Political Chatter: Parties Like Precinct Caucuses

Political parties have a vested interest in keeping precinct caucuses. “It is a great way to grow the party in the long run,” Chairman Ken Martin of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party said as he and Republican Minnesota Chairman Keith Downey encouraged Minnesotans to attend the Tuesday night caucuses. Downey said that when voters cast ballots in…
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Minnesota Water Summit Produces Ideas

Balancing water is tough. Still, Gov. Mark Dayton brought together more than 800 Minnesotans to do that on Saturday, looking at ways to clean up the state’s water while still allowing farmers and others to conduct profitable business. Potential solutions coming from the day-long meeting in a downtown St. Paul hotel will be compiled in…
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Protesters Stop Dayton Speech

Anti-pipeline protesters interrupted Gov. Mark Dayton Saturday as he spoke to more than 800 Minnesotans at a summit about how to clean the state’s water. A half dozen people representing environmental and American Indian groups carrying signs saying “Love water, not oil” went up on stage, while others stood in front of Dayton holding a…
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Minnesota Budget Report Agreement: Use Caution

A Minnesota economy and state budget report is a cautionary tale. While the state continues to carry a surplus, which is good news for taxpayers, Minnesota economic growth is slowing from what was expected three months ago. The slowdown established a sour tone Friday when state financial officials released a report showing a state government…
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Governor, Legislative Leaders To Preview Session

Minnesota’s top political leaders gather Thursday for a rare joint look into their crystal balls about what may happen during the 2016 legislative session. The forum may be the only time Gov. Mark Dayton will appear with all four legislative leaders before the session, which begins March 8. The 1 p.m. event sponsored by Forum…
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