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Pat Kessler

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Pat Kessler knows Minnesota politics.

He’s been on the beat longer than any other TV reporter in the Twin Cities, covering state government, politics, campaigns and conventions since 1984.

Pat “pulls back the curtain” on what’s happening in government with stories both amusing and annoying, as well as reporting information you need to know to keep up on the issues that affect you most.

And Pat’s popular “Reality Check” segments separate fact from fiction in a political world that is often more fiction than fact.

Pat studied English and journalism at Macalester College in St. Paul.

He’s an avid reader, involved in many local volunteer programs and exhibits a particular fondness for baseball.

Before joining WCCO-TV, Pat was a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio, and a technical assistant for “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor.

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Reality Check: Freedom Club TV Ad Has More Whoppers Than A Burger King

Work continues in St. Paul on an $89 million dollar State Senate Office Building that’s become politically charged. But a Freedom Club television ad blasting the project may be digging itself into a bigger hole than the building’s basement.

09/19/2014

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GOP Zeroing In On MNsure In Governor’s Race

After more problems at Minnesota’s online health care exchange, the Republican candidate for Minnesota governor says if he’s elected, he’ll make drastic changes to MNsure. And Jeff Johnson is pressing Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to do more to stop premium hikes for small businesses. MNsure’s largest and lowest cost provider — PreferredOne — said this week it’s dropping out of the health exchange for financial reasons.

09/18/2014

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Reality Check: Why Is So Much Political Ad Money Being Spent In N. Minn.?

The barrage of political campaign ads has begun in Minnesota. That’s no surprise. What is unexpected, however, is all the early spending on two Minnesota Congressional seats. For more than two decades, 7th District Democratic Congressman Collin Peterson was untouchable– and unbeatable. So why are Democrats spending a fortune to run this attack ad on his little known opponent, Torey Westrom?

09/17/2014

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Vikings Are Among NFL’s Leading Teams For Player Arrests

The Adrian Peterson child abuse case is not the first time a Viking player has been in trouble. But how the Vikings are handling this case is a bit different. Vikings players have been arrested 45 times since 2000 for crimes ranging from assault, to drunk driving, to disorderly conduct.

09/15/2014

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Reality Check: Jeff Johnson And The Tea Party

Independent Minnesota political groups are spending a fortune on television ads this campaign season. They’re branding GOP gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson as a “tea party Republican.” The ads are relentless, and ominous.

09/12/2014

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Reality Check: Did Franken Vote ‘More Than 40 Times’ For High Taxes?

Did Minnesota Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken vote for higher taxes “more than 40 times”, as his opponent claims?

09/10/2014

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Vikings Move Ahead With Clear Glass In Stadium Construction

The Minnesota Vikings are moving ahead with clear glass on their new stadium in downtown Minneapolis. That’s the latest word from the Sports Authority, which is overseeing stadium construction. This is despite concerns about possible bird collisions with the soaring glass stadium walls.

09/10/2014

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Dayton Holds Preventative ‘Propane Summit’

The winter of 2013 was the coldest in 50 years. And before it was over, businesses and homeowners faced a fuel crisis like never before. That’s why the Gov. Mark Dayton called a “Propane Summit” with industry reps, railroads and farmers on Tuesday.

09/09/2014

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Reality Check: Franken’s Ad On McFadden’s ‘Tax Inversion’

A tough new ad from Democratic Sen. Al Franken accuses his Republican opponent’s business of avoiding taxes by headquartering overseas. But Republican Mike McFadden calls the ad “ridiculous” and “full of lies.” The ad marks a new Franken campaign strategy: directly attack McFadden for his business dealings.

09/05/2014

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Fast Food Workers Protest Wages At Mpls. McDonald’s

Fast food workers and union supporters briefly took over a Minneapolis McDonald’s restaurant Thursday. It was part of a nationwide protest in 150 cities by fast food workers demanding a $15-an-hour minimum wage.

09/04/2014

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Reality Check: TV News Clips In Franken’s Ad

Sen. Al Franken’s TV ad skillfully weaves the campaign’s own video and real TV news broadcasts, adding a narrator’s voice that sounds like a newsreader and morphs into actual TV anchors.

08/28/2014

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Petition For Bird-Safe Glass On Vikings Stadium Signed By 76,000

Minnesota’s Audubon Society says thousands of people are concerned about birds hitting the large glass windows that will be in the new Vikings Stadium.

08/26/2014

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Reality Check: Ad Slams Franken’s Record Voting In Line With Obama

A new television ad from Minnesota Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden accuses Democratic Sen. Al Franken of voting almost 100 percent of the time with President Obama. The ad, with a humorous tone, ties Franken to Obama with a very Minnesotan insult: a Franken look-alike struggling to back his boat into the water.

08/25/2014

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Reality Check: Mike McFadden’s ‘Stitches’ Ad

Minnesota’s GOP U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden is a hands-on guy. So much so, his family says he practices DIY health care. In a McFadden television ad called “Stitches” airing widely in Minnesota, McFadden’s son says his father removed his stitches because he thought it cost too much.

08/15/2014

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Johnson Set To Face Off Against Dayton In Gubernatorial Race

Republicans closed ranks Wednesday behind the winner of Tuesday’s primary election for governor. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson won a decisive primary victory over three opponents. He’ll face incumbent Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. Johnson promises a campaign of ideas, not smears.

08/13/2014

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