Redistricting Eric Eskola Style

Minnesota Report We have conceived of a novel idea, which we have always attributed to Eric Eskola of WCCO Radio and TPT Almanac fame, who posed the question of a 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 budget solution of 1999 at a gubernatorial press conference. When Reform Party Governor...

No Surprise, Legislative Leaders Fail to Make Self-Imposed Deadline

Minnesota Report Aspirational goals are an element of politics and emblematical of how politicians make promises they fail to keep. With Minnesota being the only state in the nation with divided government, the making of a political promise, even a joint one, between...

2019 U of MN Regent’s Selection in Committee

Minnesota Report Last night in room 200 of the State Office Building, the joint committee of the House & Senate Higher Education Committees met to select their recommendations to the full legislature for four University of Minnesota Regents which included the...

Sticking with the Moniker Scheme

We are trying to find a good reference or a nickname incoming for Speaker Melissa Hortman (DFL-36B, Brooklyn Park). Because of her ice in the veins style, we thought something inline with the Elsa (Frozen) might be in the right vein, and then Ravenna, Evil Queen i.e....

Speaker Daudt Working Without a Net

Word out of the special session negotiations is no resolution and no progress. We understand Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt (R-31A, Crown) is doubling down and trying to solidify his conservative credentials. Effectively, he is not really negotiating. He brought...