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Lawmakers Adjourn; Dayton Veto Over Education Spending Looms

Minnesota’s Legislature finalized a two-year spending plan just before a midnight deadline struck, but they adjourned with a near-certain special session looming to solve an education budget standoff with Gov. Mark Dayton.

05/19/2015

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Dayton Readies Veto Pen For Education Bill As Deadline Nears

Minnesota’s Legislature has sent an education budget to Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk where it’s likely to meet his veto pen.

05/18/2015

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Small Slices Of Minnesota’s Budget Coming Together In Deal

Legislative leaders say they’re making slow but steady progress on hammering out a deal for the state’s next budget. Top House and Senate lawmakers were expected to resume private negotiations at Gov. Mark Dayton’s residence Thursday with the goal of passing a budget by Monday’s deadline. The two sides have met for hours every day this week but said little about the content of those talks.

05/14/2015

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Long Talks In Private, Silence In Public Feed Budget Hopes

Discussions over how to spend $40 billion-plus of Minnesota taxpayer money have reached a sensitive phase where negotiators are keeping mum about the headway they’re making. With less than a week to get an on-time budget passed, leading House Republicans and Senate Democrats were expected back at Gov. Mark Dayton’s official residence Wednesday for a fresh round of talks.

05/13/2015

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Senate Fills In Bubble For Early Voting, House Not On Board

Minnesota state senators have filled in the bubble for early voting.

05/11/2015

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Senate Cues Up Clash On Body Cameras, License Plate Readers

Minnesota’s Senate is setting up a clash with the House over body cameras and license plate readers.

05/07/2015

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Schools, Families Decry House & Senate Education Budgets

Schools and families are joining Minnesota’s governor to say House and Senate education budget proposals are too small. Both the GOP-led House and DFL-controlled Senate would increase education spending.

05/04/2015

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Pedestrian Killed By LRT Was Longtime Minn. Senate Staffer

A longtime staff member of the Minnesota Senate was killed after being struck by a Green Line light rail train on her way to work Thursday morning. Lynne Thomas had been a legislative assistant in the Senate for 28 years. She was crossing University Avenue on the light rail tracks when she was hit and killed by a train around 7:30 a.m.

04/30/2015

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Minn. Senate Tax Plan Far Slimmer Than Cuts Pursued By House

Minnesota’s Democratic majority senators are bidding far lower than in-charge House Republicans when it comes to tax cuts.

04/27/2015

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Drones, Officer Investigations Up For Vote In Senate

Changes in law enforcement surveillance and internal investigations are on the docket at the Legislature.

04/23/2015

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House, Senate Move To Provide Help To Idled Taconite Workers

A measure that has won initial backing of Minnesota House and Senate lawmakers would ensure that Iron Range taconite workers are eligible for unemployment benefits when several plants are idled in coming months.

04/22/2015

A dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant that he found attractive simply because he and his wife viewed the woman as a threat to their marriage, the all-male Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday. Read more.

ND Again Mulls Bill Banning Sexual Discrimination

The North Dakota House is considering legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, government, public services and the workplace.

03/23/2015

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Dayton Ups Recommendations For Tax Relief, School Spending

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton proposed spending nearly all of the state’s $1.9 billion dollar budget surplus on Tuesday. Gov. Dayton outlined a series of new spending programs on children, education and families.

03/17/2015

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Wisconsin Senate To Consider Right-To-Work Legislation

The Wisconsin Senate is set to dive into what could be a fierce debate on a Republican right-to-work bill after an evening of bitter protests over the legislation at the state Capitol.

02/25/2015

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Senate Democrats Seek $800M Per Year More For Transportation

Senate Democrats are releasing a transportation plan that spells out how they would pay for repairs and new construction for decades to come. The proposal being introduced Monday is likely to cover both the highway system and mass transit.

01/12/2015

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Franken Trounced McFadden In Senate Money Race

When it came to candidate money in Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race, it wasn’t even close.

12/15/2014

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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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Republicans Clinch Control Of US Senate

Republicans have seized control of the Senate for the first time in eight years.

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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McFadden Fights Back Against Attack Ads

Republican Senate hopeful Mike McFadden is fighting back against Democrats’ attempts to brand him as a ruthless businessman. The pushback comes in response to the latest attack ad from Sen. Al Franken.

10/27/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: 10-27-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee!

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10/27/2014

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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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