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Dayton Foreshadows $750M Minn. Construction Plan

Upgrades for regional civic centers, construction at the Minneapolis Veterans Home and another phase of the Capitol renovation will all be part of a borrow-to-build package Gov. Mark Dayton intends to release next week.

03/12/2013

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Same-Sex Marriage Bill Announced At MN Capitol

With supporters calling it a “historic” day, Minnesota lawmakers unveiled a bill to legalize gay marriage.

02/27/2013

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MN GOP Lawmakers Speak Out Against Gay Marriage

A group of Republican lawmakers are calling for the defeat of a bill to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota.

02/27/2013

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Gun Advocates Rally In St. Paul

Thousands of Minnesota gun advocates joined nationwide rallies in support of gun rights.

01/19/2013

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More No-Smoking Drama Coming To Minn. Capitol

The curtain could soon fall on smoking as part of theatrical productions in Minnesota. A state senator wants to outlaw actors from puffing away as part of plays.

01/17/2013

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Panel Urges More Guards At Minn. Capitol Complex

An advisory task force has forwarded proposed legislation to Minnesota lawmakers that would dramatically expand the Capitol complex security force.

01/07/2013

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New Fees Could Fall On Minn. Lobbyists, Candidates

A Minnesota campaign finance oversight board is weighing whether to impose new fees on lobbyists, candidates and political parties to address budget strains within the regulatory agency.

12/10/2012

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Minn. May See Bulk-Up Of Capitol Security Force

A state panel is readying recommendations for firming up Minnesota Capitol safety that include a near-doubling of troopers and security officers to watch over the seat of government and 16 area buildings.

11/30/2012

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Clinton To Help Dedicate Minn. Statue For Humphrey

Former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Walter Mondale plan to pay tribute to another Democratic icon, Hubert Humphrey, by dedicating a statue in his honor on the Minnesota Capitol lawn.

07/24/2012

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Mood Acrimonious As Vikings Stadium Talks Continue

Gov. Mark Dayton pronounced the monthslong state push to help build a new Minnesota Vikings stadium a “fiasco” on Wednesday, as the Legislature’s Republican leaders proposed a significantly smaller state contribution to the project.

05/02/2012

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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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Vikings Stadium Bill Temporarily Sidelined

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

04/30/2012

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Vikings Fans Hit Capitol, But No Stadium Vote

Fans decked out in purple and gold are roaming Minnesota’s Capitol in hopes that the House debates and votes on the $1 billion Vikings stadium bill.

04/28/2012

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Key Minn. Senate Committee Takes On Vikes’ Stadium Bill

A key committee of the Minnesota Senate is taking up the $1 billion Vikings stadium bill.

04/27/2012

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Hundreds Rally At Capitol Against Marriage Amendment

Hundreds of people gathered on the lawn of the State Capitol Thursday morning to rally against the constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage.

03/29/2012

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Minn. GOP Senators Want Vote On ‘Right To Work’

A group of Republican state senators say they want the full Senate to vote on a constitutional amendment that would make union membership voluntary in Minnesota, despite signs the bill is stalled at the Capitol.

03/20/2012

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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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Crumbling Minnesota Capitol Reaches ‘Tipping Point’

The foot-tall chunk of marble sitting in a state administrative office once was part of the Minnesota Capitol’s ornamental scrollwork, one small detail on architect Cass Gilbert’s century-old jewel. Now, it’s mainly a reminder of this aging building’s many deferred needs.

02/10/2012

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Pardoned Turkey Flies The Coop At MN Capitol Ceremony

Ted the turkey from Willmar made the most of a moment in the spotlight at the Capitol by literally flying the coop during a “sendoff” ceremony with Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

11/18/2011

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Lawmakers Convene To Vote On Ending Gov’t Shutdown

An end to Minnesota’s nearly three-week-long state government shutdown came into view Tuesday, when Gov. Mark Dayton called the Legislature into a special session to vote on a budget deal.

07/19/2011

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Still No End To Minn. Shutdown; Budget Not Done

Minnesota’s state government shutdown slid toward the three-week mark on Monday as key Republican legislators and members of Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration scurried to translate a handshake budget deal into bills that can pass the GOP-controlled Legislature.

07/18/2011

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Rally Outside Capitol On 11th Day Of Shutdown

It’s the 11th day of the state government shutdown and there are no new talks scheduled between Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican lawmakers. A lot of people say they need the shutdown to be over soon so they can get on with their lives.

07/11/2011

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Environmental Groups Camp Out At The Minnesota Capitol

Since the shutdown has canceled any type of camping at State Parks, some have decided to camp out on Minnesota’s capitol lawn.

07/08/2011

Dayton Attends Prayer Observance At Minn. Capitol

Gov. Mark Dayton and others are taking part in a prayer day outside the Minnesota Capitol on Thursday.

05/05/2011

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Minn. GOP, DFL Dig In On Taxes Vs. Spending Cuts

Lawmakers’ fight over taxes and spending spilled out during a contentious committee hearing Wednesday that demonstrated the wide divide between Republicans and Democrats working to plug a $5 billion deficit in Minnesota’s state budget.

04/13/2011

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