Minnesota House candidates Sandy Layman and Tom Anzelc may be far apart on some issues in the 2016 campaign, but these signs are near each other  in neighboring Grand Rapids yards. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Republican Candidates Face Well-Funded, Unified Democrats

Rep. Tom Anzelc sat in a coffee shop talking about his re-election campaign when a woman interrupted to say how good a job the Democrat has done for his northern Minnesota House district over the years. An hour later, first-time candidate Republican Sandy Layman was sitting in another Grand Rapids coffee shop when a woman…
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Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt says on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, that he will call for Gov. Mark Dayton to resign if he does not adequately deal with what is being called a health insurance crisis. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Speaker Demands Health Insurance Action Or Will Ask Dayton To Resign

Minnesota’s House speaker says he will ask Gov. Mark Dayton to resign if the governor does not does not put in enough effort into solving what is widely regarded as a health insurance crisis. Thousands of state employers are at Dayton’s disposal to fix the situation, Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, said in a fiery news…
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Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump take the stage at the start of their presidential town hall debate at Washington University in St. Louis, on Oct. 9, 2016. (Reuters photo by Rick Wilking)

Legislative Election History May Mean Little This Year In Minnesota

Look at history and it would appear Democrats will control the Minnesota Legislature next year. After all, Democrats have won control of the Senate in every presidential election year since 1992. And House Democrats came out on top in four of the six most recent presidential years. Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party voters have a tradition of turning…
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Minnesota leaders walk outside to talk to reporters Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, after they failed to reach a deal to call a special legislative session. From left are House Speaker Kurt Daudt, Gov. Mark Dayton and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Staff Talks Begin New Work Toward Special Legislative Session

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared a special legislative session dead just more than a month ago, but on Thursday, Sept. 22, legislative and executive branch staff members gather to discuss bringing legislators back this fall. The governor raised the possibility of resurrecting special session talks during a late-August State Fair interview and talked to House…
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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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