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A look at legislative audit reports that will help shape the 2011 session

As usual, Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles and his staff have spent much of their summer preparing a raft of reports on state government programs for release this fall and winter. Ranging in subject matter from transit planning in the metropolitan area to the state’s sex offender civil commitment program, the forthcoming reports are sure to engender battles when the 87th Minnesota Legislature convenes in January.

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Kelliher looked primed for upset victory – until the numbers headed south

As the election results began rolling in on Tuesday night, the mood was ebullient at Jax Café in Northeast Minneapolis. Even as torrential rains swamped Minneapolis, soggy, red-shirted supporters of House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher filed into the banquet room and bars of the renowned steakhouse. House Majority Leader Tony Sertich repeatedly took to the podium to offer updates on the Minnesota Twins' pounding of the Chicago White Sox, as if it ordained victory for the DFL-endorsed candidate.

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The battle of Duluth

Pretty much anything could happen in Duluth. That’s how wide open the DFL gubernatorial endorsement contest remains as party activists gather this weekend to select the party’s nominee. There are two clear frontrunners — House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak — but also a trio of other serious challengers for the endorsement.

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Legislators ponder perils of distracted driving

Is Minnesota headed towards a total ban on cell phone usage while driving? That seems likely after a hearing today before the joint House and Senate transportation committees. Legislators heard a litany of statistics describing the dangers associated with distracted driving.

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