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Candidates For Congress Shed Light On Fundraising

New campaign finance reports will detail how candidates in Minnesota’s most hotly contested congressional races are faring in their hunt for money. Federal candidates had until Tuesday to file reports with regulators saying how much they raised and spent from April through June.

07/15/2014

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New Panel Studying Government Data Issues Convenes

A new commission tasked with studying whether Minnesota’s records and data practices laws are keeping up with the times is getting off the ground. The Legislative Commission on Data Practices was holding its inaugural meeting Tuesday near the state Capitol.

07/08/2014

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State Capitol Renovation Enters Major Phase

Call it the mother of all fixer-uppers. If you’ve been watching the restoration of the Minnesota State Capitol recently, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. The $272 million dollar renovation enters a major new phase this week, with most of the Capitol shut off from the public for the first time in its 109-year history.

07/07/2014

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Minnesota Budget Reserve Bumped By $150M

Minnesota’s defense against future budget shortfalls is a bit sturdier. State finance officials said Tuesday they deposited $150 million more into Minnesota government’s main rainy-day account.

07/01/2014

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Commission OKs Next Phase Of State Capitol Redo

The next serious phase of Minnesota’s state Capitol renovation got the go-ahead Monday, and more state leaders began to vacate their offices for temporary quarters as the massive spruce-up drives forward. The Capitol Preservation Commission, led by Gov. Mark Dayton, approved the latest work package in the multi-year renovation project. When that part is complete, about 60 percent of the project will be done.

06/16/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 6-6-14

Flip Saunders returns to the bench for the Timberwolves……That and more in the PODCAST SECTION….get there by CLICKING THE LINK ABOVE.

06/06/2014

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Senate Office Building Gets Legal Green Light

A Minnesota Supreme Court ruling has removed a legal barrier that threatened to block or delay a new government office building for state senators. The decision Thursday effectively ends a court fight that could have delayed an early July groundbreaking.

06/05/2014

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Podcast Page: WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-28-14

Lots of information on the show today…If you missed something, you can listen back to the podcast by CLICKING THE LINK ABOVE.

05/28/2014

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Legal Fight Over Senate Building Takes New Turn

A legal fight threatening to hold up construction of a new building for Minnesota state senators has taken a new turn. A former state lawmaker suing to block the building failed Tuesday to meet a deadline for posting an $11 million surety bond.

05/27/2014

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Podcast Page: WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-25-14

A busy Memorial Day….Click the link above to listen back to some of the highlights via the PODCAST PAGE.

05/26/2014

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Minnesotans Protest Agriculture Company At State Capitol

Dozens marched at the Capitol Saturday afternoon as part of a nationwide protest of the company Monsanto. Monsanto is an agriculture company that works with farmers around the world. They provide seed for things like corn, cotton, fruits and vegetables.

05/24/2014

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Portraits, Busts Moved From Capitol Amid Makeover

No, it’s not a Capitol artwork heist in progress. Portraits and busts of noted Minnesota politicians as well as some framed paintings are being systematically removed from the state Capitol.

05/23/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-21-14

Minneapolis gets the SUPER BOWL! Highlights from today’s show can be found by clicking the link above!

05/21/2014

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Podcast Page: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-19-14

Sid Hartman Day was quite the celebration! Listen back to highlights by CLICKING THE LINK above.

05/19/2014

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With Time To Spare, Lawmakers End 2014 Session

Sensing an imminent finish to their legislative session, Minnesota lawmakers took stock Friday of accomplishments and potential campaign liabilities in a year marked by Democratic drives to boost the minimum wage and target school bullying as well as bipartisan efforts to legalize medical marijuana, fix public infrastructure and deliver tax cuts using surplus money.

05/16/2014

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Dayton Confronts Bill Reeling In Minnesota Lottery

By landslide votes, lawmakers put Gov. Mark Dayton on the spot with a bill preventing the Minnesota Lottery from offering instant-play games online or selling tickets at gas pumps and ATMs. Dayton hasn’t indicated what he’ll decide, but his lottery director craves a veto.

05/16/2014

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For Rural Broadband Boosters, $20M Makes A Start

Supporters of expanded broadband in rural Minnesota are claiming a victory as the Legislature appears ready to set aside $20 million for their cause. A supplemental budget bill that includes the money could be voted on as early as Friday.

05/15/2014

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2 Views Of Legal Medical Pot Head To Committee

Two very different plans for legalizing medical marijuana in Minnesota went to a legislative conference committee on Tuesday, leaving advocates hoping for an agreement acceptable enough to Gov. Mark Dayton to become law.

05/13/2014

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DFL Rep. Lesch Called Up To National Guard

A Minnesota state representative is getting a National Guard call-up that means he’ll miss the rest of the legislative session. Rep. John Lesch, a St. Paul Democrat, has been summoned to training at Camp Ripley.

05/13/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-13-14

To listen to highlights from today’s program, CLICK THE LINK ABOVE.

05/13/2014

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Sprinkler Clause Adds Wrinkle To Bonding Debate

When it comes to the $846 million construction borrowing package being debated at the Capitol, many wonder if it’s too big to fail. Or in the case of Gov. Mark Dayton, is it too big to veto?

05/13/2014

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Dayton: Home-Sprinkler Clause Would Doom Bill

A clause in a construction borrowing package related to home sprinklers could doom the full package. Gov. Mark Dayton warned Monday that he would veto the full bonding bill over attempts to dump a building code requirement.

05/12/2014

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Minnesota Senators Could Act On Medical Marijuana

The next move in legalization of medical marijuana in Minnesota is up to the state Senate. Senators could vote Monday to adopt a House bill that is more restrictive than theirs.

05/12/2014

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Liquor-Law Feud Ends Quietly In Legislature

The debate over cracking open Minnesota’s ban on Sunday liquor store sales has ended with a whimper. With a Senate vote Friday, a bill preserving the status quo on takeaway sales is on its way to Gov. Mark Dayton.

05/09/2014

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Pivotal House Vote Arrives On Medical Marijuana

A bill with tight limits on use of marijuana as medicine has reached a pivotal Minnesota House vote. Days after the Senate overwhelmingly passed a more-expansive version, House lawmakers planned to debate its own proposal and almost 50 potential amendments Friday.

05/09/2014

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