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ST. PAUL — The federal government gave Minnesota an extension to comply with the Real ID driver's license law — but only until January 2018, officials said Tuesday, Oct. 10. Minnesota has been hoping that the state's driver's licenses and identification cards would get a pass at least until October of next year, when the state will start issuing licenses that conform to the federal requirements.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Friday, Sept. 8, decided that Gov. Mark Dayton's veto of the House and Senate budgets earlier this year was constitutional. "We hold that the governor's exercise of his line item veto authority...was constitutional," Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea wrote. "This conclusion, however, does not end the matter."
ST. PAUL — Minnesota has a Confederate symbol in its possession. It has long caused controversy. And Minnesota is not moving it. The Confederate icon—a scarred and hole-worn Virginia battle flag—was captured by the First Minnesota Pvt. Marshall Sherman at the bloody and brutal Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. Many of the First Minnesota Regiment, a volunteer force, died in the Union battle against the South and Sherman won the Medal of Honor for his role.
ST. PAUL — After four years of running the Minnesota Republican Party, former chairman Keith Downey is bidding to run the entire state. Downey, who comes from a systems management background and has made a mark on the state by working on major changes in politics and government, took on leadership of the party in a time of political and financial turmoil. But, he says, he brought it stability and can do the same for the state as governor.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt on Friday formally agreed to hire the Kelley, Wolter and Scott law firm to sue Gov. Mark Dayton over the governor's veto of the Legislature's two-year, $129 million budget. If not vetoed, the money would have largely paid for lawmakers' and staff salaries after July 1. Lawmakers say Dayton's line-item veto of the appropriation was unconstitutional. Dayton says the Constitution specifically gives him line-item veto power without limiting that power.
ST. PAUL—Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has indicated in recent days that he thinks Minnesota is his to win, will make his first public visit to the state Sunday, Nov. 6. "We're going to Minnesota," Trump said at a rally in Florida, according to reporters who were there. Trump's Minnesota campaign confirmed the visit. Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Keith Downey said the rally will be at 2 p.m. at the Sun Country hangar at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, according to initial information from the Trump campaign.
A state investigation into a regulatory employee whose emails appeared biased against the Sandpiper oil pipeline "did not produce any cause for disciplinary action," Minnesota Pollution Control Agency commissioner John Linc Stine said by letter Monday.