U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was in the Twin Cities to promote a plan to better fund early childhood education that could mean more dollars for Minnesota.

The U.S. Senate managed to avert a showdown over rules governing the use of the filibuster.

And even though she’s retiring, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann still leads the House delegation in fundraising. Read more

Although the state legislative session is still months away, we’re getting a better idea what sort of bonding will be on the table as state agencies and local government put in their requests.

In Washington, the filibuster showdown continues as Senate Democrats threaten to restrict the practice.

And as the 2014 election slowly approaches, former state Rep. Tom Emmer is putting up some impressive fundraising totals in the 6th District race. Read more

Local governments in Minnesota are feeling the pain of dramatic increases in pension costs in recent years.

In Washington, Democrats in the Senate are poised to consider rule changes that would restrict the use of the filibuster for some of the president’s nominees.

And yet another Republican is considering a run at Gov. Mark Dayton in 2014.
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Former state Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb’s lawsuit against the Senate takes a new turn after Brodkorb’s lawyers publicly posted documents about other alleged extramarital affairs at the State Capitol. A judge had earlier ordered that the information remain private.
And in Washington, the GOP House succeeded in passing a farm bill that severs the relationship between food stamps and agricultural policy.

And as the 2014 elections approach, U.S. Sen. Al Franken turned in some impressive fundraising totals last quarter. Read more