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Rx for Dayton: focus on education

DFL gubernatorial nominee Mark Dayton has not had a good September. The Department of Revenue estimated that his proposed tax increase on the rich would yield not quite half of the $4 billion he originally claimed it would generate; when Dayton submitted a revised budget, it got the tax proceeds right but still fell almost $1 billion of solving the deficit.

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Is a six-figure salary ‘middle class’?

During the recent gubernatorial debate hosted by TPT-TV's Almanac, Republican Tom Emmer twice accused Democrat Mark Dayton of proposing a tax increase on middle class Minnesotans. Dayton has said that the lowest amount of taxable income that would qualify for an increase under his proposal is $130,000 for an individual and $150,000 for a couple filing jointly. At one point Emmer claimed that the individual minimum could drop to "$124,000 in some cases," but otherwise didn't dispute the figures.

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Can the DFL endorsement — for once — spell election?

Among the many reasons the DFL party establishment wants Margaret Anderson Kelliher to triumph in both next month’s primary and in the November general election is to finally halt the notorious string of ballot box failures wrought by its endorsed candidates for governor. The last time the DFL endorsement process lined up behind a gubernatorial winner was in the case of Rudy Perpich back in 1986. But that hardly counts, because Perpich was the incumbent at the time, a distinction he earned only after defeating the previous DFL endorsee, Warren Spannaus, in the 1982 primary.

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Robson: For Pawlenty, compromising is losing

Civics 101 teaches us that one function of elections is to keep leaders accountable to the people they serve. If a politician wants to attain or hold on to an office, he or she must behave in a manner that appeals to enough of the electorate to earn at least a plurality of the vote. That’s what representative democracy is all about.

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Scandal-rocked charter movement looks to future

The charter school movement in Minnesota is at least temporarily on the ropes, reeling from a series of recent revelations that some of the state's approximately 150 charter schools have misused funds or failed to provide adequate oversight and accountability when it comes to leasing the buildings they occupy.

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