Dave Orrick / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL—Minnesota is inching forward on a yearslong major project to beef up security for everyone with a driver's license, tax form or Social Security number stored on a state computer. So pretty much all of us. The state needs $10.6 million — and has for several years — to get it done. It's gotten $0 from the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota attorney general and Democratic candidate for governor Lori Swanson is standing by her running mate, U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, amid calls for her to dump him after revelations of sexual harassment in Nolan's office surfaced. "Sexual harassment has no place in the workplace or society," Swanson said in a statement emailed to the media Friday, July 20.
ST. PAUL—A Ramsey County judge has ordered Minnesota elections officials to hand over voter-registration records that Secretary of State Steve Simon had argued were private. They're not private; they're public, according to the ruling by Ramsey County District Judge Jennifer Frisch, who sided with the activist group Minnesota Voters Alliance, which had sued Simon's office. Simon said he would appeal.
ST. PAUL—A Minnesota government watchdog agency is running four separate probes related to the state's troubled computer system for vehicle titles and registration. The system, known as MNLARS, has been beset by problems since it was launched nearly a year ago.
ST. PAUL — The Republican Party of Minnesota wants to repeal the Legacy Amendment and outlaw gay marriage (again), two of a number of official party positions that might surprise some even within the GOP. The positions are contained in the Republican party's official "standing platform" — a collection of positions on issues ranging from taxes to abortion — that was approved earlier this month at the state convention in Duluth.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party opposes all nuclear power and wants to allow felons to vote as long as they're not actually in prison, two of a number of official party positions that might surprise some even within the DFL. The positions are contained in the Democratic party's official "ongoing platform" and "action agenda" — collections of positions on issues ranging from taxes to abortion — that was approved earlier this month at the state convention in Rochester.
ST. PAUL — Even Jessie Diggins got nothing. From Minnesota's bid to host a World Cup cross-country skiing event to the secretary of state's simple need for permission to spend federal money to stop Russian election hackers, a ton of seemingly no-brainer things didn't get done at the Capitol. This happens to some bills every year. Lawmakers just don't get to everything.
ST. PAUL -- Lawmakers took a step closer to closing a set of DWI loopholes Wednesday, May 16, after the House unanimously approved a plan to fully bring ATV riders and snowmobilers under the same laws that govern drivers of automobiles and trucks. The legislation was inspired by the death of Alan Geisenkoetter Jr., the 8-year-old boy who was killed this winter by an allegedly drunken snowmobiler while ice fishing with his family.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota families who have lost loved ones in distracted-driving crashes cranked up their push at the state Capitol on Thursday, May 10, to require hands-free driving. With photos of their siblings, children and others victimized by distracted drivers, they gathered in Capitol hallways and meeting rooms throughout the day demanding change.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton lately is all about an "emergency" funding plan for public schools running deficits. He's on a bully-pulpit kick, urging Republican lawmakers to change course late in the legislative session and spend $138 million to shore up school budgets to reduce the likelihood of teacher layoffs or larger class sizes. He wants the GOP-controlled Legislature to authorize the money instead of planned tax breaks. So far, he's getting nowhere. But he's not stopping.