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Oct 23, 2015

Capitol Retort: Speaker’s chair, 2 veeps, D.C. probes and otters

Our weekly review of issues in state and national news.

Jun 24, 2014

The Capitol Note: Dayton attends rally for state iron industry

Gov. Mark Dayton joined iron workers in northeast Minnesota on Monday rallying against the alleged over-saturation of the US steel market by foreign countries.

May 29, 2014

Medical marijuana: Despite restrictions, pot-repreneurs want into Minnesota market

Sellers and consultants say the industry is banking on future growth.

May 16, 2014

Medical marijuana: A deal, but will it work?

The measure, which was the product of extensive negotiations and concessions aimed at allaying the shared concerns of the law enforcement lobby and Gov. Mark Dayton, is the most restrictive in the country.

May 15, 2014

Lawmakers announce medical marijuana deal

In one of the compromises between the Senate and the House versions, the deal allows for the establishment of two medical marijuana manufacturers and eight distribution sites across the state.

May 14, 2014

Marijuana conferees get started

Aside from their sudden velocity and a good amount of attention from leadership, advocates and the press, the two proposals shared little in common at the start of the session’s last week.

May 13, 2014

The Capitol Note: Dems unveil specifics in $283M of supplemental spending

The subject targets, ranging from higher education to health and human services, signal that an overall deal on specific projects and policies is close.

May 12, 2014

The Capitol Note: House, governor against Senate on medical marijuana

It's two against one for Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, when it comes to medical marijuana.

May 9, 2014

Medical marijuana legislation passes overwhelmingly out of House

The House overwhelmingly passed a limited measure Friday evening to provide people ailed by certain, strictly defined conditions access to medical marijuana at a small number of distribution sites in the state. After an afternoon of debate, a swath of Republicans joined Democrats in moving the proposal forward 86-39.

May 9, 2014

The Capitol Note: House and Senate have deal on second round of tax cuts

The legislation would cut an estimated $103 million in revenue during the current biennium, with an out-biennium tax reduction of $118 million for 2016-2017. An initially slow-moving conference committee, kept many of the House's property tax cut proposals intact, but drifted closer to the Senate tax reduction target.

May 8, 2014

The Capitol Note: Campaign ads on statewide races have begun

Former Republican House Rep. Marty Seifert, who is still competing against a field of GOP contenders to take on Gov. Mark Dayton, will start running ads this week. Dayton Campaign Manager Katharine Tinucci said it's not time yet for the governor to run ads.

May 2, 2014

The Capitol Note: House compromise divides lawmakers, advocates

The bill would allow children and certain adults with severe illnesses -- more restrictive than a different proposal that has stalled in the House -- to ingest and vaporize marijuana as part of clinical trials. The Senate version, which has been moving with more force, is more permissive. The proposals will travel in earnest on Friday into next week.

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