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Legislative notebook: Dayton budget delay ‘joke’ spreads through Capitol

January 14, 2013 in Grand Forks Herald

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday morning that he was considering delaying releasing his budget because of recent back surgery, then said it was all a joke. Continue Reading

Minnesota fix to campaign-cash conundrum is more cash

December 12, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Trying to address a surge of money to outside political groups, Minnesota campaign regulators are contemplating a counterintuitive solution: More money. Continue Reading

Bachmann re-election run eased other campaign debt

December 7, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Michele Bachmann has dramatically reduced what had been a more than $1 million debt from her failed presidential run and she has her congressional re-election effort to thank for it. Continue Reading

Capitol’s DFL leaders must guard against overreach

November 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

After a full two decades of divided state government in St. Paul, the three Democrats setting the agenda at Minnesota’s Capitol starting in January must prove the party can take advantage of what may be a once-in-a-generation opportunity. Continue Reading

Phil Krinkie, St. Paul, column: Americans voted their own — not the nation’s — pocketbook

November 14, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

When most Americans cast their ballots, the voters did so the candidate they believed would best protect their individual economic situation. Continue Reading

OUR OPINION: Consider Minnesota’s successful amendments

November 12, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

In both 2006 and 2008, a majority of Minnesota voters made their wishes clear. Their priority is neither big government nor small government. Their priority is good government. Continue Reading

Minnesota Dems step gingerly around Dayton tax plan

November 8, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Democrats newly in control of Minnesota’s political power began a delicate dance Wednesday around Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s long-held goal of raising income taxes on the top earners. Continue Reading

Ban defeated, gay marriage could come to Minnesota

November 7, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Minnesota’s proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage is history. The fight isn’t over for gay marriage supporters, though. The next logical step is the actual right to marry. Continue Reading

How did Grand Forks and Polk counties vote? Opposing trends emerged

November 7, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

In Grand Forks County, the electorate still leans farther left than much of the state, but generally followed state trends in its support for many Republicans. In Polk County, the electorate leaned right, and often voted the opposite of most voters in the state. Continue Reading

Sen. Al Franken, DFL-Minn., column: Minnesota must invest in workforce development

November 7, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

In this increasingly competitive world, U.S. industry leaders and policy makers must to work together to produce enough well-trained workers to let employers continue to expand and innovate.
In short, without action to better prepare our work force for 21st Century jobs, we’ll be left behind. Continue Reading