPR, 5/3/12)
Emmer: Omnibus tax bill passed by MN Legislature is more than what the mainstream media suggests (True North, 5/3/12)
GOP plan collapses, vote on original stadium plan set (Capitol Chatter, 5/3/12)

APRIL 2012

No deal yet, but Gov. Dayton and legislators are still talking (MinnPost, 4/30/12)
Dayton vetoes abortion clinic licensing bill (Hot Dish Politics, 4/27/12)
Commentary: Voter ID — what lurks in Minnesota’s proposed amendment (Pioneer Press, 4/27/12)
Audio: Little support for stadium among Minneapolis lawmakers (MPR, 4/27/12)
GOP: No new revenue…except when Vikings are involved (mnpACT!, 4/27/12)
Legacy bill on way to Dayton; passes Senate and House overwhelmingly (Pioneer Press, 4/27/12)
GOPers questions Vikings financing, pitch new taxes (Politics in MN, 4/26/12)
Will rank and file lawmakers support the stadium? (MPR, 4/26/12)
Audio: Tying together gambling, stadium a dicey prospect for lawmakers (MPR, 4/26/12)
Abortion clinic registration bill gets Dayton veto (MinnPost, 4/26/12)
It’s 11 AM on Thursday; do you know where your Vikings bill is? (Politics in MN, 4/26/12)
GOP group opposes gambling expansion for stadium (Hot Dish Politics, 4/26/12)
Tax talk trumps stadium hearing (Capitol Chatter, 4/26/12)
Audio: Legislators look for path to finish session (MPR, 4/26/12)
Racinos, St. Paul add new drama to Vikings stadium proposal (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 4/26/12)
Dayton administration on defensive over MN Medicaid practices (MinnPost, 4/26/12)
Racino gets amended into Vikings stadium bill (Politics in MN, 4/25/12)
Congressional panel grills DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jackson on state Medicaid spending (MinnPost, 4/25/12)
Dayton says he won’t negotiate on LIFO (MinnPost, 4/25/12)
Drazkowski is outraged that state workers want benefits for their families (MNPublius, 4/25/12)
MN Legislature restores some HHS funding (MN Progressive Project, 4/25/12)
Vikings stadium: A reversal of fortune? (Politics in MN, 4/25/12)
Senate committee adds racino plan as it approves stadium bill (MPR, 4/25/12)
Council’s ‘Gang of Seven’ backs Minneapolis’ stadium plan (MinnPost, 4/25/12)
MN Legislature OKs new oversight for state school trust lands (Pioneer Press, 4/25/12)
Move to limit state worker pay, benefit increases advances in House (MPR, 4/24/12)
Legislative notebook: Both parties look for legislative wins (Capitol Chatter, 4/24/12)
State’s talks with unions ongoing (Pioneer Press, 4/24/12)
Old cross-town rivalries surface as St. Paul makes ‘fairness’ pitch at stadium hearing (MinnPost, 4/24/12)
Editorial: St. Paul fights for a fair shake in Vikings stadium tussle (Pioneer Press, 4/24/12)
Opinion: End of the state GOP as we know it? (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 4/24/12)
Commentary: Responsibility – bill comes due for state GOP (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 4/24/12)
House bill restores some of last year’s human services cuts (MPR, 4/24/12)
Ron Paul backers to dominate Minn’s RNC delegation (MPR, 4/24/12)
Senate turns back effort to ban payments to ‘pray the gay away’ therapy (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 4/24/12)
MN GOP accuses unions of dragging their feet on state contracts (Hot Dish Politics, 4/24/12)
Dayton vetoes E-Verify bill (Hot Dish Politics, 4/24/12)
State offers same-sex domestic partner benefits in contract talks (MPR, 4/24/12)
Will next Vikings news be about team leaving? (Capitol Chatter, 4/18/12)
Commentary: We raise taxes, or we lose the Vikings. Simple. Now let’s vote. (Pioneer Press, 4/18/12)
