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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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Things To Know As Lawmakers Return

An altered power structure, new faces, old fights and an unrecognizable Capitol building will shape the Legislature’s 2015 session.

01/04/2015

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After Poor Primary Turnout, June Talk Resurfaces

Dismal turnout in another August primary election has rekindled talk of shifting future ones forward to June.

12/30/2014

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Teacher Seniority Headlines GOP’s Education Plans

A retired English teacher will help set Republicans’ agenda for making changes to the state’s schools. Rep. Sondra Erickson, a Princeton Republican who retired from teaching in 2000, said school districts have been dizzied by new rules and policies after three elections that shifted control of state government.

12/21/2014

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Teacher Seniority Headlines GOP’s Education Plans

A retired English teacher will help set Republicans’ agenda for making changes to the state’s schools. Rep. Sondra Erickson, a Princeton Republican who retired from teaching in 2000, said school districts have been dizzied by new rules and policies after three elections that shifted control of state government.

12/20/2014

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County GOP Official Resigns After Muslim Remarks

The Republican party county chair who came under fire for comments about Muslims on his Facebook page has resigned. Big Stone County GOP Chair Jack Whitley called Muslims “parasites” and wrote “FRAG ‘EM!” when they travel to Mecca, slang for a fragmentation hand grenade. Those comments were condemned by Muslim community leaders and GOP party Chairman Keith Downey.

11/28/2014

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Split State Power Tempers GOP’s Health Care Plans

After two years of vilifying the federal health overhaul and the state’s health insurance exchange, Minnesota Republicans face Democratic opposition in the Senate and governor’s office that will scale back their hopes for a wholesale makeover.

11/27/2014

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Minnesota Voters Turn In Lowest Turnout Since 1986

The fall election produced Minnesota’s lowest voter turnout since 1986, according to results certified Tuesday. Final figures for this November’s election put participation at 50.5 percent of eligible voters. That’s the smallest percentage since 48 percent voted in the 1986 election.

11/25/2014

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County GOP Official Calls Muslims ‘Parasites’ On Facebook

The chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota is condemning comments about Muslims a county GOP chair made on his Facebook page. Big Stone County GOP Chair Jack Whitley called Muslims “parasites” and wrote “FRAG ‘EM!” when they travel to Mecca, slang for a fragmentation hand grenade.

11/20/2014

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GOP House Structure Leans Rural

Republicans taking over the state House are forming committees that emphasize their rural/urban split with Democrats. The GOP reduced the number of committees overall even as it added new panels to focus on mining policy and jobs in greater Minnesota.

11/18/2014

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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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For GOP And Dems, Elections Are A Geography Lesson

uesday’s election exposed electoral challenges for both Democrats and Republicans moving forward. Democrats suffered all but one of their majority-costing statehouse losses in districts outside the Twin Cities and their suburbs.

11/08/2014

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Rep. Daudt Says Speaker Role His ‘Greatest Honor’

The one-time car salesman from Crown became the GOP’s most powerful leader after taking Republicans from minority status to a 72-seat majority in the Minnesota House. Rep. Kurt Daudt, 41, becomes the second-most powerful politician in Minnesota, behind Gov. Mark Dayton. “It is the greatest honor of my life to be elected to be the next speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives,” Daudt said.

11/07/2014

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Things To Know About House Speaker-Elect Daudt

Five things to know about Rep. Kurt Daudt, who was picked Friday by the newly crowned GOP majority to be House speaker:

11/07/2014

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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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11-Seat Gain Gives GOP Some House Breathing Room

Minnesota House Republicans will come into next year’s legislative session with a majority and a tiny bit of breathing room.

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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Johnson Wishes Dayton Well After Falling Short

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson says he’s wishing the victor, Democratic incumbent Mark Dayton, success because he wants Minnesota to succeed. Johnson lost his bid Tuesday to oust Dayton after a single term.

11/04/2014

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McFadden Touts Party’s Progress In Loss

GOP U.S. Senate hopeful Mike McFadden says Minnesota’s Republican party is in better shape than two years ago, despite his loss to Sen. Al Franken.

11/04/2014

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US Rep. Collin Peterson Survives Re-Election Fight

Minnesota’s most senior member of Congress, Collin Peterson, has won his 13th term. Voters in western Minnesota’s 7th District are sending Democrat Collin Peterson back to Washington after he withstood a vigorous challenge from GOP state Sen. Torrey Westrom.

11/04/2014

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DFLer Walz Re-Elected To Congress In Southern Minn.

Democratic Rep. Tim Walz has won a fifth term in Congress in southern Minnesota’s 1st District, defeating Blue Earth businessman Jim Hagedorn.

11/04/2014

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Minnesota Democratic Gov. Dayton Wins Second Term

Democrat Mark Dayton won a second term Tuesday as Minnesota governor in the capstone race of his long political career. He defeated Republican challenger Jeff Johnson, a Hennepin County commissioner who portrayed Dayton as having been around too long and bungling several issues while in office.

11/04/2014

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Democratic US Rep. Betty McCollum Wins 8th Term

Democratic U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum has won an 8th term in Minnesota’s east metro 4th District. McCollum defeated the Republican candidate, attorney Sharna Wahlgren, and Independence Party candidate Dave Thomas, an Iraq War veteran.

11/04/2014

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GOP’s Paulsen Re-Elected To Congress In Suburbs

Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen has won a fourth term representing Minnesota’s west suburban 3rd District.

11/04/2014

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Kline Wins 7th Term In Southern Minnesota Seat

GOP Rep. John Kline has won his 7th term in Congress despite a well-known comedian’s intervention in the race.

11/04/2014

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