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ST. PAUL—When the state of Minnesota sends its bid to become digital retailing giant Amazon's new home base, the package will be full of facts but without the hoopla other regions have rolled out to land the project known as HQ2. Washington, D.C.'s mayor prepared a video of herself asking Amazon's Alexa about the new headquarters; an Arizona region sent a cactus to Amazon's Washington headquarters; and Birmingham, Ala., set up Amazon delivery boxes around town and created a Dash button-themed social-media campaign.
ST. PAUL—Matt Pelikan, a Democratic attorney with significant political experience, is joining the ranks hoping to replace Attorney General Lori Swanson. "This is a time of unprecedented challenges for Minnesota and for the progressive values that I cherish," Pelikan, who will formally announce his campaign in the coming days, said in an interview. "I believe we need a strong progressive attorney general now more than ever."
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Supreme Court justices on Monday, Aug. 28, had many questions about Gov. Mark Dayton's line-item veto of two years worth of funding for the Minnesota House and Senate and were anxious to get them started. With Dayton attorney Sam Hanson just two minutes into his opening remarks, Chief Justice Lorie Gildea spoke out: "Counsel, can we just get to it?"
ST. PAUL — Real ID, the legislation that would give Minnesotans assurance that their state-issued identification would meet federal standards, still isn't completed at the Legislature. The joint-House-Senate committee charged with crafting a compromise to get a bill to Gov. Mark Dayton's desk hasn't even met in public for days. Behind the scenes, leaders say they are still trying to complete the task.
ST. PAUL—Democratic state Rep. Tina Liebling has been known around the Minnesota Capitol as a policy wonk since she arrived in the House in 2005. Liebling, an attorney with a master's degree in public health, represents the Mayo Clinic-focused Rochester district, has served on health committees, chaired a health committee and spoken out on health care issues for more than a decade. She digs into details of legislation. Now, she wants to take the policies for which she has long been known to a statewide stage. On Sunday, she announced that she would run for governor.
ST. PAUL—The debate over transportation funding — and the hard divide on solutions — is back at the Minnesota Capitol. On Tuesday, the Minnesota House released its plan to fund the state's roads and bridges. Like the plan the Senate released earlier this week, the proposal redirects current spending to roads. DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, as he has before, is proposing increasing the gas tax to pay for transportation needs.
ST. PAUL—Senate Republicans say Gov. Mark Dayton is jeopardizing the possibility of the Legislature approving a law to bring Minnesota's driver's licenses into compliance with federal Real ID standards. "I am very concerned," said Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, a Republican from near Nisswa. "Senate Republicans have a simple strategy: We just want to focus on Real ID. Let's get Real ID done."
ST. PAUL—Minnesota Republican House members on Wednesday amplified their moves to increase penalties for people who block highways, airports and mass transit as part of protests. "If you block a freeway, if you close an airport or if you interfere with mass transit, you should go to jail," said state Rep. Nick Zerwas, R-Elk River, at a news conference. He was joined by House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, and state Rep. Kathy Lohmer, R-Stillwater.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota has joined with other states in suing the federal government over President Donald Trump's executive action on immigration. "It does not pass constitutional muster, is inconsistent with our history as a nation, and undermines our national security," Attorney General Lori Swanson said late Wednesday night. "America can keep its people safe without sacrificing bedrock constitutional principles."
ST. PAUL — The long-running debate over Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota is back with renewed strength to strike down the century-old ban. "We are going to pass Sunday liquor sales out of the House this year," promised House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown.