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Medical marijuana push teed up for 2014

When a bipartisan group of legislators threw a medical marijuana bill into the hopper during the last month of the 2013 legislative session, it wasn’t intended as an 11th-hour bargaining chip. Anticipating a short session in 2014, advocates said they were trying to set the stage for convincing lawmakers that they should join a growing list of states that allow patients to use the drug to alleviate pain.

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State budgets rebounding from long downturn

As the nation recovers from a long and deep recession, state governments are seeing their financial situations stabilize. Now that legislatures are no longer trying to figure out how to plug multibillion-dollar budget deficits, they are starting to test the waters of spending and tax reform.

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Kalin jumps into secretary of state race

Former state Rep. Jeremy Kalin on Tuesday formally announced his 2014 bid for Minnesota secretary of state. Kalin is the third DFLer to enter the race to succeed Mark Ritchie, who isn’t seeking a third term as the state’s chief election officer.

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