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Gov. Tim Walz's proposal was met with Republican reluctance. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune's Patricia Lopez and John Rash.
Gov. Tim Walz spoke with the Star Tribune's Patricia Lopez on the challenges facing Minnesota.
Whether it's spring brunch or Easter breakfast, the egg suits the season far beyond scrambled and poached.
The Senate and House passed a plan that includes a $435 million tax increase, and there's the rub.
Mike Huckabee scored an impressive victory, capping one of the most remarkable come-from-nowhere triumphs in recent history.
The prominent appellate lawyer has led the judicial selection commission for Gov. Pawlenty. He will be the first person who is not a justice to take the top job in decades.
Speaking at the state party's convention, the governor said people deserve leaders "who are hopeful, optimistic, decent" and called upon Republicans to provide that leadership. Beforehand, he again demurred on talk of his vice presidential prospects.
Al Franken's 225-vote lead was unanimously certified by the state Canvassing Board, but Norm Coleman's planned court challenge will keep Franken from taking his seat when the Senate convenes today.
The Shoreview businessman, noting a tough political climate for Republicans across the U.S., said, "Sometimes, maybe it's best for the cause to have a fresh face out there."
The vote follows a bitter, long debate. A similar measure is in the House, but Gov. Pawlenty has vowed he'll veto any tax increase.
The Minneapolis DFLer's car was totaled by a suspected drunken driver after a late-night session at the Capitol.
The former DFL House minority leader says he will run on issues of clean energy and job growth.
The plan from majority Democrats draws ire of Pawlenty aide, Senate DFL.
An election certificate is the key prize in the Minnesota Senate race -- but only if the governor signs it.
The campaign donations by the two Supreme Court members predated their appointment to the bench.
As the three-judge panel nears a decision, both sides are preparing for the next step.
As the financial pie shrinks, the Legislature's DFL majority is battling itself over what must be reduced.
Minnesota's controversial Sex Offender Program will run out of money next month unless a bill to cover a $16 million shortfall gets quick action in the state Senate.
With three proposals on the table, legislators and Gov. Pawlenty now can start negotiating.
The revenue-neutral plan would limit a variety of deductions and credits used by many Minnesota families and businesses.
The Senate plan also includes a 7% budget cut that slices nearly across the board. Reaction made for unusual allies.
With the $1.3 billion in federal help, the state still has a $4.57 billion spending gap for 2010-11.
"This is not a roller coaster we're on, it's a corkscrew or one of those crazy upside-down rides where everybody gets sick," said House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis.
As Gov. Pawlenty looks to cut budgets, the chief justice he appointed is playing hardball over the justice system's future.
That's what we -- and legislators -- asked Thursday of the people in St. Cloud.
Pawlenty's reaction is said to be cool, and legislators are baffled by proposal to repeal corporate tax.
It would put money into the state budget and, according to the White House, retain or create up to 66,000 jobs here.
Pawlenty warns that next month's economic forecast could show a deficit of $6 billion, or even $7 billion.
Many share Gov. Tim Pawlenty's dislike of business taxes, but his plan to halve them raises questions: Will jobs be created? How will we make up the lost money?
Pawlenty says state must do more than erase $4.8 billion deficit, but some will see a heavy cost.
The federal stimulus could provide a key infusion of cash as Minnesota lawmakers try to tackle the $4.8 billion deficit.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty's State of the State address set the stage for a clash of wills with a heavily DFL-controlled Legislature.
When he gives his State of the State address, he will offer up a fiscally Spartan vision.
He asks Pawlenty, Ritchie to certify him as winner, but citing state law, they decline.
Local ballot counting in the Senate recount saved the state $2 million, but varying standards is a key argument in the court case.
How Gov. Tim Pawlenty stands up to the challenge of a $5.2 billion state budget deficit will largely shape his political future.
The governor's emergency budget cuts hit health care, local governments and higher education hard -- and more is to come.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty will cut money for cities and counties and for human services to make up for a $426 million short-term deficit.
Painful cuts and even a governmental overhaul are in the offing. Friday morning, Gov. Pawlenty and legislators will begin to take on the staggering deficit.
Today's two-year projection could be as high as $6 billion; "every spending program, every tax has to be on the table." The news will be delivered at an 11:15 a.m. press conference.
Even as the U.S. Senate race recount forged ahead, both sides are massing their troops in the next battle over piles of disputed ballots.
