Update: Long-standing Political Divide Shuts Down Government

Political differences separating Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislators when they took office at the first of this year shut down state government today.

Political Divide Leads To Government Shutdown

Political differences separating Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislators when they took office at the first of this year shut down state government today.

Update: Republicans Plead For Temporary Budget

Minnesota legislative leaders bought themselves some budget negotiating time today by summoning their members to the Capitol, but by evening Republicans were pleading with the governor to call them back into session to pass a temporary budget as off-and-on talks appeared to fall short of a deal.

Update: Stop And Go Talks, Deal Or No Deal?

Minnesota legislative leaders bought themselves some budget negotiating time today by summoning their members to the Capitol, but those talks were stop and go throughout the day.

Update: Deal Or No Deal? Budget Talks Stall

Minnesota legislative leaders bought themselves some budget negotiating time today by summoning their members to the Capitol, but they left the talks late this morning without more scheduled.