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Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie looks to electronic poll books as offering election integrity solutions the whole state can rally around. Although saying the debate over the proposed Photo ID constitutional amendment and providing electronic poll books to the 3,500 polling places in the state are separate issues, some people believe technology has already […]

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House Republicans propose to cut deeper into the state budget reserve in order to speed up the repayment of the K-12 school funding shift. House Education Finance Committee Chairman Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, styled his legislation as “good news” for Minnesota schools. Already, some $318 million, by law, has been designated to pay down the more […]

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Although Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Tom Landwehr styled the trust land legislation as creating a bureaucratic “quagmire,” a House committee today (March 6) on a strong voted passed a bill that could dramatically alter how the state Rep. Denise Dittrich, DFL-Champlin, gestures while answering a question during a House hearing today (March 6) […]

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Gray wolf hunting and trapping season legislation passed a Senate committee today (March 6), setting up a possible gray wolf hunting season to coincide with the opening of the gun deer season in November. Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Brainerd, saw his bill pass the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee after testimony both in favor and […]

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Republican Rep, Sondra Erickson of Princeton has joined a lawsuit filed in federal court today (Feb. 28) seeking to require that state and county officials first confirm eligibility of people registering on Election Day before counting their votes. Erickson, who lost reelection to the House in District 16A by 89 votes in 2008, indicated her […]

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School boards could keep promising, younger teachers rather than being forced to retain senior teachers in times of layoffs under legislation carried by area lawmakers. Sen. Pam Wolf, R-Spring Lake Park, and Rep. Branden Petersen, R-Andover, are carrying similar education reform bills that Republicans cite as one of their major reform items of this session. […]

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