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Talking Points: What’s Next For Michele Bachmann?

This weekend Republicans in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District nominated Tom Emmer to succeed Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who is retiring.

04/13/2014

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Talking Points: Child Sex Trafficking & Backpage.com

Child sex trafficking continues to be a problem across the country and here in the Twin Cities. Law enforcement officers say websites that advertise escort services are one of the biggest sources for trafficking.

04/06/2014

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Talking Points: Democrats Fight Themselves Over New Senate Building

This legislative session has stalled out with battles over a proposed $90 million Senate office building and a proposed minimum wage increase. But the battle is not between Republicans and Democrats – it’s the Democrats who are fighting amongst themselves. With Democrats controlling the Minnesota House and Senate as well as the governor’s office, it’s the Democrats who are battling with each other over key issues.

03/30/2014

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Talking Points: MNsure Sign Ups In The Final Week

A week from Monday is the deadline for signing up for insurance under Obamacare. Despite early problems, the state of Minnesota’s health exchange, MNsure, says it is seeing a huge surge of people signing up.

03/23/2014

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Talking Points: The Push For Sunday Liquor Sales

Two State lawmakers recently offered several bills that would achieve the same goal: allowing Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota. The bills range from allowing state-wide sales on Sunday to just allowing sales at breweries and tap rooms across the state. Another proposal by Sen. Roger Reinert of Duluth and Rep. Jennifer Loon of Eden Prairie would let individual cities decide if they want to allow Sunday sales.

03/16/2014

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Talking Points: Will MN Legalize Medical Marijuana?

Last week the Minnesota legislature took the first step to possibly legalizing medical marijuana. A medical marijuana bill passed a key House committee.

03/09/2014

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Talking Points: What To Do With The $1.23B Surplus?

Minnesota lawmakers have the kind of problem on their hands that, at first glance, would appear to be a good thing. Friday the state announced a surprising $1.23 billion surplus. But the debate about what to do with the surplus is so intense its even pitting members of the same party against each other.

03/02/2014

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Talking Points: Legality Of MN’s Sex Offender Program

A ruling late last week says the legislature needs to act to fix a draconian system that Minnesota uses to lock up more than 700 sexually dangerous offenders.

02/23/2014

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Talking Points: MNsure & The Governor’s Race

A major issue in this year’s governor’s race is the state health care exchange MNsure, and how it’s performing. Esme Murphy has the Talking Points.

02/16/2014

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Talking Points: Klobuchar On Target Data Breach

The investigation into the Target data breach is focusing on a Pennsylvania refrigeration company that had a contract with Target and billed the retailer electronically.

02/09/2014

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Talking Points: Getting U.S. Credit Cards More Secure

New developments have been revealed about the Target data breach. The cyber intelligence company, Intelcrawler, says a 17-year-old from Russia, may be the author of the malware that is being blamed for the compromising of more than 100 million credit card accounts used at Target.

01/19/2014

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Talking Points: No School Monday, What About Tuesday?

Anyone with kids is well aware that there is no school for all public K-12 schools across the state on Monday. Most Twin Cities private and religious schools we checked will also be closed.

01/05/2014

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Talking Points: Betsy Hodges & The Generational Shift In Mpls.

The Minneapolis City elections were notable for how long it took to get results and the generational shift in those who were elected.

11/10/2013

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Talking Points: Rep. Paulsen On Divided MN GOP

The government shutdown may be over but there are real questions about whether Congress can reach an agreement on a budget and the debt ceiling in coming months.

10/27/2013

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Talking Points: Klobuchar On A Possible 2nd Gov’t Shutdown

The government shutdown may have ended but there is already concern that another shutdown could happen in just a few months. Congress now faces deadline starting in January to achieve budget and debt ceiling deals.

10/20/2013

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