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watch the governor’s state of the state address here


gov. susana martinez will deliver her final state of the state address shortly after the 2018 regular session of the n.m. legislature kicks off at noon. you can watch it here, courtesy of new mexico in focus:nmpolitics.net is joining other news organizations in doing a live annotation of martinez’s address. follow along with our real-time commentary by clicking here.the santa fe new mexican recently took a look back at martinez’s seven years as governor and questioned what her legacy will be as she begins her final year in office. read it here to help you understand the backdrop for today’s speech.






martinez’s legacy still up in the air heading into final regular session


new mexican file photoafter seven years in office, gov. susana martinez is poised to leave a legacy that is mostly undefined.gov. susana martinez leaned in, and a discernible vigor crept into her voice.speaking at a news conference earlier this month about her proposed state budget, the former prosecutor seemed in her element, discussing an issue that has come to define her two terms in office: crime.she started her presentation on the state’s spending plan talking about a crime wave, and when a reporter asked about bail reform, she eagerly lambasted new court policies as creating a “revolving door at the jail.”yes, there was talk of tax reform and education, too.but if there is any issue martinez has felt most comfortable railing about in front of the cameras, it is crime.in murmurs, legi






martinez’s legacy still up in the air heading into final regular session


new mexican file photoafter seven years in office, gov. susana martinez is poised to leave a legacy that is mostly undefined.gov. susana martinez leaned in, and a discernible vigor crept into her voice.speaking at a news conference earlier this month about her proposed state budget, the former prosecutor seemed in her element, discussing an issue that has come to define her two terms in office: crime.she started her presentation on the state’s spending plan talking about a crime wave, and when a reporter asked about bail reform, she eagerly lambasted new court policies as creating a “revolving door at the jail.”yes, there was talk of tax reform and education, too.but if there is any issue martinez has felt most comfortable railing about in front of the cameras, it is crime.in murmurs, legi






haussamen discusses gov. martinez’s legacy


nmpolitics.net’s heath haussamen reflected in recent columns on gov. susana martinez’s legacy and this year’s race to replace steve pearce in the u.s. house. he also talked with new mexico in focus’ gene grant about both issues.you can watch the new mexico in focus interview here:the interview is part of a partnership between nmpolitics.net, new mexico pbs and kunm radio on 2018 legislative coverage. you can watch another interview in which haussamen discusses priorities for southern new mexico in the legislative session that’s currently underway by clicking here, a segment on transparency and spaceport america here, and a segment on the border economy and the wall here.






allow minnesotans to review final budget deal


at this writing, 30 hours remain in the 2017 legislature’s regular session’s constitutional life span. its main mission has not yet been accomplished. the republican-controlled legislature and dfl gov. mark dayton have not agreed on the next two-year state budget.by all accounts, they are close. a deal reportedly has been slow in coming in part because — as dayton predicted — the inclusion of policy provisions backed only by republicans in budget bills is impeding an accord. but lawmakers have already blown several days past a deadline they did not set, but should have. they should have arranged their work to allow for public posting of final bills several days before the constitutional deadline, so that minnesotans could react before the budget is set in law.as it stands, enacting a $46 b






minnesota lawmakers work overtime to finalize $46b budget


st. paul, minn. — minnesota legislators went into overtime tuesday to wrap up work on a $46 billion state budget and conclude a nearly five-month session, but slow progress on final spending agreements left lawmakers with no guarantee they'd meet even their extended deadline.democratic gov. mark dayton and the republicans who control the legislature struck an agreement shortly before midnight monday — the mandated end of the regular session — on how to use a $1.65 billion surplus. they agreed to put $650 million toward tax relief, $50 million to expand preschool offerings and $300 million to fix roads and bridges.but even with compromises in place, the legislature still faced a logistical crunch to get the remaining bills drafted — a process that can take up to 10 hours for some bills — an






watch the governor’s state of the state address here


gov. susana martinez delivered her final state of the state address to the n.m. legislature on tuesday. you can watch it here, courtesy of new mexico in focus:nmpolitics.net joined other news organizations in doing a live annotation of martinez’s address. check out our real-time commentary on the speech by clicking here.the santa fe new mexican recently took a look back at martinez’s seven years as governor and questioned what her legacy will be as she begins her final year in office. read it here to help you understand the backdrop for tuesday’s speech.






