Earlier this afternoon, the Democratic-led Minnesota Senate joined the state House in passing HF 1054, to make Minnesota the 12th state in America to establish civil marriage equality.
KSTP News has the video of the final vote, including the cheers that rose up immediately thereafter (NOTE: video volume drops after the 1:10 mark):
With Democrats in control of both houses of the Minnesota legislature, lawmakers are set to establish a program to provide residents with greater information about health insurance companies.
With their majorities in the legislature, Minnesota Democrats have made improving the lives of the state's working families a top priority. According to the Associated Press, a legislative committee in the Minnesota House approved a" bill that would increase the state's minimum wage to more than $10 an hour by 2015."
Earlier this week, DFL nominee and local university professor Clark Johnson won a hotly-contested special election for Minnesota House District 19A, earning 54% of the vote to the GOP nominee's 36%.
According to the Mankato Free Press, Johnson's campaign focused on restoring fiscal sanity to Minnesota, following a decade in which Republican intransigence on taxes "led only to budget gimmicks such as borrowing from schools and shifting the burden of government to local property taxes, Johnson told voters. 'In many ways, that's a very conservative message but it's also a progressive message,' Johnson said Tuesday. 'I think people were just fed up with the way the budget was handled the last 10 years.'"