Some voters whose absentee ballots were rejected are stunned to find out what happened.
With about 18% of the vote recounted, Coleman still leads Franken -- but by only 174 votes. Franken's gain owed much to a swing of 23 votes in the Democratic stronghold of St. Louis County.
The Coleman and Franken campaigns traded shots Monday as counties completed the process of certifying their vote tallies and officials prepared to start recounting nearly 3 million ballots in the U.S. Senate race.
The DFLer hopes to force counties across the state to turn over the lists of rejected absentee voters who, if later found eligible, could tip the balance in the closest Senate race in the country.
Local officials will be working in the 87 counties under the scrutiny of top lawyers brought in by candidates Norm Coleman and Al Franken.
The secretary of state appointed four judges to certify Senate election and rule on any disputes; the recount starts Wednesday.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty proposed what he called the "mother lode of tax breaks" to companies that create so-called green jobs in the burgeoning field of renewable energy.
As Norm Coleman's lead over Al Franken was cut to 221 votes, charges flew as fast as the tally changed.
Sen. Norm Coleman's lead over challenger Al Franken in the U.S. Senate race narrowed even more, guaranteeing a recount that could stretch well into next month.
Republicans take some solace in blocking a veto-proof state House majority, while the Obama triumph should give Minnesota more influence in the new Congress.
With 100 percent of the 4,130 precincts reporting, Sen. Norm Coleman had an unofficial margin of several hundred votes out of nearly 2.9 million cast. Challenger Al Franken said this morning he would exercise his right to a recount.
Franken, Coleman and Barkley blasted one another as audience members cheered, booed, hissed and even catcalled.
Norm Coleman accused Al Franken of being connected to a suit involving his wife. Franken denied it.
Voters who cross party lines on the same ballot could hold the key to a race's outcome.
The St. Cloud State survey has the White House race tight and the Senate incumbent moving ahead of Franken.
Vandals struck the garages and homes of six Minnesota members of Congress, spray-painting graffiti that called for them to resign and included a biblical reference to "Psalm 2."
From comedian to candidate. From satire to public policy. It's a difficult leap, but Al Franken is determined to make it.
He says that during the financial crisis, instead of adding to the "negativity," politics should "lift people up with hope." His opponents expressed skepticism.
Dean Barkley got in some of the hardest shots of the night, Norm Coleman defended his six-year career in the Senate and Al Franken linked Coleman's votes to campaign donations.
Al Franken's wife talks about her alcoholism in an ad that seeks to humanize him and counter the GOP image of Franken as too ill-tempered to serve in the Senate.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken had harsh words for the economic rescue bill that passed the Senate on Wednesday night, calling it a "sacrifice at the altar of financial mismanagement" and a "terrible end to a terrible presidency."
The former vice president lavished praise on the former entertainer, but Rep. Jim Oberstar urged Franken to "disown" the Playboy satire that has lately dogged him.
Endorsed by acclamation, he vowed to take the election battle to Sen. Norm Coleman, while bracing for more attacks.
John Edwards' former national spokesman has been added to the ranks. The campaign says it plans to engage Sen. Norm Coleman on the issues daily.
The harsh assessment came during the newly endorsed DFLer's kickoff rally Monday at the State Capitol. Officials with the Republican's campaign were just as brusque in response.
Some women say they wouldn't be willing to overlook policy differences just to break the glass ceiling.
After trouncing their primary opponents, Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, DFLer Al Franken and Independence Party candidate Dean Barkley are squaring off for a three-way free-for-all.
John McCain served notice that he seeks the presidency to afflict the politically comfortable, a mission that has defined much of his political career.
John McCain will make his case to the nation that a 72-year-old politician with 26 years in Congress can bring the fresh breath of reform that polls suggest the public wants.
The convention got up to full speed as President Bush lauded John McCain in brief remarks from D.C., even as the GOP has reasons to keep distance between the two.
Sarah Palin has taken the Republican world by storm since John McCain elevated her from near-obscurity. But she remains an unknown quantity to much of the American public, a USA Today/Gallup poll found.
As the Republicans take their turn presenting a four-day, highly choreographed political spectacle, the Twin Cities will put its best foot forward to make sure the delegates have a good time.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty, everyone agrees, is a man of many ideas. Some say there are too many ideas and not enough to show for them.
Franken's numbers are up, but Independence Party's Barkley appeals to voters who don't like either major-party candidate.