plane in paris heading to london is surrounded by police


captiondodgers fan group, pantone 294, follows the los angeles dodgers year-round. their final regular season trip of the 2017 season was to san diego. dodgers fan group, pantone 294, follows the los angeles dodgers year-round. their final regular season trip of the 2017 season was to san diego.






essential ph-1's camera gets portrait mode


during its most recent q&a session on reddit, essential promised that the camera app on its ph-1 smartphone will shortly get an update, enabling portrait mode as well as bringing along some other changes. well, that update is now live.in addition to portrait mode, the update also includes reduced jpeg compression (aimed to improve image quality) and some stability fixes. it also adds exposure compensation for all regular camera modes.during the session, the company also announced that android oreo beta v2 will rollout next week. for all details related to the ama, head here.grab the updated camera app by heading to the google play link below.google play






martinez’s state of the state address, annotated


nmpolitics.net joined other news organizations in providing real-time analysis and commentary on gov. susana martinez’s state of the state address as the 2018 regular session of the n.m. legislature kicked off tuesday.other news organizations joining in annotating martinez’s speech were new mexico pbs, kunm and new mexico political report. read the text of her speech, with annotations, below.you can watch martinez’s speech by clicking here.






here’s how the special session is likely to end


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.there’s no certainty about how and when the special session of the new mexico legislature will end, but wednesday’s action by the house and senate makes the most likely path forward clear.the legislature will adjourn having voted to restore the funding for higher education and the legislature that gov. susana martinez vetoed in march. lawmakers sent that bill to the governor on wednesday, and it awaits her action.lawmakers also approved a complex bill that would use the state’s bonding ability to borrow as much as $100 million to plug the budget hole in the fiscal year that begins july 1. that money would have to be paid back over the next decade or two, so it’s essentially borrowing from the future. that legislati






martinez, lawmakers end session in bitter standoff over budget


luke e. montavon / the new mexicangov. susana martinez addresses the news media at the capitol at the close of the 2017 legislative session, which ended at noon saturday.luke e. montavon / the new mexicansenate president pro tem mary kay papen delivers closing remarks saturday at the end of the 2017 legislative session.luke e. montavon / the new mexicansen. cliff pirtle, r-roswell, center, along with his wife and children, greets with sen. ron griggs, r-alamogordo, following the close of the 2017 legislative session on saturday at the state capitol.a legislative session that began 60 days ago with calls for bipartisanship to balance the state’s quavering budget ended saturday with bitterness, acrimony and a promise by gov. susana martinez to bring lawmakers back for a special session to cr






storm needs just one more win to clinch playoff spot


seattle is at washington on friday and chicago on sunday to wrap up the regular season.heading into the final weekend of the wnba regular season, a few paths remain for the storm to advance to the postseason.seattle (14-18) could clinch the league’s final playoff berth with a win in one of its two remaining games. or the storm could back into the playoffs if chicago and atlanta — which are tied at 12-20 — fails to win its final two games.“we treat everything as a playoff game,” interim coach gary kloppenburg said before friday’s 4 p.m. pdt contest at washington. “we don’t want to depend on someone else to get in. we want to get ourselves in there. fridaystorm @ washington, 4 p.m., nba“we battled here late in the season to get ourselves in position to get in and we want to get in under our






here’s what you’ve paid — so far — for the special session in olympia


legislators can take a $120-a-day stipend. the money draws special scrutiny during a special session, which is held because lawmakers couldn’t finish their work on time.olympia — lawmakers are racking up extra pay as they continue negotiating a budget in special session this year, sticking taxpayers with a growing bill that reached more than $87,500 halfway through the current 30-day overtime.with no compromise in sight, a second ot and climbing costs are all but certain.records show lawmakers took roughly $75,500 in stipends between april 24 and may 7. the money typically pays for session expenses such as rent and dry cleaning.legislators also pocketed around $11,600 in reimbursement for travel related to legislative work. that might be an incomplete figure, because senators have up to 60






