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Leaders Work To ‘Button Up’ Budget Bills For Special Session

Makeshift House and Senate chambers have been arranged for an impending special session. Now all state leaders need are final budget bills for lawmakers to vote on. House Speaker Kurt Daudt said Tuesday that a session this week is still a possibility as long as lingering issues with three budget bills and two other pieces of legislation can be addressed by Wednesday.

06/02/2015

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Lt. Gov. Tina Smith: Why Won’t The Legislature Compromise On Education?

Gov. Mark Dayton is not wavering in his threat to veto any education bill that doesn’t include more money for Minnesota schools and funding for universal pre-K, his top officer said on Sunday.

05/17/2015

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Dayton Pushes Major Spending Programs In Speech

On Thursday night, Gov. Mark Dayton is slated to deliver his annual State of the State address, the fifth speech of its kind for the two-term Democratic governor.

04/09/2015

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MNsure Offers Additional Assistance As Enrollment Deadline Approaches

Governor Mark Dayton is proclaiming Wednesday “MNsure Enrollment Day.” The push is on to try to get 67,000 Minnesotans signed up for health insurance through MNsure by Sunday, Feb. 15.

02/11/2015

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New Lieutenant Governor Calls Herself ‘A Bridge Builder’

When Minnesota lawmakers returned to the State Capitol after the bruising 2014 election campaign, Tina Smith was outside their offices to greet them.

01/13/2015

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Gov. Dayton’s Inaugural Ball Rocks Union Depot

Gov. Mark Dayton took his second oath into office on Monday, but he celebrated his second term in style Saturday night. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith hosted the North Star Ball at the St. Paul Union Depot. The event was open to the public, and included music, food and mingling.

01/10/2015

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GOP Majority Leader Calls For Unity In Minn. House

Members of the newly-elected Minnesota House took the oath of office in a major construction zone Tuesday. The Capitol is shrouded in scaffolding. Lawmakers and their families navigated closed-off hallways and long elevator lines to open the session. The new Republican majority selected Rep. Kurt Daudt as the powerful house speaker.

01/06/2015

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Dayton Commits To Full Term If Voters Re-Elect Him

If voters grant Gov. Mark Dayton four more years, he says he’ll stick around for all of them. Dayton told The Associated Press in an interview this month that he’s heard the rumors he’d leave office before the end of a second term and catapult running mate Tina Smith into the top job. He says it’s not true.

10/11/2014

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2-5-14 The Morning Take On The Morning News With Dave Lee

What happened last night at a caucus in Minneapolis? Hit the link above to listen to today’s MORNING TAKE.

02/05/2014

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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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2-4-14 The Morning Take On The Morning News With Dave Lee

The Morning Take remembers Joan Mondale. Click the link above to listen.

02/04/2014

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Minn.’s Dayton To Name New Running Mate Tuesday

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has picked his new running mate and will announce the decision on Tuesday. Dayton’s campaign said the new political team would appear at a union hall near the Capitol. The Democrat seeking a second term is replacing Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon on this year’s ticket after she said she would only serve one term.

02/03/2014

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Minn. Sen. Sieben Dismisses Idea Of Lt. Gov Run

A Minnesota state senator mentioned prominently as a running mate for Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton says she doesn’t want the job.

01/31/2014

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Resentment On Day 2 Of Shutdown; Politicians Respond

Wednesday marked day two of the federal government shutdown, and there’s growing anger about it. Congress and the President still haven’t come to an agreement, and there are no signs the end will be anytime soon. Meanwhile in Minnesota, top leaders are scrambling to adjust to possible impacts at home.

10/02/2013

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Big Names Populate Mayo Expansion Board

Gov. Mark Dayton and the Mayo Clinic turned Tuesday to heavy hitters in business and politics to run a new governing authority that will oversee the medical facility’s ambitious Destination Medical Center expansion in Rochester, which is billed as the state’s largest-ever economic development project.

07/23/2013

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Dayton Officials Highlight Cost-Cutting Changes

Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration is highlighting quick bureaucratic changes they say have already saved the state tens of millions of dollars.

02/22/2013

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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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Minn. Business Leaders Prepare For DFL In Charge

Gov. Mark Dayton’s chief of staff is telling Minnesota’s business leaders that tax increases must be part of solving the state’s chronic budget problems.

01/09/2013

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Dayton Names Team To Guide Governor Transition

The advisers that will lead Democrat Mark Dayton’s transition to a possible governor’s administration are familiar names in the party.

11/08/2010