Outside Money A Major Minnesota Legislative Campaign Factor

Lisa Bayley laughs, halfheartedly, when talking about a political flyer showing her shoveling money into an incinerator. Then “there is one of me with a bunch of cows wandering around and it says that Lisa Bayley must think we are a bunch of cash cows,” the Democratic candidate from Red Wing said. Her Republican opponent…
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Road To Minnesota Legislative Control Not A Clear Shot

Some would like to think that the road to control of the Minnesota Legislature goes through Willmar. Maybe so, maybe not. But a state House race there, expected to be very close, is a good example of where that control may be decided in rural districts around the state. House District 17B is a microcosm…
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Republican Candidates Face Well-Funded, Unified Democrats

Rep. Tom Anzelc sat in a coffee shop talking about his re-election campaign when a woman interrupted to say how good a job the Democrat has done for his northern Minnesota House district over the years. An hour later, first-time candidate Republican Sandy Layman was sitting in another Grand Rapids coffee shop when a woman…
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Dayton Offers 25% Health Insurance Premium Reduction Proposal

Minnesotans who buy individual health insurance policies would get either state or federal aid to deal with soaring premiums under a plan Gov. Mark Dayton offered Thursday, Oct. 27. Dayton announced a proposal that would reduce premiums 25 percent for 123,000 Minnesotans who do not qualify for federal assistance provided Americans below specific income levels.…
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Speaker Demands Health Insurance Action Or Will Ask Dayton To Resign

Minnesota’s House speaker says he will ask Gov. Mark Dayton to resign if the governor does not does not put in enough effort into solving what is widely regarded as a health insurance crisis. Thousands of state employers are at Dayton’s disposal to fix the situation, Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, said in a fiery news…
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