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Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Recent articles by Dave:

MN Senate Democrats make final push to legalize marijuana

Recreational pot use is unlikely to be allowed in Minnesota this year. → Read More

MN Republicans struggle to endorse for governor

With an optimistic eye toward November’s elections, Minnesota Republican die-hards Saturday struggled to reach consensus on which candidate they most want to face Gov. Tim Walz. → Read More

MN Republicans endorse Jim Schultz for attorney general

Schultz earned the endorsement after a comeback over three ballots to defeat 2018 candidate Doug Wardlow. → Read More

MN Republicans endorse Kim Crockett for secretary of state

The office oversees elections. → Read More

MN Republicans endorse Ryan Wilson for state auditor

Wilson, who was unopposed in seeking the endorsement, is a constitutional law attorney from Maple Grove. → Read More

Optimistic Republicans grapple with endorsements at MN convention

Republicans currently control the state Senate, but Democrats control the House and hold every statewide elected office. All those offices — and every seat in the Legislature — will be … → Read More

Jennifer Carnahan says man threatened her while campaigning in Faribault

Police Chief John Sherwin said in a statement that detectives have identified the man, contacted him at his Faribault area home and continue to investigate. → Read More

With Bethesda shelter closing, lawmakers weigh options for St. Paul’s homeless – Twin Cities

Without new funding, county officials warn, the specter of homeless encampments could return to the capital city. → Read More

Rondo Land Bridge plan was attacked in committee. But the $6M is probably safe.

A Republican plan would stymie the project, but that would be a long shot because Democrats support it. → Read More

MN police association endorses Paul Gazelka for governor

Top competitors in a crowded field of Republicans are trying to distinguish themselves as law-and-order candidates. → Read More

Possible liquor deal could loosen up Minnesota’s growler and distiller laws – Twin Cities

A deal is afoot at the Minnesota Capitol that could spell some of the biggest changes for craft brewers and distillers in years. → Read More

Rep. Angie Craig tests positive for COVID-19

Craig, who is vaccinated and boosted, said she is “experiencing mild symptoms” and is isolating herself. → Read More

Lawmaker bills Minnesota House for day spent campaigning, but plans to pay it back

A Minnesota state lawmaker has billed taxpayers for a day he spent working on his run for Congress. State Rep. Jeremy Munson accepted a $66 per diem payment for March 17, which he spent in Washingt… → Read More

Klobuchar touts new shipping rules to clear clogs in supply chain

Practically speaking, none of the reforms would take effect any time soon; federal bureaucrats will have to write rules to govern the process, which typically takes months or longer. → Read More

MN has just become one of America’s preeminent funders of ALS research – Twin Cities

A $25 million bill was inspired by Sen. David Tomassoni’s diagnosis and decline. → Read More

Ramsey and Hennepin counties shrunk during first year of pandemic while outer metro grew

Numerous counties across greater Minnesota also lost population. → Read More

MN Capitol’s stately cafe reopens for first time since March 2020 – Twin Cities

Jon Kelly, director of government affairs for the Minnesota Department of Commerce, was so excited he wore socks with hamburgers on them. Jeremy Estenson, a lobbyist with the Taft law firm, describ… → Read More

Pig’s Eye landfill task force gains bipartisan backing – Twin Cities

State Sen. Foung Hawj said a key environmental committee has advanced efforts to accelerate cleanup. → Read More

Candidates crowd into battleground Washington County House race

A teacher, a school board member, a respiratory therapist, a small business owner, and, as of Thursday, a St. Paul cop. → Read More

Bipartisan sports betting plan gains major endorsements from tribes, Walz

It’s becoming a safe bet that Minnesota will make it legal to gamble on sports. → Read More