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DFL Senators Face Ethics Hearings In Coming Weeks

Two Democratic state senators face ethics hearings in the coming weeks over Republican allegations that they misused their political positions for personal gain.

10/16/2014

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McFadden Releases Plan For Legislative Action

Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden is making several promises for legislative action if he defeats Sen. Al Franken. McFadden vows to help write a balanced budget amendment — and a bill that would halt lawmaker pay if Congress doesn’t pass a budget — within his first 100 days in office.

10/08/2014

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Time For Close-Ups: Senate, Governor Rivals Debate

A debate doubleheader is on tap in Minnesota. Rivals for the state’s U.S. Senate seat and governor’s mansion are finally in the same rooms Wednesday for debates in their respective races.

09/30/2014

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GOP Senators Probe Democrat’s Role At Nonprofit

State Senate Republicans are questioning a powerful Democrat’s involvement with a Minneapolis nonprofit that spent more than $800,000 in taxpayer dollars on trips and personal expenses. Minneapolis Sen. Jeff Hayden sat on the board of Community Action Minneapolis, which was found in an audit to have misused state grants to help low income people.

09/24/2014

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McFadden’s Task: Convincing Outside Money To Come

From the moment Al Franken won his Senate seat by just 312 votes in 2008, Republicans began foretelling his doom in 2014, painting him as a perfect target in their effort to retake the chamber this fall.

08/17/2014

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GOP Governor Hopeful: No Senators In New Building

One Republican candidate for Minnesota governor says he’d try to keep senators out of a new state building planned for senators.

08/07/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: 7-25-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

If you missed something from the Friday show, click the link above to listen to PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS.

07/25/2014

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Republican McFadden Names New Campaign Manager

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden has named Carl Kuhl as his new campaign manager. Kulh is a principal in the public affairs firm Connolly Kuhl Group. He’s also worked on the campaigns of former Sen. Norm Coleman, gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer and former St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly. He’s replacing Brad Herold, who recently stepped down but remains a senior adviser to the campaign in what McFadden spokesman Tom Erickson says was a planned reshuffle.

07/02/2014

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GOP’s Dahlberg, McFadden Duel For Senate Nod

A county commissioner from northern Minnesota has been the leader from the get-go for the Republican endorsement in Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race.

05/30/2014

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Senate Approves Bill Aimed At Payday Lending

The Minnesota Senate passed a bill on Friday that seeks to protect borrowers from falling further into debt to payday lenders.

05/16/2014

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Minnesota Senate Backs $1B For Building Projects

The Minnesota Senate has passed an $846 million borrowing package for construction projects and sent it to Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature, finishing a crucial piece of business as lawmakers work toward adjournment. The bonding bill vote was 47-17, easily exceeding the required three-fifths majority.

05/16/2014

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Talking Points: Medical Marijuana Bills — House Or Senate?

This week, the Minnesota House and Senate will have to hammer out differences between the Senate and House versions of a medical marijuana law.

05/11/2014

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Senate Office Project Foe Objects To Bond Request

A former Minnesota lawmaker is objecting to the state’s demand that he cover millions of dollars in costs if he ends up delaying construction of a new Minnesota Senate office building.

05/07/2014

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Senate Pulls Wraps Off $1.1B Construction Plan

The Minnesota Senate’s proposal for publicly backed construction projects totals more than $1.1 billion in combined borrowing and cash-financed projects. The proposal released Monday calls for borrowing of $846 million and about $200 million in cash from the state’s surplus.

05/05/2014

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Office Project Delays Could Cost Foes

State lawyers argued Tuesday that a foe of a new Minnesota Senate office building should be on the hook for $18.6 million if his lawsuit doesn’t succeed on appeal and construction is delayed.

04/29/2014

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