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As Calls For Budget Vetoes Mount, Dayton Urges Caution

Gov. Mark Dayton is warning some advocates that a second crack at some parts of the budget may be the wrong move. The Legislature’s budget bills still hadn’t made it to Dayton’s desk as of Wednesday afternoon.

05/20/2015

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Minn. House Passes Education Finance Bill 71 – 59

The Minnesota House passed the education finance bill early Monday morning. Just before 4:30 a.m. the House passed the bill 71 to 59.

05/18/2015

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State Leaders Approve Funding To Stop Bird Flu

Help is on the way for Minnesota farmers trying to bounce back from this year’s devastating outbreak of the bird flu. Millions of turkeys and chickens have had to be euthanized, and the State Fair is canceling all bird exhibits this year as a precaution.

05/17/2015

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Lawmakers Working Around The Clock To Reach Budget Deal

Just a little more than 24 hours before state lawmakers are supposed to finish their business — it looks like they may need overtime. Gov. Mark Dayton said Sunday he’ll veto a major education spending bill because it does not include his No. 1 priority.

05/17/2015

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Push To Restore Felon Voting Rights On Hold Until Next Year

Advocates for restoring felons’ voting rights faster are hoping to try again next year. Minnesota law bans felons from voting until they’ve completed parole or probation. Advocates made headway this year in their long push to restore that right immediately after felons are released from prison.

05/17/2015

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Dayton’s Ire Looms As Legislature Races To Pass Budget

Minnesota lawmakers are starting a three-day sprint to hash out the specifics of a budget deal. Legislators were expected to return to the Capitol Saturday for a weekend of around-the-clock work to finish bills and pass a budget.

05/16/2015

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Cornish Passes On Bid To Challenge Walz For Congress

The colorful Tony Cornish is passing on the chance to run for Congress. The Republican state legislator said Wednesday he is happy at the state Capitol and wouldn’t try to trade up to Washington. He had been mulling a challenge to Democratic Rep. Tim Walz.

05/13/2015

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Legislative Overtime Could Hinder Capitol Renovations

A state official overseeing Capitol renovations says failing to wrap up the legislative session by Monday would be “catastrophic” for the project. Top lawmakers have shown few signs of progress toward crafting a new budget.

05/12/2015

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State Senator Ortman Won’t Seek Fifth Term

At least one seat in the Minnesota Senate will change hands next year. State Sen. Julianne Ortman announced Tuesday she won’t seek a fifth term. The Chanhassen Republican says she’s bowing out early to give other candidates a stronger shot.

05/12/2015

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Minnesota Senate Votes, Again, To End Online Lottery Games

The Minnesota Lottery’s days of selling instant-win tickets on the Internet, at gas pumps and through ATMs could be numbered. The Senate voted 56-8 Thursday to end games that the lottery launched last year without explicit legislative approval, prompting cries of overreach.

05/07/2015

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Not There Yet: Minnesota Leaders Hole Up For Budget Talks

Minnesota’s top lawmakers are rotating in and out of closed-door meetings in search of a state budget compromise. Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk met into the night Wednesday and planned to hold additional talks Thursday.

05/07/2015

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Andrew Zimmern Pitches ‘Snowbate’ Tax Renewal At Capitol

Minnesota lawmakers got a visit Wednesday from a well-known celebrity chef and food writer lobbying to save the “Snowbate” tax credit for production companies. Andrew Zimmern greeted House members, some of whom took selfies with the famous chef.

05/06/2015

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Legislature Preparing To Vote On State Lottery Restrictions

Minnesota lawmakers are preparing to vote on a bill suspending Internet-based state lottery tickets. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Tuesday he’d hold the vote soon, and House Speaker Kurt Daudt said he expected his chamber would do the same.

05/05/2015

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Boat Diplomacy: Capitol’s Top 3 Headed On Joint Fishing Trip

Minnesota’s center of political power is moving north for the weekend. Gov. Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and House Speaker Kurt Daudt plan to share a boat Saturday on Lake Vermilion for the annual fishing opener.

05/05/2015

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Minnesota Wants To Host College Football Championship Game

Minnesota has an idea for a Super Bowl encore: the country’s biggest college football game. Gov. Mark Dayton is joining others Tuesday morning to announce the state’s bid for the College Football Playoff National Championship.

05/04/2015

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Dayton Threatens Veto Of Budget Bill Over Campaign-Law Part

Gov. Mark Dayton is threatening to veto a state agency budget bill if Republicans don’t agree to remove a part that would ditch candidate spending limits and undo current restrictions on where their donations originate.

05/04/2015

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Former Viking Alan Page Honored For Service In Supreme Court

Justice Alan Page got special recognition from the state Senate Thursday morning. A resolution honored him for more than two decades of service on the Minnesota Supreme Court.

04/30/2015

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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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Quadriga Statue Returns To State Capitol

A very visible part of the restoration of the Minnesota State Capitol is now complete. The large gold statue known as “Progress of the State” on top of the front of the building is home again.

04/29/2015

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Southwest LRT Project Under Scrutiny Following $341M Price Hike

Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday that he’s “shocked and appalled” to learn that the Metropolitan Council raised its estimate for the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project by $341 million for a total budget of nearly $2 billion.

04/27/2015

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Gun-Weary Senate Makes Surprise Turn To Legalize Silencers

The Senate is moving to lift a ban on gun silencers even as Gov. Mark Dayton has promised a veto. Minnesota’s Senate and its Democratic leader had shown little interest in expanding the state’s gun laws this year.

04/23/2015

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Dayton Backs New Camera Ban For Media Interviews In Prisons

Gov. Mark Dayton says he stands behind a new policy instituted by the Department of Corrections that bans the use of media cameras for interviews of inmates conducted in Minnesota prisons. Dayton said Tuesday he trusts the judgment of his agency commissioner and steps he’s taking to assure security in state prisons.

04/21/2015

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Dayton Issues Challenge To Augment Minnesota Budget Reserves

There’s a new pledge drive at Minnesota’s Capitol that could leave the state with an even bigger budget reserve. Gov. Mark Dayton challenged House Republicans on Tuesday to back off some of their $2 billion in proposed tax cuts.

04/21/2015

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Minn. House Approves Series Of Gun Rights Bills

The Minnesota House approved Thursday a series of gun rights bills, including one that allows legal gun permit holders to automatically carry guns inside and around the State Capitol building.

04/16/2015

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Legalized Silencers, Other Gun Measures Head To House Floor

A handful of gun bills are ready for a final vote. The Minnesota House was expected to take up bills Thursday that would legalize gun silencers and remove a requirement that gun permit owners notify state officials before bringing a firearm onto Capitol grounds. Other measures were also set for a vote.

04/16/2015

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