alex snitker previews florida’s legislative session, sets date for liberty lobby


share thistagsalex snitker interviewbudget crisiscampaign debtcampaign fundscampaign funds personal expensesdebt crisisfloridaflorida newsflorida stateflorida state senatefootball stadiumgovernment regulationsgovernor rick scotthealth carelibertyliberty first networkmedical careoccupational licenseregulate marijuanareligious libertyrick scottrick scott obamacarerick scott voter suppressionsnitker for senatesports news“i am for peace” campaignfriends,the opening day of the 60-day regular session will begin on tuesday january 9th. this means the legislature can begin to debate and vote on bills for final passage in each chamber. committees will continue to meet and vote on bills that have not been approved already through the committee process.photo/urbantallahasseeso far 2,547 bills have be






martinez’s state of the state address, annotated


nmpolitics.net is joining other news organizations in providing real-time analysis and commentary on gov. susana martinez’s state of the state address as the 2018 regular session of the n.m. legislature kicks off tuesday at noon.as soon as we get the text of the governor’s speech from her office, we’ll post it below and start on our annotations. the document will auto-update every five minutes. other news organizations joining in annotating martinez’s speech are knme, kunm and new mexico political report.you can watch martinez’s speech by clicking here.






dayton fends off attacks on buffer strips, environment board


minneapolis — in the closing days of the 2017 legislative session, gov. mark dayton managed to fend off attempts to gut his top clean water accomplishment — a requirement for buffer strips of vegetation between farm fields and waterways.dayton even got some things he wanted on the environment and outdoors fronts.his administration turned back efforts to abolish the environmental quality board. and it won increases in hunting and fishing license fees to ensure continued funding for outdoor programs.several environmental groups say the compromises in the final days of the regular session and during the special session weaken protections and undermine public participation, so they've urged him to veto the big environmental and natural resources budget bill. however, that appears unlikely.






the education equation in the governor’s state of the state speech


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.netthe office of the governor at the roundhouse in santa fe.in her final state of the state address, gov. susana martinez expressed her frustration at seven years of reform efforts that have been fought by some school districts. she pointedly called out teachers’ unions and the albuquerque public schools for dragging their heels, to the detriment of students.in a speech that was heavy on outlining her legacy, she said new mexico had made progress despite the opposition to her proposals — such as retaining third-graders who can’t read at grade level and court fights over teacher ratings. she pointed to a higher graduation rate at 71 percent (that trails the u.s. graduation rate of 84.1 percent, and is ahead only of the district of columbia), the tripling of new






the education equation in the governor’s state of the state speech


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.netthe office of the governor at the roundhouse in santa fe.in her final state of the state address, gov. susana martinez expressed her frustration at seven years of reform efforts that have been fought by some school districts. she pointedly called out teachers’ unions and the albuquerque public schools for dragging their heels, to the detriment of students.in a speech that was heavy on outlining her legacy, she said new mexico had made progress despite the opposition to her proposals — such as retaining third-graders who can’t read at grade level and court fights over teacher ratings. she pointed to a higher graduation rate at 71 percent (that trails the u.s. graduation rate of 84.1 percent, and is ahead only of the district of columbia), the tripling of new






here’s what you’re paying lawmakers in olympia to work overtime


legislators can take a $120-a-day stipend. the money draws special scrutiny during a special session, which is held because lawmakers couldn’t finish their work on time.olympia — lawmakers are racking up extra pay as they continue negotiating a budget in special session this year, sticking taxpayers with a growing bill that reached more than $87,500 halfway through the current 30-day overtime.with no compromise in sight, a second ot and climbing costs are all but certain.records show lawmakers took roughly $75,500 in stipends between april 24 and may 7. the money typically pays for session expenses such as rent and dry cleaning.legislators also pocketed around $11,600 in reimbursement for travel related to legislative work. that might be an incomplete figure, because senators have up to 60






