We’re raising the DefCon level after DFL leaders walked out of budget talks claiming that Governor Pawlenty was “moving the goal posts.” The latest breakdown in private talks came when Gov. Pawlenty raised objections to the use of $50 million from the health plan reserve fund. DFL House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher said the House Read more

Governor Pawlenty and legislative leaders are still meeting behind closed doors with the hopes of reaching a budget deal. They’re working out their differences on property tax relief and budget cuts. DFL House Speaker said they had “a possible framework” for a deal at one point. The breakthrough in talks came after the House took Read more

The Pioneer Press reports that longtime former state Capitol reporter Jack Coffman has died. That’s sad news for all who knew him and respected his work. He was a good competitor and colleague, and we send our condolences to his family and friends.

The House has recessed until the call of the chair. House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher said she got a call from Gov. Pawlenty asking her to hold off on the Education Funding vote. Kelliher said she agreed but was setting a firm deadline of this afternoon for them to reach an agreement. Private meetings are Read more

The Minnesota House is moving forward with debate on an Education funding bill. That has increased the level of tension regarding budget negotiations. DFL Rep. Mindy Greiling said they need to take the bill up because “We’re at the drop dead date should we try to override” a veto. It could be interesting to watch Read more

Former Gov. Jesse Ventura will be making a rare Twin Cities media appearance by appearing on Midday this Thursday at noon. Will he announce that he’s running for the U.S. Senate? Will he discuss who he’s backing for president? Will he say “Everybody thinks Che Guevara is dead. I know better” like he did on Read more