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Reality Check: Nolan, Cravaack & Minn. Residency Accusations

In a race that’s already among the most hotly contested in the country, a new television ad from Democrat Rick Nolan accuses Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack of a smear campaign — and more.

10/24/2012

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Reality Check: The Final Debate

There was none of the harsh exchanges familiar in the first two debates. But it doesn’t mean the candidates didn’t mix it up, and they stretched some facts.

10/22/2012

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Reality Check: Who’s In The Middle Class?

The candidates for president are making pitches that sound straightforward: constant appeals to the “middle class”.

10/19/2012

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Reality Check: Amendment Ad Makes Questionable Claims

The fight over a constitutional amendment in Minnesota that would ban gay marriage took a new turn Thursday. A new TV ad warns of dire consequences if the amendment fails.

10/18/2012

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Reality Check: The New Attack Ads Both Sides Are Using

Minnesota’s television airwaves are flooded with negative campaign ads right now, especially in the hotly contested races for Congressional seats held by Republicans Michele Bachmann and Chip Cravaack.

10/17/2012

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Reality Check: The Facts Vs. The Vice Presidential Debate

The Vice Presidential nominees demonstrated style and substance in their feisty, first and only debate. But also, a lot of spin.

10/12/2012

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Reality Check: Voter ID, Marriage Amendments And ‘Skipping The Vote’

Public opinion polls this week are showing the campaigns for two constitutional amendments are getting very close.

10/10/2012

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Reality Check: The Jobs Numbers

Republicans are crying “foul” over new jobs numbers showing the unemployment rate dropping to 7.8 percent – the lowest rate since President Obama took office.

10/08/2012

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Reality Check: The 1st Presidential Debate

It may have been a surprise to some, but the first presidential debate had a great deal of substance.

10/03/2012

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Reality Check: Workplace Violence In Minn.

The shooting at Accent Signage Systems is the worst incidence of workplace violence in Minnesota since the state started keeping records 20 years ago.

09/28/2012

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Reality Check: The Impact Of The Marriage Amendment

If the marriage amendment passes or fails, here’s what will happen: Nothing.

09/27/2012

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Reality Check: Who Has More Money In Marriage Amendment Battle?

The biggest election contest in Minnesota isn’t the U.S. Senate race or the Presidential race. It’s the campaigns to pass — or defeat — the constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

09/26/2012

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Reality Check: The New Anti-Rick Nolan Ad

A new television ad from a national conservative group takes on a Democratic candidate for Congress in Minnesota for comments he made — nearly 40 years ago.

09/20/2012

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Reality Check: The Truth About Property Taxes

Special interest groups can spend the money to say almost whatever they want in a campaign commercial. And that’s what the liberal-leaning Alliance for a Better Minnesota does.

09/17/2012

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Reality Check: Americans For Prosperity Health Care Ad

Americans for Prosperity says WCCO-TV was wrong to characterize the group’s ad as “based on a false premise: that the new healthcare law creates a government-run system.”

09/12/2012

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Reality Check: Clinton’s Ad On Romney

Former President Bill Clinton remains among the most popular politicians in America — more popular even than President Obama. But a recent television ad from the Obama campaign in which he is featured makes questionable claims about what caused the Great Recession.

09/11/2012

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Reality Check: Why TV Stations Are Running Grisly Political Ads

Many of you let us know you didn’t like the political ads you saw from an obscure Democratic Congressional candidate named Gary Boisclair.

08/08/2012

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Reality Check: Romney & The Republican Tax Return ‘Standard’

There’s no law requiring candidates to release their tax returns, or for how many previous years.

07/18/2012

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Reality Check: The Truth About The Health Care Ruling

President Barack Obama hailed the ruling as a “victory for the American people,” taking credit for the individual mandate he once opposed, asserting that health coverage for millions is now more stable.

06/28/2012

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Reality Check: The Truth About Lawmaker’s Health Care Plans

If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the federal health care law, tens of millions of Americans could lose all, or part of their new insurance coverage. But 535 members of Congress won’t feel a thing.

06/27/2012

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Reality Check: Common Lies About ‘Obamacare’

President Obama looked startled when a Congressman shouted “You lie!” after he said no illegal immigrants are covered in the new health care law.

06/26/2012

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Reality Check: Health Care & The Individual Mandate

Republicans are united against the individual mandate. They call it “socialism” and an unconstitutional “government takeover”. But the central pillar of President Obama’s health care law came from “America’s most-respected conservative thinkers.” It’s TRUE.

06/25/2012

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Reality Check: North Dakota’s Property Tax Vote

Voters in North Dakota get a chance Tuesday to do something no state has ever done before: Not just lower property taxes, but abolish them. It’s a bold move, but critics say it will throw the state into chaos.

06/12/2012

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Reality Check: Minnesota Governors And Their Vetoes

Gov. Mark Dayton’s controversial veto this week of the Republican second tax bill still has some GOP lawmakers fuming. It was the latest in an unusually high number of vetoes. But is Dayton that much different than previous governors? Here’s Pat Kessler’s Reality Check.

05/16/2012

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Reality Check: Minnesota Lawmakers’ Per Diem

Minnesota lawmakers earn about $30,000 a year, and they haven’t had a pay hike since 1989. However, they’re able to raise their own salaries by taking daily expense payments called “per diem,” which is a kind of back-door pay hike out of public view.

04/11/2012

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