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Marriage polls have infidelity problem

Recent polling has suggested that the vote on the proposed constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage is going to be extremely close. A survey released Monday by Public Policy Polling showed that 49 percent of respondents were opposed to the marriage amendment, while 46 percent supported it.

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Another lawsuit takes aim at Mark Ritchie

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is taking fire on several fronts right now. In the midst of several other high-profile issues, a plaintiff named Joan Nichols sued the state, Ritchie, and Ritchie's director of governmental affairs, for making false statements to induce her to accept employment, as well as common law fraud, common law fraudulent concealment and common law negligent representation.

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Housley tries for GOP hold in SD 39

Karin Housley’s route into Minnesota politics has been anything but typical. In 2010, the real estate agent and wife of NHL hall of famer Phil Housley ran a close race against incumbent DFL Sen. Katie Sieben in Senate District 57, losing by only 606 votes.

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Obermueller up with first TV ad in CD 2

Former DFL state Rep. Mike Obermueller has released his first television ad in his campaign to defeat incumbent U.S. Rep. John Kline in the 2nd Congressional District. The ad, focusing on a fictional pizza shop, criticizes Washington for wasteful spending and failing to make the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes.

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County merger project disappoints

Far away from St. Paul, a group of counties in southeastern Minnesota has been trying to convert the much-talked-about notion of government services consolidation into reality. For Laura Elvebak, Waseca County’s administrator, the county’s outlook makes what’s generally known as government redesign a matter of survival.

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