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Reality Check: Is Jesse Ventura ‘Controversial’?

Former Gov. Jesse Ventura’s defamation trial had a day off in St. Paul federal court Friday after a week of surprising revelations. Among them, Ventura testified in court that he doesn’t know if he’s controversial, or if he says anything provocative.

07/18/2014

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Reality Check: Medtronic’s Move To Ireland

Minnesota-based Medtronic shocked the business world on Sunday. The giant medical device maker is buying a similar company in Ireland for $43 million. The reason? Hundreds of millions of dollars in tax savings.

06/17/2014

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Reality Check: The Importance Of Endorsement In Governor’s Race

Four of the last five Minnesota governors ran for office without the endorsement of the major Republican or Democratic parties. Including Mark Dayton In 2010, the Democrats partied inside their convention, and banned Mark Dayton from going inside.

06/07/2014

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Reality Check: MN’s New Restrictive Medical Marijuana Law

Minnesota just became the 22nd state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana. Without public fanfare, Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill Thursday morning that legalizes medical cannabis for specific illnesses, but includes some of the strictest controls in the country.

05/29/2014

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Reality Check: The Cost Of The Mpls. Super Bowl

Minnesota’s 2018 Super Bowl bid committee promised more than a great party. The state pledged to pick up a super tab, too. We may never know all of the details about Minnesota’s Super Bowl bid. Under state law, it’s private.

05/23/2014

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Reality Check: Lawmakers Getting Paid Over Spring Break?

Minnesota lawmakers haven’t had a pay hike since 1999. But they can boost their take-home pay with per diem — up to $76 per day in the Minnesota House, and up to $86 a day in the Minnesota Senate.

04/16/2014

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Reality Check: Minn. Remains A High Tax State

Other people might call April 15 “Tax Day,” but Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has another name for it.

04/15/2014

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Reality Check: The Consequences Of Not Signing Up For MNsure

In Minnesota, at least one group opposed to Obamacare encouraged Minnesotans not to enroll and encouraged them to refuse to sign up on any website. Gov. Mark Dayton calls it inexplicable. “It’s been a barrage of criticism all the way. It’s been people cheering when it has problems. It’s been telling people not to enroll, which i think was very ill-advised,” Dayton said.

04/02/2014

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Reality Check: Gov. Dayton’s Job Numbers

New Minnesota job numbers are showing steady recovery from the worst days of the recession just a few years ago.

03/14/2014

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Reality Check: Minn.’s Minimum Wage Is Worth Less Now Than It Was In 1974

Thousands of Minnesota workers earn a minimum wage that’s less today than it was in 1974 — that’s among the findings of a new state report on the minimum wage from the state Department of Labor and Industry.

01/24/2014

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Reality Check: The State Of MNsure

A big announcement came Friday on Minnesota’s troubled health care exchange. MNsure says it is extending the signup deadline for thousands of Minnesotans who may have had trouble getting on its website.

12/20/2013

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Reality Check: MN’s 10 Costliest Publicly-Funded Projects

The Vikings broke ground on a new stadium this week. It’s a project so big, it muscled its way straight onto the list of largest public projects in state history. It’s bigger than the I-35W bridge construction, bigger than the St. Croix bridge crossing. And that’s just the start.

12/06/2013

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Reality Check: Gov’s Decision To Continue MNsure Enrollment

Minnesota has rejected President Obama’s offer to delay some canceled insurance policies for a year under the new health law. The President was trying to make good on a promise that “if you like your policy, you can keep it.” Now, millions are finding themselves in limbo, including here in Minnesota.

11/19/2013

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Reality Check: What’s It Really Like For Veterans In MN?

Thousands of Minnesota veterans return home from combat duty every year. But when they get here, it’s sometimes tough to get a job. That’s only one of the struggles veterans face. Finding a job, getting health care services, fighting homelessness.

11/11/2013

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Reality Check: MNsure’s First Month

Friday is the one-month anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, widely known as “Obamacare.” The rollout of the federal health care website has been fraught with problems. And while Minnesota’s health care website MNsure isn’t glitch free, it’s running much smoother than HealthCare.gov. Minnesota’s one of 16 states and the District of Columbia that set up their own health care exchanges.

11/01/2013

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Reality Check: Are Personal Seat Licenses A Risky Investment?

In the Minnesota Vikings’ new 65,000 seat NFL stadium, the club will charge 48,000 fans a one-time personal seat license fee even before they’re allowed to buy a season ticket. Fans may have sticker shock at the price tag, but PSLs are not uncommon.

10/04/2013

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Reality Check: PSLs And The Vikings Stadium

Negotiations on a new Vikings stadium are winding down, but a new controversy may be heating up.

09/17/2013

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How Much Will MNsure Cost? Reality Check

On Friday, MNsure — Minnesota’s new online health insurance exchange — will reveal how much consumers will pay for insurance premiums under the program, which is part of the new federal health care law. The top question at the MNsure call center has been, “How much will I pay for insurance?”

09/05/2013

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Reality Check: Economic Impact Of Same Sex Marriage

Depending on your views, same sex marriage may — or may not — change the face of Minnesota. But based what has happened in other states, same sex marriage could have an important economic impact.

07/31/2013

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Reality Check: The Debate Over Food Stamps

Republicans in the U.S. House are promising to swiftly bring a food stamp bill up for a vote. That’s after they stripped food stamps from the 5-year farm bill, and then failed to pass the farm bill, too.

07/15/2013

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Reality Check: Economic Impact Of Gay Marriage

The Minnesota House has scheduled a vote for Thursday on the bill that would legalize same sex marriage.

05/07/2013

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Reality Check: Beer Tax Claims Of House Democrats

Minnesota House Democrats this week voted to raise the excise tax on beer, claiming it will raise the price only 7 cents a bottle.

04/26/2013

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Reality Check: E-Pull Tab Revenue Projections

There’s a lot of revisionist history going on at the Capitol about those pulltab revenue projections — numbers that Gov. Mark Dayton says no one knew were wildly inflated.

03/27/2013

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Reality Check: The Difficulty Of Passing Gun Restrictions

A Minnesota House committee will vote Thursday night on a watered down version of a gun bill that includes background checks for gun show sales. It’s far less than gun safety advocates had hoped, but the pull-back from tougher gun laws is not uncommon.

03/21/2013

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Reality Check: Legislative Pay Raises

Governor Mark Dayton says Minnesota lawmakers don’t get paid enough. The governor is supporting a recommendation from the State Compensation Council to raise lawmaker pay in 2015.

03/11/2013