4 Things To Know: POTUS To Meet Calif. Victims, BLM Plans MOA Protest & MoreFrom President Obama meeting the San Bernardino victims to another protest planned for the Mall of America next week, here are the four stories to know for Friday, Dec. 18.
House Candidate Ends Campaign After Tweeting 'ISIS Isn’t Necessarily Evil'A Democratic candidate for the state Legislature is quitting his campaign after tweeting this weekend that "ISIS isn’t necessarily evil."
Fierce Legislative Campaigns Expected Statewide In 2016With the November 2016 elections just one year away, Republicans, Democrats and outside groups are preparing for expensive battles over state legislative seats. Increasing activity by independent groups could push next year's campaign fundraising totals past those of previous election cycles.
Small Slices Of Minnesota's Budget Coming Together In DealLegislative leaders say they're making slow but steady progress on hammering out a deal for the state's next budget. Top House and Senate lawmakers were expected to resume private negotiations at Gov. Mark Dayton's residence Thursday with the goal of passing a budget by Monday's deadline. The two sides have met for hours every day this week but said little about the content of those talks.
Long Talks In Private, Silence In Public Feed Budget HopesDiscussions over how to spend $40 billion-plus of Minnesota taxpayer money have reached a sensitive phase where negotiators are keeping mum about the headway they're making. With less than a week to get an on-time budget passed, leading House Republicans and Senate Democrats were expected back at Gov. Mark Dayton's official residence Wednesday for a fresh round of talks.
Senate Fills In Bubble For Early Voting, House Not On BoardMinnesota state senators have filled in the bubble for early voting.
Senate Cues Up Clash On Body Cameras, License Plate ReadersMinnesota's Senate is setting up a clash with the House over body cameras and license plate readers.
Schools, Families Decry House & Senate Education BudgetsSchools and families are joining Minnesota's governor to say House and Senate education budget proposals are too small. Both the GOP-led House and DFL-controlled Senate would increase education spending.
House, Senate Move To Provide Help To Idled Taconite WorkersA measure that has won initial backing of Minnesota House and Senate lawmakers would ensure that Iron Range taconite workers are eligible for unemployment benefits when several plants are idled in coming months.
House Backs Higher Fine For Texting-While-Driving OffensesSerial offenders of Minnesota's prohibition on texting while driving could soon face steeper fines.
Minnesota House Passes GOP Funding Plan For Road FixesA 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.
Minn. House Approves Series Of Gun Rights BillsThe Minnesota House approved Thursday a series of gun rights bills, including one that allows legal gun permit holders to automatically carry guns inside and around the State Capitol building.

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