Vikings: There is no next year (MPR, 4/17/12)
Senate Ethics panel deadlocks over Michel complaint (again) (MPR, 4/17/12)
Dayton, GOP hammering out tax deal (MPR, 4/17/12)
Every day is tax day somewhere in Minnesota (MinnPost, 4/17/12)
Vikings stadium: Dayton says wait a year; Vikings say no way (Pioneer Press, 4/17/12)
House committee defeats Vikings stadium bill (Politics in MN, 4/17/12)
Commentary: Photo ID: An end to ‘same-day’ registration in Minnesota? Not true (Pioneer Press, 4/17/12)
Senate ethics panel deadlocks again over DFL complaint against Geoff Michel (Politics in MN, 4/17/12)
Geoff Michel ethics hearing: move along, nothing to see here (MN Progressive Project, 4/17/12)
Who was the stadium flipper? (MPR, 4/17/12)
Dayton: We’ll do stadium next year if push fails (Politics in MN, 4/17/12)
Vikings stadium: In bipartisan vote, key House committee shoots down proposal (Pioneer Press, 4/17/12)
Tea party rallies faithful to get involved with 2012 election (West Central Tribune, 4/17/12)
Stadium needs ‘miracle’ after committee defeat (Capitol Chatter, 4/16/12)
MN Senate passes bill limiting union dues collections on child care subsidies (Pioneer Press, 4/16/12)
Commentary: GOP legislators preparing another fiscal time bomb (MinnPost, 4/16/12)
Some lawmakers ready to adjourn, some want more time (Alexandria Echo Press, 4/16/12)
MN lawmakers preparing for next contract showdown with state workers (MPR, 4/16/12)
GOP legislators see political salvation with ‘strong finish,’ but don’t count on it (MinnPost, 4/16/12)
Legislature OKs bill blocking taxpayer dollars for childcare unions (Politics in MN, 4/16/12)
Vikings stadium faces next high hurdle in House on Monday (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 4/16/12)
MN lawmakers return for countdown to final exit (AP, 4/15/12)
Opinion: Let serious debate begin on voter ID (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 4/15/12)
Child care union controversy not over (Capitol Chatter, 4/14/12)
Partisanship: The great divide (Marshall Independent, 4/14/12)
‘Statesmen are vanishing’ (mnpACT!, 4/13/12)
Dayton raised $82,000 in first quarter (MPR, 4/13/12)
Dayton vetoes school shift payback bill (Politics in MN, 4/5/12)
Dayton vetoes school payback; calls bill irresponsible (MPR, 4/5/12)
Editorial: Dayton shouldn’t veto teacher tenure bill (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 4/5/12)
Bonding bill in doubt this session (MPR, 4/5/12)
MN Chamber of Commerce voices support for stadium (MPR, 4/5/12)
MN House passes environmental package (Pioneer Press, 4/5/12)
Voter ID amendment is about vote suppression (MN Progressive Project, 4/5/12)
Gov. Dayton vetoes Legislature’s plan to to use reserves to buy back school shift (Minnesota Budget Bites, 4/5/12)
Tax conferees face big challenges (Politics in MN, 4/4/12)
Editorial: Voter ID provokes valuable debate about the integrity of MN’s voting system (Pioneer Press, 4/4/12)
Groups battling over Voter ID, marriage amendments worry about vote splitters (MinnPost, 4/4/12)
’98 percent’ constitutional amendment undercuts common-sense budgeting (Minnesota Budget Bites, 4/4/12)
Voter photo ID heads to Minnesotans (Capitol Chatter, 4/4/12)
MN voter ID measure going on fall ballot (Pioneer Press, 4/4/12)
Legislature approves Voter ID constitutional amendment (Politics in MN, 4/4/12)
Photo ID amendment passes Senate, heads to voters (Hot Dish Politics, 4/4/12)
Legislature considering variety of sunshine laws (West Central Tribune, 4/2/12)
