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GOP Field Taking Shape In Open 6th District Race

One possible Republican candidate for Michele Bachmann’s congressional seat is taking herself out of the running while another gets ready to announce his plans. Bachmann’s surprise decision not to seek reelection started a scramble among possible Republican successors.

06/03/2013

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Jim Graves Drops Out Of Race In 6th Congressional District

The Democrat gearing up for a rematch against U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann suspended his campaign Friday, proclaiming success in his goal to oust the polarizing conservative from Congress two days after she announced she wouldn’t seek re-election.

05/31/2013

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Graves On Bachmann Decision: ‘She Read The Tea Leaves’

Rep. Michele Bachmann’s announcement that she won’t seek a fifth term has her most recent opponent saying that she “read the tea leaves,” in an apparent reference to her Tea Party ties.

05/29/2013

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Minn. Senate Leader: Minimum Wage Hike Unlikely

The state Senate majority leader says a proposed increase in the state minimum wage is not likely to happen this session because Democrats in the House and Senate can’t agree how much to raise it. Sen. Tom Bakk says Thursday there are not enough votes among Senate Democrats.

05/16/2013

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Ballot Results Were No Predictor Of House Marriage Vote

A quarter of Minnesota House members wound up voting a personal preference on legalizing gay marriage rather than following results of last November’s ballot measure. Thursday’s 75-59 vote saw Republicans and Democrats defy the fall outcome on the constitutional amendment in their district.

05/10/2013

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Sales Tax On Clothing Still ‘On The Table’

With ten days to go in the 2013 session, DFL legislative leaders held budget talks with Governor Mark Dayton Friday to hammer out their differences on tax and budget issues, including a Senate proposal to extend the state’s sale tax to clothing.

05/10/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Clothing Sales Tax On The Table

Gov. Mark Dayton initially proposed taxing Minnesota clothing sales that were more than $100. After protests he had to pull that off the table.

05/04/2013

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DFL Swing Vote On Gay Marriage To Support Bill

A freshman Democratic state representative from a socially conservative district said Friday that he’d support the bill to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota, a key pickup for supporters as votes on the issue get closer at the Capitol.

05/03/2013

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House DFLer Blasts Speaker For Dropping Gun Bill

The DFL state representative who pushed expanded background checks for Minnesota gun buyers said Thursday that he’s angry with his fellow Democrat, House Speaker Paul Thissen, for shelving the bill this year.

05/02/2013

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Reality Check: Beer Tax Claims Of House Democrats

Minnesota House Democrats this week voted to raise the excise tax on beer, claiming it will raise the price only 7 cents a bottle.

04/26/2013

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Minn. House Backs Abortion Clinic Licensing, Fee

The Minnesota House has voted to require clinics that perform abortions to pay new yearly license fees and undergo special inspections.

04/22/2013

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Dayton Announces Re-Election Bid, Strikes Back At Attack Ads

Governor Dayton’s call to arms comes after a business group started running television ads that his claims contains “smears” and “lies.”

04/12/2013

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Minn. House Democrats To Release K-12 Priorities

Minnesota House Democrats are planning to reveal their spending priorities for Minnesota’s public schools.

04/09/2013

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John Williams 2013 Bracket Challenge! “Most Important Historical Political Figure In Minnesota History. ” FINAL FOUR!

It’s Final Four Weekend for John’s 2013 Bracket! Click the link and cast your vote!

03/28/2013

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John Williams Bracket Challenge For 2013-MOST IMPORTANT POLITICAL FIGURE IN MINNESOTA-Opening Round Ventura Bracket.

The Former Governor, Jesse Ventura is the #1 Seed in this regional.

03/18/2013

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Dayton Ready To Drop Minnesota Sales Tax Overhaul

After taking a lot of heat from the business community, Gov. Mark Dayton is dropping one of his sales tax proposals.

03/08/2013

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DFL Lawmakers Revive Child Care Unionization

Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill Monday calling for a union election. It would give Minnesota child care providers a chance to vote on whether to form a union.

02/25/2013

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Dayton Must Sell Sales Tax Change To Fellow DFLers

State Rep. Ben Lien is a freshman Democrat from Moorhead, where clothing merchants enjoy an advantage over competitors in Fargo just across the river because Minnesota doesn’t have a sales tax on apparel.

01/23/2013

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Bill Aims To Stamp Out Minn. Puppy Mills

Animal protection groups are pushing Minnesota lawmakers to implement a new state regulatory process for dog and cat breeders aimed at rooting out puppy mills that occasionally make headlines with horrific stories of animal mistreatment.

01/18/2013

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Minneapolis DFLer Seeks Nellie Stone Johnson Bust

A Minneapolis state legislator wants a bust of a Minnesota civil rights pioneer at the State Capitol. State Rep. Joe Mullery has introduced a bill seeking to bestow the honor on Nellie Stone Johnson.

01/11/2013

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Minn. Session Open Hints At Priorities, Discord

The Minnesota Legislature dropped the gavel Tuesday on a new session and a new order, with Democrats in full control for the first time in a generation.

01/08/2013

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Rep. Peterson Calls Fiscal Cliff Deal ‘A Joke’

A conservative Blue Dog Democrat from Minnesota who broke ranks with most members of his party by voting against a bill to avert the so-called fiscal cliff said Wednesday it fails to cut spending enough and won’t prevent another political showdown.

01/02/2013

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DFL Executive Director Arrested On Suspicion Of DWI

The executive director of the Minnesota DFL is in jail Monday, accused of driving under the influence over the weekend.

12/17/2012

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