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What is on my mind today? Ghostwriting for Governor Jesse Ventura

What is on my mind today? The woman of many voices.

I spent many years working in government as a ghost writer.  Often, it is the task of a communications writer to be the written voice of others. 363 more words


GOP Majority Leader Threatens Gov. Dayton With Senate Shutdown

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota’s Republican Senate leader says he is preparing to lay off staffers and close down the Senate if a budget impasse with the Democratic governor goes much longer. 176 more words


A Reality Check On Minnesota Lawmakers’ Personal Spending

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Top Republican leaders are warning of layoffs at the legislature because Democratic Governor Mark Dayton vetoed their operating funds.

But court documents filed this week by the governor says lawmakers could have much more money if they didn’t spend it on possibly questionable items. 385 more words


Minnesota Lawmakers Get First Pay Hike Since '99

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota State Representatives are getting a big raise — a $14,000 pay hike. It’s a raise that voters set in motion, and a special citizens’ commission recommended. 277 more words


State Sen. Jeremy Miller Says He Won't Run For Walz Seat

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State Sen. Jeremy Miller says he won’t run for the southern Minnesota congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Tim Walz. 89 more words


After All-Nighters, Special Session In Disarray

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Back-to-back all-nighters and new deadlines did not lead to a deal at the State Capitol.

Lawmakers are struggling to find an agreement on a new, two-year budget Wednesday evening. 492 more words


Minnesota Legislative Leaders Resume Budget Talks

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Top lawmakers are back at the negotiating table Tuesday night, trying to break a budget stalemate.

Time is running out for Republicans and Democrats to reach agreement on a two-year state budget. 224 more words