Brodkorb’s case will cost public, win, lose or draw (Pioneer Press, 4/1/12)
Minnesota legislators torn: Work or go home? (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 4/1/12)
Commentary: GOP offers its best ideas for jobs (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 4/1/12)

Two weeks of feverish legislative action, but to what end? (MinnPost, 4/1/12)
In email to constituent, Sen. Majority leader bemoans lack of corporate power at MN Capitol (Bluestem Prairie, 4/1/12)

MARCH 2012

MN Senate passes GOP tax relief measures (MPR, 3/31/12)
HMO audit bill could be revived (Politics in MN, 3/30/12)
MN House omnibus tax bill digs deficit hole deeper (Minn Budget Bites, 3/29/12)
Senate GOP spends $561M on bonding bill that focuses mostly on local projects (MPR, 3/28/12)
Short on cash, campaign board struggles to keep up (MPR, 3/28/12)
Have to wonder why farmers vote Republican… (mnpACT!, 3/28/12)
Appeals court restores Minn. judicial election rules (Pioneer Press, 3/27/12)
Legislators still seeking backup funding plan for Minnesota’s share of stadium costs (MinnPost, 3/27/12)
Senate GOP says lawsuit is delaying Michel ethics complaint (MPR, 3/27/12)
Republicans opposed to shining the light on ALEC activities in Minnesota (MN Progressive Project, 3/27/12)
Senate omnibus tax bill worsens state’s future revenue shortfall (Minnesota Budget Bites, 3/27/12)
Ethics hearing on Michel postponed by MN Senate president (Pioneer Press, 3/27/12)
Commentary: Redistricting pits party mates — and genders (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 3/27/12)
Senate OKs sale of hunting, fishing licenses in shutdown (MPR, 3/27/12)
Union workers blast amendments (MPR, 3/27/12)
Future of amendment of Photo ID proposal in doubt (Hot Dish Politics, 3/27/12)
Audio: Vikings stadium clears hurdle’ more to come in Legislature (MPR, 3/27/12)
Audio: Teacher tenure bill may be unacceptable to Gov. Dayton (MPR, 3/26/12)
Dayton criticizes GOP health insurance exchange efforts (Pioneer Press, 3/26/12)
Republicans look to governor on teacher layoffs (Pioneer Press, 3/26/12)
MN Senate OKs $430M partial payback for schools, using reserve money (Pioneer Press, 3/26/12)
Audio: Bonding will be the focus at the MN Capitol this week (MPR, 3/26/12)
Dayton rips Republicans over constitutional amendments (MPR, 3/26/12)
Audio: Gov. Dayton’s bullying task force begins its work (MPR, 3/20/12)
Will the Voter ID Amendment require another ballot amendment? (mnpACT!, 3/20/12)
Right-to-work on the ropes (MPR, 3/20/12)
DFL senators file ethics complaint against Geoff Michel for handling of Koch scandal (Politics in MN, 3/19/12)
Who’s flexing their lobbying muscles at the Capitol? (Brick City Blog, 3/19/12)
Editorial: Bills should broadly deter shutdowns (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 3/19/12)
Audio: MN House to take up voter ID amendment (MPR, 3/19/12)
Audio: DFLers file ethics complaint over Brodkorb affair (MPR, 3/19/12)
Dayton lobbies Minneapolis City Council on Vikings stadium (MPR, 3/19/12)
House GOP floats plan to restructure regional planning (MinnPost, 3/19/12)
MN Senate panel rejects ‘racino’ proposal (Pioneer Press, 3/19/12)
Plan to curb welfare seen as reform — or cruelty (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 3/18/12)
Editorial: Public pension reform gains momentum (Pioneer Press, 3/17/12)
Ugly cloud hangs over Capitol, puts Legislature in bad light, senator says (Marshall Independent, 3/17/12)
MNGOP may not have the votes for union-busting amendment (MNPublius, 3/17/12)
Audio: House GOP approves payment to schools (MPR, 3/16/12)
