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GOP v. Horner: when elephants attack

The poll released last Monday by Decision Resources Ltd. contained a lot of troubling findings for Republicans. Most notably, the survey found that all three credible DFL candidates would soundly beat state Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Delano, the GOP’s endorsed candidate.

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Avner: Minnesota then and now

Marcia Avner has many tales to tell from her nearly 40 years of involvement in Minnesota politics. Avner, who just turned 67, is stepping down in September as public policy director for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, a title she’s held since 1996. She will hardly be retreating from public life, however. In a conversation last Thursday, she discussed the state’s changing political culture during the many years in which she has been a first-hand witness.

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IP sees chance at legislative inroads

As Minnesota’s Republican Party was giddily tweeting the news that the party had fielded candidates for all 201 seats in the state Legislature for the first time in 30 years, the Independence Party of Minnesota was quietly celebrating its own milestone: 16 candidates for the Legislature in 2010, seven in Senate districts and nine in House districts.

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After 2010, the deluge

As state lawmakers plodded through the last week of the 2010 regular legislative session trying to find a fix for $3 billion worth of current budget shortfalls, the prospects for any 11th-hour progress on the roughly $6 billion deficit that is estimated for 2012-2013 biennium waned.

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Are lieutenant governors necessary?

As Minnesota attempts to dig itself out of a $1.2 billion deficit, the 15-term DFL representative from Minneapolis came up with a plan that some say would save the state an estimated $500,000 each biennium. The idea: Abolish the position of lieutenant governor.

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