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Leadership of group opposing gay marriage ban includes four legislators

Minnesotans United for All Families, the main group opposing a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, has assembled a 35-member steering committee to guide its efforts. The group includes four state legislators: Reps. Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing, John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, and Karen Clark, DFL-Minneapolis, and Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis.

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State’s pols rally around presidential challengers

Supporting Michele Bachmann’s presidential bid wasn’t necessarily an easy decision for David FitzSimmons. While the three-term Republican congresswoman would seem a natural choice for FitzSimmons, who chairs the Republican Party in her home 6th District, he was squarely in the Ron Paul camp during the 2008 election and worked for his campaign.

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Many in GOP base angry at Legislature

If you hear political activists calling for change in the 2012 state House and Senate elections, you won’t be faulted for thinking that the rhetoric must be coming from DFLers. After all, Democrats lost control of both chambers in a 2010 election that saw a conservative tide roll across Minnesota and the rest of the country.

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Lobbyists scramble to digest budget

Some bills were only posted online in the early hours of Wednesday morning, just hours — or minutes — before they passed. By morning they were signed into law by the governor. Now some lobbyists, many of whom spend long days and nights at the Capitol during session, are scrambling to understand the budget bills’ implications for their clients.

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