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Reality Check: Minnesota Governors And Their Vetoes

Gov. Mark Dayton’s controversial veto this week of the Republican second tax bill still has some GOP lawmakers fuming. It was the latest in an unusually high number of vetoes. But is Dayton that much different than previous governors? Here’s Pat Kessler’s Reality Check.



Former Gov. Jesse Ventura Releases New Book

Just in time for the 2012 election campaign, a political guide from a former Minnesota governor.



Wisconsin Governor Releases Better 2011 Jobs Data

Republican Gov. Scott Walker released better 2011 jobs figures on Wednesday in an attempt to rebuff a central argument of those trying to recall him from office that Wisconsin’s economy has suffered under his leadership.


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Gov. Mark Dayton On WCCO Morning News

Gov. Mark Dayton joined Dave Lee on the WCCO Morning News to preview today’s stadium debate in the House of Representatives at the State Capitol.


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Wisconsin Governor Raises $13 Million In Recall

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has raised more than $13 million in three months for a recall election, a jaw-dropping feat that easily shattered the fundraising record he set last year.


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Dayton Report Shows $83K Raised So Far In ’12

Gov. Mark Dayton has released his fundraising to date for 2012 showing he collected almost $83,000 and spent about $63,000 of it, leaving about $20,000 in the bank.


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Pawlenty Closes Books On Campaign Debt

Former GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty has wiped away the last of his campaign debt.


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Minn. Senate Sends Teacher Testing Bill To Gov.

The Senate has sent Gov. Mark Dayton a bill requiring teachers to pass a skills test.


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Dayton To Deliver State Of The State In Feb.

Gov. Mark Dayton will deliver his second State of the State address on the evening of Feb. 15 in the Minnesota House chamber.


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Vikings’ Wilf ‘Optimistic’ About Metrodome Site

Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said Wednesday that the team wants a new stadium in the Twin Cities, even if it means building on the current site of the Metrodome.


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Dayton To Release Construction Project Wish-List

Gov. Mark Dayton plans to unveil a list of construction projects he’ll ask the Legislature to pay for using proceeds from the sale of state bonds.


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Dayton Gets 9 Stadium Proposals — With Different Ideas

Gov. Mark Dayton asked Minnesotans for stadium ideas — and that’s exactly what he got.


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Former SD Gov. Bill Janklow Dead At 72

As governor of South Dakota for 16 years, Bill Janklow was always in a hurry — pushing lawmakers to approve his proposals and racing to disaster sites to take charge. His need for speed also likely played a role in his one regret: the 2003 fatal traffic accident that landed him in jail and ended his political career.


Lucas Daniel Sigfrid Killed In Washington Helicopter Crash

Dayton Orders Flags At Half-Staff For MN Soldier

Flags around the state will fly at half-staff Thursday in honor of a fallen soldier from Minnesota.


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Wis. Gov. To Headline Conservative Conference

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at a national conference for conservatives in February.


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Crew To Cut Official Governor’s Christmas Tree

A crew will head into the Chengwatana State Forest east of Pine City to cut down a 50-foot balsam fir that will grace the Governor’s Residence in St. Paul this holiday season.


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Recall Effort Against Wis. Gov. Walker Begins

The clock is ticking for opponents of Republican Gov. Scott Walker who are hoping to force a recall election next year and are spurred by anger over his successful push to take away nearly all collective bargaining rights from most public workers.


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Governor Dayton Talks Stadium, Budgets, Re-election

Governor Mark Dayton joined Dave Lee on the WCCO Morning News Monday. The Governor talked about the outline for a Viking stadium deal that he is hoping will be done by the end of February.


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Dayton: Lawmakers Need To Step Up On Stadium

There’s frustration at the Capitol over a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. Gov. Mark Dayton is accusing key lawmakers of dragging their feet.


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Dayton Heads To D.C. For Meeting Of Governors

Gov. Mark Dayton is in Washington for meetings related to his service on the National Governors Association Executive Committee.


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Dayton, Lawmakers Leave St. Paul To Focus On Jobs

Gov. Mark Dayton and key Republican lawmakers are getting around the state as they focus on creating jobs.


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Pawlenty Reinserting Himself Into Political Debate

For the first time since he dropped out of the presidential race, Tim Pawlenty is reemerging in the public.


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Dayton Launches Jobs Tour In Fergus Falls

Gov. Mark Dayton begins a statewide jobs tour in Fergus Falls on Wednesday.


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Gov. Dayton Promotes Aide To Serve As Top Lawyer

Gov. Mark Dayton has promoted an assistant chief of staff to be his new top lawyer.


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Ventura Says He’s Up For Playing Movie Governor

Jesse Ventura thinks his time as Minnesota’s governor makes an acting role as Indiana’s governor not much of a stretch.