News editor at Minnesota Public Radio

Daily Digest: House spending outstrips governor’s

blogs.mprnews.org — Hello, here's your Digest: Minnesota: Spending on the battle for control of the Minnesota House is adding up to more than spending on the governor's race. (MPR News) And thankfully for some, the race is nearing an end. (Star Tribune) The race for governor is also in the final stretch and each side has a different message.

Daily Digest: Election minus one week

blogs.mprnews.org — Good morning, just one week to go before Election Day. Here's your Digest: Minnesota: Republican Mike McFadden says Sen. Al Franken's ad that blames McFadden for layoffs at a Montana mill is false. (MPR News) The PoliGraph agrees with McFadden. (MPR News) Franken got some campaign help from a Mad Man.

Franken declines MPR State Fair debate invitation

blogs.mprnews.org — DFL U.S. Sen. Al Franken's campaign has declined an MPR News invitation to debate his Republican and Independence Party opponents at the Minnesota State Fair. State Fair debates have been a tradition for MPR for 20 years. In 1994 the DFL candidates for governor, John Marty, Mike Hatch and Tony Bouza debated.

Legacy bill goes with commission’s parks recommendations

blogs.mprnews.org — Parks in the Twin Cities metro area won't get a bigger piece of the Legacy bill's parks pie, but lawmakers decided the metro should get more outdoors money. The conference committee report on the Legacy bill allocates 40 percent of the parks money to state parks, 40 percent to metro parks and 20 percent to regional parks in greater Minnesota.

Dayton hails results of session

blogs.mprnews.org — Gov. Mark Dayton talked about the legislative session with reporters today as Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Newport, looked on. Photo: Tim Nelson From MPR's Tim Nelson: Gov. Mark Dayton says the just-concluded legislative session was a landmark. This morning he touted results including statewide all-day kindergarten and financial support for Rochester to help with the Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center plan.

The Daily Digest (turnout worries, Obermueller endorsed)

blogs.mprnews.org — Welcome to a new week. Here are some stories you may have missed... Minnesota: Democrats are worried their supporters will stay home in November. (AP via Star Tribune) Billions of gallons of water are being pumped out of the ground in the north and east metro each year to try to stop pollution from spreading...

The Daily Digest (majority supports medical marijuana, a later SOS)

blogs.mprnews.org — Good morning. Here's your Daily Digest: Minnesota: The newest poll from the Star Tribune shows 51 percent support legalizing marijuana for medical use while 41 percent oppose. (Star Tribune) Gov. Mark Dayton won't be giving his State of the State address at the start of the legislative session.

Daily Digest (increasing the budget reserve, driver’s licence delay, the president’s appointments)

blogs.mprnews.org — Friday already? Here's the Digest: Minnesota: With the sun shining on the state budget, some DFL lawmakers say it's time to add to Minnesota's rainy day fund. (MPR News) The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is postponing for two months the elimination of bulk sales of driver's license and vehicle records.

Daily Digest (Mondale surgery, oil train fee, Obamacare sign-ups )

blogs.mprnews.org — Good morning, here is the Thursday Digest. Minnesota: Former Vice President Walter Mondale had heart surgery at the Mayo Clinic Wednesday. A statement from his family said Mondale is resting comfortably and is expected to make a full recovery. Two DFL lawmakers from Minneapolis are proposing a significant upgrade of safety preparations across the state...

Daily Digest (behind MNsure’s problems, free lunch, debt ceiling)

blogs.mprnews.org — Abraham Lincoln was born on this day in 1809. That's 10 score and 5 years ago for those of you keeping track. Here's the Digest: Minnesota: What went wrong with MNsure? People interviewed by MPR News say MNsure's top officials, including former executive director April Todd-Malmlov, were insular and stingy with information and that they ignored...
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Dec 22, 2014

On the @DailyCircuit at 9 talking politics. Hope you can listen in. @tomscheck and @CatRichert will be there.

Dec 20, 2014

RT @BrandtMPR: Voice on PA system says the demonstration is violating mall policy. Group shouts down announcement. Now lying on floor

Dec 20, 2014

RT @BrandtMPR: Demonstrators singing and clapping. I can't make out words from up here. pic.twitter.com/j6pONBzphs

Dec 20, 2014

RT @BrandtMPR: Floor of mall rotunda full of people. Chanting no justice no peace. pic.twitter.com/NL1FWwh4av

Dec 20, 2014

RT @BrandtMPR: Security presence is heavy at the MOA. Checking bags at a few entrances. pic.twitter.com/AJCDYMxXPh

Dec 18, 2014

Minnesota unemployment rate down to 3.7 percent. 6,600 jobs added in November. National rate is 5.8 percent.

Dec 17, 2014

RT @curtisgilbert: St. Paul city council/library board overrides @mayorcoleman's veto of extended hrs.

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