Vikings stadium turning into legislative hot potato (Pioneer Press, 3/16/12)
Rival Vikings stadium bill takes step forward in Senate (Pioneer Press, 3/16/12)
Senjem: Votes aren’t there for right-to-work (MPR, 3/16/12)
Michael Brodkorb raises the stakes for GOP (MinnPost, 3/16/12)
Michael Brodkorb’s bitter fight with his former Senate employers goes public (Politics in MN, 3/16/12)
The economic and political truth about right-to-work legislation (MinnPost, 3/16/12)
Opinion: Super-majority requirements do not lower taxes or spending (Winona Daily News, 3/16/12)
Sen. Carla Nelson: Investment in education and job growth will sustain MN’s prosperity (Rochester Post-Bulletin, 3/16/12)
DFL lawmaker: ‘Right to work’ proposal is unwise, unfair, unnecessary (Pioneer Press, 3/15/12)
Vikings stadium bill still stuck in Senate (Pioneer Press, 3/15/12)
Opinion: New political map is good for local voters (Rochester Post-Bulletin, 3/15/12)
MN House passes bill to tap reserves to pay back schools (Hot Dish Politics, 3/15/12)
Landowners won’t get help fighting mining leases from MN Legislature (Duluth News Tribune, 3/15/12)
Vikings stadium: Dayton presses GOP for quick action as bill stalls in committee (Pioneer Press, 3/15/12)
Audio: Senate panel vote on Vikings stadium delayed indefinitely (MPR, 3/15/12)
Brodkorb threatens to depose women, out Capitol affairs (MinnPost, 3/15/12)
Business-backed ALEC’s relations with conservative lawmakers riles Democrats (MPR, 3/15/12)
Laura Brod’s fractured fairytales, ALEC edition: A series of unfortunately identical model bills (Bluestem Prairie, 3/15/12)
St. Paul’s health care best in US, study says (Pioneer Press, 3/15/12)
David Senjem faces difficult re-election campaign (MinnPost, 3/15/12)
Brodkorb asserts other staffers had affairs with govt officials, weren’t fired (MPR, 3/15/12)
Brodkorb threatens to expose other Capitol affairs (Pioneer Press, 3/15/12)
Key DFLer, Republican clash over Vikings stadium vote counting (Hot Dish Politics, 3/15/12)
MN business leaders tout legislative agenda at their Capitol day (MinnPost, 3/15/12)
Minn. demagogues exposed: Extortion attempt and more skeletons to come (MN Progressive Project, 3/15/12)
Senate won’t pay Brodkorb, lawsuit expected (MPR, 3/14/12)
Funding questions quickly sideline Vikings stadium bill (MinnPost, 3/14/12)
Brodkorb’s attorney confirms client’s affair with Koch before Senate firing (Pioneer Press, 3/14/12)
Ballot measure open season: The clowns have been busy (MN Progressive Project, 3/14/12)
GOP’s internal battles over right-to-work continue (Politics in MN, 3/14/12)
Redistricting maps give DFL advantage in legislative races, but… (MinnPost, 3/14/12)
Mailers pressing GOP senators on right-to-work came from GOP Sen. Gerlach’s mail shop (Politics in MN, 3/9/12)
Senate GOP makes a power play on Right-to-work amendment (MPR, 3/8/12)
GOP lawmaker backpeddles on voter ID compromise (MPR, 3/8/12)
Grassley questions Minn’s handling of Medicaid funds (MPR, 3/8/12)
Editorial: Shutdown measures are a good step (Albert Lea Tribune, 3/8/12)
Dayton says Sviggum embarrassing himself and the U of M (MPR, 3/8/12)
Bill calling for return of death penalty won’t last long (MinnPost, 3/8/12)
MN House GOP ties ‘last in, first out’ measure to school payback bill (Pioneer Press, 3/8/12)
MN lawmaker’s comments comparing food stamp recipients to animals draw complaints, threats (Pioneer Press, 3/8/12)
Dayton and Sec of State again tout electronic poll book as Voter ID alternative (MinnPost, 3/8/12)
