Skip to main content

Citizen-lobbyist calls for more transparency in Legislature

Rich Neumeister says the Legislature operates under more secrecy than the executive and judicial branches of our state government, and he says the controversial departures of two high-ranking state officials illustrates that fact.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Rich Neumeister says the Legislature operates under more secrecy than the executive and judicial branches of our state government, and he says the controversial departures of two high-ranking state officials illustrates that fact.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-01-27 at 9.15.45 PM

Buckeyes crash the glass, fend off Gophers

E.J. Liddell dominated in the paint to help No. 16 Ohio State.

nicolas blouin flickr fire hose

Fire departments decry drivers running over hoses, endangering crews

It happened in two separate Northland cities this week.

All Energy Solar - Bringing Panels to Roof

All Energy Solar reaches growth milestones with higher goals yet for 2022

Minnesota solar company continues to thrive through building a strong workforce

Royal Canadian Mounted Police maintoba crossing crop

Authorities ID family found frozen to death at MN-Canada border

They're still trying to unravel how they got there and who might have helped them.

covid

Mayo Clinic specialist: 'The omicron surge is not over'

Experts expect a rapid decline over the next month followed a period of calm.

police lights

Charges: Man in stolen Jeep leads police on 110 mph chase

He crashed into a light post near the Capitol and then fled on foot, the complaint says.

kua dog go fund me

Puppy in back of stolen Audi found, reunited with owner

The 4 1/2-month-old bullmastiff had been missing more than a week.

Fuzzy Gerdes Flickr Franks Diner Kenosha

WI's best 'hole-in-the-wall' diner is Guy Fieri-approved

Come for the "garbage pile," stay for ... even more breakfast food.

FKISmwPWUAYZJW6

Minnesota's pre-pro women's soccer team unveils name, logo

The new name and look was unveiled after community owners voted on a winner.

fentanyl DEA

21 people charged in connection to drug trafficking in northern MN

Police say the organization sold more than 10 pounds of heroin and fentanyl in northern Minnesota.

Band Box Diner Courtney Mault Flickr

MN's 'best hole-in-the-wall diner' is, sadly, currently closed

MSN recently published its pick for best diner in each state.

Related

Brutal battle raging for control of Minnesota Legislature

The war over political control of the Minnesota Legislature has gotten far less media attention than the higher-profile races for president, congressional seats and the two controversial ballot measures in the state. But Democrats are battling to retake control of the Statehouse, which they lost two years ago.

Legislature poised for big turnover

Forty-seven state legislators have retired or decided to run for other offices since a court panel ordered a new redistricting map on Feb. 21. That means at least one-fourth of the 201 seats in the Legislature will change hands this fall, which would mark the largest turnover since 2002, the last redistricting year.

Mining lobbyist appointed to citizen oversight board

News blogger the Cucking Stool says a conflict of interest is "inevitable" with mining association president and registered lobbyist Craig Pagel serving as a citizen on the Fisheries Oversight Committee. The blog quotes the DNR itself as saying "these appointments are for individuals, not formal representatives of particular organizations."

Dayton: Health insurance exchange may require Legislature's help

Gov. Dayton on Monday said legislation may be necessary to set up the state's health insurance exchange program. He says his administration is still going over the finer points of the federal law and does not yet know whether a bill from the Legislature would be absolutely necessary. Regardless, he says he's hoping for Republicans' cooperation going forward.

Liberal groups take aim at Legislature

Alliance for a Better Minnesota helped defeat Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Emmer after spending more than $5 million on advertising. Now ABM and similar groups, which have good connections and deep pockets but no official affiliation with any candidate, are setting their sights on the Legislature. Minnesota Public Radio takes a look at the players that are changing the political game.