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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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Talking Points: The Future Of The Minnesota GOP

On Tuesday the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota will host a panel discussion on the future of the Republican Party. With big losses at the federal and state level, it’s a question many Republicans are asking themselves: What policies should the party embrace?

02/17/2013

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Talking Points: Gov. Dayton’s Sales Tax Proposal

In the coming weeks, Gov. Mark Dayton will be trying to sell his new tax plan. The plan would reduce the current sales tax rate from 6.8 percent to 5.5 percent, while increasing the number of goods and services that will be taxed.

01/27/2013

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Talking Points: Clothing Sales Tax, Gun Control & More

While all eyes will be on Washington Monday for the inauguration, here at home the focus will shift to St. Paul. On Tuesday, Gov. Dayton will present his budget.

01/20/2013

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Talking Points: What Will Happen To Gun Laws?

By Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden will present his recommendations to curb gun violence to the president.

01/13/2013

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Talking Points: Rep. John Kline On Debt Ceiling

If you think this past week’s fiscal cliff deal puts an end to the partisan grid lock in Washington, guess again.

01/06/2013

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Talking Points: The Gun Laws Discussion After A Shooting

After each and every mass shooting, there is the inevitable discussion of changes in our gun laws. But with this tragedy and the loss of so many very young lives, it appears the discussion is one that may last beyond the news cycle of a few days, or even a week.

12/16/2012

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Talking Points: Paulsen On Avoiding The ‘Fiscal Cliff’

Negotiations will continue this week in Washington as lawmakers try to avoid the so called fiscal cliff, that could result in dramatic tax increases for all Americans as well as sharp across the board cuts to everything from schools, to the military to social programs.

11/25/2012

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Talking Points: The Risk Of A Fiscal Cliff

The President and Republicans are taking a break in their negotiations over a deal to avoid the Fiscal Cliff.

11/18/2012

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Talking Points: Rough Election For MN Republicans

Minnesota Republicans had a rough election night. Two constitutional amendments they had counted on to help drive Conservative voter turnout not only failed but appeared to have the opposite effect.

11/11/2012

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Talking Points: Both Sides Of The Marriage Amendment

A new poll out late last night suggests public opinion has shifted against the Marriage Amendment.

11/04/2012

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Talking Points: The 2012 Election Will Be A Toss-Up

A new Star Tribune poll shows a surge for Mitt Romney in Minnesota – the poll of likely voters puts Obama at 47 percent to Romney’s 44 percent — that is within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.

10/28/2012

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Talking Points: Graves Vs. Bachmann For 6th District

A new Star Tribune poll says that Rep. Michele Bachmann holds a six-point lead in her race against hotel executive Jim Graves. Of those surveyed, 51 percent favor Bachmann while 45 percent say they will vote for Graves.

10/21/2012

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Talking Points: Bachmann Faces Her Toughest Race Yet

This week, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s campaign announced she raised $4.5 million for her re-election bid in the third quarter.

10/14/2012

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Talking Points: The 1st Presidential Debate Of 2012

Looking ahead this week — one of the major stories we will be following will be the buildup to the first presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Denver.

09/30/2012

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Talking Points: The Battle For The Legislature

The controversial constitutional amendments on this year’s ballot are the result of Republicans winning majorities in the Minnesota House and Senate in 2010.

09/23/2012

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Talking Points: Graves’ Poll Numbers Against Rep. Bachmann

As of Tuesday, there will only be seven weeks until Election Day. And while much of the focus and here and across the country has been on the presidential race, members of Congress are up for re-election as well.

09/16/2012

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Talking Points: Does Campaigning At The Fair Work?

Anyone who goes to the Fair will find themselves meeting a lot of political candidates and their surrogates passing out literature.

08/26/2012

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Talking Points: Don’t Forget About MN’s Primary

So its mid-August and you’re focused on the Olympics, maybe some back-to-school shopping and the State Fair is right around the corner. You may not realize that there is a major political event happening this week.

08/12/2012

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Talking Points: Pawlenty’s VP Prospects

You could say former Governor Tim Pawlenty was left at the alter four years ago when John McCain bypassed him for the number two spot on the GOP ticket, choosing instead Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

08/05/2012

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Talking Points: Minnesota A Must-Win For Obama?

There’s just 100 days away from the election and a new poll shows President Obama is the more likeable candidate.

07/29/2012

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Talking Points: Ellison Says Allegations Are ‘Ridiculous’

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann continues to not respond to critics who are upset with her comments linking government officials, including fellow Minnesota Congressman Keith Elison to Muslim extremists.

07/22/2012

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Talking Points: Presidential Election Takes Negative Turn

The presidential election has taken a decidedly negative turn this past week, with the fierce debate over when Mitt Romney left his job at Bain Capitol.

07/15/2012

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Talking Points: Previewing Amy Senser’s Sentencing

On Monday, Amy Senser will find out her sentence in the hit and run death of Anousone Panthavong.

07/08/2012

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