governor takes credit for surplus brought by oil and gas rebound


a flyer that reads like an election-campaign ad for gov. susana martinez hit albuquerque mailboxes last week, praising her no-new-taxes stance throughout eight years, especially during 2017’s state budget crisis.heath haussamen / nmpolitics.netgov. susana martinez“instead of punishing taxpayers with higher taxes, governor martinez has cut taxes 37 times, vetoed more than a billion dollars in tax hikes, and cut wasteful government spending. she has put our fiscal house in order the right way. now the state has a budget surplus of $300 million,” the flyer intones.it goes on to suggest the governor’s hard anti-tax stance led to thousands of new jobs.the flyer then hammers home the message in case recipients miss the point: martinez is leading new mexico in the right direction.not to split hai






governor takes credit for surplus brought by oil and gas rebound


a flyer that reads like an election-campaign ad for gov. susana martinez hit albuquerque mailboxes last week, praising her no-new-taxes stance throughout eight years, especially during 2017’s state budget crisis.heath haussamen / nmpolitics.netgov. susana martinez“instead of punishing taxpayers with higher taxes, governor martinez has cut taxes 37 times, vetoed more than a billion dollars in tax hikes, and cut wasteful government spending. she has put our fiscal house in order the right way. now the state has a budget surplus of $300 million,” the flyer intones.it goes on to suggest the governor’s hard anti-tax stance led to thousands of new jobs.the flyer then hammers home the message in case recipients miss the point: martinez is leading new mexico in the right direction.not to split hai






martinez criticizes lawmakers, says special session coming ‘soon’


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.the state legislature adjourned a 60-day session on saturday after earlier approving bills that attempt to address the state’s budget woes and sending voters a long-sought proposal to create a state ethics commission.gov. susana martinez immediately criticized the work of the legislature, saying many lawmakers “failed to do their job.” she has yet to act on legislation to fund state government for the next fiscal year, which includes a number of tax increases. but she promised to call a special session on the budget “soon.”“i will never allow lawmakers to raise taxes on our families in order to bail out government spending,” martinez said at a post-session news conference.martinez’s staff has said the governor is a






budget comes together, but veto pen hangs in the balance


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.the final pieces of a 2018 fiscal year budget were falling into place thursday with just enough money to balance spending and send lawmakers home without the need for a special session.those measures were advancing even as other bills — such as an effort to increase the tobacco tax or raise money by closing tax loopholes — died in committees and looked to jeopardize any final agreement.one of the developments came as hospital executives met with gov. susana martinez to discuss a section of house bill 202, which increases taxes and fees in several areas. one of its provisions would equalize the gross receipts tax on all nonprofit and for-profit hospitals, with the money earmarked for medicaid.the new mexico hospital






with budget unfinished, legislature heads to special session


st. paul, minn. — minnesota's legislative leaders planned to immediately return to the capitol to finish a new budget in a special session after blowing past monday's midnight deadline to finish their work.the tentative agreement between democratic gov. mark dayton and top republicans who control the legislature calls to finish the remaining pieces of the budget by wednesday morning. the two sides agreed to put $660 million toward tax relief, $50 million to expand preschool offerings and $300 million to fix roads and bridges.house speaker kurt daudt said lawmakers would spend tuesday morning finalizing the details but said he was confident their agreement with the governor would come together to finish the budget as quickly as possible. they have until 7 a.m. wednesday to finalize the bulk






lawmakers set aside politics ‘in order to govern’


