The survey conducted earlier this week by Public Policy Polling revealed 49 percent approval and 47 percent disapproval for Dayton.
The bill passed the House by a tally of 68-66, with the entire House Republican caucus joined by five moderate Democrats who voted in opposition.
The House passed a tax bill that includes just over $2 billion in tax increases by a 69-65 vote early Monday morning. The legislation now heads to the Senate and is the lynchpin of the budget deal needed to conclude the legislative session.
Politicians give speeches for a living. We asked the Capitol Insiders which of the current legislators are the best orators? Here are their top answers.
by Charley Shaw
Published: April 26, 2013
Tags: Ann Lenczewski, budget deficit, Deb Kiel, Erin Murphy, Jason Metsa, Jenifer Loon, Joyce Peppin, Kurt Zellers, Local Government Aid, Minnesota House of Representatives, Taxes, Tina Liebling
After a steady flow of budget bills on the House floor that appropriate general fund money for the 2014-2015 budget period, the House on Wednesday night passed the tax bill intended to pay for the spending.
Scott Honour is seeking the GOP nomination for governor in 2014. The businessman announced the decision through a campaign video that was posted on his web site Wednesday.
January is generally not the time of year for four-hour committee hearings at the Capitol. But Wednesday’s gathering of the House Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy Committee nearly reached that dubious mark.
Paul Thissen made himself one of the most powerful legislators of 2012 on a quiet Saturday near the end of session. Just two days before Republicans in control of both chambers had hoped to adjourn for the year, Thissen, then the DFL House minority leader, called a press conference alongside other leaders in his party.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: November 9, 2012
Tags: Bill Glahn, Charlie Weaver, Cindy Pugh, Cristine Almeida, Eliot Seide, Geoff Michel, Gregg Peppin, Jay McNamar, Keith Downey, King Banaian, Kurt Zellers, Matt Dean, Melisa Franzen, Mike Dudley, Mike Kennedy, Paul Thissen, Roger Erickson, Ron Erhardt, Roz Peterson, Ted Lillie, Tim Faust, Tom Bakk, Vicki Jensen, Zach Dorholt
Rumblings about the marriage amendment’s unpopularity in the western suburbs came early in the campaign season. Orange and blue “vote no” signs vastly outnumbered “vote yes” ones, particularly in places like Edina, and Republican candidates running for the Legislature avoided the issue at the doors and in debates at all cost.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: November 7, 2012
Tags: AFSCME Council 5, Amy Klobuchar, Bob Cunniff, Eliot Seide, Jennifer Munt, Kent Eken, Kurt Zellers, Laurie Halverson, Mark Dayton, Melisa Franzen, Minnesota House, Minnesota Senate, Paul Rosenthal, Paul Thissen, Roger Erickson, Ron Erhardt, Sandra Masin, Tom Bakk, Tom Saxhaug
Before closing his victory speech after winning back the DFL majority in the Minnesota Senate, a teary-eyed DFL Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk grabbed the arm of one of his first-time candidates and lifted it high. “I want to introduce you to Senator-elect Melisa Franzen,” Bakk shouted to an exuberant crowd of DFLers gathered in downtown St. Paul at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. “They didn’t lose because they are Republicans; they lost because they are wrong.”