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Minn. Senate Passes Heroin Antidote Bill

The state Senate passed a bill Tuesday allowing first responders to administer a heroin antidote, called Narcan, in the case of an overdose, and immunity for people who call 911.

04/08/2014

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Senators Accuse GM Of Covering Up Defective Switch

Members of a Senate subcommittee accused General Motors of trying to cover up problems with an ignition switch that is now tied to 13 deaths.

04/07/2014

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Lawmakers Accuse GM Of Possible Criminal Cover-Up

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill accused General Motors of a potentially criminal cover-up of its defective ignition switches and fumed at the lack of answers from its new CEO during a second day of hearings Wednesday into why GM waited a decade to recall cars with the deadly flaw.

04/02/2014

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Minn. Senate Plans Tax Relief Vote On Thursday

Leaders of the Minnesota Senate say they hope to pass a $434 million tax relief measure on Thursday, though it’s not clear if differences with a House version will delay its path to Gov. Mark Dayton.

03/18/2014

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Lottery’s Venture Into Online Sales Fuels Backlash

A month after instant “scratch-off” Minnesota Lottery ticket sales went live on the Internet, the pioneering venture faces a high-powered threat at the Capitol. The Senate leaders of both parties and tax committee heads in both chambers are seeking a one-sentence change in state law to permanently turn off the new portal for gambling. Among other issues, lawmakers are upset that lottery officials introduced the games without seeking their approval through explicit legislation allowing it.

03/14/2014

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‘Lavish Parties’ Exception To Gift Ban Targeted

The Minnesota House has voted to reverse course on a recent law change making it easier for lobbyists to buy meals for legislators.

03/10/2014

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Senate Ratifies State Labor Contracts With Raises

Labor pacts covering 38,000 state workers have won approval from the Minnesota Senate. Senators voted 43-22 on Monday to formally adopt contracts that have been in place since late last year.

03/10/2014

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2-25-14 Senator Tom Bakk Joins The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

The Senate Majority Leader talks with Dave about the start of another session. Click the above link to hear the highlights …..

02/25/2014

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GOP Picks Early Favorites For Senate, Governor

The Republican candidates for governor and senator who won bellwether straw polls among crowded fields sought Wednesday to capitalize on the early show of support from party activists.

02/05/2014

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Senate Hearings Begin On Target Data Breach

Congress began a series of hearings Monday before a Senate banking subcommittee into the massive data breach at Target and other retailers. The Secret Service was grilled about when Target told then about the breach, and another hearing is slated for Tuesday. That’s when Target CFO John Mulligan will be in the hot seat.

02/03/2014

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In Solidarity, Senate Women Help Female Candidates

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito’s responsibilities are familiar to many women: plan her daughter’s May wedding, look out for her elderly parents and concentrate on her day job. The Republican congresswoman from West Virginia is also running for the U.S. Senate. She’s getting some help from women who’ve been there and done that.

01/22/2014

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GOP’s McFadden Has $1.7M On Hand For Senate Bid

Minnesota Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden raised another $780,000 for his campaign in the last three months of 2013 and has $1.7 million in the bank for his bid to run against incumbent Democrat Al Franken this year.

01/09/2014

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Minn. Senate DFL Hit With $100K Penalty Over Ads

The campaign arm for Minnesota Democratic state senators agreed Tuesday to pay a $100,000 civil penalty to resolve an investigation over ads in the 2012 election, one of the largest fines levied in a state political case.

12/17/2013

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10-28-13 Julianne Ortman On The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Is she the front runner to face Al Franken in 2014?

10/28/2013

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Johnson, Ortman Win Minn. GOP Scrimmages

Early Republican scrimmages Saturday in races for Minnesota governor and the U.S. Senate gave a leg up to a pair of candidates who are looking for any edge against better-financed rivals. The straw polls at the Minnesota Republican Party’s State Central Committee meeting were won by Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson in the governor’s race and state Sen. Julianne Ortman for Senate. But if past preference polls are any guide, neither has a lock on the party’s endorsement that will be awarded next May or the nomination to be decided in August. “I don’t know that I believe in the curse of the straw poll,” Johnson said after his win, alluding to others who have been overtaken come state convention time. “These are the most active of the activists.”

10/26/2013

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Good Question: Can A Member Of Congress Be Recalled?

Though the shutdown is now over, anger towards national politicians hasn’t subsided. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll conducted last week showed 60 percent of Americans would be willing to fire every member of Congress and start over.

10/17/2013

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Bill To Reopen Government Clears US Senate

Legislation to reopen the federal government and avoid a threatened national default has passed the U.S. Senate on an 81-18 vote. The legislation that passed the Senate Wednesday now goes to the U.S. House where a vote is expected later Wednesday.

10/16/2013

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Good Question Bonus: Is There A Recall Option For Congress?

Mary wrote to us this week out of frustration. In fact, many of you were quite angry in your Good Question submissions about the government shutdown. On Tuesday, we answered the GQ about Congressional members’ salaries. I thought we’d use this space to answer Mary’s question: Is there a recall option for Congress?

10/04/2013

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Minn. Senate Settles Lawsuit From Fired Staffer

The Minnesota Senate agreed Thursday to settle a lawsuit brought by a former staffer who was fired after he was found to be having an affair with the chamber’s majority leader. The Senate agreed to pay Michael Brodkorb $30,000, an amount that chamber leaders said was equal to severance offered Brodkorb before he was fired in December 2011. He had been seeking more than $500,000.

09/26/2013

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Minn. Senate Attorneys Want Brodkorb Suit Tossed

A federal magistrate is weighing whether to dismiss the lawsuit filed by a fired Minnesota Senate aide.

08/28/2013

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Brodkorb: Affairs List Just A Snippet Of Proof

The fired Minnesota Senate aide alleging multiple sexual affairs at the Capitol says a sensitive list of names isn’t the only evidence he has produced about relationships between legislators and staff.

07/12/2013

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Should The Media Release The “BRODKORB” Cheaters List?

Click the link to vote on KING JOHN’s Poll!

07/11/2013

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Legislators Come Up Short: Student Loan Rates Double

Interest rates for student loans have doubled. The House and Senate failed to come up with a compromised bill during this past session, so the subsidized Stafford Loan rates jumped today from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.

07/01/2013

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Student Loan Rate Set To Double Monday

Like many Americans, lawmakers will have this week off for the 4th of July, but that break has Minnesota college students and their parents wondering what’s next for their student loan rates.

06/30/2013

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