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Talking Points: Solving MN’s Budget Woes With Taxes?

The democrats may be in control at the state Capitol but they certainly cannot agree on how to solve the state’s budget problems.

04/28/2013

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Tech Firm Near Win In Quiet Push For Minn. Breaks

In early February, a development agency in Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration made a deal with a giant pharmaceutical company: The state would explore grants and tax breaks that could yield almost 200 high-wage jobs all while keeping Baxter Healthcare Group’s name out of the public conversation.

04/28/2013

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Senate Passes Budget For All-Day Kindergarten

The state Senate has passed its education budget to provide funding for all-day kindergarten.

04/25/2013

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Minn. Budget Pieces Come Together At Capitol

Minnesota’s two-year budget puzzle is starting to come together as the state Senate takes up the two biggest pieces of state spending.

04/25/2013

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Drug Test For Lawmakers: Next Stop, Senate

Members of the Minnesota Senate will decide whether to require drug tests for lawmakers to qualify for their pay and benefits.

04/24/2013

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Senate Tax Plan To Affect More Than Top 2 Percent

The Senate’s soon-to-be-unveiled tax plan will likely affect more than 2 percent of the state’s top earners with an income tax increase, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Monday.

04/22/2013

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Minn. Senate Passes Another Slice Of 2-Year Budget

The Minnesota Senate has passed a wide-ranging spending bill that dictates state funds for programs run by the state agriculture, natural resources, commerce, pollution control and economic development agencies.

04/19/2013

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Minn. Senate Wants Wholesale Gas Tax For Roads

After backing off a proposed gas tax increase in the face of opposition from Gov. Mark Dayton, state Senate Democrats on Wednesday proposed an alternative in the form of a new sales tax on fuel sales at the wholesale level as a way to raise money for road and bridge projects.

04/17/2013

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MN Senate Talks Tubby Smith Firing, $263M Boost To MnSCU

The Minnesota Senate approved a major funding increase for the University of Minnesota and MnSCU systems on Wednesday.

04/17/2013

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Talking Points: Expanding Background Checks For Gun Sales

The U.S. Senate will be taking up a gun control bill that calls for expanding background checks to online and gun show sales.

04/14/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers Jump Back Into Vikings Stadium

Minnesota state lawmakers waded back into details of the Vikings stadium project Tuesday, amid building concerns about the reliability of tax revenue from gambling to pay the state’s share.

04/02/2013

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Major Insurance Overhaul Passes At Minn. Capitol

The NFL has agreed to pay $42 million as part of a settlement with a group of retired players who challenged the league over using their names and images without their permission.

03/18/2013

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Gun Buyer Checks Argued At Minn. Senate Hearing

The Minnesota Senate opened controversial hearings on gun violence at the Capitol Thursday, focusing on much tougher background checks.

02/21/2013

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State Patrol: Brodkorb Was Over Legal Limit In Crash

The Minnesota State Patrol said ex-Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb was over the legal limit on the night he crashed his car.

02/07/2013

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Gay Marriage Amendment Race Leaves Sticker Shock

Forget the presidential race, the campaigns for Congress or the legislature. The price tag of the marriage amendment campaign topped them all.

02/01/2013

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Ex-Minn. Senate Leader Koch Speaks Out On Downfall

Former Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch is striking back at top Republicans over her 2011 resignation after an affair with a staff member, accusing them of pledging to give her time to talk to her family and then promptly leaking word of the affair to media.

01/27/2013

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Coleman Rules Out 2014 Senate Rematch With Franken

Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman says he won’t seek a rematch with Sen. Al Franken in 2014. Coleman tweeted word of his decision Wednesday, after it was first reported in the National Journal.

01/09/2013

Obama Makes Statement On Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

U.S. House Passes Senate Fiscal Cliff Bill

Past its own New Year’s deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national “fiscal cliff” of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America’s divided government to the limit.

01/01/2013

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Minn. Senate Approves $200K Legal Bills In Brodkorb Case

Taxpayers are picking up another large bill for legal fees in the Minnesota Senate.

12/13/2012

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Opinion: Pelosi Stays On As Leader, Continuing To Defy The GOP War On Women

She will remain the one woman in a leadership position in the room when important issues effecting women are negotiated over the next year and a strong reminder that Democrats stand with women and promote them to positions of power.

11/14/2012

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Esme’s Blog: How The Amendments Hurt Republicans

The Republican leaders in the Minnesota Legislature believed putting the Voter ID and Marriage Amendments on the ballot would increase voter turnout, help Republican candidates statewide, and boost their majorities in both houses of the legislature.

11/10/2012

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Minnesota Democrats Make Leadership Choices

Democrats who won legislative majorities in Tuesday’s election are picking their top leaders.

11/08/2012

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Democrats Control Minn. For First Time Since 1990

One of the biggest election night, surprises came at the State Capitol where Minnesota Republicans lost their majorities in the House and Senate.

11/07/2012

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Democrats Recapture Control Of Minn. Legislature

Republican control of the Minnesota Legislature teetered on the brink late Tuesday as Democrats jumped ahead of GOP candidates in several key races in the Twin Cities suburbs.

11/06/2012

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Bills Urges Stronger State GOP Unity After Loss

U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills says Republicans will “win this state down the road,” despite his landslide loss to Democrat Amy Klobuchar in Minnesota.

11/06/2012

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