Minnesota Leaders Promise School Safety Funds

A deadly Texas school shooting turned Minnesota safe school legislation into a top priority. “Emergency safe school funding is my top priority for the next 56 hours,” Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, tweeted late Friday afternoon, May 18, looking ahead to the mandatory end of the legislative session this weekend. In the hours after…
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Dayton: Work Together This Year Like With Capitol Restoration

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he and the Legislature should try to work together like they did in restoring the Capitol building. In his final State of the State speech Wednesday, March 14, the Democratic governor looked back at his two terms in office and ahead to tasks remaining during his final 299 days on…
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Gun Debate Begins As Legislature Starts 2018 Work

Minnesota lawmakers will be drawn into a gun debate that has blossomed since last week’s Florida school shooting that left 17 dead. Protect Minnesota, an anti-gun violence group, will lead a Capitol rotunda rally at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. Among legislation those at the rally will oppose are giving gun owners more freedom to…
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Minnesota Lawmakers Must Pass Own Budget, But Not Much Work Mandatory

The 2018 Minnesota Legislature opens at noon Tuesday, Feb. 20, and there are plenty of questions about what topics might be debated. A few things are given: One of the first bills to pass must be funding for the Legislature, which Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed last spring in an unsuccessful attempt to get the…
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Chatter: Wellstone Group Involved In Internal Action

Wellstone Action has trained thousands of “progressive” candidates and campaign workers, and claimed to have helped 1,000 get elected. Their website describes the group’s mission: “Founded to carry forward the work of Paul and Sheila Wellstone, we arm progressives with the strategies and skills to win. We develop political leaders. We strengthen movement organizations. We…
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