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Beyond the budget 2013

The path through any budget session leads to a negotiating table at which the governor and legislative leaders work out the most politically palatable taxing and spending deal they can muster. But the budget is never the only game in town. Before the session endgame gets played out, a network of committees will play host to various and sundry dramas involving policy issues before state government.

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Democrats eye election and campaign law changes in 2013

DFL Rep. Steve Simon, the incoming chairman of the House Elections Committee, says the panel will have a big agenda this session on the heels of a major election year. Already he’s heard a desire from members in both parties to put more teeth in state campaign finance laws after outside money poured into the state to influence a handful of key legislative races this fall.

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Two Minnesota legislative recounts start Wednesday

The State Canvassing Board on Tuesday met and unanimously approved the Nov. 6 election results, with the exception of the House District 8B race and the Senate District 20 race. The margin between candidates in both races was less than one half of 1 percent, the margin needed to trigger an automatic recount. Both recounts are expected to be completed by Friday.

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Politics shakes up forum on Voter ID amendment

On Tuesday night there will be a debate on the proposed constitutional amendment requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls. But the lineup of individuals slated to discuss the merits of the proposal has changed significantly in recent days.

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