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Walker Spokeswoman Says He’s Not Calling For Canadian Wall

Scott Walker’s presidential campaign spokeswoman says the Wisconsin governor is not advocating for building a wall separating Canada and the United States.

18 hours ago

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Immigration On The Mind As Julian Castro Visits Minneapolis

A high-ranking Obama administration official visiting Minneapolis Wednesday said Republican presidential candidates are “caricaturing” and “stereotyping” Latino voters with false claims about immigration and crime.

08/26/2015

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Sen. Klobuchar Talks New Book On WCCO Radio

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar’s new book “The Senator Next Door” comes out Tuesday. Klobuchar was a guest on the WCCO Morning News with Dave Lee Tuesday morning where she told the story of how she got going in politics.

08/25/2015

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Republicans Slammed For $10,000 Capitol Door

The massive 3-year, $300-million restoration of the Minnesota State Capitol is about halfway complete.

08/24/2015

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Dayton Calls December Special Election To Fill House Seat

Gov. Mark Dayton is calling a special election to fill an open seat in the House triggered by a veteran Democrat’s death after a short battle with cancer.

08/24/2015

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Poll: Walker Leads GOP Foes, Trails Clinton In Wisconsin

Gov. Scott Walker leads other Republican presidential candidates in his home state of Wisconsin but trails Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton there in a potential general election matchup, according to the first statewide poll since Walker announced his candidacy.

08/20/2015

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Klobuchar Bolsters Support For Iran Nuclear Deal

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she’ll vote for the Iran nuclear deal. The Minnesota Democrat threw her support behind the plan in a Monday statement. She says it’s imperfect but it offers the “best available option to put the brakes on Iran’s development of a nuclear weapon.”

08/10/2015

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State Tax Collections Beat Forecast By $30 Million In July

Minnesota’s economic hot streak isn’t letting up. State tax collections beat estimates by $30 million, or 3 percent, in July. That’s according to a Department of Minnesota Management and Budget report released Monday.

08/10/2015

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Trump’s Policy Approach A Mystery Amid Lack Of Detail

Donald Trump’s position on health care? Repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act “with something terrific.”

08/10/2015

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Dayton Drew Big Inaugural Checks After Election

After easily securing a second term as Minnesota governor, Democrat Mark Dayton landed sizable checks toward his early-January inauguration, including some from corporations whose leaders favored the GOP nominee in the race.

08/05/2015

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Walker’s Iran View Shaped By Friendship With Ex-US Hostage

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has a reason for aggressively opposing the nuclear deal with Iran — and it’s personal. Neither his foreign policy adviser nor a member of his inner circle has shaped the Republican presidential candidate’s position.

07/20/2015

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Minnesota Health Care Programs Mute Medicaid Expansion Costs

The budget implications of expanding Medicaid aren’t hitting Minnesota as hard as other states.

07/19/2015

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Minnesota GOP Chips Away At Debt, But Pile Of IOUs Remains

The Republican Party of Minnesota says it’s chipping away at a pile of debt that still exceeds $1 million. The party announced Tuesday that it will report holding $1.25 million in debt halfway through 2015.

07/14/2015

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Minnesota Scoops Up Extra $555M In Taxes For The Year

State officials released a report Friday showing revenue collections were up nearly 3 percent above projections for the fiscal year ending in June.

07/10/2015

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Good Question: What Happens When You Ignore The Supreme Court?

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that marriage is now a fundamental right for same sex couples. Almost immediately, public officials weighed in saying county and state workers could refuse to hand out those licenses based on their religious beliefs.

06/30/2015

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Dayton Decision On Cabinet Pay Raises Due This Week

The one-day window for Gov. Mark Dayton to raise the pay of state agency commissioners arrives on Wednesday. Dayton said Monday he will base his pay-raise decisions on the need to attract and retain top-notch managers.

06/29/2015

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Jeb Bush Has Optimistic Message, Faces Challenges In ’16 Bid

Jeb Bush is launching a Republican presidential bid months in the making Monday with a vow to get Washington “out of the business of causing problems” and to stay true to his beliefs — easier said than done in a bristling primary contest where his conservative credentials will be sharply challenged.

06/15/2015

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Wis. Scientists Targeted For Cuts Studied GOP Issues

The group of state Department of Natural Resources scientists that Republican lawmakers targeted for cuts has been working on a number of politically charged issues in recent years, including climate change, pollution and mining.

06/07/2015

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Layoffs Loom For Thousands Of State Workers As Budget Talks Stall

Thousands of state workers will get layoff notices on Monday. It comes after another day of budget talks between Governor Mark Dayton and Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt.

05/29/2015

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4 Things To Know For May 24, 2015

Here’s a look at the 4 things you need to know for May 24, 2015. They include the latest on the upcoming special session, same-sex marriage becoming legal in Ireland, and some new ways to beat the heat at Valleyfair.

05/24/2015

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Daudt: Dayton Should Apologize For Remark About GOP, Schools

House Speaker Kurt Daudt says Gov. Mark Dayton should apologize for saying some Republicans hate public schools.

05/20/2015

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Dayton Says He’ll Fight To Preserve State Auditor Authority

A measure giving Minnesota counties more power to hire private firms for financial reviews now conducted by the state auditor is likely to be signed into law. But Gov. Mark Dayton says he won’t let it stay law for long.

05/19/2015

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2015 Session: What Was Accomplished, And What Wasn’t

Minnesota legislators scrambled to work out a completed budget before the stroke of midnight, but the 2015 legislative session ended in chaos. Lawmakers managed to pass a $42 billion, two-year spending plan, but the education bill in that budget does not include pre-K funding.

05/19/2015

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Legislature Passes New Buffer Plan In Budget Bill

A plan with stricter rules for buffer zones between crops and public waterways is on its way to Gov. Mark Dayton.

05/18/2015

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If It Comes To Special Session, When And Where Are Up In Air

If Gov. Mark Dayton follows through on an education bill veto threat, he’ll have to order lawmakers back to St. Paul for a second try.

05/18/2015

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