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ST. PAUL—Matt Pelikan, a Democratic attorney with significant political experience, is joining the ranks hoping to replace Attorney General Lori Swanson. "This is a time of unprecedented challenges for Minnesota and for the progressive values that I cherish," Pelikan, who will formally announce his campaign in the coming days, said in an interview. "I believe we need a strong progressive attorney general now more than ever."
ST. PAUL — After a high-level meeting with federal officials, Minnesota officials are more confident that the state's plans for rolling out new Real ID driver's licenses will work. On Wednesday, Sept. 13, Gov. Mark Dayton's chief of staff and deputy chief of staff met with a deputy assistant, a director and a manager for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. "(The Department of Homeland Security) has assured Minnesota that federal agencies will honor the current extension, until DHS makes final extension decisions," Dayton spokesman Sam Fettig said.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton met with state and regional officials Friday to prepare a bid to land Amazon's new headquarters—but an official said the contents of the bid will be kept secret for now. "As Amazon has requested that all proposals be kept confidential, additional details on Minnesota's proposal would be inappropriate at this time," state economic development Commissioner Shawntera Hardy said in a statement after the meeting with Dayton and Greater MSP CEO Michael Langley.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Friday, Sept. 8, decided that Gov. Mark Dayton's veto of the House and Senate budgets earlier this year was constitutional. "We hold that the governor's exercise of his line item veto authority...was constitutional," Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea wrote. "This conclusion, however, does not end the matter."
ST. PAUL — When retail behemoth Amazon announced plans to expand into a second North American headquarters Thursday, Sept. 7, states across the country began quickly lining up for the chance. Minnesota was among those excitedly jumping into the queue for the $5 billion project. “With as many as 50,000 new jobs possible for Minnesota workers and families, I have directed Commissioner Shawntera Hardy and the Department of Employment and Economic Development to work with city, regional, and state partners on a proposal to bring Amazon’s new headquarters to Minnesota,” Gov.
ST. PAUL — Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken said Tuesday that he opposes Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras' nomination to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which could scuttle President Donald Trump's intent to name him to the federal court.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday, Aug. 31, released a statement supporting immigrants who were brought to this country as children without proper immigration documentation.
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton did not have to look far to find the next "superbly well qualified" leader to replace Adj. Gen. Richard Nash as the head of the Minnesota National Guard. He found that leader in Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, he announced Wednesday, Aug. 30. Jensen has been Nash's chief of staff for the past six years, reports to him as the commanding general of the Guard's 34th Red Bill Infantry Division and served with him in Bosnia and Iraq. Jensen will serve as the adjutant general of the Guard for the next seven years.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Supreme Court justices on Monday, Aug. 28, had many questions about Gov. Mark Dayton's line-item veto of two years worth of funding for the Minnesota House and Senate and were anxious to get them started. With Dayton attorney Sam Hanson just two minutes into his opening remarks, Chief Justice Lorie Gildea spoke out: "Counsel, can we just get to it?"
ST. PAUL — There will be a heavyweight championship battle for the ages in a Minnesota Capitol courtroom on Monday, Aug. 28. In one corner: Democratic Farmer-Labor Gov. Mark Dayton, who vetoed funding for the Minnesota House and Senate for the next two years. In the other: the Republican-led Minnesota Legislature, which scored a win in district court when a judge declared the vetoes unconstitutional.