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Reality Check

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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

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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