STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Child care providers go to court
By Don Davis
Minnesota child care providers who want nothing to do with a union are taking a new law to federal court.
The law Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton signed Friday allows home-based child care p... Posted on 5/29/13 at 5:10 PM
THE WEST WING Weekly Memo 5-10-13
Each Weekly Memo to the City Council and the agenda packet is also provided on theCity Councilweb page.
There was relatively little final action on key legislation... Posted on 5/10/13 at 12:53 PM
THE NEW FORTY Common sense delivered by Dr. Thomas Jacobsen...
Today I want to utilize my blog to both applaud a good citizen and to further spread his thoughtful words. I know my blog readers extend far beyond my local area and beyond North Dakota. I also recogn... Posted on 5/5/13 at 7:16 PM
This year after the legislative session ended in May with more than $2 billion in tax increases, Gov. Mark Dayton and the DFL leaders proclaimed they had passed legislation that would reduce property taxes.
The defeat last fall of a proposed constitutional amendment that would have required voters to show photo identification at the polls did not end efforts in the Minnesota Legislature to keep felons from voting.
Fresh off a series of legislative victories across the country, the National Rifle Association has launched a new effort starting in gun-friendly Kansas seeking to clamp down on the use of government money to lobby on gun-control issues.
A lawmaker who helped negotiate a bipartisan bill to overhaul immigration predicted on Sunday that comprehensive legislation would overwhelmingly pass the Senate by July 4 while House Republicans cautioned that they would write their own version, one piece at a time.
Egypt's highest court ruled on Sunday that the nation's interim parliament was illegally elected, though it stopped short of dissolving the chamber immediately, in a decision likely to fuel the tensions between the ruling Islamists and the judiciary.
BISMARCK — In a recent letter to the editor (Responsible government means supporting local business, Page A4, May 30), Sen. John Grabinger, D-Jamestown, seems to be disappointed about how the legislature treated small business in its most recent session.
The election of Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, a 38-year veteran of the Legislature and chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, as chairman of the interim Legislative Management Committee may signal a shift to a more moderate and a more collegial Legislature.
The recent ND legislative session should have been the moment our state pieced together a 30-year plan to lead the nation in innovative means across all sectors both public and private. Instead, it was clear under current leadership there is no plan to implement a visionary future for North Dakota.
Outdoors issues generally took a backseat during the 2013 session of the Minnesota Legislature after lawmakers last year approved an increase in hunting and fishing license fees to replenish a Game and Fish Fund that was headed for the red.
One blatant failure at the conclusion of the Minnesota legislative session is the fact that a comprehensive anti-bullying bill did not pass; and so begins another year of no protection for those students being verbally, physically and electronically bullied.
Ron Schara, Bud Grant and other Minnesota conservation advocates deserve a pat on the back for their efforts in persuading Gov. Mark Dayton to veto two line-items in the Legacy Fund bill passed by the Minnesota Legislature.
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