Getting the Last-Minute Kinks Out

Minnesota Report It shouldn’t be a surprise to any Capitol observer, that the Senate runs on it own schedule and speed. We have noticed there are still some vacancies to be filled, specifically Legislative Assistants for a couple of members. Some voicemails are still...

The First Day of the Next Four Years

Minnesota Report  Yesterday, at the Fitzgerald Theater, all five DFL Constitutional Officers were sworn in and made their remarks to represent themselves to the state of Minnesota. The entirety of the event can be seen here Inaugural Remarks courtesy of Minnesota...

The Legislature Will Make Its Own Marks of History Today

Minnesota Report House Speaker Melissa Hortman (DFL-34B, Brooklyn Park) and Senate President Bobby Jo Champion (DFL-59, Minneapolis) will gavel in the two most diverse chambers in our state’s history. 37.81% of the members of both bodies are women, with 52 of the 134...

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Minnesota Report Checks & Balances is Minnesota’s first digital political publication, and site of the first paid political advertisement. Our digital fingerprint began December 8, 1995 and with the exception of 2015, we been underway ever since. We are asking for...

2023-24 Legislative Committee Rosters

Minnesota Report This evening the state senate released its committee membership lists as did the house late last week. We have attempted to flesh out each list in a little more logical fashion, which makes the most sense to us. You will note, the meeting day(s) and...

Will the DFL Trifecta Use One-Time Money for Capital Investment?

Minnesota Report During yesterday’s press conference, we carried a single note, and asked Governor TIm Walz (DFL-MN) House Majority Leader-elect Jamie Long (DFL-61B, Minneapolis) and Senate Majority Leader-elect Kari Dziedzic (DFL-60, Minneapolis) about the lack...

Walz on Twitter Post Elon Musk

National and Minnesota Report After Governor Tim Walz (DFL-MN) finished his press conference on the November Budget Forecast, we caught him in the hall and asked him if he was considering exiting Twitter with the entrance of Elon Musk. We mentioned his nearly 205,000...

2022 December Revenue Forecast

Minnesota Report Today, at 11:45 am, MN Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter, and State Economist Dr Laura Kalambokidis will be announcing the preliminary projected budget figure leading into the 2023 legislative session. In February, the actual budget...

Ranked Choice Voting: Worst Idea Ever

Minnesota Report One of the biggest fears we have had with our support for the DFL retaking the Senate Majority was the advancement of the idea of Instant Run-off Voting for all elections, federal, constitutional and legislative. The selection of Sen Jim Carlson...