Judge Says Dayton Wrong When He ‘Effectively Abolished The Legislature’

A judge reached all the way to the Federalist Papers of 1787 to conclude Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton violated the state Constitution when he vetoed state House and Senate funding last spring. “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition,” James Madison wrote in arguing in favor of the separation of powers doctrine that soon became…
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Governor Worries Trump ‘Unpredictability’ Will Impact Environment

Minnesota can keep its environment clean, but the President Donald Trump’s administration could make the job difficult, Gov. Mark Dayton says. “Everybody has to deal with the unpredictability of President Trump’s decisions,” Dayton told reporters Wednesday, July 19, after he talked to Scott Pruitt, administrator of the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The Democratic governor said…
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Dayton: Minnesota Police Not Trigger Happy

Minnesota law enforcement officers are not trigger happy, Gov. Mark Dayton says, but money lawmakers approved for police training earlier this year could help them react appropriately to instances like have resulted in civilian deaths in recent years. “I think most Minnesota law enforcement is very well trained and conducts itself very responsibly,” the governor…
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Judge Says Dayton Violated Constitution In Vetoing Legislative Budget

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s veto of legislative funding was unconstitutional, a judge ruled Wednesday, July 19. Dayton’s used his “veto authority to gain a repeal or modification of unrelated policy legislation by effectively eliminating a co-equal branch of government,” Ramsey County Judge John Guthmann wrote. After the 2017 legislative session, which ended in late May,…
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Twin Metals Opponents Bend Forest Service’s Ear

Mia Morrison brought her 14-year-old enthusiasm to to a public meeting dominated by people much older. “My generation does not want to clean it up,” the bubbly girl, waving her hands, told a U.S. Forest Service panel that on Tuesday night, July 18, was listening to Minnesotans, and one Wisconsinite, about whether the federal government…
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