“Congress enacted the limits in the wake of Watergate-era abuses to discourage big contributors from trying to buy votes with their donations and to restore public confidence in the campaign finance system,” writes Mark Sherman for the AP. “But in a series of rulings in recent years, the Roberts court has struck down provisions of Read more

“Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing a $2.2 million study on medical marijuana,” reports the Associated Press. The Associated Press obtained a draft of the governor’s bill from advocates of legalizing the drug for medical use. The governor’s office confirmed it in a statement later Friday, saying the governor is searching for ideas that can pass Read more

“An effort for a full repeal of Minnesota’s ban on retail sales of alcohol on Sunday appears unlikely this session, but lawmakers may give more freedom to the state’s burgeoning craft brewing movement,” writes Associated Press reporter Mike Cronin. A Senate committee on Wednesday kept alive one bill that would legalize Sunday sales by small Read more

Both DFL and GOP operatives say their party stands to gain politically from President Barack Obama’s visit today to Minnesota, writes MPR News reporter Mark Zdechlik. [W]ith the president’s popularity here at an all time low, his presence may hurt Democrats at the polls in November. Republicans are tying DFLers to the president’s struggles — Read more

A couple of weeks ago, a reader here challenged my biases on pot and driving. Here's the story that came from that: http://t.co/GIFaQfzcZO — Maggie Koerth-Baker (@maggiekb1) February 17, 2014 “In a 2012 study published in the journal Psychopharmacology, only 30 percent of people under the influence of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, failed Read more

The Associated Press reports: Seeking to energize his sluggish second term, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday night in his State of the Union address to sidestep Congress “whenever and wherever” necessary to narrow economic disparities between rich and poor. He unveiled an array of executive actions that included increasing the minimum wage for some federal Read more