DFL gubernatorial nominee Mark Dayton has not had a good September. The Department of Revenue estimated that his proposed tax increase on the rich would yield not quite half of the $4 billion he originally claimed it would generate; when Dayton submitted a revised budget, it got the tax proceeds right but still fell almost $1 billion of solving the deficit.
by Britt Robson
Published: July 16, 2010
Tags: Blois Olson, Brian Melendez, David Lillehaug, Kristin Sosanie, Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Mark Dayton, Mike Hatch, Paul Thissen, Rudy Perpich, Tom Bakk, Tom Emmer, Tom Horner
Among the many reasons the DFL party establishment wants Margaret Anderson Kelliher to triumph in both next month’s primary and in the November general election is to finally halt the notorious string of ballot box failures wrought by its endorsed candidates for governor. The last time the DFL endorsement process lined up behind a gubernatorial winner was in the case of Rudy Perpich back in 1986. But that hardly counts, because Perpich was the incumbent at the time, a distinction he earned only after defeating the previous DFL endorsee, Warren Spannaus, in the 1982 primary.
Like a kid learning to ride a bike, Sean Kershaw believes, the state legislative session of 2008 was wobbly but managed to make progress. The session was “a training wheels year,” Kershaw, president of the St. Paul-based Citizens League, said at a Friday morning panel discussion. While the 2008 legislative session didn’t solve all of [...]
by Charley Shaw
Published: July 25, 2005
Tags: 2006 legislative races, Blois Olson, Dave Kleis, House Ways and Means Committee, Jim Knoblach, Joe Opatz, John Ellenbecker, Mark Kennedy, Mark Ourada, St. Cloud, Steve Frank, Steve Sviggum, Tarryl Clark
The makeup of the state Legislature that will sit down for the 2006 session starting in March may depend on what happens in St. Cloud. That’s because for sure one but possibly as many as three legislators will be giving up their seats in the hotly divided St. Cloud area-one DFLer and two Republicans. Both [...]