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Senators Backs Higher Bar For Voter Amendments

Proposed amendments to Minnesota’s Constitution would be less frequent under a proposal backed by a state Senate committee. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk told the Senate State Government Committee Monday that it should be harder to change the state constitution.

03/03/2014

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Good Question: What Is Clemency?

The editorial board of America’s largest newspaper, the New York Times, says a man the government calls a traitor should be given a deal. Last year, Edward Snowden stole and then leaked top secret documents about how the National Security Agency gathers its information. He’s been living in Russia, because he could end up in prison for life if he comes home.

01/02/2014

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Good Question: Can A Member Of Congress Be Recalled?

Though the shutdown is now over, anger towards national politicians hasn’t subsided. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll conducted last week showed 60 percent of Americans would be willing to fire every member of Congress and start over.

10/17/2013

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Esme’s Blog: What A Difference 1 Year Makes For Gay Marriage

Last summer almost all political experts predicted Minnesota would pass a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage. Not only was that amendment defeated in November, but Minnesota legalized gay marriage last month.

06/29/2013

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Good Question: Can A State Secede From The Union?

But can a state really secede from the United States?

11/14/2012

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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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Opinion: The Supreme Court Is Back In DC And Controversy Is Sure To Follow

The Supreme Court justices are back in Washington, D.C., and after the stunt Chief Justice John Roberts pulled three months ago with the Obamacare ruling, I would prefer it was Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, and Mary Wilson coming into town instead.

10/02/2012

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Opinion: Obama Gets Another Big Win From The Supreme Court

President Obama won big this week with the Supreme Court decisions on Obamacare and immigration. While Mitt Romney and the Tea Party couldn’t have had a worse week.

06/28/2012

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Early American History Myths You Probably Believe

These early American history legends may be conventional wisdom, and some are even taught in school, but they definitely are not facts. The following myths originated from poems, stories that changed over time or historical […]

06/13/2012

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Gay Rights Group Alleges Violation Of Disclosure Rules

A national gay rights group is calling for an investigation of disclosure reports filed by groups promoting an amendment to the Minnesota constitution to ban gay marriage.

02/01/2012

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Good Question: How Free Is Speech?

When Hank Williams, Jr. first opened his mouth on “Fox and Friends” and didn’t sing “Are you ready for some football?” he was already in trouble.

10/07/2011

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Teen Claims Threats Over Bachmann Debate Challenge

A New Jersey teenager says she’s received threats since challenging U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann to a debate over the Constitution.

05/20/2011

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Minn. Senate OKs 2012 Vote On Gay Marriage Ban

The state Senate on Wednesday approved a statewide vote in 2012 on a gay marriage ban in the Minnesota Constitution, pushing forward what’s expected to be a contentious debate over the definition of legal unions.

05/11/2011

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Budget Stalled, Republicans Eye Minn. Constitution

Proposals to amend Minnesota’s constitution are proliferating as GOP lawmakers find a route around Gov. Mark Dayton.

05/06/2011

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Constitution Protects Democrats On The Run

Republicans in Wisconsin want Democrats on-the-run brought back to Madison by state troopers, but there’s a problem — they haven’t broken any laws.

03/02/2011