At The Capitol

Quote of the Day – DFL Legislator on Lower Property Taxes

Quote of the Day – DFL Legislator on Lower Property Taxes

“People have a right to expect lower property taxes.” – State Representative Paul Marquart (DFL-Dilworth) Source: Capitol Chatter, November 25, 2013.

Sen. Housley Unaware of MN Senate GOP Federal PAC Payments to Fmr. Sen. Vandeveer

Sen. Housley Unaware of MN Senate GOP Federal PAC Payments to Fmr. Sen. Vandeveer

The Star Tribune reported yesterday evening that former State Senator Ray Vandeveer has been a paid consultant to the Senate Republican Caucus since March 2013. Vandeveer has been paid $4,500 from the Senate Victory PAC, a federal political action committee established by the Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus. Late last evening, I spoke […]

Three Political Developments That May Give Republicans A Boost In 2014

Three Political Developments That May Give Republicans A Boost In 2014

#1. Obama’s poll numbers dropping: President Obama’s approval rating is currently the lowest of his presidency, with 59 percent disapproving of the job he’s doing. Click here to read the complete polling information. #2. MNSure: The same poll mentioned above shows only 19 percent of Americans think the healthcare they […]

The Politics of Paychecks During Shutdowns May Come Back to Haunt Candidates

The Politics of Paychecks During Shutdowns May Come Back to Haunt Candidates

The federal government has been shutdown for almost six days, but after the federal government re-opens, at least one issue will likely dog incumbent members of Congress: Did they accept a paycheck during the government shutdown? The only member of Minnesota’s Congressional delegation that is accepting a paycheck during the […]

Will Gov. Dayton Run for Re-election? Yes!

Will Gov. Dayton Run for Re-election? Yes!

Will Gov. Mark Dayton run for re-election in 2014, or will history once again be a predictor of future behavior and will Dayton decline to seek re-election? Gov. Dayton, who previously served as Minnesota’s State Auditor and U.S. Senator has never sought re-election to any of the offices he previously […]

No Fireworks at Today’s Special Session

No Fireworks at Today’s Special Session

There were no fireworks at today’s Special Session, in fact it was one of the shortest special sessions in the history of the Minnesota.  The session lasted just over an hour in the Minnesota House of Representatives and Governor Dayton has already signed the disaster relief legislation passed today by […]

Special Session Today at 2PM: Three Things to Watch

Special Session Today at 2PM: Three Things to Watch

The Minnesota House and Senate are both scheduled to convene at 2pm today for a Special Session related to disaster relief package for Duluth and surrounding communities. Here are 3 things to watch for during today’s Special Session. #1. Will the session actually start at 2pm? If either chamber doesn’t […]