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Independent spending on lege races heats up

While the governor's race may be the marquee feature in this year's campaign season, the large number of swing districts in play at the Minnesota Legislature are the object of lower-profile but no less intense campaign spending machinations by a number of groups.

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Target/MN Forward debacle dampening corporate indie spending on elections

MN Forward had bold plans for the 2010 campaign season. Last spring the business-backed political group, a venture jointly launched by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Business Partnership, laid out a fundraising goal of $10 million to bankroll its initial foray into electoral politics, according to a planning document obtained by Capitol Report.

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Biz $ vs. labor $

It’s a deceptively simple question: Who donates more to political candidates and causes, business or labor? In the wake of recent changes to Minnesota campaign law stemming from last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United case, advocates from both sides are giving radically discrepant answers to that question.

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Legislators emerge from budget powwow expressing optimism

House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher described this afternoon's budget talks as "fairly positive." Senate Minority Leader Dave Senjem called the negotiating session "very productive." Brian McClung, spokesman for Gov. Tim Pawlenty, said "there's no reason we can't come together on this and conclude in a timely manner."

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Unallotment aftermath: Legislative leaders hold initial budget talks with governor

Legislative leaders met with Gov. Tim Pawlenty this morning for the first time since a Minnesota Supreme Court ruling seemingly increased the state's budget deficit by $2.7 billion. House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, Senate Minority Leader Dave Senjem and House Minority Leader Kurt Zellers spent less than an hour in the governor's office.

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Retiring state senator Steve Murphy praises bipartisanship, bemoans ‘polarizing politics’

State Sen. Steve Murphy’s official line for retiring is to find more family time, but he sounds as if he might just be sick and tired of lawmaking. Words like “nonsense” and “turmoil” come out when Murphy speaks of the political process at the Capitol these days, and Murphy pines for the days when bipartisanship, in his view, was more common, such as when he came to St. Paul in 1993.

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