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GOP offered bonding deal before bullying, wage votes

ST. PAUL – Republicans passionately fought an anti-bullying bill that the Democrat-controlled House passed in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, after a nearly 12-hour debate.

Dayton signs anti-bullying bill PressPass

ST. PAUL - Gov. Mark Dayton put pen on paper 15 hours after final legislative approval of an anti-bullying bill, enacting a new law requiring schools to have bullying prevention policies and providing guidance about how they would be written.

Minnesota minimum wage deal includes lower pay for small businesses PressPass

ST. PAUL - Small businesses that dot greater Minnesota would not be forced to pay employees as much as larger firms pay under a minimum wage increase proposal legislative leaders announced Monday.

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Political Notebook: Does bullying bill bully schools? PressPass

Republicans say that an anti-bullying bill actually increases bullying. They say that the bill senators passed Thursday bullies school districts by handing them an unfunded mandate.

Minnesota Political Notebook: A taxing week at the Legislature PressPass

ST. PAUL - Legislative deadline weeks always are hectic, usually produce heated debates and sometimes result in major action.

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Minnesota Senate tax bill on hold for a day PressPass

ST. PAUL - Tax cuts may come to those who wait.

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Minn. candidate leaves campaign after strip club reports PressPass

ST. PAUL – A Republican Minnesota secretary of state candidate dropped out of the race Monday after blogs reported he visited strip clubs.

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Capitol Chatter: Democrats ramp up rural campaign PressPass

ST. PAUL – Minnesota House Democrats want voters to know that most rural residents should pay lower property taxes on their homes after actions they took.

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Minnesota political notebook : Dems express 2014 election concern PressPass

ST. PAUL - Minnesota Democrats are getting advice from some of their leaders: Don’t push for more spending and higher taxes.

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Minnesota Democrats divided on priorities for $1.2 billion state budget surplus PressPass

ST. PAUL - Good economic news looks like it will lead to a few Democratic squabbles over how to spend a budget surplus, with Minnesotans wondering if they will see taxes fall or state spending increase.

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Political notebook: Medical marijuana keeps producing controversy PressPass

ST. PAUL - Medical marijuana is a story that is not going away.

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MNsure supporters see improvement in exchange PressPass

MNsure rolled out commercials with real people talking about how the state-run health insurance marketplace helped them.

Davis: Farm group leader calls for answers to propane shortage PressPass

Rural Midwesterners want answers to a long list of questions about the current propane crisis.

Minnesota political notebook: Single subject a tough subject PressPass

ST. PAUL - One of the most discussed provisions of the Minnesota Constitution is a requirement that every legislative bill may contain only one subject.

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Capitol Chatter: Redistricting blamed for partisan gridlock PressPass

Everyone seems frustrated with congressional gridlock, and a couple of politicians at Farmfest think they know the problem: the every-10-year drawing of new U.S. House district boundaries.

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Capitol Chatter: Bachmann promises she will remain active in government PressPass

St. Paul - Michele Bachmann promises to remain involved in government policy, but that promise has been heard from others who soon faded from the scene.

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Capitol Chatter: Minnesota Capitol to see another round of gun law discussion PressPass

St. Paul - Call it Gun Week 2 in the Minnesota Legislature. The Senate Judiciary Committee plans meetings Thursday and Friday on bills written to curb gun violence. They likely will include proposals to ban so-called assault weapons and magazines with large numbers of bullets.

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Minnesota Political Notebook: Nolan may use insider connection on farm bill PressPass

St. Paul - Rick Nolan sounds thrilled to sit on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, and he hopes a personal relationship with the House speaker could help the cause.

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Minnesota Political Notebook: GOP leader in Minn. House understands his place PressPass

St. Paul - Kurt Daudt knows he leads a group that has little say in what happens around the Minnesota Capitol.

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Minnesota Political Notebook: Bills faces long odds against popular Klobuchar PressPass

St. Paul - Gov. Mark Dayton told a crowd gathered to hear former President Bill Clinton that each one of them is needed to elect Democrats on Tuesday because races are so close.

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