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Final Push To Avert Special Session Stalled, Top GOPer Says

A top House Republican says lawmakers offered another $100 million for public schools in an effort to head off Gov. Mark Dayton’s looming veto on an education budget.

05/19/2015

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Andrew Zimmern Pitches ‘Snowbate’ Tax Renewal At Capitol

Minnesota lawmakers got a visit Wednesday from a well-known celebrity chef and food writer lobbying to save the “Snowbate” tax credit for production companies. Andrew Zimmern greeted House members, some of whom took selfies with the famous chef.

05/06/2015

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GOP Senators Grill Commissioner Over MNsure, Nonprofit Woes

Senate Republicans are putting pressure on one of Gov. Mark Dayton’s commissioners. Mike Rothman has served as commissioner of the Department of Commerce since 2011.

04/30/2015

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House Passes Budget That Cuts MinnesotaCare

House Republicans put a health care program for tens of thousands of low-income Minnesotans on the chopping block as the centerpiece of a budget bill that aims to put up half of the $2 billion in tax relief GOP lawmakers hope to offer.

04/29/2015

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GOP’s Attempt To End MNsure Fails In Senate

An attempt to dismantle the Minnesota health insurance exchange failed to get enough votes at the State Capitol Friday. The Democratic-led Minnesota Senate defeated the attempt by Republicans to get rid of MNsure via a budget bill.

04/25/2015

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House GOP Finalizing Bid In Education Funding Debate

Republicans in the Minnesota House are firming up their stance on one of the session’s biggest issues: education. A floor session on the GOP’s education budget was expected to last hours Saturday. The House would spend about $157 million more on schools and families over the next two years. The bulk of that is in money districts can use however they like.

04/25/2015

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GOP Takes On Government, Campaign Finance Rules In Budget

House Republicans are staking out their boldest budget stance yet. The House was set to take up a bill funding state government Friday with a final vote expected hours later.

04/24/2015

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Senate Rejects Fee, Inspection Rule For Abortion Clinics

Minnesota senators have turned back a measure that would have led to twice yearly inspections and $10,200 licensing fees for clinics that provide 10 or more abortions per month. Friday’s 32-29 vote establishes a chamber position as senators head into budget negotiations with the Republican-led House.

04/24/2015

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Wis. Gov. Scott Walker Makes Unannounced Visit To Minn. Capitol

Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker spent Thursday in his neighboring state. The potential Republican presidential candidate had three private events, including an unannounced visit to the State Capitol for a meeting with Republican state lawmakers.

04/23/2015

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Minnesota House Passes GOP Funding Plan For Road Fixes

A 10-year, $7 billion plan for Minnesota road-and-bridge construction has the GOP-led House on a different course than Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton for solving a top issue for both parties this legislative session.

04/21/2015

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Minnesota House To Vote On GOP Funding Plan For Road Fixes

The Minnesota House was going on record about how to pour billions more into road and bridge construction. A Republican-crafted proposal to direct $7 billion to projects over the next decade was slated for a vote Tuesday. As drafted, it would redirect existing taxes on auto parts, vehicle leases and car rentals to construction and borrow billions more.

04/21/2015

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House Republicans Unveil Tax Relief Plan

Republicans in the state House unveiled a sweeping tax relief package Monday they hope will mean lower taxes for more than 2 million Minnesotans.

04/20/2015

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House GOP Adds Broadband Funding To Budget Proposal

Republicans in the Minnesota House have carved out space in their budget to improve internet service in greater Minnesota.

04/17/2015

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House GOP Plan Would Wipe Out Campaign Spending Limits

Minnesota House Republicans are proposing to significantly alter state campaign finance law as part of a budget plan. A component of the majority party’s budget plan released Tuesday would repeal Minnesota’s program that makes candidates eligible for campaign subsidies if they abide by spending limits.

04/14/2015

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House GOP Moves To Cut Met Council Chair’s Pay In Half

House Republicans are moving to cut the Metropolitan Council chairman’s salary in half, a top GOP lawmaker told The Associated Press, a jab at Gov. Mark Dayton over a pay increase they believe went beyond the terms of a deal on commissioner salaries.

04/14/2015

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Bid To Cut Local Government Aid Would Spare Rochester

Rochester would get a reprieve under a House Republican’s bill to cut state payments to Minnesota’s largest cities. GOP lawmakers have long taken issue with big local government aid to Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth and Rochester.

04/09/2015

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North Dakota Governor Wants Ban On Gay Discrimination

North Dakota’s Republican governor on Thursday said state lawmakers missed an opportunity to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination when they failed for the third time in six years to pass a measure that would prohibit bias in housing and employment based on sexual orientation.

04/03/2015

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Michele Bachmann Compares Obama To Germanwings Pilot On Facebook

Michele Bachmann did not seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, but she is still offering her thoughts on the political scene via her verified Facebook account. One of her most recent posts compared the performance of President Barack Obama to that of the pilot who authorities believe deliberately crashed Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps last week.

04/01/2015

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Walker’s ‘Big Announcement’ Turns Out To Be Badger Backing

Gov. Scott Walker’s promise of a “big announcement” on April Fool’s Day turned out to have nothing to do with presidential politics.

04/01/2015

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House Budget Calls For Tax Cuts, Slimming On Human Services

Minnesota’s top Republican leaders proposed Tuesday a budget that includes $2 billion in tax cuts.

03/24/2015

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Minnesota Republicans Stake Out $7B Plan For Roads, Bridges

Minnesota House and Senate Republicans are ready to release a transportation plan they’ll push as an alternative to a hefty proposal offered by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.

03/23/2015

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Minimum Wage Debate Heats Up On House Floor

It’s time to talk about the minimum wage again. The Republican-controlled House was expected to take up a bill Monday afternoon that would allow employers to pay tipped staff $8 hourly if tips bring their pay above $12 an hour.

03/23/2015

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Dayton To Lawmakers On MNsure: ‘Look Before You Leap’

Gov. Mark Dayton says Republican lawmakers pushing major changes to the state’s health insurance exchange should look before they leap. That’s why the Democratic governor has proposed creating a task force to study the future of MNsure and health care in Minnesota.

03/17/2015

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Few Top GOP Officials Back Same-Sex Marriage At High Court

The partisan divide over same-sex marriage among top elected officials remains stark, with Democrats overwhelmingly on record in favor and Republicans mostly silent so far.

03/15/2015

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MN GOP Rolls Out Surplus Refund Ad Campaign

A new state Republican Party television ad is advocating a full return of Minnesota’s $1.87 billion projected surplus to taxpayers, which is more than majority House Republicans have embraced. Party Chairman Keith Downey framed the “give it all back” rallying cry as a starting point.

03/10/2015

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