The Minnesota Senate Monday voted to legalize same-sex marriage, sending the measure to Gov. Mark Dayton, who plans to sign it into law in a ceremony Tuesday evening. Meanwhile, opponents say the issue is not as settled as it looks.
MPR News gathered reaction from citizens across the state.
The budget Minnesota lawmakers expect to pass will contain funding for all-day kindergarten at state expense.
Minnesota’s cigarette tax is about to go up, but a top lawmaker says the new rate won’t be more than Wisconsin’s.
Small businesses in Minnesota are preparing for the new health care law to take effect.
In Washington/National Politics
The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press. A top AP executive called the DOJ’s actions a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.
The Washington Post reports that Internal Revenue Service officials in Washington and at least two other offices were involved in the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, making clear that the effort reached well beyond the branch in Cincinnati that was initially blamed.
Roll Call looks into the debate about how campaign finance laws should be enforced that’s at the heart of the IRS controversy.
This isn’t the first time in recent history that the IRS has looked into the political activities of nonprofits. Politico reports on a 2004 IRS probe of the NAACP.
The Democrats’ top potential recruit for the open U.S. Senate seat in South Dakota has declined to run. Expect to see a lot of money spent on that race to replace retiring Sen. Tim Johnson.
Speaking of which…Republican Congressman Erik Paulsen plans to stand for re-election rather than challenge Democrats Al Franken for Senate or Mark Dayton for governor next year.
Paulsen is not alone. Many House members are deciding that it’s not worth it to run for Senate, Roll Call reports.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that when farmers use patented seed for more than one planting in violation of their licensing agreements, they are liable for damages.
Sen. Al Franken is pushing the Securities and Exchange Commission to overhaul the way it regulates the credit ratings industry.