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Reality Check: Why Is So Much Political Ad Money Being Spent In N. Minn.?

The barrage of political campaign ads has begun in Minnesota. That’s no surprise. What is unexpected, however, is all the early spending on two Minnesota Congressional seats. For more than two decades, 7th District Democratic Congressman Collin Peterson was untouchable– and unbeatable. So why are Democrats spending a fortune to run this attack ad on his little known opponent, Torey Westrom?

09/17/2014

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Reality Check: Jeff Johnson And The Tea Party

Independent Minnesota political groups are spending a fortune on television ads this campaign season. They’re branding GOP gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson as a “tea party Republican.” The ads are relentless, and ominous.

09/12/2014

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Reality Check: Franken’s Ad On McFadden’s ‘Tax Inversion’

A tough new ad from Democratic Sen. Al Franken accuses his Republican opponent’s business of avoiding taxes by headquartering overseas. But Republican Mike McFadden calls the ad “ridiculous” and “full of lies.” The ad marks a new Franken campaign strategy: directly attack McFadden for his business dealings.

09/05/2014

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Reality Check: TV News Clips In Franken’s Ad

Sen. Al Franken’s TV ad skillfully weaves the campaign’s own video and real TV news broadcasts, adding a narrator’s voice that sounds like a newsreader and morphs into actual TV anchors.

08/28/2014

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Reality Check: Ad Slams Franken’s Record Voting In Line With Obama

A new television ad from Minnesota Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden accuses Democratic Sen. Al Franken of voting almost 100 percent of the time with President Obama. The ad, with a humorous tone, ties Franken to Obama with a very Minnesotan insult: a Franken look-alike struggling to back his boat into the water.

08/25/2014

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Reality Check: Mike McFadden’s ‘Stitches’ Ad

Minnesota’s GOP U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden is a hands-on guy. So much so, his family says he practices DIY health care. In a McFadden television ad called “Stitches” airing widely in Minnesota, McFadden’s son says his father removed his stitches because he thought it cost too much.

08/15/2014

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Reality Check: Voter Turnout Expected To Be Low In Primary Election

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is estimating a low turnout for Tuesday’s statewide primary election. Out of 3.1 million Minnesota voters, only 10-15 percent will turn out, according to Ritchie.

08/11/2014

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Reality Check: 1 Year Anniversary Of Gay Marriage In MN

August 1 marks the one year anniversary of gay marriage in Minnesota. Throughout the year thousands of same-sex couples got married. It’s a significant cultural change in a state which rejected gay marriage for years, then witnessed an emotional legislative battle to pass it.

08/01/2014

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Reality Check: Medtronic’s Move To Ireland

Minnesota-based Medtronic shocked the business world on Sunday. The giant medical device maker is buying a similar company in Ireland for $43 million. The reason? Hundreds of millions of dollars in tax savings.

06/17/2014

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Reality Check: The Importance Of Endorsement In Governor’s Race

Four of the last five Minnesota governors ran for office without the endorsement of the major Republican or Democratic parties. Including Mark Dayton In 2010, the Democrats partied inside their convention, and banned Mark Dayton from going inside.

06/07/2014

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Reality Check: MN’s New Restrictive Medical Marijuana Law

Minnesota just became the 22nd state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana. Without public fanfare, Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill Thursday morning that legalizes medical cannabis for specific illnesses, but includes some of the strictest controls in the country.

05/29/2014

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Reality Check: The Cost Of The Mpls. Super Bowl

Minnesota’s 2018 Super Bowl bid committee promised more than a great party. The state pledged to pick up a super tab, too. We may never know all of the details about Minnesota’s Super Bowl bid. Under state law, it’s private.

05/23/2014

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Reality Check: Lawmakers Getting Paid Over Spring Break?

Minnesota lawmakers haven’t had a pay hike since 1999. But they can boost their take-home pay with per diem — up to $76 per day in the Minnesota House, and up to $86 a day in the Minnesota Senate.

04/16/2014

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Reality Check: Minn. Remains A High Tax State

Other people might call April 15 “Tax Day,” but Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has another name for it.

04/15/2014

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Reality Check: Gov. Dayton’s Job Numbers

New Minnesota job numbers are showing steady recovery from the worst days of the recession just a few years ago.

03/14/2014

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Reality Check: Minn.’s Minimum Wage Is Worth Less Now Than It Was In 1974

Thousands of Minnesota workers earn a minimum wage that’s less today than it was in 1974 — that’s among the findings of a new state report on the minimum wage from the state Department of Labor and Industry.

01/24/2014

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Reality Check: The State Of MNsure

A big announcement came Friday on Minnesota’s troubled health care exchange. MNsure says it is extending the signup deadline for thousands of Minnesotans who may have had trouble getting on its website.

12/20/2013

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Reality Check: MN’s 10 Costliest Publicly-Funded Projects

The Vikings broke ground on a new stadium this week. It’s a project so big, it muscled its way straight onto the list of largest public projects in state history. It’s bigger than the I-35W bridge construction, bigger than the St. Croix bridge crossing. And that’s just the start.

12/06/2013

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Reality Check: Gov’s Decision To Continue MNsure Enrollment

Minnesota has rejected President Obama’s offer to delay some canceled insurance policies for a year under the new health law. The President was trying to make good on a promise that “if you like your policy, you can keep it.” Now, millions are finding themselves in limbo, including here in Minnesota.

11/19/2013

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Reality Check: What’s It Really Like For Veterans In MN?

Thousands of Minnesota veterans return home from combat duty every year. But when they get here, it’s sometimes tough to get a job. That’s only one of the struggles veterans face. Finding a job, getting health care services, fighting homelessness.

11/11/2013

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Reality Check: MNsure’s First Month

Friday is the one-month anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, widely known as “Obamacare.” The rollout of the federal health care website has been fraught with problems. And while Minnesota’s health care website MNsure isn’t glitch free, it’s running much smoother than HealthCare.gov. Minnesota’s one of 16 states and the District of Columbia that set up their own health care exchanges.

11/01/2013

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Reality Check: Are Personal Seat Licenses A Risky Investment?

In the Minnesota Vikings’ new 65,000 seat NFL stadium, the club will charge 48,000 fans a one-time personal seat license fee even before they’re allowed to buy a season ticket. Fans may have sticker shock at the price tag, but PSLs are not uncommon.

10/04/2013

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Reality Check: Cost of The New Vikings Stadium

Minnesota is preparing to sell nearly $500 million in bonds to cover the state’s share of the Vikings stadium facility. It’s looking for financial institutions to buy the bonds for the stadium construction, which is scheduled to start in November. The $498 million in loans will cover the State’s and the Minneapolis’ share of stadium construction. The Vikings are putting up the rest of the $477 million for the project, which will total $975 million.

09/23/2013

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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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