It Only Gets Wilder From Here

In some people’s minds, there is a disconnect between legislators negotiating with the governor while at the same time on the same bill overriding his veto. And a maneuver never used before, holding back an already-passed bill so the governor does not veto it, could be seen as confrontational. That is the way the 2010…
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Pre-flip-flop Ad Running

A pre-flip-flop advertisement warns state Rep. Marty Seifert of Marshall, a GOP governor candidate, not to change his vote on General Assistance Medical Care. Seifert and most other Republican representatives voted in favor of the bill to retain GAMC, a program to help the state’s poorest people get health care. The Alliance for a Better…
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Lawmakers Say Rural Hospitals Hurt

All eight Minnesota congressmen and two senators asked Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, to change rules that they claim hurt rural Minnesota hospitals. The rule requires that doctors be present at a hospital and immediately available before a hospital can bill Medicare. That is impossible in some rural hospitals, lawmakers said, because…
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Mulder Rumors Understandable

It is understandable that rumors fly after someone who has been around the Capitol 21 years decides to leave. And it is even more understandable that they fly just after the person unveils a controversial proposal. So, of course, it was no surprise that those rumors feature Jim Mulder, Association of Minnesota Counties’ executive director,…
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Court Cuts Hit Small Counties Hardest

Ostby Further state budget cuts will mean longer waits for cases to go through Minnesota’s court system, judicial leaders say, and small counties will be hardest hit. For years, courts in the least populated counties have received more state funding per capita than larger counties. But on Thursday State Court Administrator Sue Dosal told the…
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