Bill Fighting Female Genital Mutilation Starts Through Legislature

Farhio Khalif brought a “hush hush” religious ritual often called female genital mutilation into the open, saying the procedure is very painful to girls and parents should know it is illegal. Khalif said she should know, because it happened to her as a child. “It is not our will as little girls,” she said, but…
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Budget Talks Begin

Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders opened budget negotiations Wednesday. They decided their next job in crafting a $46 billion, two-year state budget will come this afternoon when they will discuss agriculture and higher education funding bills. The Democratic governor and the Republican-controlled Legislature are closer on those two bills than most of the other…
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Budget Reaction Shows Negotiation Difficulty

Complaints that are pouring in about funding the Republican-controlled Minnesota House and Senate propose give an insight into the distance lawmakers stand from Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton when final negotiations begin this afternoon. Many of the complaints come from Dayton commissioners and people who support his budget plan. Take, for instance, higher education spending. The…
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Lawmakers Move On Budget, House Shows Bonding Bill

Minnesota legislative negotiators powered through much of their proposed $46 billion, two-year budget Monday, May 1, afternoon and night as they aimed for negotiations with Gov. Mark Dayton they hoped would result in a framework of a final budget deal later this week. It was a busy day in the Capitol, with House Republicans releasing…
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Chatter: Peterson Wants To Stay In Congress; Nolan Still Thinking

Collin Peterson is running for U.S. House again, but Rick Nolan is waiting to decide whether to make a re-election or governor bid. And Tim Walz is giving up his House seat to run for governor. Peterson’s decision to run again is a bright sign for Minnesota Democrats because the southern Minnesota district Walz represents…
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