Dayton, Ritchie offer ‘poll book’ as voter-ID alternative (Pioneer Press, 3/8/12)
Relief, but not much: How forecasted surplus will affect schools (MinnPost, 3/8/12)
Dayton, Republicans differ over plan to repay schools (West Central Tribune, 3/8/12)
Dave Thompson moves his anti-union constitutional amendment to another committee (MN Progressive Project, 3/8/12)
House GOP plans to tap budget reserve to reduce K-12 shift (MPR, 3/7/12)
GOP bills would keep some state services open in shutdown (MPR, 3/7/12)
Minnesota uninsured rate remains flat at 9% since 2009 (Pioneer Press, 3/7/12)
Right-to-work schism dominates GOP amendment debate (Politics in MN, 3/7/12)
For wave of voter ID bills, a conservative group offers a model (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 3/5/12)
Dayton says he’ll put another tax-the-rich plan before MN lawmakers in 2013 no matter what (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 3/5/12)

FEBRUARY 2012

Minnesota’s new political map tests friendships, careers (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 2/28/12)
Legislative notebook: Senate votes against teacher seniority (Alexandria Echo Press, 2/28/12)
Audio: Voter ID compromise could avert amendment fight (MPR, 2/28/12)
State Senate strikes down teacher tenure (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 2/28/12)
Election lawsuit targets ineligible voters (MPR, 2/28/12)
Voters Alliance lawsuit critical of voter eligibility monitoring (MPR, 2/28/12)
Changing times require rethinking rural leadership roles (Marshall Independent, 2/28/12)
Minnesota budget forecast expected Wednesday (MPR, 2/27/12)
Legislation would require in-person visit for abortions (Rochester Post-Bulletin, 2/27/12)
Two bills increase abortion regulation (Pioneer Press, 2/27/12)
State budget forecast is Wednesday, sets the map for Legislature (Rochester Post-Bulletin, 2/27/12)
‘Racino’ touted as way to fund stadium (Pioneer Press, 2/27/12)
Plan closes tax loopholes, gives schools $2 billion (Pioneer Press, 2/27/12)
Republicans target abortion clinics with new restrictions (MPR, 2/27/12)
What if Tom Emmer had won the governor’s office? (MinnPost, 2/27/12)
DFLers call for payback of money borrowed from schools (Hot Dish Politics, 2/27/12)
Two anti-abortion bills pass Senate committee (Hot Dish Politics, 2/27/12)
Redistricted Minnesota legislative candidates scramble to sort out new seats (Pioneer Press, 2/26/12)
Budget cuts lead to colleges’ consolidation (Rochester Post-Bulletin, 2/25/12)
Editorial: Clean lines (Red Wing Republican Eagle, 2/25/12)
Is Minnesota’s ballot the right place to make state law? (Pioneer Press, 2/25/12)
Legislators begin introducing new stadium ideas (West Central Tribune, 2/24/12)
New maps guarantee new faces at Capitol (Alexandria Echo Press, 2/24/12)
Gov. Dayton to Rep. McCollum: Stillwater bridge can’t be delayed (Pioneer Press, 2/24/12)
Governor’s bullying prevention task force members named (MinnPost, 2/24/12)
GOP misses a chance, DFL dodges a train (Politics in MN, 2/24/12)
DFL leaders Bonoff and Thissen agree to disagree on teacher tenure bill (MinnPost, 2/24/12)
Anxious (but generally optimistic) lawmakers await Wednesday budget forecast (MinnPost, 2/24/12)
Overhaul of Minnesota school integration in limbo (Pioneer Press, 2/24/12)
Dayton rejects latest Vikings Stadium proposal (MPR, 2/23/12)
The Vikings  stadium plan that just won’t die (MPR, 2/23/12)
Audio: Legislators consider future in new political boundaries (MPR, 2/23/12)
Judge suggests Dayton could have avoided union vote lawsuit (Alexandria Echo Press, 2/23/12)
