Politics & Policy

Backers push for vote on driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants

High interest an undocumented immigrant driver’s license bill was apparent as a standing-room only crowd packed into the basement hearing room of the State Office Building March 25 for a meeting of the transportation committee. Photo by Andrew Von Bank

Maria Negreros says she risks breaking the law each day to drive her children to preschool.

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House passes lower minimum wage for tipped employees

Rep. Pat Garofalo speaks during early debate on his bill, HF1027, which would modify the minimum wage for certain workers who receive tips. Photo by Paul Battaglia

Some waiters and other tipped workers could earn a wage lower than the state minimum, under a bill the House passed 78-55 late Monday.

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The Geography of Twin Cities Race

An earlier version of this essay appeared in the March 18, 2015 edition of Politics in Minnesota.

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Looking ahead: Republican transportation plan, budget targets due next week

The first committee deadline has passed in a flurry of bills and late-night hearings, and the 2015 session will keep picking up steam next week with the release of t

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MN GOPers tout anti-transgender bills in emails to constituents

In emails to constituents, Republicans are seeking to drum up support for a bill that would bar school from adopting transgender inclusive policies and would repeal a policy by the Minnesota State

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March for peace on March 21

Organizing against a war might make some folks weary if they remember how long they’ve been doing it.

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MN House Coal Caucus votes to keep bill about air pollution away from environment committee

Photo: Coal piled up at the Sherco coal-fired power plant near Becker. Via Pioneer Press

It's the sort of post-moronic (and moneyed) politics Bluestem has come to expect from Speaker Daudt's majority, foreshadowed by the leader's removal of "Energy" from the Environmental and Natural R

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Shopping farmer’s markets with SNAP benefits gains steam

Steve Krikava, a board member of MAZON, A Jewish Response to Hunger, Colleen Moriarity, executive director of Hunger Solutions Minnesota, and Rep. Sarah Anderson testify for a bill to establish a Healthy Eating Here at Home program. Photo by Andrew VonBank

Fresh fruits and vegetables grown right here in Minnesota are a staple of farmer’s markets, so allowing low-income consumers to use their Supplemental Nutrition Assi

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For lasting climate-change reform, focus on consumption

Per capita emissions in Paris are nearly four times lower than per capita emissions in Minneapolis. CC/Flickr/R/DV/RS.

Last month, MinnPost’s Ron Meador outlined

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