Chatter: Dayton’s ‘Not Affordable’ Insurance Quote Spurs Lots Of Talk

“The reality is the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable for increasing numbers of people.” Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton had not even finished the sentence when political reporters knew they had a story. After all, Dayton has been a strong proponent of the federal health care law, better known as Obamacare, and pushed to…
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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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Diamond Reynolds, left, is in tears as she talks to Gov. Mark Dayton, right, as people gather outside the Governor's Residence in St. Paul on Thursday, July 7, 2016. Reynolds' boyfriend, Philando Castile, was killed after being shot by the police during a traffic stop Wednesday night in Falcon Heights. (Pioneer Press: Jean Pieri)

Millions Watch After ‘They Killed My Boyfriend’

Diamond Reynolds’ video of her dying boyfriend wearing a blood-drenched T-shirt was poignant enough, but then her 4-year-old daughter told her: “That’s OK, mommy. That’s OK, I’m right here with you.” Reynolds’ nine-minute, 46-second video recounted the shooting death of 32-year-old Philando Castile after what she said was a traffic stop for a broken tail…
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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton looks on and Sen. Jeff Hayden uses his telephone Wednesday, June 15, 2016, as Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk briefs reporters on a meeting about setting up a special legislative sessin. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

No Progress Reported In Special Session Talks

The most positive description of a high-level Wednesday meeting to set up a Minnesota special legislative session was that it “it was not as productive as I would have liked.” Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Cook, also said that “the tone of the speaker’s voice” was better than in previous meetings, even though no one…
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Top Minnesota Democrats brief reporters about a Tuesday, June 7, 2016, discussion on a potential special legislative session. From left are House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Trust Lacking, But Minnesota Leaders Hope For Special Session

Minnesota’s political leaders say they have a problem trusting each other, but on Tuesday they pledged to continue trying to pass failed tax and public works legislation. “We all have trust issues with one another,” Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said. House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, agreed, adding: “I think the governor hasn’t really kept his…
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