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Cravaack will face tough test in 2012

In 2010, Chip Cravaack pulled off one of the most stunning political upsets in the country by defeating U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar. The 18-term DFL incumbent chaired the powerful Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and had never won re-election by less than 29 percentage points.

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Nuke ban repeal moves forward

Republicans are wasting little time in moving a proposal to lift the 17-year-old state ban on nuclear power plant construction. But while the newly elected Republican majorities in the House and Senate are making a hard charge on repealing the moratorium, the issue is not radiating with much intensity outside the Capitol halls.

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Building trades still vetting DFL gov candidates

State Sen. Tom Bakk was an obvious choice for the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council to back in the DFL gubernatorial contest. As a carpenter and union leader for three decades, the Cook legislator was enthusiastically endorsed by the building trades in December.

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