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What’s In $42 Billion? Minnesota’s Next Budget At A Glance

Minnesota’s Legislature descended Monday into the usual, end-of-session flurry of finalizing and passing bills.

05/18/2015

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Brewing Budget Deal Spares Health Program, Defers Tax Cuts

Minnesota’s legislative leaders have promised they’re making progress on a budget deal. Now they have something to show for it.

05/15/2015

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Despite ‘Fish Summit,’ Legislators Deadlocked In Budget Talks

Republicans and Democrats are far apart on the biggest spending bills of the year despite intense behind-the-scenes negotiations, and an unusual “Fishing Summit” on Saturday.

05/11/2015

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Lawmakers Cope With Waiting Season As Deadline Looms

A massive, friendly dog padded around Rep. Peggy Bennett’s office this week, hemmed in by a plastic fence he could easily jump.

05/08/2015

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Senate Cues Up Clash On Body Cameras, License Plate Readers

Minnesota’s Senate is setting up a clash with the House over body cameras and license plate readers.

05/07/2015

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GOP Senators Grill Commissioner Over MNsure, Nonprofit Woes

Senate Republicans are putting pressure on one of Gov. Mark Dayton’s commissioners.

04/30/2015

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With ‘Promise Zone’ Designation, Another Push For Universal Pre-K

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Minnesota on Tuesday and called the state a model for others. He announced that the White House has named Minneapolis a “Promise Zone.” That means the city can get a leg up on the competition when applying for federal grants that create jobs and help close the achievement gap.

04/28/2015

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Tuition Freeze’s Fate Uncertain At Capitol This Year

Students at Minnesota’s public colleges may have to brace for a tuition bump, as legislative appetite seems to have waned for moves to shift rising costs from students to the state.

04/27/2015

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Education Spending Bill Passes House, Heads To Senate

A highly contentious debate over education issues kept state lawmakers working through the weekend.

04/25/2015

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House GOP Finalizes Bid In Education Funding Debate

At a rally outside the capitol Saturday, activists say with a $2 billion surplus, now is the time to invest in education. Republicans want to use the surplus to lower taxes.

04/25/2015

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Senate OKs Budget Bill With Money For New Office Building

The Senate has passed a budget bill that funds state government and starts making payments on a new office building for state senators.

04/20/2015

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House Road-And-Bridge Funding Plan Clears Key Committee

The House plan to spend billions more on Minnesota road-and-bridge construction over the coming decade is moving forward.

04/13/2015

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Hillary Clinton To Announce Presidential Campaign On Sunday

Hillary Rodham Clinton will end months of speculation about her political future and launch her long-awaited 2016 presidential campaign on Sunday, according to people familiar with her plans.

04/10/2015

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Klobuchar Picks Up The Pen To Write Memoir

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is writing a memoir. Publishing company Henry Holt and Company announced Thursday the Minnesota Democrat has penned “The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland.” It’s set to be published Aug. 25.

04/02/2015

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State Looking To Crack Down On Tax Suppressing ‘Zappers’

A high-tech device available online is said to be cheating the state out of tens of millions of dollars every year.

03/30/2015

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The Sunday Liquor Sales Ban Won’t Be Lifted This Year

Supporters of legalizing Sunday liquor store sales in Minnesota may have to put a cork in it this year.

03/25/2015

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Good Question: How Is ‘Natural Born Citizen’ Defined?

Ted Cruz announced Monday he’s running for President of the United States. The U.S. Senator from Texas was born in Calgary and moved to the U.S. with his family when he was four years old.

03/24/2015

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Ted Cruz Climate Change Comments Make Him ‘Unfit’ For Presidency

It’s no surprise that many right wing conservatives have questioned the validity of climate change, and presidential hopeful Ted Cruz’s position is no different.

03/24/2015

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GOP Lawmaker Targets Obama Climate Plan

House Republicans targeted a key element of President Obama’s strategy for fighting climate change, releasing a bill to delay the Obama administration’s plan to limit carbon pollution.

03/24/2015

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Hennepin County Sheriff Talks Radicalization With Iraqi Delegates

An Iraqi delegation met with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department Monday to discuss community building and combatting violent extremism.

03/23/2015

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New York Times Chronicles Minnesota Teen’s Path To ISIS

This weekend, the New York Times is profiling a young Twin Cities man who joined a terror group last spring. The article is titled, “From Minneapolis to ISIS: An American’s Path to Jihad.” It focuses on Abdi Nur — the son of Somali immigrants in Minnesota — and how active he’s been on social media, even after traveling to Syria.

03/21/2015

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Sen. Franken Introduces Bill Aiming To Ease Student Loan Debt

Minnesota Senator Al Franken co-authored a piece of legislation that would make it possible to refinance federal student loans for lower interest rates. The bill would apply to both graduates and current students with college debt.

03/21/2015

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Gov. Dayton Proposes Free Preschool For 4-Year-Olds

During a visit to a Newport Elementary classroom Friday morning, Gov. Mark Dayton made his pitch for universal preschool for Minnesota 4-year-olds. The administration estimates the proposal would affect 47,300 students in its first year, eventually growing to roughly 57,000 in a few years.

03/20/2015

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Walker Aide Quits After Questioning Iowa’s Role In Campaign

An aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s national political operation resigned late Tuesday after drawing heated criticism from the head of the Iowa Republican Party for questioning the state’s early role in the presidential nominating process.

03/18/2015

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Dayton Says He Wants Task Force Study On MNsure’s Future

Gov. Mark Dayton is asking lawmakers to hold off on making major changes to the state’s health insurance exchange this year.

03/16/2015

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