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ALEC’s influence surges in Minnesota

During the early part of her two-plus decades in the state Legislature, retired Republican Sen. Pat Pariseau remembers being just one of a handful of Minnesota legislators who could call themselves members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

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Roadblocks to a budget deal

For six months, state legislators and the governor have been trying to come up with a solution to the state’s $5 billion budget shortfall. Both sides claim they have compromised from their starting points, yet they appear to be no closer to a balanced budget solution than when they started in January. Seldom have we seen a legislative deadlock with little or no movement from either side over such an extended period of time. The roadblocks to a budget agreement are many, but in order to get a deal done, the first step is to navigate around some of the major obstacles.

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Scheid’s departure will be keenly felt at Capitol

In 11 nonconsecutive terms as a DFL legislator going back to 1977, Sen. Linda Scheid has made a name for herself as a highly knowledgeable and instinctually bipartisan legislator with an independent streak. Long before legislators were chanting “jobs, jobs, jobs” in unison, Scheid cast moderate, pro-business votes that sometimes raised eyebrows among fellow DFLers.

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Can hemp grow jobs?

Although the issue of medical marijuana seems dead for the duration of Session 2011, one related issue is making its way through the legislative machinery. Industrial hemp is gaining momentum at the Capitol, even though a proposal on the subject appears destined for trouble in public safety committees.

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Redistricting: Here we go again

With Minnesota's Census numbers expected to arrive as early as the middle of next month, state lawmakers are already laying plans to redraw Minnesota legislative districts and the state's eight congressional districts. But the partisan divide between Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican majorities in the Legislature portend a round of redistricting that is likely to fall apart - just as it has done in the face of divided governments over the past four decades.

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