State manufacturers still optimistic, but worried about workforce (Rochester Post-Bulletin, 2/23/12)
Video: Governor nixes Vikings Stadium funded by property taxes (The Uptake, 2/23/12)
Video: Police opposition to MN gun bill doesn’t worry author (The Uptake, 2/23/12)
Video: Anger against MN welfare reduction bill erupts in ‘mic check’ (The Uptake, 2/23/12)
Another Vikings stadium funding proposal unveiled, unloved (MinnPost, 2/23/12)
Vikings: New stadium plan unworkable (Pioneer Press, 2/23/12)
‘Welfare Reform 2.0′ moves ahead, but met with anger at Legislature (MinnPost, 2/23/12)
Audio: Senate passes bill that expands use of deadly force (MPR, 2/23/12)
Hennepin County asks Supreme Court to add state to same-sex marriage lawsuit (MPR, 2/23/12)
To the GOP, Poor = Villain, Rich = Victim (mnpACT!, 2/23/12)
Redistricting fallout continues (MPR, 2/23/12)
Dayton signs teacher testing bill (Politics in MN, 2/22/12)
Stillwater bridge: Dayton imposing March 15 deadline for federal approval (Pioneer Press, 2/22/12)
Education grade for Legislature = F (mnpACT!, 2/22/12)
MN’s ‘fair’ redistricting map ensures big legislative turnover (MinnPost, 2/22/12)
Redrawn maps shake up Minnesota’s political landscape (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 2/22/12)
Redistricting ‘showdown’ shaping up between Minneapolis DFL Reps. Greene and Hornstein (MinnPost, 2/22/12)
MN Senate committee passes photo ID for voting (Pioneer Press, 2/22/12)
Audio: MN teachers weigh in on proposed tenure shakeup (MPR, 2/22/12)
Dayton signs bill requiring teachers to pass skills test (Hot Dish Politics, 2/22/12)
Audio: Feds give MN $26M to develop insurance exchange (MPR, 2/22/12)
MNGOP attacks teachers at ALEC’s request (MN Progressive Project, 2/22/12)
Legislative map: All shook up (Politics in MN, 2/22/12)
GOP lawmaker takes on state’s labor unions (Rochester Post-Bulletin, 2/21/12)
State redistricting maps set for Tuesday release (Politics in MN, 2/20/12)
State redistricting plan to be released 1 PM Tuesday (Rochester Post-Bulletin, 2/20/12)
Dayton welcomes federal investigation of MN Medicaid (MPR, 2/14/12)
MN governor vetoes ALEC template bills (The Uptake, 2/11/12)
Politics 2012: Minn caucuses provides glimpse of activists’ preferences (UPI, 2/5/12)

JANUARY 2012

Line between political spending and religious speech getting blurrier (MinnPost, 1/31/12)
Dayton blasts GOP senators as ‘unfit to govern’ (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 1/31/12)
Audio: Lawmakers to debate over health exchange (MPR, 1/31/12)
Opinion: Who is telling the truth on state senate staffing cuts? (Pioneer Press, 1/31/12)
Dayton: Legislation could be needed on exchange (Politics in MN, 1/30/12)
Brodkorb hires another lawyer (MPR, 1/30/12)
GOP lawmaker calls on state GOP to improve its money management (Pioneer Press, 1/30/12)
Michael Brodkorb hires additional law firm to fight Senate dismissal (Pioneer Press, 1/30/12)
While GOP balks, Dayton moves ahead with Minn. health exchange (MinnPost, 1/30/12)
Dem lawmakers blames Gov. Dayton in part for her decision to leave Legislature (MinnPost, 1/30/12)
Senate rejects Anderson on party lines; Dayton blasts GOP (MinnPost, 1/30/12)
Audio: Teacher seniority, NCLB top education issues in low-key legislative session (MPR, 1/30/12)
State falls short stopping felons from voting, group says (MPR, 1/30/12)
GOP response: Sen. Hann disputes Dayton/DFL’s health exchange plan (MinnPost, 1/30/12)
GOP ready for voters to rule by amendment (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 1/30/12)
