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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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Lawmaker Wants Bust Of Late Rod Grams In Minnesota Capitol

A Republican lawmaker wants to install a bust of former U.S. Sen. Rod Grams in the Minnesota Capitol. Sen. Paul Gazelka of Nisswa’s bill is to be formally introduced Wednesday and would honor Grams, who died in 2013. Grams was a news anchor at KMSP-TV for nearly a decade before winning a congressional seat in 1992 as a Republican.

03/10/2015

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Republicans Continue School-Choice Focus At Capitol

Republicans are continuing their focus on school choice with a pair of proposals to help more families afford private school. Sen. David Senjem wants the state to set aside $80 million in tax credits for people and corporations that donate to scholarship funds.

03/09/2015

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Wisconsin Assembly Sends Right-To-Work Bill To Gov. Walker

Wisconsin lawmakers voted Friday to make their state the 25th to enact right-to-work legislation, pushing a fast-tracked bill through the Assembly after an overnight debate and sending it on to Gov. Scott Walker for his promised signature.

03/06/2015

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Dayton, Democrats Push Forward $10 Billion Transportation Proposal

Minnesota democrats are showing a united front in the push for a multi-billion dollar transportation project. Gov. Mark Dayton and top democrats want to raise the gas tax to pay for road and bridge improvements.

03/05/2015

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House GOP Walks Thin Line In Doling Out Budget Surplus

A projected $1.87 billion budget surplus puts majority House Republicans in a game of tug-of-war — not just with Democrats who control the rest of state government, but within their own party’s competing and sometimes conflicting priorities over how much should be spent versus returned to taxpayers.

03/01/2015

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Senate Republicans Outbid Governor In Education Wish List

Republicans in the Minnesota Senate want to spend more money on education than the state’s Democratic governor does. Sen. Sean Nienow says the Republican proposal would total around $450 million in extra school funding over the next two years.

02/24/2015

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GOP Restart Wage Debate With Talk Of Tips

House Republicans are reigniting a debate over the minimum wage with a move to exempt some servers, bartenders and other tipped workers from future hikes. Legislators passed a law last year bumping the state’s minimum wage up to $9.50 hourly by 2016.

02/23/2015

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Dayton: ‘I Can Live With’ Cuts To Agency Budgets Over Pay

Gov. Mark Dayton says he “can live with” a GOP move to modestly trim budgets of a few state agencies in response to raises he granted department commissioners.

02/12/2015

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Wisconsin Gov. Walker ‘Punts’ On Question About Evolution

It ought to be the friendliest of soil for White House hopefuls looking to pad the resume with a little foreign policy experience: a trip to the United Kingdom. So far, however, the trips to England have been anything but merry for several prospective GOP candidates.

02/12/2015

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Dayton, Republicans At Odds Over Cabinet Raises

Gov. Mark Dayton regards stinging criticism from legislative Republican over his raises for agency commissioners as being done out of revenge. Dayton lashed out Wednesday over the GOP’s attention to recently announced raises, which were authorized by lawmakers in 2013.

02/11/2015

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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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Minnesota GOP To Pay $26K Fine Over Fed Reporting Issue

The Republican Party of Minnesota has agreed to pay a $26,000 fine to settle federal campaign finance reporting violations. The Federal Election Commission accepted the agreement earlier this month. According to the FEC, former Minnesota GOP chairman Tony Sutton would keep some invoices in his office.

01/29/2015

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GOP Lawmakers: Dayton’s $42B Budget Too Big

Minnesota Republicans say Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed $42 billion budget is too large. House Speaker Kurt Daudt declined Tuesday to put a number on how much smaller the state’s two-year budget should be.

01/27/2015

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