gabriela campos / the new mexicanrep. stephanie garcia richard, d-los alamos, embraces rep. nick salazar, d-ohkay owingeh, as the 2018 legislative session comes to an end thursday. this was salazar’s 46th and final year in the house of representatives.there were no threats of a government shutdown this time.instead, a sort of political peace reigned as the 30-day legislative session ended thursday with a $6.3 billion budget headed to the governor’s desk along with a bipartisan slate of crime legislation and pay raises for teachers and state police.the bombast and sense of crisis that marked the 2017 session seemed to evaporate as gov. susana martinez sought to strike a conciliatory tone on her way out of office.but gone, too, were any major initiatives or innovative policy changes.with mar






lawmakers set aside politics ‘in order to govern’


gabriela campos / the new mexicanrep. stephanie garcia richard, d-los alamos, embraces rep. nick salazar, d-ohkay owingeh, as the 2018 legislative session comes to an end thursday. this was salazar’s 46th and final year in the house of representatives.there were no threats of a government shutdown this time.instead, a sort of political peace reigned as the 30-day legislative session ended thursday with a $6.3 billion budget headed to the governor’s desk along with a bipartisan slate of crime legislation and pay raises for teachers and state police.the bombast and sense of crisis that marked the 2017 session seemed to evaporate as gov. susana martinez sought to strike a conciliatory tone on her way out of office.but gone, too, were any major initiatives or innovative policy changes.with mar






senators ask edwards to call tax session, even without deal


baton rouge, la. (ap) — a bipartisan group of louisiana’s state senators is urging gov. john bel edwards to call a special session this month to replace expiring taxes, even if he can’t strike a pre-session deal with house republicans.fourteen of 39 senators, including republican senate president john alario, sent the letter monday to the democratic governor.the letter, spearheaded by republican sen. rick ward, says a february special session is needed to balance next year’s budget without damaging programs.about $1 billion in temporary taxes expire july 1. taxes can’t be considered in the regular session that starts in march.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.edwards wants a special session this month. but he’s said he doesn’t want to summon lawmakers to baton rouge






golden state warriors surge past cleveland cavaliers in final regular-season mee


the warriors pulled away from the cavaliers in the teams' final regular-season meeting.        






it’s special session time! here’s what you need to know.


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.a legislative special session aimed at resolving a budget standoff and restoring funding for higher education and the legislature begins at noon wednesday.the session comes after gov. susana martinez’s march vetoes of funding for the state’s public colleges and universities and the legislature for the fiscal year that begins july 1. martinez also vetoed a bill that would have raised the tax on gasoline and other taxes and fees to help balance the budget and put some money in reserves.there’s no certainty policymakers will reach an agreement during the session. martinez, a republican, has said she wants the senate to confirm her university regents appointees as part of a deal. senate president pro tem mary kay papen






lawmakers sue to try to overturn 10 martinez vetoes


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.as promised, the legislative council on monday filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn 10 of gov. susana martinez’s recent vetoes based on an argument that she didn’t provide a necessary explanation for her disapproval in the time required.“if successful in the court, we will not only have succeeded in maintaining separation of powers — but in enacting these ten bills our state can better prepare students for high-paying careers in stem, support small businesses to grow and thrive, and provide opportunity to new mexicans everywhere,” house speaker brian egolf, d-santa fe, and senate president pro tem mary kay papen, d-las cruces, said in a joint statement.the petition was filed in district court in santa fe. you can re






lawmakers sue to try to overturn 10 martinez vetoes


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.as promised, the legislative council on monday filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn 10 of gov. susana martinez’s recent vetoes based on an argument that she didn’t provide a necessary explanation for her disapproval in the time required.“if successful in the court, we will not only have succeeded in maintaining separation of powers — but in enacting these ten bills our state can better prepare students for high-paying careers in stem, support small businesses to grow and thrive, and provide opportunity to new mexicans everywhere,” house speaker brian egolf, d-santa fe, and senate president pro tem mary kay papen, d-las cruces, said in a joint statement.the petition was filed in district court in santa fe. you can re






