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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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Talking Points: Who’s To Blame In Gov’t Shutdown?

The government shutdown is headed into its second week, but Sen. Amy Klobuchar said she is hopeful that a compromise backed by 22 moderate House Republicans to fund the government for six weeks so a deal can be reached could lead to a breakthrough.

10/06/2013

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Talking Points: A Crowded (And Unique) Mpls. Mayor Race

With 35 candidates, the Mayor’s race in Minneapolis is so crowded that candidates have complained about not being invited to candidate forums and being ignored by the news media.

09/15/2013

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Talking Points: The Syria Decision

President Obama is scheduled to address the nation from the Oval Office Tuesday night in an effort to get the American people to rally behind a military strike against Syria

09/08/2013

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Talking Points: Dayton’s Investigation Into The Wilfs

The Vikings stadium is in trouble. Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered an investigation into the Wilf family’s finances in the aftermath of a New Jersey judge’s ruling that the Wilf family committed civil fraud.

08/25/2013

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Talking Points: Wilfs’ Fraud Issues & The Vikings Stadium

The Metropolitan Sport Facilities Authority was supposed to vote later this week on some of the final agreements for the Vikings stadium deal. But those votes have been postponed after Gov. Mark Dayton called for a review of the nearly $1 billion stadium plan.

08/18/2013

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Talking Points: Ortman’s Announcement To Face Franken

You may think it is a little early to start talking about the 2014 elections but this weekend there was a major development in the Minnesota Senate race.

08/04/2013

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Talking Points: What Does Rep. Paulsen Think Of A Shelby Run?

The biggest and most surprising political story of the week is that former WCCO Anchor Don Shelby is considering running for Congress against Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen in Minnesota’s Third Congressional District.

07/28/2013

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Talking Points: Breaking Down The Mayor’s Race

In the coming weeks and months you will hear more about one of the most unusual elections in Minnesota history — the November 2013 Minneapolis mayor’s race. It’s going to be different because the person who comes in first may not be the winner in the end.

07/07/2013

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Talking Points: MNsure Facing Problems Already?

In the coming months, 1.3 million Minnesotans are expected to sign up to get health coverage through MNsure.

06/30/2013

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Talking Points: Immigration Reform Bill

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a key amendment to an Immigration reform bill Monday. It would create a “pathway to citizenship” for 11 million people who came here illegally.

06/23/2013

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Talking Points: Ranked-Choice Voting & The Mayor’s Race

Saturday’s DFL Convention in Minneapolis failed to nominate a candidate for mayor. That means that all six DFL candidates are expected to run in the November election.

06/16/2013

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Talking Points: Do US Surveillance Programs Abuse Privacy Rights?

The man who leaked the information about U.S. surveillance programs has come forward — voluntarily.

06/09/2013

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Talking Points: Will Tom Emmer Run For The 6th District?

What a difference a week in the race for Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District. A week ago Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was running campaign ads — a recent poll showed she was in a dead heat with Jim Graves the DFL challenger who almost beat her in 2012.

06/02/2013

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Talking Points: Graves Vs. Bachmann, Round 2

Memorial Day weekend is hardly campaign season so you may have been surprised to see that 18 months before voters go to the polls, Rep. Michele Bachmann is already running campaign ads. It’s an unusual move for any candidate much less one who is a nationally recognized figure.

05/26/2013

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Talking Points: White House Dealing With Scandal Mess

More hearings are scheduled in Washington this week as Members of Congress continue investigating the IRS targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups.

05/19/2013

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Talking Points: The Vote For Gay Marriage In MN

On Monday, the Minnesota Senate is expected to vote to legalize gay marriage. And Gov. Mark Dayton has already said he will sign the measure into law.

05/12/2013

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Talking Points: Deadline To A Budget Deal, Tax Bill

The scheduled end of the legislative session is just two weeks from Monday and the state legislature is far from a deal on the critical issue of a budget and tax bill.

05/05/2013

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Talking Points: Solving MN’s Budget Woes With Taxes?

The democrats may be in control at the state Capitol but they certainly cannot agree on how to solve the state’s budget problems.

04/28/2013

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Talking Points: Intelligence Failure Before Bombings?

As investigators continue to look into the Boston Marathon bombings, questions are growing about whether there was an American intelligence failure.

04/21/2013

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Talking Points: Expanding Background Checks For Gun Sales

The U.S. Senate will be taking up a gun control bill that calls for expanding background checks to online and gun show sales.

04/14/2013

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Talking Points: Schaffhausen Insanity Trial

Aaron Schaffhausen has already pleaded guilty to the stabbing murders of his three daughters at their River Falls home last summer. But what are the chances he will actually be found insane?

04/07/2013

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Talking Points: Gun Control Bills Debated This Week

This week is the deciding one for a bill to create universal background checks for gun sales in Minnesota.

03/10/2013

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Talking Points: The Impact Of The Sequester

Three days into the sequester and there are signs that many Americans are not that concerned.

03/03/2013

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Talking Points: White House And The Sequester

This is the week you will be hearing an awful lot about the sequester. That’s the package of $85 billion in cuts that begin to go into effect on Friday if a deal is not reached between the White House and Republican leaders in Congress.

02/24/2013

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