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House Republican leaders deflect criticism

House Republican leaders emphasized the long-view of things as they spoke to reporters on the morning after the 2012 legislative session adjourned sine die. After an end-of-session legislative battle in which a bonding bill and Vikings stadium bill were pushed through with more DFL than Republican votes, House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Majority Leader Matt Dean emphasized the budget balancing deal from 2011 and said their priorities this year were squelched by Gov. Mark Dayton.

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House passes bonding bill with unanimous DFL support

DFLers on Monday afternoon put up a united front in pushing the 2012 bonding bill through the Minnesota House on a 99-32 vote. All 60 of the chamber's DFL votes were cast in favor of the bill, ensuring its easy passage despite the majority Republican caucus' narrow (39-32) support for the package. The bill was expected to be taken up in the Senate later Monday.

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Hoped-for Monday adjournment prospects stall

Sunday is proving to be lifeless at the state Capitol after a day of partisan acrimony over the session's centerpiece issues of a bonding bill, tax bill and a pro football stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. DFL Gov. Mark Dayton called on Republicans to hold floor votes on the stadium. Republican legislative leaders responded by declining to meet in session on Sunday.

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Vikings bill passes Taxes committee by a single vote

The Senate Taxes Committee passed the Minnesota Vikings stadium bill 7-6 after an intense hearing that lasted well into Friday evening. The panel removed the racino provision from an earlier committee that was believed to have put the bill in jeopardy. The stadium legislation is now on the floor of both the House and Senate.

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Dayton signs fraud clawback limitation

Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill that will limit charities' legal exposure to bankruptcy trustees who are trying to recover donations that were given by financial crooks. Several Minnesota charities feared they would be on the hook for massive repayments due to the Tom Petters ponzi scheme if Dayton didn't sign the bill.

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