Political Chatter: Minnesotans Of Both Parties Sorry To See Boehner Go

One day, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner was at the top of the world with Pope Francis speaking to a joint meeting of Congress after 20 years of the Ohio Republican asking pontiffs do to that. The next day, Boehner resigned, effective in a month, surprising House members of both major parties. ‚ÄúSpeaker Boehner has…
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At The Legislature: Easy Ending For Health Funding Bill

Health funding legislation that caused some of the most controversy in recent months ended up passing relatively easily. House and Senate members late Sunday and early Monday passed a $12 billion measure funding health programs. It retained the existing MNsure health insurance exchange structure, which both parties wanted to change. It also maintained the MinnesotaCare…
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Justice Up To Speed As Wages Become Issue

Minnesota’s justice system is back to normal speed after recession-induced budget cuts slowed it down, but state court officials now say they face a problem of losing employees to better pay elsewhere in government. Minnesota’s Bill of Rights requires justice be handed out “promptly and without delay,” a requirement being met better now than during…
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Political Chatter: Midwest Man To Run GOP Convention

A long-time Minnesota political operative with North Dakota roots and who lives part-time in Wisconsin will run the 2016 Republican National Convention. The four-day event Jeff Larson will oversee is to be in Cleveland. He did the same for the 2008 national convention in St. Paul, about 20 miles from his Hudson, Wis. home. “From…
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Legislative Notebook: Legislature Approves Freezing College Tuitions

A bill funding Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and the University of Minnesota systems freezes tuitions.