Common Cause Minnesota released a report this week on the American Legislation Exchange Council, where corporate lobbyists meet up with state lawmakers to draft legislation. Common Cause is criticizing this close relationship between private interests and public lawmakers.
Charges: Driver threw 'large rocks' at police car during highway chase
Authorities say the suspect had used methamphetamine earlier in the day.
Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, January 21
Hospitalizations dipped from 1,629 Jan. 19 to 1,571 on Jan. 20.
Shooting near University of Minnesota kills 1, injures 2
The victims were all in a parked car when the shooting happened, police said.
St. Paul native, comedian Louie Anderson dead at 68
He died of complications with cancer.
Florida man charged with human smuggling after 4 die, 5 rescued near border
A baby and an teenage boy were among those who were found dead feet from the U.S. border.
Mall of America to celebrate 30 years with events, giveaways throughout 2022
The festivities will kick off Friday with a '90s-themed drag show.
Victim of 1994 Michigan cold case murder ID'd as missing Minnesotan
Shelley Rae Kephart went missing from Hennepin County more than 28 years ago.
Coller: Did the Vikings wait too long to fire Zimmer, Spielman?
This wasn’t just ugly. This was ugly, ugly.
Walz, Flanagan call on Hennepin Co. sheriff to resign
"I would say that it is time for him to resign," the Lt. Gov. said.
Months after missing deadline, Enbridge says Line 3 aquifer breach is fixed
The company told Bring Me The News it "successfully stopped the flow of groundwater" at the site.
Bipartisan bill would create 'public benefit corporation'
A group of legislators from both sides of the aisle want to create a new corporate structure in Minnesota that they say would fill a gap between for-profit and non-profit corporations. B-Corps or "public benefit corporations," which already exist in Vermont and California, would give investors a chance to fund businesses that seek to provide a social good but perhaps pay out lower returns.
Some Minnesota lawmakers want state to adopt own currency made of gold, silver
CNN reports legislators in 13 states, including Minnesota, are trying to get their state governments to considering issuing their own currencies made of silver and gold. Lawmakers are concerned about the stability of the Federal Reserve and U.S. dollar.
Lawmakers hope to wrap up session before Easter
Legislators are moving fast with big fiscal packages and major policy bills in hopes of heading home early. The reasons are clear, Politics in Minnesota reports. Republicans have faced an onslaught of bad press because of the Michael Brodkorb affair, and many lawmakers will face challenging re-election campaigns because of redistricting.
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."
Minnesota corporations staying out of gay marriage amendment fight
Minnesota’s top corporations have domestic partnership benefits, but don’t look for them to donate money to fight a proposed gay marriage amendment.
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