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‘U Of M’ President Defends Spending, Calls WSJ Report Misleading

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler addressed state lawmakers Tuesday and defended the University against charges made by a national newspaper.

01/15/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Gun Sales Soar

As lawmakers in Washington discuss how to keep guns out of the hands of disturbed individuals, gun sales are setting records the New York Times reports.

01/12/2013

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U Of M Responds To Report Criticizing Its Spending

The University of Minnesota is now defending itself against allegations of wasteful spending.

01/11/2013

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‘Bloat’ Criticism Could Hurt University Of MN At Capitol

State budget leaders have a message for the University of Minnesota: The money won’t come easy.

01/10/2013

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Minn. Senate Leader Wants Higher Amendment Bar

Following the failure in November of two constitutional amendments championed largely by Republicans, DFL lawmakers now at the Capitol’s helm said Thursday they want to make it tougher to put such measures on the ballot.

01/10/2013

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Latest Deficit Will Drive Minn. Capitol Session

New year, new faces, same old challenge in the Minnesota Legislature: a state budget that’s out of whack.

01/03/2013

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Latest Deficit Will Drive Minn. Capitol Action

New year, new faces, same old challenge in the Minnesota Legislature: a state budget that’s out of whack.

01/03/2013

Obama Makes Statement On Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

House Won’t Vote Before Midnight On ‘Cliff’ Deal

The House will miss the midnight Monday deadline lawmakers set for voting to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”

12/31/2012

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Lawmakers Call For Hearing Into Minn. Orchestra Finances

When the Minnesota Orchestra got $14 million in taxpayer funds to renovate its Minneapolis concert hall, they vouched for its financial stability at the time, citing “three balanced budgets in a row.” Now, some lawmakers want a hearing to investigate whether that was truthful.

12/20/2012

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Minn. Lawmakers Ease Off Constitutional Changes

Democrats taking over the Minnesota Legislature are avoiding bold promises to change the state’s constitution after voters decisively rejected two Republican-backed amendments earlier this month.

11/18/2012

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Public Workers, Lawmakers In Heated Debate Over Raises At Capitol

A battle is underway at the State Capitol between public workers who say they need a raise and lawmakers who wonder if the state can afford it.

08/09/2012

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Minn. Lawmakers Defend Voter ID Measure Validity

Lawyers for the Minnesota Legislature argue that lawmakers deserve wide latitude to design constitutional ballot questions as they fight an attempt to scuttle a photo ID measure awaiting voters in November, according to new court papers.

06/27/2012

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Minn. Lawmakers To Hire Law Firm In Voter ID Case

Top Minnesota lawmakers have approved an $18,000 legal expense in a fight to preserve a constitutional amendment that would require voters to show a photo ID at the polls.

06/14/2012

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A To Z: Snapshot Of Minn. Legislature 2012 Session

Minnesota lawmakers quickly bolted for home after spending almost four months sparring over thousands of bills they introduced, debated and mostly shelved.

05/11/2012

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Vikings’ Contribution To Stadium At Issue In Minn.

Minnesota lawmakers working out a final Vikings stadium bill must decide how much money the team should put into the $975 million proposal.

05/09/2012

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On Eve Of Vote, Union Rallies In Support Of Vikes Stadium

Minnesota Vikings stadium enthusiasts are calling Monday’s vote “Game Day For Jobs.”

05/06/2012

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Stadium Vote Not 1st For Some Minn. Legislators

Stadium votes don’t run along party lines in the Minnesota Legislature and can be the most difficult — and visible — that lawmakers ever cast.

05/06/2012

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Minn. Legislature Struggles To Find Session’s End

The Minnesota Legislature will stick around into May to try to reach agreement on tax breaks, state-financed construction projects and a Minnesota Vikings stadium plan.

04/30/2012

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Minn. GOP Lawmakers Want Game-Linked Stadium Taxes

Some Republican lawmakers at Minnesota’s Capitol have found tax increases they could support. They’re proposing new taxes on the Minnesota Vikings and their fans to pay for the $1 billion stadium proposal moving at the Capitol.

04/26/2012

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Lawmakers Debate Ticket Scalping Bill At Capitol

The Minnesota legislature is wading into a national debate that many concert goers are already having: Should you be allowed to sell your Bruce Springsteen tickets for a profit?

03/27/2012

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Concordia Students Seek To Change ‘Legislator Immunity’

A group of college students is taking on what they see as a loophole in the state constitution. It’s referred to as “legislator immunity,” and essentially protects lawmakers from arrest during the legislative session.

03/13/2012

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Legacy Money Proposed For Minn. Capitol Work

Two proposals to renovate the Minnesota Capitol with money from the state’s Legacy Fund drew concern from some state lawmakers on Tuesday that such a plan would not survive a legal challenge.

03/13/2012

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Wis. Assembly To Take Up Abstinence Education Bill

Wisconsin lawmakers are taking on a bill that would make teaching about contraception optional in sex education curriculum around the state.

03/13/2012

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Minn. Lawmakers Drawing Up New Shutdown Rules

Having taken lumps over last summer’s government shutdown, Minnesota lawmakers are considering ways to take the sting out of any future budget standoffs.

03/06/2012

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Budget Forecast Will Set Up Rest Of Session

Minnesota lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton find out Wednesday whether the state checkbook will hold on to a small positive balance or drops back into deficit.

02/29/2012

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