the best and worst of e3 2017


above: chloe and nadine look back on the week that was.e3 is over, and we made it through alive. on this final episode of kotaku splitscreen’s e3 blowout, jason and i discuss what we thought of the show overall before he sits down with a pair of developers working on uncharted: lost legacy and crackdown 3.listen here:jason and i start by talking a little about ni no kuni 2 before discussing e3 2017 overall (19:12). then jason interviews shaun escayg, creative director of uncharted: lost legacy (29:21) and clint bundrick, design director on crackdown 3 (27:40). then he and i both go sleep for an entire week.advertisementadvertisementthis is our sixth and final e3 episode—check out our day-one reactions to microsoft, ea, and the xbox one x here, our takes on sony, bethesda, and ubisoft here,






the best and worst of e3 2017


above: chloe and nadine look back on the week that was.e3 is over, and we made it through alive. on this final episode of kotaku splitscreen’s e3 blowout, jason and i discuss what we thought of the show overall before he sits down with a pair of developers working on uncharted: lost legacy and crackdown 3.listen here:jason and i start by talking a little about ni no kuni 2 before discussing e3 2017 overall (19:12). then jason interviews shaun escayg, creative director of uncharted: lost legacy (29:21) and clint bundrick, design director on crackdown 3 (37:40). then he and i both go sleep for an entire week.advertisementadvertisementthis is our sixth and final e3 episode—check out our day-one reactions to microsoft, ea, and the xbox one x here, our takes on sony, bethesda, and ubisoft here,






error in state spending bill costing rtd, zoo and museums more than $500,000 a m


state lawmakers are in a mad dash to correct an error in a recently passed law that is slicing off hundreds of thousands of dollars a month in revenue for several well-known colorado institutions, including the regional transportation district, the denver zoo and the denver museum of nature and science.the problem traces to language in a comprehensive spending measure passed during the final days of the 2017 legislative session. scenarios to fix it include a rare special session of the legislature.“i would talk to the governor about (calling a special session),” said sen. lucia guzman, d-denver, one of bill’s sponsors. “we have to do everything we can.”senate bill 267 boosts payments to hospitals and schools, generates $1.9 billion for transportation and eliminates the 2.9 percent regular






fog and rain cancel training for final pre-olympic downhills


garmisch-partenkirchen, germany — bad weather on thursday left lindsey vonn with only one downhill training session for the final world cup races ahead of the pyeongchang olympics.organizers first delayed training by half an hour as they lowered the start because of fog in the upper part of the kandahar course, then called it off as soon as it started to rain.weather conditions were expected to improve for the final training on friday. the races consist of a two-run sprint downhill on saturday, followed by a regular downhill the next day.vonn, the 2010 olympic downhill champion, has won seven world cup races in the german resort, including two downhills in the past two seasons.the pyeongchang games start next friday, with the women's downhill scheduled for feb. 21.






missouri senate leader: session on disabled cuts unlikely


jefferson city, mo. (ap) — a missouri senate leader says it doesn’t appear there will be a special session this year to restore budget cuts affecting services for the disabled.senate president pro tem ron richard said monday that holiday schedules in november and december mean time is running short for gov. eric greitens to call a special session.richard said lawmakers presented a potential plan for reversing the medicaid budget cuts to in-home and nursing care for the disabled, but greiten’s office hasn’t responded to him.a greitens spokesman did not immediately respond monday to questions about a special session from the associated press.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.so far, fewer people than projected have lost services as a result of the budget that took eff






why blackhawks are confident heading into playoffs


the blackhawks will enter the playoffs on a four-game losing streak, but the confidence on the face of captain jonathan toews was evident after the hawks' 3-2 overtime loss to the kings on saturday.now that the formality of the regular season is over, toews said "the real season begins.""that energy, that ambition, that motivation is back," toews said. "we have that feeling again that every single moment, every single game matters and it's a lot of fun to play this time of year. it's why we work all year to get to this point."the hawks have plenty of reasons to feel good heading into their first-round series against the predators, a series that will begin later this week at the united center.they won four of five games against the predators during the regular season and had a second-half r






