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The Capitol Note: Lawmakers end session with key tax and spending measures passed

The Capitol Note: Lawmakers end session with key tax and spending measures passed

Lawmakers finished out the 2014 legislative session Friday evening with the passage of three major finance and spending bills and a restrictive medical marijuana proposal. Those four pieces were seen as the last major measures to pass this year.

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The Capitol Note: Lawmakers set to announce a deal on minimum wage hike

The Capitol Note: Lawmakers set to announce a deal on minimum wage hike

Lawmakers are expected to announce a deal on Monday raising Minnesota's minimum wage to $9.50 an hour with inflationary increases thereafter. Negotiations between the Senate -- which has been dragging its feet on the issue -- and the House, have been a major political division this session between the Democrats who control the Legislature.

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The Capitol Note: MMB plans to go forward with stadium bond sale

Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter rejected calls from American Indian activists who were pushing for the delay of bond sales on the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, the Star Tribune reports. The activists are trying to get assurances that the word "Redskins," the' nickname for the Washington, D.C. NFL team, will not be displayed inside the stadium.

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NRCC launches Obamacare strike at Walz, Peterson, Nolan

A national Republican group is hammering DFLers in three greater Minnesota congressional districts over the technical failures that have beset the rollout of the federal health insurance exchange.

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First and fourth congressional districts will pick challengers this weekend

At least five Republicans are seeking to challenge U.S. Rep. Tim Walz in the First Congressional District. GOP activists will gather in Mankato on Saturday to determine which candidate gets the party's endorsement.

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Bachmann tops mnpACT’s list of ‘worst political persons’

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota's Tea Party queen and the golden girl of conservative talk-show hosts, has earned the top spot in this year's list of "Top 10 Worst Political Persons in Minnesota," compiled by the Minnesota Network for Progressive Action (mnpACT!).

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