GOP senators reject Commissioner Ellen Anderson in act of political cowardice (MN Progressive Project, 1/30/12)
Group fighting marriage amendment raises $1.2 million (MPR, 1/29/12)
Minnesotans United for All Families reports raising $1.2M to fight ban on gay marriage (Pioneer Press, 1/29/12)
Editorial: A different tone at Capitol (Mankato Free Press, 1/28/12)
Editorial: The urgency of school reform in Minnesota (Pioneer Press, 1/28/12)
GOP lawmaker open to collecting Internet sales tax (MPR, 1/27/12)
Poll: Dayton approval at 53%; 59% oppose public money for Vikings (Politics in MN, 1/27/12)
GOP push for ‘right to work’ amendment could produce ‘another Wisconsin’ (MinnPost, 1/27/12)
Dayton approval rating rises to 53%, far outdistancing legislators of both parties (MinnPost, 1/27/12)
<Facing budget cuts, 12 counties consider collaborating to deliver human services (MinnPost, 1/27/12)
State seeks delegates to join Dayton on China trade trip (MinnPost, 1/27/12)
Ballot measure open season: The insanity has begun (MN Progressive Project, 1/27/12)
Dem leader: Extremely difficult and painful first week (MN Progressive Project, 1/27/12)
Polling data: MN legislative GOP should consider reevaluating (mnpACT!, 1/27/12)
Dem minority leader decries ‘blatant, partisan attack’ over Senate budget (Politics in MN, 1/27/12)
Senate looks to take down Anderson as PUC Commissioner (MPR, 1/27/12)
Senate Republicans come out swinging (Politics in MN, 1/27/12)
Audio: Gov., legislators share goal to get Minnesotans back to work (MPR, 1/24/12)
Dayton to Vikings: Dome site or else (Pioneer Press, 1/24/12)
Appeals Court: State Defense of Marriage Act constitutional — for now (Politics in MN, 1/23/12)
In Vikings stadium game, St. Paul is likely loser (Pioneer Press, 1/23/12)
Amendment politics: How many and which ones? (the Cucking Stool, 1/23/12)
Local leaders ask state for more flexibility (MPR, 1/23/12)
Audio: DFL chair files complaint over GOP senator’s income (MPR, 1/23/12)
Legislators may spend much of the session focused on jobs — their own (MinnPost, 1/23/12)
Former Senate majority leader Amy Koch still a polarizing figure among Republicans (Pioneer Press, 1/23/12)
Appeals court: MN gay marriage case will get trial (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 1/23/12)
MN legislative session could see raft of voter amendments (CBS Minnesota, 1/22/12)
State legislators have plenty to do when session kicks off (St. Cloud Times, 1/22/12)
Opinion: Hope, pray for cooperation in the Minn. Legislature (Duluth News Tribune, 1/22/12)
Opinion: State’s public pensions – A worst-case scenario (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 1/22/12)
GOP leaders: Our Minnesota agenda (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 1/22/12)
DFL leaders: Our Minnesota agenda (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 1/22/12)
Minn. legislative session may be quick, but it won’t be quiet (Pioneer Press, 1/22/12)
Dayton: Don’t count on racino money quickly (Capitol Chatter, 1/22/12)
2012 Minn Legislative session: Q&A with leaders (Pioneer Press, 1/21/12)
Senator Amy Koch: Back up after ‘punch to the face’ (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 1/21/12)
Audio: MN GOP looks to recover from $2M debt (MPR, 1/20/12)
Questions & more questions about the MN GOP (mnpACT!, 1/20/12)
Stadium prospects growing bleaker (Politics in MN, 1/20/12)
Dayton to release construction project wish-list (MPR, 1/17/12)
Audio: Voter photo ID legislation introduced as constitutional amendment (MPR, 1/17/12)
