Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announces on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, that he will not call a special legislative session, blaming Republicans for failing to support Twin Cities transit funding needs. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Chatter: Dayton Says Clean Water Tops Light Rail Politics

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he plans to campaign for clean water in coming months instead of against Republicans he blamed for torpedoing a special legislative session over a southwestern Twin Cities light rail proposal. The Democratic governor has been very strong in his statements against Republican opposition to the rail project, which he says…
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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, left, and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk announce on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, that there will be no special legislative session to pass a tax bill and fund public works projects. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Forget The Special Session

Farmers can forget about tax breaks to lighten their burden in funding new schools. Drivers on some of Minnesota’s most dangerous highways will not see immediate safety improvements. New state aid cities expected is not coming. Those are three of many issues impacted as Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders failed to agree on…
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"How to Vote" and "Voter's Bill of Rights" flyers decorate the tables at the Highland Apartments Tuesday evening. The Highland Apartment location had about 30 voters pass through.

Hagedorn, Lewis, Hughes Win; Some Long-Time State Lawmakers Don’t

A lack of heated races kept many Minnesota voters home from Tuesday’s primary election, but those who did show up helped set the plate for the Nov. 8 general election. Primary voters ousted some long-serving state lawmakers while accepting a trio of Republican-endorsed U.S. House candidates. Republican Jim Hagedorn is set for a second straight…
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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, left, and House Speaker Kurt Daudt meet with reporters Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, after touring the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter. (Governeor's office photo)

Dayton, Daudt Agree State Hospital Needs Security Help

Minnesota’s governor and House speaker agree that the St. Peter state hospital needs better security, after years of assaults on employees, but how soon that help can come remains in doubt. “There is no perfect answer,” House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, said Monday after he and Gov. Mark Dayton toured the Minnesota Security Hospital. “One…
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The days of large cranes and construction workers dominating the Minnesota Capitol will end later this year. A $300 million renovation project is to wrap up by Jan. 1, with construction officials saying the building will look pretty much done in October. The building has been mostly closed for more than a  year. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Political Chatter: Unified Groups Have Clout

People often complain about what their elected officials do, or do not do, but the Catholic Advocacy Network is trying to drive home the point that Minnesotans in general have the real say in government. “Many Catholics are experiencing a sense of political homelessness,” the group said in an email. “Neither major political party seems…
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