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Fundraising Reports Set Tone For Battle Over LegislatureThe quest for cash is on in Minnesota's 2016 elections. New campaign finance reports released Tuesday show political groups and candidates have already socked away millions of dollars for the fight for control of the Legislature.
Control Of Minnesota House, Senate Up For Grabs In Upcoming ElectionThis fall, all 201 legislators in Minnesota are up for re-election. The fight for control of the state House and Senate will largely center on a handful of rural districts.
New & Old Hurdles On Lawmakers' 2016 AgendaA to-do list with items new and old will confront Minnesota's politicians in 2016, from spending down a hefty new budget surplus to facing voters in November.
A Reserved Tom Emmer Ends 1st Congressional YearWhen Tom Emmer burst — vociferously — onto Minnesota's political scene a decade ago, the Republican's style rocketed him through the state Legislature and brought him within a whisker of the governor's office. He retreated following that 2010 loss to conservative talk radio, but has been back at it as a congressman for the state's 6th District for a year.
Dayton: Bid For Gas Tax Is 'Dead'Gov. Mark Dayton says his bid for a gas tax increase for road projects likely is "dead" given an ample state budget surplus.
New Squabble Looms Over Minnesota Political Office SpaceAnother squabble is shaping up over offices for Minnesota politicians. The 83-year-old State Office Building that is the main workspace for 134 House members and their staffs is in need of more than $100 million in repairs, according to the agency that manages government properties.
New Laws Allow Experimental Drugs, Limit License Plate Readers & MoreStarting this weekend, some things are about to change in Minnesota.
Reality Check: Lobbyist Spending In Minnesota Minnesota lobbyists spent $70 million last year to influence state decision makers, according to a new report from the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. And so far in 2015, that trend is not slowing down.
Reports Offer Peek At State Capitol Lobbying In 2015 SessionMinnesota lawmakers dished out billions of dollars in a new budget assembled in a just-concluded legislative session. Groups spent millions lobbying for a slice or to alter policy sometimes closely tied to the state money.
1-Day Special Session To Be Held FridayMinnesota's legislative leaders have come to an agreement on a one-day special session.
Lawmakers Plan For Likely Friday Special Session On BudgetMinnesota lawmakers zeroed in Wednesday on a conclusion to their prolonged budget dispute, preparing for a special session by week's end to pass remaining bills. Legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton declared an end to their stalemate and set a hearing for Thursday on the final outstanding pieces of the state's budget. Dayton and top lawmakers alerted all legislators to be back in St. Paul for a one-day session that the governor will likely order for Friday.
Questions Of Timing, Votes Rise Up As Leaders Shape BudgetRank-and-file Minnesota legislators are clamoring for time to digest budget bills assembled in private before the Legislature returns for a quick special session.

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