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PAC Stands By Lawmakers Who Passed Gay Marriage

On Wednesday, lawmakers who took a risk by supporting the bill are getting some political help. A political action committee has formed just for them, as lawmakers who voted yes might need help to get re-elected — some admitted the vote might have hurt them back home.

05/15/2013

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Minn. Senate Readies For Gay Marriage Vote

Minnesota’s Senate is scheduled to debate and vote Monday on a bill to add the state to the growing list of those that allow gay marriage. It’s the last step before Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, who has promised to sign legislation.

05/12/2013

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Dayton Not Keen On Democrat’s Tax Hike Bill

Minnesota Senate Democrats passed a sweeping tax hike bill on Monday that includes a sales tax on clothing.

04/30/2013

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Tech Firm Near Win In Quiet Push For Minn. Breaks

In early February, a development agency in Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration made a deal with a giant pharmaceutical company: The state would explore grants and tax breaks that could yield almost 200 high-wage jobs all while keeping Baxter Healthcare Group’s name out of the public conversation.

04/28/2013

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Minn. House OKs Bill With $150M More For College

Minnesota’s state House has backed a higher education financing package that architects say will freeze undergraduate tuition at public colleges for two years.

04/25/2013

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Minn. Senate Passes Bill Altering Job Applications

In a nod to second chances, the Minnesota Senate has approved a bill that would bar employers from asking about a person’s criminal history on job applications.

04/20/2013

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Talking Points: Expanding Background Checks For Gun Sales

The U.S. Senate will be taking up a gun control bill that calls for expanding background checks to online and gun show sales.

04/14/2013

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Esme’s Blog: A Sandy Hook Mother’s Plea

Today Francine Wheeler, who lost her 6-year-old Ben in the Sandy Hook massacre, gave the President’s Saturday radio address pleading for action on gun control measures.

04/13/2013

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Lawmaker Seeks To Preserve MN-ND Hockey Rivalry

A Minnesota lawmaker wants to make sure the Minnesota-North Dakota men’s college hockey rivalry continues after the Gophers leave the WCHA.

03/21/2013

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Bill Could Make Buying Concert Tickets More Transparent

Getting your hands on a hot concert ticket can be frustrating and some Minnesota lawmakers want to change that.

03/14/2013

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Talking Points: Gun Control Bills Debated This Week

This week is the deciding one for a bill to create universal background checks for gun sales in Minnesota.

03/10/2013

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Gun Control Advocates Upset By Support For Watered-Down Bill

An unexpected twist came Wednesday in the efforts at the Capitol to curb gun violence. A majority of the House is now backing a new plan to modestly revise the state’s gun laws.

03/06/2013

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Pranking 911? Minn. Bill Would Stiffen Penalties

Minnesota lawmakers want to put prank callers to 911 emergency lines on notice that future fake calls could come at a price.

03/03/2013

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Bill Would Shield Minn. Coaches From Parent Gripes

Minnesota high school coaches could soon have a bit more job protection.

03/02/2013

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After WCCO Report, Lawmaker Wants Playgrounds Safer, Cleaner

There’s a call for change after a WCCO report. Last week, WCCO shared the results of a germ test from some Twin Cities indoor playgrounds.

02/28/2013

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Silica Bill With Moratorium Passes 1st Stop

A state Senate committee approved a one-year moratorium on new silica sand mines on Tuesday as part of a senator’s broader effort to increase oversight of the booming industry.

02/26/2013

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Bill Would Let Minn. Hockey, Hoops Fans Buy Beer

After a season of liquor sales at TCF Bank Stadium, a state lawmaker wants to allow hockey and basketball fans at the University of Minnesota to buy beer and wine.

02/21/2013

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Personal Care Givers Hope To Vote On Unionizing

Thousands of Minnesota’s personal care attendants are asking state lawmakers to allow them to vote on a union.

02/20/2013

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Dayton Signs Bill Giving State Employees Raise

Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill giving tens of thousands of state employees a 2 percent raise.

02/19/2013

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Bill Hopes To Stop Unethical Breeders In Minnesota

Animal advocates went to the Capitol looking for some high profile support from Minnesota’s official first dog owner.

02/19/2013

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Bill Would Enshrine ‘Minnesota Blue’ Poem In Law

A poem that serves as a tribute to the state of Minnesota is in line for a tribute itself.

02/13/2013

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Interim Xcel Rate Hike Showing Up In Electricity Bills

It takes a lot of poles, plants and power lines to satisfy Minnesota’s demand for electricity. Xcel Energy has been meeting that challenge for decades.

02/11/2013

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Best Of Minnesota: Bakery

The hunt for Best of Minnesota: Bakery saw the biggest response from WCCO viewers in the history of the franchise.

02/02/2013

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Franken Seeks To Expand Mental Health Care

Sen. Al Franken is unveiling a bill to increase funding for mental health problems in prisons and jails.

01/09/2013

Obama Makes Statement On Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

U.S. House Passes Senate Fiscal Cliff Bill

Past its own New Year’s deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national “fiscal cliff” of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America’s divided government to the limit.

01/01/2013

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