It’s Reunion Time

May is political reunion time. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and former Sen. Jane Krentz plan separate reunions. Ritchie said he expects former secretary of states Mary Kiffmeyer, Joan Growe, and Arlen Erdahl to attend his reunion, part of the state’s 150th birthday celebration. "For 150 years, public servants in the office of the secretary…
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Small Business Help

A bill moving through the House would require health insurers to tell their small business clients about low-cost health care plans that are available. "By passing this bill, we can make small employers aware of more affordable health care coverage options available for their employees," Rep. Denise Dittrich, DFL-Champlin, said. "In doing so, we can…
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Bonding Tuesday

Tuesday is supposed to be the day when House and Senate negotiators approve a public works funding bill and send it to the full House and Senate for approval. Sen. Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon, today said everything is ready in the bill other than how much to spend — if anything — on buying land for…
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Klobuchar Backs Obama

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar told reporters this morning she is supporting presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama. "He is a new kind of leader," the freshman Democratic senator said during a telephone conference call. "He speaks with a different voice, he brings a new perspective and inspires a real excitement from the American people." Klobuchar’s endorsement…
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Filmmakers Targeted

Democratic lawmakers say a relatively minor provision in their budget-balancing bill — an incentive to lure Hollywood filmmakers to Minnesota — could reap millions for the state. The Legislature previously has pushed for a film production tax credit, but the House proposes a $500,000 grant this year. House Majority Leader Tony Sertich, a theater and…
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