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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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Minn. Voters Decide On Gay Marriage, Photo ID

Minnesota voters voted on two major changes to their state constitution Tuesday, proposals to prohibit gay marriage and require photo identification for voting that sparked campaigns far more heated than usual for constitutional amendments.

11/06/2012

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Opinion: Ballots Full Of Women

While Mitt Romney talks about binders full of women, Democrats have ballots full of women.

11/06/2012

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Klobuchar, Bills Meet For Last Minn. Senate Debate

Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar and her Republican challenger, Kurt Bills, are meeting for the last debate of Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race.

11/04/2012

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GOP Staffer Loses Job Over Twitter Rant Vs. Gay Marriage Amendment

With four days until Election Day, tension is high across Minnesota, especially when it comes to support for the controversial marriage amendment.

11/02/2012

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Opinion: Romney’s Desperation Showing In Final Days Of Campaign

As the campaign draws to a close it has become very apparent that Obama will return to the White House and that Harry Reid will lead a Democratic Senate.

11/02/2012

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Opinion: Republicans Are Abandoning Romney’s Sinking Ship

Romney is dragging his own campaign and every Republican down. Republican operatives and House and Senate candidates have conceded as much throughout the month of September.

09/26/2012

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Behind The Ballot: Hottest Races In Minnesota

So just what are the hottest races in Minnesota this election season? WCCO’s Laura Oakes goes Behind the Ballot.

09/24/2012

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Talking Points: The Battle For The Legislature

The controversial constitutional amendments on this year’s ballot are the result of Republicans winning majorities in the Minnesota House and Senate in 2010.

09/23/2012

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Klobuchar Makes Formidable Target For GOP

Nearly any discussion of Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race presumes Sen. Amy Klobuchar is a virtual lock for re-election, with such an advantage in money, name recognition and poll standing that some Republicans openly despair of their chances to keep her from a second term.

08/26/2012

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Former Wisconsin Gov. Thompson Wins GOP Senate Bid

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson has won the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat the party is trying to capture for the first time in more than five decades.

08/14/2012

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Opinion: Ryan VP Pick Changes Electoral Math

Paul Ryan has changed the Electoral College math. With the pick, Romney has chosen a path that writes off almost all of the country and focuses the election on the industrial Midwest.

08/14/2012

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