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7 Minnesota Legislators Score Free Election Pass

Election Day came five months early for seven incumbents in the Minnesota Legislature. Six Republicans and one Democrat didn’t attract any opponents by Tuesday’s candidate filing deadline. Barring a write-in effort or a shocking turn of events, they’ll be assured new two-year terms that begin in January.

06/04/2014

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Inside The Razor Wire, Part 4: Lawmakers & The MN Sex Offender Program

Minnesota lawmakers have a difficult job ahead. They must decide what to do about the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, now that a federal judge has ruled that it is broken and in need of repair.

03/06/2014

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2-25-14 The Morning Take With Blois Olson On The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Day one of the 2014 session is here. Listen to Blois preview the session by clicking the link above!

02/25/2014

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Top Minn. Legislators Pledge Boost In Minimum Wage

Democrats who lead the Minnesota Legislature left no doubt Wednesday that a minimum wage increase of some kind will prevail in the upcoming session.

02/19/2014

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Minn. Lawmakers Try For Handle On Synthetic Drugs

Minnesota state legislators are struggling with how to craft new laws that would effectively combat the growing use of synthetic drugs. Several state House committees met Wednesday to strategize how to address problem that medical and law enforcement officials say is rapidly getting worse.

10/09/2013

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MN Private Schools At Odds With Anti-Bullying Bill

Some Minnesota Catholic schools are now urging parents not to support an anti-bullying bill at the State Capitol, concerned over the cost of it, and the bill’s apparent lack of input from private schools.

03/27/2013

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Pay Hikes Suggested For Minn. Government Leaders

Recommendations slated for action Monday call for the first salary hikes for Minnesota’s governor and legislators since the late 1990s, as well as a substantial restructuring of how top state agency managers are paid.

03/10/2013

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Minn. Lawmaker Disclosure Leaves Plenty In Dark

A quarter of the Minnesota Legislature has submitted economic disclosure statements that offer the public few or no details about the source of their outside income.

01/07/2013

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Beer Finally Flows At TCF Bank Stadium

Beer and wine went on sale for the first time at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday. Ever since the Gophers moved into “The Bank,” alcohol has been off limits.

09/08/2012

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Talking Points: Dicey Political Landscape Over Vikes Stadium

Among the more controversial statements on the stadium all week was one made by House Speaker Kurt Zellers on KFAN radio where he said he hoped the stadium bill passed but he planned to vote against it.

05/06/2012

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No Floor Sessions On Tap At Capitol

Minnesota legislators have no floor sessions scheduled Wednesday, leaving the field clear for high-level talks between Gov. Mark Dayton and leaders on the key issues standing in the way of a session finish.

05/02/2012

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MN Senate Committee Votes To Change Legislative Immunity

A Minnesota Senate Committee voted Thursday to change a law that’s been in effect for more than 150 years, and it’s one you might not have heard about: It gives lawmakers immunity from arrest during the legislative session.

03/22/2012

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Reality Check: Certain Lawmakers Give Up Their Paychecks

Another step backwards for Minnesota lawmakers trying to negotiate a budget deal to end the government shutdown, now in it’s sixth day.

07/06/2011

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Dayton, GOP Leaders To Meet For More Budget Talks

Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders met for another unproductive budget negotiation as hopes fade for heading off a state government shutdown on July 1.

06/08/2011

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Good Question: ‘Reply All’ To Your Good Questions

There’s no real movement on budget talks with the governor and legislative Republicans, which probably means a special session.

05/20/2011

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