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Millions Pumping Through Minn. Campaign Stream

Millions of campaign dollars already are coursing through the Minnesota campaign system, which should leave no shortage of biting commercials on television and brochures in mailboxes attempting to sway voters.

17 hours ago

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Children Of Military Service Members Honored At State Capitol

April is the month to take extra time to honor the families of our military service members — specifically, their children. Tuesday is National Purple Up Day, a still-growing celebration that has only been around for four years now.

20 hours ago

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Seeking Re-Election, Dayton Has $733K At The Ready

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s re-election campaign is off to a measured fundraising pace for the year, taking in about $189,000 from January through March.

04/14/2014

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Dayton Signs Minimum Wage Boost Into Law

Gov. Mark Dayton is capping a push to raise Minnesota’s minimum wage with a ceremony to sign the bill doing just that. Dayton planned to turn the bill into law Monday afternoon in the Capitol Rotunda.

04/14/2014

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Gov. Dayton Prepared To Sign Minimum Wage Bill

Gov. Mark Dayton plans to sign the minimum wage bill into law on Monday, bringing one of the country’s lowest rates to one of the highest in the nation.

04/13/2014

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Senate Panel’s Medical Pot Hearing To Be Continued

Medical marijuana has not yet been snuffed out in Minnesota. Sen. Scott Dibble, a Minneapolis Democrat, took up the gauntlet Gov. Mark Dayton threw down this week when he dared legislators to vote on the proposal if they felt they could pass it, declining to say if he would veto it.

04/10/2014

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Minnesota Lawmakers Boost Minimum Wage To $9.50

Minnesota lawmakers are prepared for the final vote on a bill significantly boosting the minimum wage. House approval Thursday would send the bill to Gov. Mark Dayton, who supports the plan to raise the wage to $9.50 by 2016.

04/10/2014

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Dayton Approves Tougher Anti-Bullying Law

The Minnesota House voted early Wednesday to pass a bill aimed at strengthening the state’s anti-bullying law, sending the measure to Gov. Mark Dayton to sign. After nearly 12 hours of debate, the House passed the bill on a 69-63 vote that fell mostly along party lines.

04/09/2014

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Minnesota Minimum Wage Rise Nears Approval

The bill ushering in one of the nation’s highest minimum wages is hitting the Minnesota Senate floor and could reach Gov. Mark Dayton by week’s end.

04/09/2014

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Legislative Auditor Plans Extensive MNsure Review

Minnesota’s legislative auditor says he plans to conduct a comprehensive review of the troubled launch of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange. Jim Nobles told a MNsure oversight panel on Wednesday that his review will look at problems that plagued the exchange website in its early days.

04/09/2014

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As Senate Approves Budget, Dayton Urges Restraint

Minnesota senators are set to vote on a spending plan that devotes more money to preschool programs, financial aid for college students and allowances for caregivers for the disabled and elderly. The plan to be debated Tuesday would draw the money from the remaining state budget surplus.

04/08/2014

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Dayton Accuses MNsure’s GOP Critics Of ‘Farce’

Gov. Mark Dayton has lashed out at critics of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, accusing them of waging a propaganda campaign to destroy it. The Democratic governor spoke to reporters after GOP members of a legislative oversight committee said they wanted to use a hearing Wednesday to raise questions about the troubled launch of MNsure last October.

04/08/2014

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Possible Vote On Minn. Medical Marijuana Delayed

A possible Minnesota House vote on legalizing medical marijuana has been delayed for a couple of weeks. Republican Rep. Pat Garofalo of Farmington was hoping to attach an amendment that would legalize medical marijuana to a separate health bill. But that bill has been pulled from Wednesday’s docket until after the Legislature’s Passover/Easter break that begins the next day.

04/08/2014

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Advocates Of Medical Marijuana Continue To Ask Gov. To Reconsider

Advocates of medical marijuana aren’t giving up at the State Capitol, despite opposition from Gov. Mark Dayton. A bill to legalize medical marijuana is stalled at the legislature, but supporters — including mothers of sick children — are asking the governor to reconsider.

04/03/2014

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Dayton Declines To Take Stance On Lottery Curbs

Gov. Mark Dayton says he hasn’t formed a position on a bill that would bar the Minnesota Lottery from selling tickets over the Internet. Dayton said Wednesday that he will seek input from supporters and opponents as the bill progresses.

04/02/2014

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