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Wisconsin Assembly Sends Right-To-Work Bill To Gov. Walker

Wisconsin lawmakers voted Friday to make their state the 25th to enact right-to-work legislation, pushing a fast-tracked bill through the Assembly after an overnight debate and sending it on to Gov. Scott Walker for his promised signature.

03/06/2015

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House Votes To Reduce Seniority As Teacher Layoff Factor

The Minnesota House has passed a divisive Republican bill that would minimize the role of seniority in teacher layoff decisions statewide. School boards would be required to include evaluations of teachers in layoff decisions under the proposal.

03/06/2015

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Republican House Helping Abortion Opponents Make Case

Republican control of the Minnesota House is helping abortion opponents make their case this year. A House health committee on Wednesday passed a bill to end state funding for abortions. Another bill passed would require licensure for abortion clinics.

03/04/2015

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House GOP Walks Thin Line In Doling Out Budget Surplus

A projected $1.87 billion budget surplus puts majority House Republicans in a game of tug-of-war — not just with Democrats who control the rest of state government, but within their own party’s competing and sometimes conflicting priorities over how much should be spent versus returned to taxpayers.

03/01/2015

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GOP Senators Seek To Fast-Forward Primary Election To March

A group of Republican state senators wants Minnesota to shift its primary election up from August to March in time for next year’s presidential race.

02/26/2015

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Senate Republicans Outbid Governor In Education Wish List

Republicans in the Minnesota Senate want to spend more money on education than the state’s Democratic governor does. Sen. Sean Nienow says the Republican proposal would total around $450 million in extra school funding over the next two years.

02/24/2015

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GOP Restart Wage Debate With Talk Of Tips

House Republicans are reigniting a debate over the minimum wage with a move to exempt some servers, bartenders and other tipped workers from future hikes. Legislators passed a law last year bumping the state’s minimum wage up to $9.50 hourly by 2016.

02/23/2015

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Wisconsin Republicans Plan Vote On Right-To-Work Next Week

In a surprise announcement, the Republican leader of the state Senate says he will schedule a vote for next week on a yet-to-be-introduced bill that would make Wisconsin a right-to-work state.

02/20/2015

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Minnesota’s 2016 Caucuses To Be Held In March

Minnesota’s Democratic and Republican parties have scheduled next year’s precinct caucuses for March 1, which is when party activists will be able to cast their 2016 presidential preference votes. The parties jointly informed the Minnesota secretary of state of their plans Monday.

02/16/2015

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Wisconsin Gov. Walker ‘Punts’ On Question About Evolution

It ought to be the friendliest of soil for White House hopefuls looking to pad the resume with a little foreign policy experience: a trip to the United Kingdom. So far, however, the trips to England have been anything but merry for several prospective GOP candidates.

02/12/2015

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Vaccine Skeptics Find Unexpected Allies In Conservative GOP

As vaccine skeptics fight laws that would force more parents to inoculate their kids, they are finding unexpected allies in conservative Republicans. Though the stereotype of a vaccine skeptic is a coastal, back-to-the-land type, it’s generally been Democratic-controlled states that have tightened vaccination laws.

02/06/2015

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House GOP Signals Possible Fight Over Education Funding

Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed funding package for children and education could see some pushback from House Republicans this year.

02/04/2015

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House GOP Signals Possible Fight Over Education Funding

Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed funding package for children and education could see some pushback from House Republicans this year. They signaled as much in a joint House hearing on finance for education and health and human services Wednesday.

02/04/2015

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Senate Dems Expand Ed Focus To Counselors, Dual Credit

Democrats in the Minnesota Senate are expanding their focus on education. They want to increase school funding for counselors and programs that let high school students earn college credit.

02/04/2015

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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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Abortion Opponents: House Republicans Could Help The Cause

Abortion opponents say a new Republican majority in the Minnesota House could help them out this year. They’re undeterred by a governor who says he doesn’t see himself signing any new abortion restrictions. Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life has three legislative priorities this year.

01/22/2015

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Podcast Page: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 1-21-15

John Kline reacts to the State Of the Union address and other highlights from a HUMP DAY can be found by clicking the link above.

01/21/2015

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Republican Senators Want To Phase Out Social Security Tax

senate Republicans want to ditch Minnesota’s tax on Social Security checks. Minnesota is one of just seven states that apply an income tax to Social Security. Seniors who make less than $25,000 a year are exempt.

01/20/2015

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Thissen: DFL Would Supply Votes For Mega-Transportation Plan

The top Minnesota House Democrat says it will take a long-term transportation funding plan with new revenue to win support from his side of the political aisle. Rep. Paul Thissen told reporters Friday that an initial proposal majority House Republicans have put on the table is “not adequate” for addressing the state’s road, bridge and mass transit needs.

01/16/2015

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Mitt Romney: Should He Run For President?

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01/12/2015

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Dayton Pushes For Gas-Tax To Raise Money For Road Repairs

Gov. Mark Dayton blasted the new Republican Majority in the Minnesota House Friday for what he calls a “phony” transportation plan. Republicans yesterday unveiled a “no new taxes” plan to fix roads and bridges, but Dayton called it “fantasy.”

01/09/2015

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Tuition Breaks, Nursing Home Help Among Session’s 1st Bills

Free vocational college tuition for Minnesota high school graduates? Student-loan forgiveness for working in specialized fields or rural communities? Tax breaks for the mining and timber industries? A prohibition on performance bonuses for Minnesota health exchange executives?

01/08/2015

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MN Tea Party Among Alliance Fighting Sunday Liquor Sale Ban

An alliance of various political groups are speaking out against Minnesota’s long-standing ban on Sunday liquor sales. The coalition announced their collaboration prior to the start of another legislative session, which begins on Tuesday.

01/05/2015

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‘Fine-Tuning’ Of Taxes Is In The Wind At Legislature

Newly powerful House Republicans are sure to make moves to cut taxes when the Minnesota Legislature convenes next week. The big questions are what kind, how much and whether they can get Democrats to agree.

01/02/2015

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Independence Party Demoted To Minor-Party Status In MN

The Independence Party is less mighty in the eyes of the state of Minnesota. The secretary of state’s office formally informed the party’s leader in a letter Tuesday that it has been downgraded from major- to minor-party status.

12/31/2014

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