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Capitol Views: Dayton wants lawmakers to avoid state government shutdown

Capitol Views by T.W. Budig, ECM Capitol reporter — Motorists with long memories and a coffee habit may have winced at one point listening to Democratic Gov Mark Dayton’s recent State of the State Address. In it, Dayton begged lawmakers … Continue reading

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Capitol Views: How long will chivalry last at the State Capitol?

Capitol Views by T.W. Budig, ECM Capitol reporter — A courtly disconnect currently exists at the State Capitol, and it might be wondered how long this Age of Chivalry will last. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton just recently made a heraldic … Continue reading

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Capitol Views: If Pastor Jones doubted miracles, that doubt now gone

Capitol Views by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter — If Pastor Terry Jones ever doubted miracles, that doubt must be gone. Jones and his tiny group of parishioners may have brandished cottonmouths and shouted “Jesus!” for the next 30 years … Continue reading

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Mark Dayton sharpens his rhetoric during gubernatorial campaign

Capitol Views by T.W. Budig, ECM capitol reporter — A current Republican Party television ad portrays DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton as “erratic.” That may be accepted or dismissed, but what can less be argued that is he’s aggressive. And … Continue reading

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Next legislative session story may have nothing to do with the budget

Capitol Views by T.W. Budig ECM capitol reporter — One of the biggest stories of next legislative session could have nothing to do with the ailing state budget. It could have to do with exactly who can marry whom.

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Minnesota Senate passes budget bill without new revenue

NEWS RELEASE St. Paul, MN — For the third time this biennium the Minnesota Legislature has passed bills which balance the state budget.  Unfortunately, this bill also appears headed toward a veto. Earlier this week, Governor Pawlenty was quoted saying, … Continue reading

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Bipartisan group of lawmakers act to block DHS cutback

by T.W. BudigECM capitol reporter A bipartisan group of lawmakers today (Monday, April 12) backed a DFL Senate plan to stop or delay a Human Services Department (DHS) proposal that would cut a dental clinic at its Cambridge facility and … Continue reading

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Large amounts of H1N1 vaccine may be available in fall

Although the Minnesota State Fair may have the public more focused on things at the end of sticks than under microscopes, state health officials recently conducted a tabletop exercise on flu vaccine distribution. While some seasonal flu vaccine has already … Continue reading

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Klobuchar puts spotlight on “Tourism in Troubled Times?

Highlighting the vital importance of tourism to Minnesota's economy, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar chaired a Senate Commerce Committee hearing today (Wednesday, May 13) to examine the challenges and opportunities facing the travel and tourism industry in the midst of the … Continue reading

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CAPITOL VIEWS: Red traffic light carries less weight

It's time for lawmakers to change the legal status of the red traffic light. Once upon a time the red traffic light carried as much gravitas as any traffic signal. The "Yield? sign has always struck motorists as somewhat frivolous. … Continue reading

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