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Talking Points: Protecting Victims Of Sexual Harassment

Some lawmakers say Minnesota laws may need to be changed to help protect victims of sexual harassment.

08/23/2015

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Talking Points: The Aftermath Of The Teague Scandal

The director of a center for sexual assault and harassment victims at the University of Minnesota says they have been getting more calls in the wake of the sexual assault scandal involving the university’s former athletic director.

08/16/2015

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Talking Points: VP Joe Biden Considering Presidential Run

The New York Times is among major media outlets reporting that Vice President Joe Biden is considering getting into the race for the Democratic Presidential nomination. The Times and other outlets report that Biden’s late son Beau, who died of cancer in May, urged his father to run.

08/02/2015

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Talking Points: Is There Too Much Construction In The West Metro?

Commuters traveling into downtown Minneapolis from western suburbs will get a break from a project that has created major tie ups the last two weeks.

07/26/2015

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Talking Points: Doctor’s Perspective On Medical Pot Program

Three weeks into the roll out of Minnesota’s medical marijuana program, the number of patients enrolling continues to be lower than many expected.

07/19/2015

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Talking Points: Minnesota’s Rocky Medical Pot Rollout

This Wednesday is the first day Minnesotans can pick up medical marijuana prescriptions.

06/28/2015

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Talking Points: What’s Next For State’s Sex Offender Program?

The state of Minnesota is indicating it will appeal a federal court ruling last week that declared the state’s sex offender treatment program unconstitutional.

06/21/2015

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Talking Points: Troop Deployments, Cold War Tensions

Are we headed back to the days of the Cold War? Just days after the White House announced 450 additional U.S. troops would be sent to Iraq, the Pentagon said it wants to deploy heavy weaponry and as many as 5,000 troops in Eastern Europe.

06/14/2015

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Talking Points: Daudt Talks Looming Shutdown, Auditor Bill Issues

House Speaker Kurt Daudt, who was a guest on WCCO Sunday Morning, said he hopes there isn’t a shutdown over the language in the auditor bill the governor signed and then disagreed with.

06/07/2015

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Talking Points: Father Of Abbey Taylor Talks Pool Safety After St. Paul Rescue

A 7-year-old boy remains hospitalized after falling into a St. Paul pool and being submerged in murky water for several minutes. The accident happened at a St. Paul pool last Monday. A WCCO investigation found that because of a gap in state inspection procedures, neither the state nor the city had been inspecting the pool.

05/31/2015

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Talking Points: Dayton, Daudt Hopeful Ahead Of Special Session

A special session that was expected to be difficult just got a whole lot messier. On Saturday, Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the agriculture-and-environment bill, as well the jobs bill. That’s on top of the education bill he also vetoed earlier in the week.

05/24/2015

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Talking Points: Use Of Paid Informant Causes Concern In Somali Community

Unprecedented security is expected Tuesday when four of six Minnesota terror suspects arrested last month appear in federal court in Minneapolis.

05/10/2015

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Talking Points: ‘No Simple Answers’ In Stopping Terror Recruitment

It’s been one week since news broke that six young Minnesota men were charged with trying to join ISIS.

04/26/2015

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Talking Points: Author Says Only 10 States Matter In A Presidential Race

It may seem a little early, but this past week has seen an awful lot of activity in presidential politics.

04/19/2015

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Talking Points: House Speaker Daudt Supports Sunday Liquor Sales

With deadlines looming at the State Capitol, the next few weeks will see heated debate over what to do with the state’s $1 billion budget deficit. And you will also hear debate over an issue that seems to come up every year — Sunday liquor sales.

04/12/2015

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Talking Points: Gov. Dayton Stands Behind His Pre-K Plan

Gov. Mark Dayton is continuing to double down on his efforts to dramatically expand funding for early childhood education.

03/22/2015

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Talking Points: Target’s Job Cuts & New Digital Focus

Last week, the news broke that Target Corp. plans to lay off several thousand employees at its Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park corporate headquarters.

03/08/2015

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Talking Points: Rep. Ellison Talks Homeland Security Shutdown

Late Friday night, Congress avoided a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security by approving a week extension of agency funding.

03/01/2015

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Talking Points: Klobuchar On Al-Shabaab Threat Video

The latest terror video from al-Shabaab comes days after the White House convened a terror summit that focused on combating recruiting here in the Twin Cities and the rest of the country.

02/22/2015

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Talking Points: Health Dept. Head Talks Commissioner Pay Raises

More drama is expected this week at the Capitol as both Republicans and Democrats battle Gov. Mark Dayton over his awarding his commissioners large pay raises.

02/15/2015

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Talking Points: A $4 Million Bet On A Super Bowl Ad

More than $4 million for a 30 second ad — that was the going rate for this year’s Super Bowl. But is it really worth it?

02/01/2015

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Talking Points: St. Paul’s Paid Parental Leave

In his State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama asked Congress for $2 billion to help states create paid family and medical leave programs.

01/25/2015

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Talking Points: Gas Prices, Keystone Pipeline

As gas prices continue to drop, the debate over building the Keystone pipeline is heating up. Supporters say the pipeline will help keep prices low. But critics warn the pipeline could actually increase prices in our region and will only lead to few permanent jobs.

01/11/2015

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Talking Points: Will Gas Prices Continue To Fall?

Sticker shock at the pump continues in the Twin Cities and around the nation. And for motorists filling up, it’s the good kind of shock.

01/04/2015

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Talking Points: Bachmann Leaving Congress, Not Politics

After 8 years in Congress, one of Minnesota’s best known political figures is leaving office. But Rep. Michele Bachmann isn’t leaving quietly.

12/21/2014

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