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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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Public Hearing Tuesday On 20-Week Abortion Ban In Wis.

A public hearing has been set on a fast-tracked Republican proposal in the Wisconsin Legislature that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

05/27/2015

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Final Push To Avert Special Session Stalled, Top GOPer Says

A top House Republican says lawmakers offered another $100 million for public schools in an effort to head off Gov. Mark Dayton’s looming veto on an education budget.

05/19/2015

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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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Senator’s Bill Allows Business Owners ‘Of Faith’ To Deny Gay Couples Wedding Services

It was against Minnesota law to refuse wedding services to same-sex couples even before Minnesota legalized gay marriage in 2013. But a Republican State Senator says businesses should not be forced to provide commercial service if it violates their religious beliefs.

05/07/2015

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Huckabee, The Other Man From Hope, Opens 2016 Bid

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is preparing another bid for the Republican presidential nomination, eight years after his first efforts to expand on the support of evangelical Christians helped him win eight states in the 2008 primaries.

05/05/2015

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Democrats Ready For Round 2 As GOP Targets Health Program

Republicans are bringing Democrats back to the mat to save a public health care program for tens of thousands of low-income Minnesota residents.

04/15/2015

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Keith Downey Re-Elected As Minnesota GOP Chairman

Downey received 68 percent of the vote at the party’s State Central Committee meeting in Bloomington on Saturday, turning back challenges from Neil Lynch and Bill Jungbauer.

04/11/2015

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GOP Group Targets Dayton’s Gas Tax Plan In Ads

A Republican-aligned political group will counter Gov. Mark Dayton’s tax plan for road and bridge repairs with a barrage of radio and direct mail ads, the group announced Wednesday.

04/01/2015

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Republican Lawmakers Want To Ax Transgender Athletics Rule

More than 20 Republican legislators want to stop transgender students born as male from playing on female sports teams.

03/09/2015

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Minnesota Congressman Breaks Party Ranks Over DHS Funding

Freshman Congressman Tom Emmer is making headlines for criticizing fellow Republicans for their role in a possible shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security this Friday.

03/02/2015

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Walker Says He’d ‘Rather Be Ahead Than Behind’ In Race

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker hasn’t officially announced that he’s running for president, but he continues to send strong signals that a candidacy is inevitable.

02/26/2015

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GOP Bill Would Halve Minnesota Health Exchange

A Republican state senator wants to split Minnesota’s health insurance exchange into two separate entities. MNsure currently signs up residents in private plans and public programs like MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance. Sen. Michelle Benson unveiled a bill Thursday that would split those up.

02/12/2015

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Walker Says He Sees Gaps In Potential 2016 GOP Field

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he sees gaps in the potential field of Republican presidential candidates in 2016.

01/28/2015

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Rep. Michele Bachmann Gives Farewell Speech

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann delivered a farewell speech Tuesday on the floor of the U.S. House. The 6th District Republican is leaving office after eight years in Washington D.C. Thanking her staff and Minnesota supporters, Bachmann said she was the nemesis of Democrats — but that she never compromised her beliefs.

12/09/2014

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County GOP Official Resigns After Muslim Remarks

The Republican party county chair who came under fire for comments about Muslims on his Facebook page has resigned. Big Stone County GOP Chair Jack Whitley called Muslims “parasites” and wrote “FRAG ‘EM!” when they travel to Mecca, slang for a fragmentation hand grenade. Those comments were condemned by Muslim community leaders and GOP party Chairman Keith Downey.

11/28/2014

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Things To Know About House Speaker-Elect Daudt

Five things to know about Rep. Kurt Daudt, who was picked Friday by the newly crowned GOP majority to be House speaker:

11/07/2014

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Daudt Puts Focus On Practical In Split Government

The leader of the House Republican majority-in-waiting says a detailed governing agenda will come later and the focus in the next two years needs to be on the practical.

11/05/2014

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Johnson Wishes Dayton Well After Falling Short

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson says he’s wishing the victor, Democratic incumbent Mark Dayton, success because he wants Minnesota to succeed. Johnson lost his bid Tuesday to oust Dayton after a single term.

11/04/2014

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McFadden Touts Party’s Progress In Loss

GOP U.S. Senate hopeful Mike McFadden says Minnesota’s Republican party is in better shape than two years ago, despite his loss to Sen. Al Franken.

11/04/2014

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Wisconsin’s GOP Gov. Walker Wins Re-Election

Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker won a hard fought election over Democratic challenger Mary Burke Tuesday, overcoming fierce opposition from unions and other liberal groups for his third victory in four years and cementing his position as a possible contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

11/04/2014

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Republican Ryan Elected To 9th Term In US House

U.S. Rep. and former Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has been elected to a ninth term in Congress. Ryan defeated Democrat Rob Zerban on Tuesday. It was the second match between the two. Zerban also ran unsuccessfully against Ryan in 2012.

11/04/2014

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Franken, McFadden Cap Off Race With Final Debate

U.S. Sen. Al Franken and GOP challenger Mike McFadden met for a third and final debate Sunday evening, capping off a campaign that for McFadden and Republicans looks like the race that could have been. The two candidates brought their mostly sleepy campaign to a close by agreeing with each other more than ever before at the debate hosted by Minnesota Public Radio.

11/02/2014

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Jeff Johnson Talks On Redskins Name, Taxes & Obamacare

On WCCO Sunday Morning, I did a long interview with Jeff Johnson, the Republican hopeful for governor. With just days until Election Day, Johnson is trailing in the polls to incumbent Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.

11/02/2014

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