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Corporate campaign cash: CU and raise you

For the past six months there has been no shortage of speculation about the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s January ruling in the Citizens United case, but many observers failed to note one of the likeliest consequences of all: more lawsuits.

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Minneapolis makes another play for the DNC – but the odds are long and the benefits debatable

After Minneapolis was named one of the four finalists in the competition to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Mayor RT Rybak – who likewise pushed to get the DNC in 2008 — went on TV to emphasize the dollar value of a successful bid. The convention, he told FOX 9 News, would translate into “$200 million in economic impact and thousands of good jobs for the entire region.”

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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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Clash over Iron Range public works reflects old schism

From the upper floors of the Virginia Regional Medical Center on the Iron Range, three working mines are visible. Each year these mines, which don’t pay property taxes, are taxed according to how much taconite they produce. That money supplements local property taxes in this property-poor corner of the state, funding schools, local governments and economic development.

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New PACs to proliferate?

Brian Rusche believes progressives in Minnesota have become complacent. Comforted by the state’s historical tradition of liberal values, he worries that the political climate is changing in alarming but widely unnoticed ways.

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