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New coalition chases transportation funding

Advocates of increased funding for roads, bridges and transit projects across Minnesota hope to recreate a formula that worked once before. In the wake of the 2007 I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis, a broad coalition of groups, which included the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce as well as labor unions, joined hands to push for a 5.5 cent gas tax increase in the 2008 session.

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Congressional map makes minimal changes

Minnesota’s reapportioned congressional map yielded one well-publicized surprise by placing the home of Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of the 6th Congressional District into the 4th District, which is represented by DFL U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum.

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Dayton’s call for a mediator could help him in public opinion war

Gov. Mark Dayton has suggested a novel approach to ending the protracted impasse over the state’s $5 billion budget deficit and averting a government shutdown. Under the Dayton administration’s shutdown blueprint, filed in Ramsey County District Court earlier this month, an outside mediator would be appointed to help drive the parties toward a resolution. The two possible budget referees suggested by the DFL governor: former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz and former Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice James Gilbert.

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McGuire, Marchese and Copeland join SD 66 contest

Former DFL state Rep. Mary Jo McGuire has filed to run in the special election for the Senate seat being vacated by Ellen Anderson. McGuire spent more than a decade in the House representing Falcon Heights, but opted not to seek re-election in 2002 after redistricting pitted her against fellow DFL Rep. Alice Hausman.

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