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Reality Check

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Reality Check: The Truth About The Health Care Ruling

President Barack Obama hailed the ruling as a “victory for the American people,” taking credit for the individual mandate he once opposed, asserting that health coverage for millions is now more stable.

06/28/2012

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Reality Check: The Truth About Lawmaker’s Health Care Plans

If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the federal health care law, tens of millions of Americans could lose all, or part of their new insurance coverage. But 535 members of Congress won’t feel a thing.

06/27/2012

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Reality Check: Common Lies About ‘Obamacare’

President Obama looked startled when a Congressman shouted “You lie!” after he said no illegal immigrants are covered in the new health care law.

06/26/2012

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Reality Check: Health Care & The Individual Mandate

Republicans are united against the individual mandate. They call it “socialism” and an unconstitutional “government takeover”. But the central pillar of President Obama’s health care law came from “America’s most-respected conservative thinkers.” It’s TRUE.

06/25/2012

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Reality Check: North Dakota’s Property Tax Vote

Voters in North Dakota get a chance Tuesday to do something no state has ever done before: Not just lower property taxes, but abolish them. It’s a bold move, but critics say it will throw the state into chaos.

06/12/2012

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Reality Check: Minnesota Lawmakers’ Per Diem

Minnesota lawmakers earn about $30,000 a year, and they haven’t had a pay hike since 1989. However, they’re able to raise their own salaries by taking daily expense payments called “per diem,” which is a kind of back-door pay hike out of public view.

04/11/2012

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Reality Check: Truth About Insurance And Birth Control

The truth: Insurance companies operating in Minnesota are required by law to cover at least 28 separate benefits, eight types of patients and 13 different health care professions. That’s the sixth highest number of mandates in the country.

03/07/2012

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Reality Check: Pull Tabs Equal Money For Stadium

Stadium supporters promise a windfall from electronic pull tabs and bingo, but there’s not a lot of evidence to support that.

03/02/2012

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Reality Check: Can ‘Justified’ Shootings Increase Violence?

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton hasn’t said whether he will sign or veto a controversial bill expanding the rights of gun owners to shoot in self-defense.

02/24/2012

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Reality Check: Ellen Anderson’s ‘Extreme’ Views

Twenty-four hours after the Minnesota Senate rejected Ellen Anderson as the Governor’s appointee to the Public Utilities Commission, she has accepted a job as a senior advisor to Dayton on energy and environmental issues.

01/31/2012

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Reality Check: When Vikings Can Notify NFL Of Departure

The Minnesota Vikings stadium issue is a game of time clocks, countdowns and deadlines. One date is quietly coming up that lawmakers are starting to watch: The date the Vikings can notify the NFL they’re leaving.

01/09/2012

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Reality Check: The Price Tag On A Vikings Stadium

Consider this: The Minnesota Vikings say they’re at the bottom of the NFL in revenue. The cost of a stadium is going up, and their 30-year Metrodome lease will expire. But the year is 2002.

12/13/2011

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Reality Check: Vikes’ Contributions To New Stadium

The Minnesota Vikings continue their stadium drive at the State Capitol, telling skeptical lawmakers they’ll contribute more money to the stadium effort than almost any other team in NFL history.

12/07/2011

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Reality Check: Job Claims For New Vikings Stadium

The state legislature resumes hearings on a new Minnesota Vikings stadium just as the Vikes ramp up an ad campaign that claims construction alone could bring thousands of jobs.

12/05/2011

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Reality Check: Behind The Price Hike Of Property Taxes

Got your property tax bill yet? Get ready for some sticker shock.

11/17/2011