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After Falling Out, Dayton And Bakk Try To Patch Things Up

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says he and Gov. Mark Dayton had a private chat where the Capitol’s two most powerful Democrats committed to moving on after a public feud.

02/25/2015

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After Minimum Wage Boost, Some DFLers Turn To Paid Leave

Some Minnesota Democrats want to build on a successful push to raise the minimum wage by establishing a statewide paid family leave program. Giving workers up to six weeks off for a birth, adoption or to take care of a sick relative will improve morale, boost productivity and ultimately save employers money, advocates say.

02/18/2015

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Minnesota’s 2016 Caucuses To Be Held In March

Minnesota’s Democratic and Republican parties have scheduled next year’s precinct caucuses for March 1, which is when party activists will be able to cast their 2016 presidential preference votes. The parties jointly informed the Minnesota secretary of state of their plans Monday.

02/16/2015

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PODCAST PAGE: 2-12-15 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Listen to John Rash discuss the life of David Carr on The Rash Report. Click the link above to listen to that conversation and other highlights from Friday the 13th on the Morning News WIth WCCO’s Dave Lee.

02/13/2015

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Dayton Cries Foul On Move To Delay Commissioner Raises

Gov. Mark Dayton is objecting to the state Senate’s vote to delay hefty raises for members of the governor’s cabinet. The Senate voted 63-2 Thursday to suspend the pay hikes Dayton granted to commissioners last month.

02/12/2015

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Ken Martin Re-Elected Chairman Of Minnesota DFL Party

Ken Martin has been re-elected to a third two-year term as chairman of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. The vote was unanimous at the party central committee meeting in Monticello on Saturday.

02/07/2015

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Vaccine Skeptics Find Unexpected Allies In Conservative GOP

As vaccine skeptics fight laws that would force more parents to inoculate their kids, they are finding unexpected allies in conservative Republicans. Though the stereotype of a vaccine skeptic is a coastal, back-to-the-land type, it’s generally been Democratic-controlled states that have tightened vaccination laws.

02/06/2015

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Senate Dems Expand Ed Focus To Counselors, Dual Credit

Democrats in the Minnesota Senate are expanding their focus on education. They want to increase school funding for counselors and programs that let high school students earn college credit.

02/04/2015

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Child Care Industry Cool To Free Preschool Push

Representatives of Minnesota’s child care industry say a push to fund all-day preschool will make their services more expensive.

01/21/2015

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Thissen: DFL Would Supply Votes For Mega-Transportation Plan

The top Minnesota House Democrat says it will take a long-term transportation funding plan with new revenue to win support from his side of the political aisle. Rep. Paul Thissen told reporters Friday that an initial proposal majority House Republicans have put on the table is “not adequate” for addressing the state’s road, bridge and mass transit needs.

01/16/2015

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Senate Democrats Seek $800M Per Year More For Transportation

Senate Democrats are releasing a transportation plan that spells out how they would pay for repairs and new construction for decades to come. The proposal being introduced Monday is likely to cover both the highway system and mass transit.

01/12/2015

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Tuition Breaks, Nursing Home Help Among Session’s 1st Bills

Free vocational college tuition for Minnesota high school graduates? Student-loan forgiveness for working in specialized fields or rural communities? Tax breaks for the mining and timber industries? A prohibition on performance bonuses for Minnesota health exchange executives?

01/08/2015

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Independence Party Demoted To Minor-Party Status In MN

The Independence Party is less mighty in the eyes of the state of Minnesota. The secretary of state’s office formally informed the party’s leader in a letter Tuesday that it has been downgraded from major- to minor-party status.

12/31/2014

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Shilling Takes Over As Wis. Senate Democratic Leader

Wisconsin Democrats reshuffled their legislative leadership on Tuesday, with a state senator from La Crosse taking over as minority leader in the Senate after Republicans increased their majority in last week’s election.

11/11/2014

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Cornish Weighs Challenge Of Walz In 2016

Republican State Rep. Tony Cornish says he may challenge recently re-elected U.S. Rep. Tim Walz in 2016. Cornish says he announced his possible plans early to gauge interest from the Republican Party and donors in running in the 1st District. He plans to make a final decision within a year or so.

11/07/2014

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Daudt, Dean Angle For Top Job In House

There will be competition among Republicans for who leads the party’s new House majority. Minority Leader Kurt Daudt of Crown and former Majority Leader Matt Dean of Dellwood both say they’re running to be House speaker when the Legislature returns to action. They are asking for support from the 72-member caucus, which meets Friday to pick its leadership.

11/05/2014

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Why Did Minnesota Buck The Republican-Leaning National Trend?

The day after the election was a great day for Republicans, except in Minnesota. Nationally, Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate and boosted their majority in the U.S. House. For the first time since President Obama took office, he will face a Congress with Republicans in control of both houses.

11/05/2014

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Franken Pledges To Work Across Party Lines

Re-elected U.S. Sen. Al Franken says he will continue working across party lines even as Democrats become the minority party in the Senate.

11/05/2014

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GOP Takes Control Of Minnesota House

Republicans have grabbed control of the Minnesota House and broken up the Democrats’ short run of one-party rule at the Capitol. House Speaker Paul Thissen conceded early Wednesday that Democrats had lost control of the chamber.

11/04/2014

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Democrats On Defensive In Battle For House Control

Control of the Minnesota House hinged Tuesday on fewer than two dozen races where loads of money fed fierce contests between the Democrats in charge and the Republicans looking to take over.

11/04/2014

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Franken Hopes For Easier Senate Path Against McFadden

Democratic Sen. Al Franken hoped to win a second term in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday more comfortably than he won his first. Franken’s victory by a mere 312 votes in a 2008 recount made him an alluring target for Republicans, who hoped to seize control of the Senate.

11/04/2014

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Minnesota Candidates Scrounge For Late Votes

The leading candidates for Minnesota’s top offices are spending the final campaign weekend giving pep talks to the party faithful knocking on doors and calling persuadable voters. Democratic Sen. Al Franken told canvassers in a St. Paul suburb that races are “won at the door” and says his 312-vote win six years ago proves nothing can be taken for granted.

11/01/2014

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GOP And Dems Dial, Drum Up Voters

In a cramped office tucked behind an old 10-cent general store, the voice of 10-year-old Parker Hall cuts through the hum of non-stop conversation. Fueled by bottles of Dr Pepper and a big bag of candy, he asks if he can count on a vote for GOP candidates. Then another call. And another. He’s at it for hours.

11/01/2014

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Politicians Hit Voters With Direct Mail With 1 Week Until Election Day

Minnesota is one week out from Election Day, and many political campaigns are going “old school.” Thousands of Minnesota mailboxes are filling up with campaign literature.

10/28/2014

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Democrats Have Money Edge For House Control Fight

Democrats seeking to maintain control of Minnesota’s House of Representatives have a hefty cash advantage heading into Election Day. Fundraising reports Tuesday show House Democrats’ campaign arm has more than $1 million on hand.

10/28/2014

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