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Minn. Bills Would Treat E-Cigs As Standard Smokes

The growing popularity of smokeless electronic cigarettes has Minnesota lawmakers weighing whether they should be regulated in similar fashion to traditional tobacco products.

02/26/2014

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Minimum Wage Hike Advocates Rally At Minn. Capitol

A political coalition pushing for a minimum wage increase in Minnesota is rallying in the Capitol rotunda as the new legislative session gets underway. House Speaker Paul Thissen and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk are scheduled to speak at the Tuesday event sponsored by the Raise the Wage Coalition.

02/25/2014

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Minnesota House Approves $20M In Heating Aid

The Minnesota House quickly passed a bill Tuesday to send emergency heating aid to people suffering through the brutal winter, setting a rapid pace on the first day of what could be a quick legislative session.

02/25/2014

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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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2-25-14 The Morning Take With Blois Olson On The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Day one of the 2014 session is here. Listen to Blois preview the session by clicking the link above!

02/25/2014

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5 Things To Know About Minn. Legislative Session

Minnesota lawmakers flock back to the Capitol on Tuesday for a legislative session expected to run 12 weeks at most. Having set the two-year budget last year, lawmakers face a shorter list of legislation they must consider this time. And it’s always easier to get in the way of proposed laws than to enact them.

02/25/2014

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St. Paul Gets Ready For Return Of Crashed Ice

Some of the people shoveling snow earlier today had skates on. They’re the ones keeping the Red Bull Crashed Ice Course clear for the competitors.

02/20/2014

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Report: Minnesota Graduation Rate Highest In A Decade

Nearly 80 percent of Minnesota’s high school seniors graduated last year, the highest number in the last 10 years. That’s according to a report released Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Education. State education officials said Minnesota’s graduation rate went from 77.6 percent in 2012 to 79.5 percent last year.

02/19/2014

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Group Wants $750M A Year For Minn. Roads, Transit

A coalition of transportation, business and labor interests proposes a new 5-percent sales tax on fuel in Minnesota to help raise money for new transportation projects. The $750-million-a year roads and transit plan from the group calling itself Move MN is being unveiled Tuesday at a legislative hearing.

02/18/2014

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Wall Surveyed Between Minn. Candidates, Groups

Political groups are eagerly awaiting a determination from Minnesota regulators about how involved candidates can be in fundraising for independent groups. The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board was taking up the topic Tuesday.

02/11/2014

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Minimum Wage Debate Heats Up At State Capitol

Some of Minnesota’s well-known mayors, including the mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul, are putting their weight behind an effort to pass Minnesota’s first minimum wage hike in 8 years.

02/06/2014

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Gov. Dayton Names Close Adviser As Running Mate

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is turning to a trusted adviser to be his running mate as he seeks a second term. Dayton has chosen Tina Flint Smith, his chief aide since he took office in 2011, to replace Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon. Prettner Solon didn’t want to serve a second term.

02/04/2014

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Minn. Party Chiefs Tout Precinct Caucuses

The chairmen of Minnesota’s three major political parties are making a rare joint appearance at the Capitol. The DFL’s Ken Martin, Republican chairman Keith Downey and Mark Jenkins of the Independence Party are setting aside differences Tuesday to encourage participation in upcoming precinct caucuses.

01/28/2014

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Senate Committee Backs Controversial Building Plan

A Minnesota Senate committee has approved preliminary plans for a new legislative office building despite attempts by Republicans to delay its construction. The planned building for senators and staff next to the Capitol is projected to cost $63 million, plus $27 million for adjacent parking facilities.

01/15/2014

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Dayton Unveils Minn. Construction Project Wishes

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton is producing his wish list for state-backed construction projects around Minnesota. He has said his plan to be released Wednesday would approach $1 billion. It will cover construction proposals on publicly owned property from college campuses to state prisons to regional civic centers.

01/15/2014

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