Reality Check

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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

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Reality Check: Sequester’s Impact On Minn. Is Lower Than Most

Minnesotans could suffer from those budget cuts too. Some over time, and some right away.

03/01/2013

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Reality Check: The GOP & Gay Marriage

A national anti-gay marriage group has put a bounty on the heads of Minnesota Republicans.

02/26/2013

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Reality Check: Minimum Wage & Obama’s SOTU Address

Less than 24 hours after the President Barack Obama proposed raising the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour, Minnesota Democratic lawmakers unveiled a plan of their own to raise state pay for low income workers to $9.50.

02/13/2013

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Reality Check: Perspective On Minnesota’s Sales Tax

Even though Minnesota’s sales tax is high, it takes in a less money than other states with similar tax rates.

01/23/2013

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Reality Check: Guns And The State Capitol

Hundreds of people visit the State Capitol every day. What’s impossible to know is how many are carrying a concealed weapon.

01/18/2013

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Reality Check: Minnesota Firearm Background Checks

Like all 50 states, Minnesota gun dealers are required to do a background check on weapons purchases.

01/16/2013

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Reality Check: Fiscal Cliff Avoided, But Pay Checks Still Shrinking

It doesn’t seem to be quite the deal that any politician in Washington wanted, but Congress and President Barack Obama did manage to steer the country away from the fiscal cliff.

01/02/2013

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Reality Check: Where Are Guns Allowed In Schools?

In Minnesota, guns are banned on all school properties — public or private, across all grade levels.

12/18/2012

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Reality Check: Electronic Pull Tabs Coming To MSP?

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP) airport is considering electronic pull tab games as a way to help the state pay for its share of a new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

12/13/2012

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Reality Check: Gay Marriage And The 2013 Legislature

Minnesota’s Democratic leaders don’t want anyone to think the 2013 Legislature is not going to vote on legalizing gay marriage.

12/11/2012

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Reality Check: One-Party Control

Voters gave Democrats one-party control of the Minnesota statehouse for the first time in a generation.

11/29/2012

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Reality Check: Explaining Minnesota’s Self-Defense Laws

A Minnesota man told police he feared two teenagers breaking into his home had a weapon when he shot and killed them on Thanksgiving Day.

11/27/2012

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Reality Check: The Vikes Stadium & Personal Seat Licenses

The Minnesota Vikings say they haven’t decided to charge fans extra for the privilege of buying a ticket.

11/14/2012

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Reality Check: Republicans Leaders Miscalculated; Amendments Backfired

We know now that many voters were motivated by the marriage amendment, but it was not restricted to only one party.

11/08/2012

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Reality Check: What Would Romney Do With FEMA?

Gov. Mitt Romney returned to the campaign trail today, but refrained again from criticizing President Obama in light of the disaster on the East Coast.

10/31/2012

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Reality Check: New, Deceptive Marriage Amendment Ad

The group supporting the proposed marriage amendment released its fourth TV ad on Thursday.

10/25/2012

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Reality Check: Nolan, Cravaack & Minn. Residency Accusations

In a race that’s already among the most hotly contested in the country, a new television ad from Democrat Rick Nolan accuses Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack of a smear campaign — and more.

10/24/2012

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Reality Check: The Final Debate

There was none of the harsh exchanges familiar in the first two debates. But it doesn’t mean the candidates didn’t mix it up, and they stretched some facts.

10/22/2012

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Reality Check: Amendment Ad Makes Questionable Claims

The fight over a constitutional amendment in Minnesota that would ban gay marriage took a new turn Thursday. A new TV ad warns of dire consequences if the amendment fails.

10/18/2012

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Reality Check: The New Attack Ads Both Sides Are Using

Minnesota’s television airwaves are flooded with negative campaign ads right now, especially in the hotly contested races for Congressional seats held by Republicans Michele Bachmann and Chip Cravaack.

10/17/2012

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Reality Check: The Facts Vs. The Vice Presidential Debate

The Vice Presidential nominees demonstrated style and substance in their feisty, first and only debate. But also, a lot of spin.

10/12/2012

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Reality Check: The Vice-Presidential Debate

The guys who usually play second fiddle in the race for the White House stole the spotlight in a much different debate than their bosses gave us last week.

10/11/2012

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Reality Check: Voter ID, Marriage Amendments And ‘Skipping The Vote’

Public opinion polls this week are showing the campaigns for two constitutional amendments are getting very close.

10/10/2012

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Reality Check: The Jobs Numbers

Republicans are crying “foul” over new jobs numbers showing the unemployment rate dropping to 7.8 percent – the lowest rate since President Obama took office.

10/08/2012