Political Notebook: Medical Marijuana Keeps Producing Controversy

By Don Davis Medical marijuana is a story that is not going away. A bill to legalize the plant to help people with extreme pain and children with seizures stalled, and Gov. Mark Dayton said he could not sign a medical marijuana bill if it did not have the support of law enforcement and medical…
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The Young Shall Inherit The Legislature

Potholes And Oil Safety Take Transportation Funding Spotlight

Fixing ice-cold roads and preventing red-hot railcars are Minnesota lawmakers’ transportation priorities.

Tears Flow On Both Sides Of Payday Loan Debate

By Don Davis Tears flowed freely Wednesday as senators debated what normally is a rather dry issue: loans. Some people cried because it appeared lawmakers wanted to end short-term “payday loans.” Others cried because they blamed their loans for financial problems. The Senate commerce committee approved a compromise bill that limits Minnesotans to eight payday…
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Baby-step Sunday Sales Bill Passes Committee

Taprooms and brew pubs across Minnesota could serve on Sundays if the full Senate and House pass measures that move toward seven-day liquor sales.