Political Chatter: House Dems Say They Helped Greater Minnesota

Minnesota House Democrats think they are getting a bum rap by Republicans who say that greater Minnesota has been ignored in recent years. A move to treat greater Minnesota right was the GOP focus for much of last fall’s House campaign and has intensified since then. Even suburban Republicans have joined the battle. Most of…
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Work On ‘people’s House’ To Proceed

Minnesota citizens will have more space and senators less space when a $273 million state Capitol renovation project is completed two years from now. “There is a winner here: the people of Minnesota,” said Paul Anderson, a former state Supreme Court chief justice, shortly after the Capitol Preservation Commission on Thursday approved a space allocation…
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Top Minnesota GOP Bill Features Business Breaks

Improving the Minnesota economy will be difficult, a representative sponsoring the Republican House’s top priority says. Even so, Rep. Ron Kresha said Thursday, “there is no excuse to throw up our hands and admit defeat.” The Little Falls lawmaker took members of the House Greater Minnesota Economic and Workforce Development Committee through his 54-page bill…
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Legislative Notebook: Smoking Drops

Fewer Minnesotans are smoking. The Department of Health Thursday reported that new study results show smoking fell 14.4 percent since 2010. “We know that many factors, including tobacco price increases, smoke-free policies, cessation programs and media, combine to reduce smoking prevalence over time,” said Dr. Raymond Boyle of ClearWay Minnesota, an anti-smoking organization that co-sponsored…
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Anti-abuse Bill Puts Children First

Hank Marotske’s mother allowed her children one meal a week. “That pot of whatever she cooked had to last a week,” he said. When the food ran out one time, his mother caught Marotske trying to sneak food out of a cabinet. “She threw me from the counter, across the trailer and stomped on my…
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