Minnesota state Sen. Bill Ingebritsen of Alexandria takes a moment away from Senate debate Saturday, May 21, 2016, to talk on the telephone. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Senator, An Ex-Sheriff, Seeks Resolution Against Dayton’s Shooting Comment

A state senator and long-time law enforcement officer wants the Senate to admonish Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton for saying a police officer would not have shot a black St. Paul man had he been white. “He jumps to a conclusion” before the investigation into the July 6 shooting is done, Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, said…
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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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Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt, left, and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk share a light moment Friday, July 15, 2016, before heading into negotiations that could lead to a special legislative session. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Governor, Leaders Say They Are Near Special Session Deal

The governor and top two legislative leaders say they tentatively agree to call Minnesota legislators back to St. Paul for a special legislative session the third week in August to pass tax and public works bills, but work remains before that can happen. After meeting two hours in private, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton; Senate Majority…
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Delegate Charley Underwood of the Twin Ciites, a Bernie Sanders supporter, listens to a speech Saturday, June 4, 2016, at the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party convention in Minneapolis. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Legislative Races Fill An Election Gap

This year presents a rare opportunity for Minnesotans to focus on legislative races, and who controls the Legislature. “That’s the whole deal,” veteran politician Nancy Larson said Saturday at the state Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party convention. “But people here don’t realize that.” Control of the state House and Senate is up to voters this year, and it…
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Special Session Negotiations Set

Gov. Mark Dayton pleaded with House Republicans to accept his plan to call a special legislative session to help reduce racial fiscal disparities and to extend unemployment benefits for laid-off miners. But Republicans are not ready. Democrat Dayton on Tuesday wrote a letter to Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt asking that his caucus consider backing…
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