Chatter: Caucuses Important Step In Political Process

The 2018 election remains more than nine months away, but a Feb. 6 event likely will give birth to some political campaign favorites. That will be caucus night, when Democrats and Republicans gather across Minnesota conduct party business. They will elect local party leaders, pick delegates for future conventions and pick their favorite candidates in…
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Dayton Buys $6,000 Super Bowl Ticket, But Who Gets His Cheers?

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is transparent about how much his Super Bowl ticket cost — $6,000 — but not so much about which team may earn his cheers. As he was ending an unrelated news conference Wednesday, Jan. 24, reporters began asking Dayton about the Super Bowl, to be played in Minneapolis Feb. 4. The…
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General To Take Command Of Troubled IT Agency

The governor brought in an Army general to lead the Minnesota information technology department, which is struggling to fix a $93-million computer system for vehicle licenses and titles. Gov. Mark Dayton announced on Wednesday, Jan. 24, that he appointed Johanna Clyborne to lead MIN.IT, the state’s information technology department. He said she is taking the…
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Dayton Construction Plan, Local Projects Could Top $2.3 Billion

Gov. Mark Dayton’s statewide public works funding plan and local projects he says merit funding top $2.3 billion for his last in elective office. He announced a $1.5 billion proposal Tuesday, Jan. 16, but the governor’s office also reports that he feels $858 million in local projects “merit state investments,” but he did not include…
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Chatter: Minnesota Should Have Say In Farm Bill

Minnesota would seem to have an outsized influence on the next farm bill. Both of the state’s senators are on that body’s Agriculture Committee and three of the state’s eight congressmen are on the House farm panel, including Rep. Collin Peterson, the top-ranking Democrat and former chairman. All Minnesotans on the committees are Democrats, in…
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