Amid DFL attacks, Davids open to property tax cap (Politics in MN, 1/16/12)
Senate GOP taps Sviggum as communications chief (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 1/16/12)
Redistricting: That ain’t no least change (minn-Donkey, 1/16/12)
Gov. Dayton likely to include LRT on his bonding wish list (MinnPost, 1/16/12)
Commentary: Vikings stadium wars appear far from over (Pioneer Press, 1/16/12)
DFLers back bill to block gay marriage amendment (Politics in MN, 1/16/12)
In Vikings stadium debate, lawmakers have the ball (Pioneer Press, 1/15/12)
Opinion: The marriage amendment from all angles (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 1/14/12)
Commentary: The marriage amendment vote (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 1/14/12)
GOP lawmaker: No Senate GOP lawsuit to block health exchange (Politics in MN, 1/13/12)
Repairing the Republican brand (Politics in MN, 1/11/12)
Common Cause: Campaign finance board will investigate MN GOP (Politics in MN, 1/9/12)
Editorial: State budget revisited (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 1/9/12)
State board will look at GOP finances (MPR, 1/9/12)
MN GOP Senate leaders eye $2M in operating costs (MPR, 1/9/12)
Legislators push for audit of state energy program (Rochester Post-Bulletin, 1/9/12)
GOP’s firing/unfiring of Susan Thornton shows ‘growing pains’ of handling legislative power(MinnPost, 1/9/12)
MN’s political parties are facing big changes, challenges (MinnPost, 1/9/12)
Minnesota’s political parties are facing big changes, challenges (MinnPost, 1/9/12)
By the numbers: The MN GOP’s Cooked Books, Part 3 (MN Progressive Project, 1/8/12)
Minnesota’s new GOP chair thinks ideas can trump turmoil (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 1/8/12)
Editorial: Mystery surrounds GOP’s power play (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 1/8/12)
Before you buy the story about MN’s high taxes, read this (Growth & Justice, 1/7/12)
Opinion: What now for GOP? What now for women? (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 1/7/12)
Coalition still trying to get anti-stadium language on Ramsey County ballot (Pioneer Press, 1/6/12)
Gov. Dayton has a way of keeping his news conferences unpredictable (MinnPost, 1/6/12)
Fresh faces in the Minn Republican Party for 2012 (MN Progressive Project, 1/6/12)
Stadium foes prepare for ‘Plan B’ against Ramsey County (Politics in MN, 1/6/12)
Dayton prepares for bonding bill, speech (MPR, 1/5/12)
Judicial panel on road to new congressional maps (Alexandria Echo Press, 1/5/12)
State GOP accused of campaign finance violations (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 1/5/12)
Partisans make pitch to court on redrawing political boundaries (Pioneer Press, 1/5/12)
State GOP: New day, old troubles (Politics in MN, 1/4/12)
Department heads vent concerns to lawmakers (New Ulm Journal, 1/4/12)
Editorial: Adapting to the necessity of hard choices (Pioneer Press, 1/3/12)
Commentary: From economics to elections, looking back and looking ahead (MinnPost, 1/3/12)
Survey: MN economy will see slow growth in 2012 (MPR, 1/3/12)
Dayton dines with Senate leaders (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 1/3/12)
Sutton’s secretive slush fund, Count Them All Properly, Inc, changes management (Bluestem Prairie, 1/2/12)
Tony Sutton’s “by any means necessary” leadership (mnpACT!, 1/2/12)
Minnesota political parties ‘at a crossroads’ (MPR, 1/2/12)
Predictions for 2012: Local politics (MNPublius, 1/1/12)

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