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May 23, 2014

The Capitol Note: U.S. Senate hopeful McFadden doesn’t vote in primary elections

Mike McFadden, who hopes to challenge sitting Democrat Al Franken, hasn't cast a ballot in a primary for the last 20 years. Other GOP candidates for the seat, including Rep. Jim Abeler, Sen. Julianne Ortman and Chris Dahlberg have been involved in the process.

May 6, 2014

Medical marijuana bill set for Senate vote

By a 14 - 7 margin, the Senate Finance Committee on Monday voted to send medical marijuana legislation to the Senate, where the controversial and suddenly fast-moving measure is now set to go to a floor vote on Tuesday.

Mar 18, 2014

U seeks funding for terrestrial pest center

The U pegs costs for this “virtual center” at about $9 million over the course of a decade.

Dec 13, 2013

Westrom: Time is on his side

Despite the presence of a popular incumbent who has trounced his last several challengers, Republicans have fielded a well-known candidate in the 7th Congressional District. To hear some of that area’s activists tell it, the first GOP entrant in that race might be the party’s best chance in years to oust DFL U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson.

Dec 4, 2013

The Capitol Note: Dayton says stadium will boost state economy

Political and ideological opponents did not waste their chance to grab some of the spotlight from Tuesday's groundbreaking.

Dec 2, 2013

GOP senators endorse Dennis Nguyen for Secretary of State

Notable among those who did not endorse Nguyen is Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, who has not ruled out running for the office.

Nov 27, 2013

The Capitol Note: Capitol gun ban voted down in committee

The committee did approve proposals that would nearly double the amount dedicated to security resources for the Capitol Area Complex.

Nov 26, 2013

Capitol panel wants to raise security budget

A committee responsible for recommending enhanced safety procedures at the Capitol is advocating a big increase in security spending, but remains deeply divided over the issue of firearms inside the Capitol.

Oct 27, 2013

Scenes from the GOP straw poll

Republican candidates and activists filed into the National Sports Center in Blaine on Saturday to participate in a preliminary straw poll of candidates in the gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson won the gubernatorial poll with 35 percent of the vote, and state Sen. Julianne Ortman won the U.S. Senate poll with 37 percent of the vote.

Oct 11, 2013

Peterson challengers watch and wait

True story: Collin Peterson used to have a tough time getting elected to Congress. It took Peterson four tries before he finally defeated Republican incumbent Arlan Stangeland in 1990. Then Peterson faced back-to-back challenges from Republican Bernie Omann. In 1992 and 1994, Peterson held his seat, defeating Omann by a combined tally of fewer than 9,000 votes.

Sep 27, 2013

Outdoors panel agrees to projects that drew veto

After months of controversy at the state Capitol about Legacy funding, a citizen/legislator panel has arrived at an apparent compromise to recommend outdoors projects paid for with dedicated sales tax dollars.

Aug 20, 2013

Committee makes no recommendations on guns at the Capitol

The Advisory Committee on Capitol Security used its second hearing to take public testimony on whether lawmakers should enforce tougher rules on carrying firearms in the Capitol. Nearly 30 people signed up to testify on the issue, many of them supporters of current state law that allows permit holders to carry guns in the building if they notify the Public Safety Department or Capitol Security.

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