Johnson, former GOP nominee for MN governor, announces 2018 bid

Jeff Johnson a Hennepin County commissioner and Detroit Lakes native is running for Minnesota governor is 2018. Submitted

Late-Tuesday changes in the transportation funding bill written by Republicans who control the Legislature inserted some Twin Cities transit concessions into the measure in the hopes that Dayton would accept the bill. Dayton has not yet indicated if he will veto other budget bills passed Tuesday evening.

House Speaker Kurt Daudt and former Republican Party Chairman Keith Downey are considering runs.

Rep. Duane Sauke, DFL-Rochester, said he is concerned about Republicans rushing to pass their own budget bills instead of sitting down to negotiate with governor's office. One of the biggest discrepancies has been tax relief, with Republicans looking for roughly $1.1 billion in tax cuts, and the governor proposing a more modest $300 million.

Ryan Seacrest joins Kelly Ripa as co-host of "Live"
Ryan, who has previously contributed to NBC's Today and the network's Olympics coverage, will move to NY to take up his new post. Before debuting her new co-host Monday morning, Ripa teased the big announcement with a video of her sipping a coffee mug.

Dayton has said he will veto all of them and that he won't resume talks with GOP leaders until that process plays out. Both the House and Senate started passing budget bills, kicking off a flurry of final votes on budget bills that Dayton has suggested he'd veto. Legislative debate and votes on parts of the more than $45 billion two-year budget were expected to stretch into the night.

Lawmakers are running out of time to finalize a deal with Dayton on a new, two-year budget. We need to show the people of Minnesota that we in the Legislature are getting our work done. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, announced that he was short one member of his 34-33 majority: Sen. "Our job is to pass our bills", Republican House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin said. "We are playing it by ear".

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