the latest: leaders hunt for special session standstill fix


st. paul, minn. — the latest on the minnesota legislature's work to pass a state budget (all times local):11:25 a.m.minnesota's legislative leaders are searching for how to salvage a special session to finish a two-year budget.the legislature missed another deadline wednesday morning as they blew through a self-imposed goal to pass the remaining budget bills by 7 a.m. lawmakers passed just five of 10 budget bills ahead of the constitutionally-mandated end of the regular session on monday.gov. mark dayton and top republicans met wednesday morning and planned to continue discussing a path ahead in the afternoon. it was unclear whether the work would resume within hours, days or even weeks.the house passed budgets for a tax bill and education spending early wednesday morning. but that still l






jake arrieta status unclear as simulated game switched to bullpen session


the case of tender hamstrings could set up a game 3 showdown between jake arrieta of the cubs and max scherzer of the nationals in the national league division series.in the case of the cubs, arrieta's availability could be a best-case scenario as he now will pitch a bullpen session wednesday instead of a simulated game."it's just an indication we don't want to push him right now," manager joe maddon said of arrieta, who missed 21/2 weeks because of a grade 1 right hamstring strain and admittedly altered his delivery during his last start on sept. 26 to compensate for the lack of full strength in his leg."we thought we could control it more in a (bullpen session) as opposed to a 'sim' game, which we didn't think was that impactful," maddon said.maddon replied "no" when asked whether this w






the best and worst of e3 2017


above: chloe and nadine look back on the week that was.e3 is over, and we made it through alive. on this final episode of kotaku splitscreen’s e3 blowout, jason and i discuss what we thought of the show overall before he sits down with a pair of developers working on uncharted: lost legacy and crackdown 3.listen here:jason and i start by talking a little about ni no kuni 2 before discussing e3 2017 overall (19:12). then jason interviews shaun escayg, creative director of uncharted: lost legacy (29:21) and clint bundrick, design director on crackdown 3 (37:40). then he and i both go sleep for an entire week.advertisementthis is our sixth and final e3 episode—check out our day-one reactions to microsoft, ea, and the xbox one x here, our takes on sony, bethesda, and ubisoft here, our reaction






4 key players will shape minnesota's legislative session


st. paul, minn. — all 201 legislators will soon return to the minnesota capitol, but three men and one woman will play an outsized role in setting the legislature's course.the legislature reconvenes tuesday for a three-month session with plenty of work to do. gov. mark dayton has set the tone entering session with his own priorities, but those will clash with republicans who control the house and senate. and it could be constrained by democrats' ongoing effort to force the senate's republican president out of office and reclaim the majority.here's a look at the major players who will shape this year's session:gov. mark daytonthe stakes are high for the two-term democratic governor as he enters his final year in office.facing a republican-controlled legislature in a high-pressure election y






failing our kids: state legislature report card


the legislature has once again failed to complete its paramount duty and amply fund k-12 schools as its regular session closes. here is the editorial board’s report card.term: 2017 regular session.lawmakers failed once again to complete their work in a timely manner. the state’s paramount duty is to amply fund public schools so every child has equal opportunity to succeed. the regular session ends this weekend with the democrat-controlled house and republican-controlled senate failing to agree on how much to spend on schools, who should pay, how to ensure funding is spent properly and on effective reforms to improve outcomes for kids.turns in work on time | grade: fin 2012, the state supreme court called the legislature and governor on the carpet for failing to amply fund public k-12 schoo






robbinsdale cooper, irondale clash for suburban gold title


the regular season is coming to a close, which means league titles are up for grabs across the state. that's the case for every top game this week, including a matchup that pits robbinsdale cooper against irondale in a battle for the suburban gold subdistrict crown.robbinsdale cooper, ranked no. 3 in the associated press class 5a poll, has been dominant in nearly every game, with its closest victory a 20-7 final against crosstown rival robbinsdale armstrong in week 5. last week, the hawks (7-0, 3-0) dismantled north st. paul 48-7.irondale (4-3, 3-0) has suffered a late-season slump, falling in three of its last four contests. each loss was decided by three points or less, including last week's 16-13 nail-biter with st. louis park.history also favors robbinsdale cooper in this matchup. the






