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Gay marriage poses dilemma for GOP

For Branden Petersen, the past week has been, in his words, “unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before.” It all started when the 27-year-old Republican senator from Andover told the Star Tribune that he’s likely to support a DFL effort to legalize gay marriage in 2013, just months after voters rejected a constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

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Gay marriage supporters rally at Capitol ahead of legalization push

Carrying rainbow flags and signs saying "Love is Love," the supporters sang and chanted "marriage equality now" on Thursday afternoon as House members entered into their scheduled floor session for the day. The headliners of the event, organized by campaign-turned-lobbying group Minnesotans United for All Families, were clergy members representing denominations and faith groups from around the state.

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Dayton defends budget proposal in State of the State address

Gov. Mark Dayton vigorously defended his proposed budget for the next biennium-- including $2.1 billion in additional taxes -- in his annual State of the State address on Wednesday evening. Speaking before a joint session of the House and Senate, Dayton argued that a substantial overhaul of the state’s tax code is necessary to eliminate chronic budget deficits, make additional investments in key programs and restore fairness to the tax code.

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Session ’13 politics: Let the games begin

The last time DFLers controlled all the levers of power at the Capitol, during the 1989-90 legislative session, Duane Benson was the Republican Senate minority leader. Benson recalls making a floor speech at the time comparing the dynamic to a basketball contest between the Harlem Globetrotters and the Washington Generals.

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