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Sharp-Tongued Democratic Rep. Winkler To Resign, Move Abroad

A Minnesota Democratic legislator who fought to raise the minimum wage and is known for speeches that mocked Republican rivals as well as politicians in his own party said Thursday he will give up his seat in the state House as his family moves abroad.

05/21/2015

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After Minimum Wage Boost, Some DFLers Turn To Paid Leave

Some Minnesota Democrats want to build on a successful push to raise the minimum wage by establishing a statewide paid family leave program. Giving workers up to six weeks off for a birth, adoption or to take care of a sick relative will improve morale, boost productivity and ultimately save employers money, advocates say.

02/18/2015

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Honour: Freeze Minimum Wage, Cut Minnesota Taxes

Four days after Minnesota’s minimum wage rose to $8 an hour, a top Republican candidate for Minnesota governor proposed freezing the wage at its current level, and abolishing future automatic increases.

08/04/2014

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Restaurant Owners Make Stand Against Proposed Minimum Wage Increase

Restaurant and resort owners were at the Capitol Monday, lobbying against the proposed increase in the minimum wage. They say most servers already make well over the minimum wage when you factor in tips. Some said the increase would force them to lay off employees and raise prices, and they are trying to get lawmakers to carve out exceptions to the current proposed increase.

03/10/2014

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Minimum Wage Debate Ramps Up Before 2014 Session

President Barack Obama shed a national spotlight on Minnesota Tuesday night when he praised a Minneapolis business owner during his State of the Union speech.

01/29/2014

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MSP Airport Workers Want Minimum Wage Increase

Low-wage workers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are calling for an increase in Minnesota’s minimum wage. The workers say they are forced to rely on government programs to get by. It’s part of a growing debate over whether to raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.50 an hour. The Service Employees Union says 600 low-paid workers at Twin Cities Airport – including wheelchair pushers, cart drivers and aircraft cleaners – earn an average of $7.73 an hour, and receive millions of dollars in state public assistance.

10/28/2013

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Minn. Lawmaker Apologizes For ‘Uncle Thomas’ Tweet

A Democratic legislator from Minnesota swiftly apologized Tuesday for a tweet he sent that referred to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as “Uncle Thomas” following a major ruling on the nation’s landmark voting rights law.

06/25/2013

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Bill Directs MnDOT On Disposal Of 35W Bridge Parts

Minnesota transportation officials might have to follow specific instructions from state lawmakers when disposing of parts from the collapsed Interstate 35W bridge.

03/11/2013

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Most Creative Cocktails In Minnesota

When it comes to creative cocktails, the Twin Cities has no shortage of places to go to grab one with the guys, the girls or while out on a date. Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet, sour, spicy or bold, there is definitely a drink for you nearby. Two bars downtown, Union Restaurant & Rooftop and Bradstreet Crafthouse, and one bar in Uptown, Primebar, feature some of the most creative cocktails around.

01/30/2013

Downtown East

House Committee Questions Vikings Stadium Proposal

The Minnesota Vikings faced a high hurdle Monday in the bid for a taxpayer subsidy to build a new football stadium, as members of a state House committee raised questions and criticism about the plan.

04/16/2012

Downtown East

State Lawmakers Weigh In On Future Of Vikings Stadium Bill

A Minnesota House committee is expected to take up the stadium bill Monday, but some lawmakers say they don’t think there’s much of a chance of it passing the committee or the full House.

04/15/2012

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Minn. DFLer Eyes Reforms To Legislative Process

A Minnesota House Democrat wants to change the way the Legislature conducts itself.

01/31/2012