lawmakers work through the night on state budget


st. paul, minn. — looks like the minnesota legislature will need yet another extension to finish its budget in a special session.lawmakers are still working wednesday morning after meeting through the night on a $46 million budget.gov. mark dayton agreed to call an overtime session immediately after the regular session ended monday at midnight without a full budget in place. despite action on one of five remaining budget bills early wednesday, a self-imposed 7 a.m. deadline seems out of reach.the two sides have agreed in principle to a budget that increases public school funding, cuts taxes by $650 million and provides $300 million for road and bridge repairs.






mls playoff picture: what’s at stake entering end of season


heading into the final weekend of regular-season play leading up to the mls playoffs, many questions remain as to which teams will qualify for the six positions allotted to each conference. the final standings will also determine which two teams are granted a bye next week and which four teams will play in the knock-out stage in each conference beginning next wednesday.with all 11 matches scheduled for this sunday at 4 p.m. et, these teams will be giving their all, not knowing where they will emerge in the playoff schedule until all the matches are completed. with the first three determinants of table position being points, total wins and goal differential, let’s take a closer look at where the contending teams stand leading up to mls “decision day.”eastern conferencewhile all six teams qu






no agreement as colorado special session opens


denver (ap) — colorado lawmakers have begun a special session intended to fix a mistake in an intricate spending law but there’s little sign of agreement.democratic leaders in the house say they expect the chamber to pass a fix on monday, but its fate in the gop-led senate is uncertain.democrats in the senate have a similar proposal but republican leaders say a special session is wasteful. they also questioned whether a fix will violate provisions of colorado’s taxpayers bill of rights.leaders for a handful of agencies, including denver’s regional transportation district, say the spending law removed their ability to collect millions in sales taxes on recreational marijuana.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.none of the agencies shared plans to cut services.republica






legislators strike a middle path between martinez and judiciary on crime


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.an early showdown of the 30-day legislative session in santa fe spotlighted the competing narratives over one of the state’s most pressing issues: a precipitous rise in crime in albuquerque and other new mexico cities.new mexico has risen to the top of national lists marking property and violent crime rates in american cities. crime is up. it’s a painful fact, one that has found no disagreement among lawmakers, judges and gov. susana martinez.but how to solve it?martinez and chief justice judith nakamura, whom the governor appointed to the state supreme court in 2015, offer a study in contrasts.martinez, a two-term republican governor in her final year as the state’s chief executive, has come at the issue like the






legislators strike a middle path between martinez and judiciary on crime


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.an early showdown of the 30-day legislative session in santa fe spotlighted the competing narratives over one of the state’s most pressing issues: a precipitous rise in crime in albuquerque and other new mexico cities.new mexico has risen to the top of national lists marking property and violent crime rates in american cities. crime is up. it’s a painful fact, one that has found no disagreement among lawmakers, judges and gov. susana martinez.but how to solve it?martinez and chief justice judith nakamura, whom the governor appointed to the state supreme court in 2015, offer a study in contrasts.martinez, a two-term republican governor in her final year as the state’s chief executive, has come at the issue like the






ap top 25: 'bama over ohio state in last regular-season poll


the associated press voters prefer alabama over ohio state.in the final top 25 of the regular season, the crimson tide was no. 4 and the buckeyes were no. 5. the poll was released about an hour before the college football playoff pairings were being revealed. which team gets the final spot in the final four caused a debate between the crimson tide and buckeyes. in the ap media poll, alabama received 1,307 points to ohio state's 1,300.clemson finished the regular season no. 1, followed by oklahoma and georgia.wisconsin was no. 6, followed by auburn, southern california, penn state and ucf. the 10th-ranked knights are the last unbeaten team in the football bowl subdivision and matched their best ranking ever. ucf finished the 2013 season 10th.boise state moved into the rankings at no. 25.