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Reality Check: Why Do Legislators Pass Laws They Know They Will Repeal?

Repealing taxes that were approved just a couple months ago is highly unusual, but now it just might happen. Especially when it comes to the farm tax — a tax so unpopular, even Gov. Mark Dayton hates it, and he signed it into law.

08/13/2013

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Reality Check: Economic Impact Of Same Sex Marriage

Depending on your views, same sex marriage may — or may not — change the face of Minnesota. But based what has happened in other states, same sex marriage could have an important economic impact.

07/31/2013

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Reality Check: How Many Gay Couples Are In MN?

Despite all the hoopla surrounding Aug. 1, when gay marriage becomes legal in Minnesota, we wondered: How many gay couples are here? Until 2000, the US Census Bureau didn’t even count same sex couples. Now, the government reports more gay households than ever before, including Minnesota.

07/29/2013

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Reality Check: The Debate Over Food Stamps

Republicans in the U.S. House are promising to swiftly bring a food stamp bill up for a vote. That’s after they stripped food stamps from the 5-year farm bill, and then failed to pass the farm bill, too.

07/15/2013

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Reality Check: Economic Impact Of Gay Marriage

The Minnesota House has scheduled a vote for Thursday on the bill that would legalize same sex marriage.

05/07/2013

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Reality Check: Minnesota Following Trend On Gun Laws

The Minnesota Legislature won’t be voting on tougher gun laws after all.

05/02/2013

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Reality Check: Beer Tax Claims Of House Democrats

Minnesota House Democrats this week voted to raise the excise tax on beer, claiming it will raise the price only 7 cents a bottle.

04/26/2013

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Reality Check: E-Pull Tab Revenue Projections

There’s a lot of revisionist history going on at the Capitol about those pulltab revenue projections — numbers that Gov. Mark Dayton says no one knew were wildly inflated.

03/27/2013

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Reality Check: All About Proposition 8

Historic arguments before the Supreme Court Tuesday involving the rights of same-sex couples to marry. The high court can rule in a number of different ways that could dramatically affect federal law. Or not.

03/26/2013

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Reality Check: Stadium Beer Sales & The U Losing Money

When the legislature approved beer sales at TCF Bank stadium a couple years ago, lawmakers and the University of Minnesota estimated profits — more than $1 million.

03/22/2013

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Reality Check: The Difficulty Of Passing Gun Restrictions

A Minnesota House committee will vote Thursday night on a watered down version of a gun bill that includes background checks for gun show sales. It’s far less than gun safety advocates had hoped, but the pull-back from tougher gun laws is not uncommon.

03/21/2013

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Reality Check: Legislative Pay Raises

Governor Mark Dayton says Minnesota lawmakers don’t get paid enough. The governor is supporting a recommendation from the State Compensation Council to raise lawmaker pay in 2015.

03/11/2013

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Reality Check: Sequester’s Impact On Minn. Is Lower Than Most

Minnesotans could suffer from those budget cuts too. Some over time, and some right away.

03/01/2013

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Reality Check: The GOP & Gay Marriage

A national anti-gay marriage group has put a bounty on the heads of Minnesota Republicans.

02/26/2013

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Reality Check: Minimum Wage & Obama’s SOTU Address

Less than 24 hours after the President Barack Obama proposed raising the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour, Minnesota Democratic lawmakers unveiled a plan of their own to raise state pay for low income workers to $9.50.

02/13/2013

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