June 2, 2010 — Former Republican Governor Arne Carlson says he's embarking on a Paul Revere Tour to raise alarm about Minnesota's financial condition. Former Republican Governor Arne Carlson came up with the idea for a nonpartisan summit last fall of former and current lawmakers as a way for Minnesota to better understand what he describes as a pending "economic tsunami."
May 18, 2010 — The day after Minnesota's 2010 Legislative session adjourned, Gov. Tim Pawlenty is in the MPR studio to answer questions about the budget, taxes and other major issues.
May 17, 2010 — Twenty-one lawmakers say they won't seek re-election this year, including two who announced their retirements in the final hours of the session last night. DFL Representative Larry Haws of St. Cloud was first elected in 2005, and DFL senator Mee Moua of St. Paul won her seat in 2002. Moua's decision, coupled with the retirement of DFL State Representative Cy Thao, will leave the legislature without a Hmong lawmaker for the first time in a decade. Both are also immigrants, and Moua said she hoped her service could be an example.
May 12, 2010 — Tim Pawlenty is not the only Minnesota Governor to face a budget crisis. In 1980.... Republican Al Quie was the first governor to make unilateral budget cuts through the unallotment process. Quie held the state's top office during the difficult economic period from 1979 to 1983. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Quie on Wednesday about the budget problems he dealt with in the '80s and about his take on the current negotiations.
April 15, 2010 — Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is brushing off criticism of her voting record from an environmental group. The League of Conservation Voters says Bachmann achieved a two-percent rating -- nearly the lowest possible -- and the group plans to work against her re-election. Bachmann campaign director Gina Countryman says it's a fringe group that won't influence Minnesota voters.
March 15, 2010 — The Minnesota Supreme Court hears a case that tests the extent of a governor's authority to cut the budget without oversight from the Minnesota legislature.
March 15, 2010 — How the Minnesota Supreme court rules on the budget unallotment question hangs over current budget wrangling. A look at what's at stake in the upcoming ruling and analysis of today's arguments. Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced last December that he will appeal a Ramsey County judge's ruling that he overstepped his authority to unilaterally cut spending from the state budget, a process known as unallotment.
February 3, 2010 — On the eve of the 2010 legislative session, Gov. Tim Pawlenty joins Gary Eichten in the MPR studios to answer questions about the state budget and the issues that will be the focus of the upcoming legislative session. He talks about the legislature, government spending, unallotment, GAMC, teacher unions, mortgage foreclosures
January 8, 2010 — Republican Senate Minority Leader Dave Senjem and Republican House Minority Leader Kurt Zellers preview their priorities to solve the state's budget crisis and address key issues in the 2010 legislative session opening February 4th.
December 29, 2009 — State senator Mee Moua says the government of Thailand violated international law today when it began to move Hmong refugees back to Laos. The Thai military used trucks and soldiers to move nearly 4,400 Hmong refugees back to the country from which they're seeking asylum. Moua says international law forbids forcing people to return to a country where they face persecution and death. Laotian government officials have said the refugees will be unharmed. Moua says the U.S. needs to hold them to that promise.